What used BMW 5 Series saloon will I get for my budget?
The starting price for a used example of this generation of 5 Series is now around £18,000. This will secure a 2017 or 2018 model with an average to high mileage for the year and a full service history, bought from an independent dealer. Most will be the 520d versions, as this model is the biggest seller. Spend between £19,000 and £25,000 on 2018 and 2019 cars, or models with a larger engine, or M Sport trim, or from franchised dealers. Reckon on £25,000 to £29,000 for a good 2019 model, with a low mileage and a full history, and £29,000 to £35,000 on 2020 cars. For a 2021 or early 2022 example, budget to spend at least £36,000.
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The petrol versions, too, rank above their rivals in terms of their overall average consumption figures. The plug-in hybrid 530e has an electric-only range of up to 29 miles on a full charge, in the earlier versions, and up to 37 miles in the post-2020 cars, and has a spectacular overall fuel consumption figure of 128.4mpg for the earlier car and 166mpg for the latter. You'll need to plug it in regularly and keep your journeys short to achieve figures like that, but if you do it is possible to see some truly impressive fuel economy figures.
All 5 Series variants, bar the plug-in hybrid, will currently cost you £165 per year to tax, and that goes for all petrol and diesel cars registered after April 2017. The hybrid 530e will cost you £155 per year at the moment. If your car costs over £40,000 from new, you'll have to pay an extra £355 per year for years two to five. To find out more about car tax costs, click here.
Servicing costs are slightly cheaper than Mercedes’ but on a par with most other rivals'. However, Audi offers some very competitive servicing deals at its dealers on cars over three years old that BMW can’t match. That's worth keeping in mind if you’re planning to keep your car for a long while.
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