What alternatives should I consider to a used BMW 5 Series saloon?
If you’re the kind of luxury car buyer who values driving enjoyment, the Jaguar XF should be on your list, too. Its interior isn’t quite as well finished as the BMW’s, and its engines are a good deal thirstier, but it looks the part and drives beautifully.
The Audi A6, by contrast, isn’t as much fun to drive as the 5 Series, but it does have a beautifully-made interior and fabulously comfortable seats, and Ultra models are remarkably efficient.
The classiest rival by far is the Mercedes E-Class, which also has a delightful interior and excels in terms of ride comfort, but its diesel engines are rather noisy, and depending on the model you choose, it can also be quite pricey.
A left-field alternative is the Lexus GS. If you don’t like diesel, this could be a great option, as the hybrid version combines petrol and electric power to reduce fuel consumption. It isn’t very efficient on a motorway run, though, because the petrol engine does most of the work, and only the fire-breathing GS F is any fun to drive.