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Driving

Price (on the road)

ยฃ36,275-ยฃ52,525

Target Price (cash)

ยฃ33,357-ยฃ47,689

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What Car?'s option recommendations

  • Variable Damper Control (VDC)
  • Split-folding rear seats
  • Adjustable lumbar support
  • Driving assist safety pack
  • Apple CarPlay

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Contract Hire Leasing Rates

ยฃ366.43-ยฃ743.92/month

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Engines

518d Auto
We are yet to try out this variant
525d Auto
We are yet to try out this variant
520i Auto
We are yet to try out this variant
530e Auto
A four-cylinder petrol engine and electric motor combined, but the 530e can be driven for up to 29 miles on electricity alone. This silent progress befits the 5โ€™s luxury remit very well, but the little petrol engine can struggle when all the charge is gone. However, with emissions of just 46g/km of CO2, itโ€™s a company driverโ€™s dream.
530d Auto
Begins the move from four cylinders to six, and steps up refinement in doing so. It makes the 5 Series quick, too, but unless this is a priority, weโ€™d stick with the 520d โ€“ itโ€™s cheaper to buy and run, and isnโ€™t exactly slow, either. Available with four-wheel drive (xDrive) as an option.
520d Auto
This may be the entry point to the 5 Series range, but it has the best balance of performance, price and running costs. It&#39;s also refined and comes with BMW&#39;s excellent automatic gearbox as standard. Four-wheel drive is an optional extra.
540i xDrive Auto
This six-cylinder petrol is the fastest 5 Series on paper, but in the real-world the 530d diesel feels just as quick and is much more economical. Comes with four-wheel drive as standard.
530i Auto
Decently quick and nicely refined when mooching about town, but needs plenty of revs to get the best from it. Weโ€™d avoid this petrol engine and go for the 520d, instead.

Miles per gallon

Official fuel economy figure

128.4-62.7 mpg

CO2 Emissions

Official emissions rating

116-49 g/km

VED Tax band

How much will it cost you?

G-C

Boot capacity

How much space is there?

530 litres

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