BMW 5 Series review

Category: Luxury car

Section: Costs & verdict

BMW 5 Series 2021 infotainment
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  • BMW 5 Series 2021 right rear cornering
  • BMW 5 Series 2021 RHD dashboard
  • BMW 5 Series saloon 2021 front seats
  • BMW 5 Series 2021 infotainment
  • BMW 5 Series 2022 front left tracking
  • BMW 5 Series 2022 right tracking
  • BMW 5 Series 2022 driver display
  • BMW 5 Series 2022 interior detail
  • BMW 5 Series 2022
  • BMW 5 Series 2021 right rear cornering
  • BMW 5 Series 2021 RHD dashboard
  • BMW 5 Series saloon 2021 front seats
  • BMW 5 Series 2021 infotainment
  • BMW 5 Series 2022 front left tracking
  • BMW 5 Series 2022 right tracking
  • BMW 5 Series 2022 driver display
  • BMW 5 Series 2022 interior detail
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

Broadly speaking, the BMW 5 Series is priced a little lower than its closest German rivals, the Audi A6 and Mercedes E-Class. The 520d (a mild-hybrid 2.0-litre diesel) is by far the most popular version and emits as little as 126g/km of CO2, according to official figures. That's quite a bit better than the A6 40 TDI or E220d, if you have an eye on your company car tax rate.

That said, the 530e is the best for company car users, with CO2 emissions from just 31g/km. However, when the battery pack is depleted and you're running on the petrol engine alone, you're likely to see lower fuel economy than you would in a diesel.

SE also comes with the infotainment system, LED headlights and tail-lights, and front and rear parking sensors we mentioned earlier. The only option you absolutely must tick the box for is the split-folding rear seats.

M Sport trim, which is extremely popular, is the one we’d go for. It comes with 19in wheels (18in on the 530e), an M styling pack, black rather than chrome exterior trim, sport seats, an M sports steering wheel, a black headlining and an instrument panel wrapped in faux leather (or, as BMW puts it, ‘synthetic leather’). If you choose M Sport, just make sure you also tick the box for the optional M Sport Pro Pack. Among a plethora of other goodies, it introduces adaptive suspension (on all models except the ‘entry-level’ 520d and 520i) and gives the 5 Series a plusher ride.

BMW 5 Series 2021 infotainment

Reliability

Overview

The BMW 5 Series is a brilliant, classy and wonderfully refined luxury saloon, with surprisingly low running costs if you go for the 530e plug-in hybrid or 520d mild hybrid. It's a more complete package than its chief rivals, such as the Audi A6, Jaguar XF and Mercedes E-Class.

  • Agile and relatively comfortable – when fitted with standard wheels
  • Beautifully made interior
  • Superb infotainment system
  • Adaptive suspension not available on SE trim
  • A Volvo S90 has bigger rear seats
  • A Mercedes E-Class has a bigger boot
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