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.
The engines in another rival, the Audi A6, are much smoother, and while the A6 can’t match the handling of the 5 Series or XF, or the ride comfort of the E-Class, it has the classiest interior of the lot.
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