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 under £20,000, this for 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 of them will be 520d versions, as this model is the biggest seller. Spend between £20,000 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 £30,000 for a good 2019 model, with a low mileage and a full history, and £30,000 to £35,000 on 2020 cars.
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How much does it cost to run a BMW 5 Series saloon?
Very little. The most economical version in the range is the 520d Efficient Dynamics, with its astonishing official average fuel consumption figure of 62.7mpg, according to the older NEDC tests, and 56.5mpg according to the newer and more realistic WLTP tests. This is for the 520d with the mild hybrid technology.
But the rest of the range is very impressive, too. The standard 520d has consumption figures better those of all its main rivals, while even the more powerful diesels are impressively efficient. Petrol versions, too, rank above their rivals in terms of overall average consumption figures. The plug-in hybrid 530e car has a spectacular overall fuel consumption figure of 128.4mpg, but don’t reckon on getting close to any of these high figures in the real world, but even so, you should achieve very respectable fuel economy compared with rivals.
Knowing how much a 5 Series will cost to tax is tricky. You’ll need to know how much the car cost when it was new, including options, for which you’ll probably have to consult your BMW dealer. If that figure was over £40,000, you’ll have to pay a whopping £465 a year, made up of the basic annual tax charged on all cars and a supplementary luxury car surcharge. This is a flat rate across all new cars that was introduced on 1 April 2017, so the same goes for its rivals; however, because the 5 Series was priced slightly lower than the E-Class, you’re more likely to find one that falls into the lower tax bracket, which will only cost you a comparatively painless £145 a year.
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.