What alternatives should I consider to a used BMW 5 Series saloon?
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is the BMW’s most obvious rival. When equipped with the optional air suspension it’s sublimely comfortable, and it has a wonderfully classy interior. However, it’s not quite as quiet or as good to drive, and it’s pricier to buy.
The Audi A6, by contrast, is cheaper than the 5 Series, but it’s also less efficient and comes with less equipment. It still has a classy interior, but on the whole, the BMW is light years ahead.
Then there’s the Jaguar XF, which is also cheaper to buy than the BMW. It can’t match up to the 5 Series as an all-round package – poor infotainment and a slightly cheap interior see to that – but it is more engaging to drive and worth considering as a slightly more left-field choice.