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Used BMW 5 Series 2003 - 2010 review

Category: Executive car

Section: Alternatives

BMW 5 Series (03 - 11)
  • BMW 5 Series (03 - 11)
  • BMW 5 Series (03 - 11)
  • BMW 5 Series (03 - 11)
  • BMW 5 Series (03 - 11)
  • BMW 5 Series (03 - 11)
  • BMW 5 Series (03 - 11)
  • BMW 5 Series (03 - 11)
  • BMW 5 Series (03 - 11)
  • BMW 5 Series (03 - 11)
  • BMW 5 Series (03 - 11)
Used BMW 5 Series 2003 - 2010 review
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Alternatives

What alternatives should I consider to a used BMW 5 Series saloon?

If you value a sporty drive, then the Jaguar XF is worth considering, because it feels even sharper than the 5 Series. Just don’t expect it to be as fuel efficient or practical.

Alternatively, if comfort is your top priority, look no further than the Mercedes E-Class. It glides over bumps – as long as you avoid models with the optional sports suspension – and like the 5 Series is more practical than the XF. The biggest problem with the E-Class is its four-cylinder diesel engines, because they’re noisy and send a lot of vibration into the car's interior.

Overview

This BMW 5 Series dominated the executive car class for most of its life, and it remains similarly appealing as a used buy.

  • Fun handling
  • Spacious and classy interior
  • Frugal diesel engines
  • Premium image
  • Firm ride on M Sport suspension
  • Some reliability issues
  • Looks aren’t to all tastes