Used BMW 5 Series 1996 - 2003 review

Category: Executive car

Section: What is it like?

1996 - 2003 review
BMW 5 Series (96 - 04)
  • BMW 5 Series (96 - 04)
  • BMW 5 Series (96 - 04)
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What's the used BMW 5 Series saloon like?

The BMW 5 Series is, in a word, brilliant. It outshone every rival during its lifetime and continues to do better than many of today's more up-to-date options.

Whether you're looking to cruise from Cornwall to Caithness or blast down some country lanes, the 5 Series delivers a really stunning drive. Great weight distribution and well-weighted steering mean it's great to be behind the wheel.

The 5 Series is smooth and quiet. It's generally very comfortable, too, although larger passengers might find it a bit of a squeeze in the back.

There's no such complaint with the boot, however, which is easily big enough to swallow a good few sets of golf clubs or a family's luggage for a week away.

Equipment levels are better than you might think, and the car has a strong safety record, too, with a creditable four-star rating in Euro NCAP crash tests.