Alpina B5 review

Category: Luxury car

Section: Costs & verdict

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The B5 is no more expensive to run than your average family hatchback. Yeah, right!

For a start, its asking price falls only slightly south of six figures, and that V8 engine won’t be easy on tyres or fuel costs. Moreover, official fuel economy of just 26.9mpg is the stuff of fantasy, because if you use the engine as it’s intended you’ll be lucky to see half that figure. You’ll also spend plenty of time with a green nozzle in your hands, since the tank is no bigger than that in a standard 5 Series at 66 litres.

Overview

Fuel consumption aside, the Alpina B5 combines everyday comfort and usability with staggering performance and exclusivity, even if it can’t quite match the BMW M5

  • Stonking performance
  • Sure-footed four-wheel drive grip
  • Exclusivity
  • As expensive as M5 but lacks equivalent equipment
  • Some road noise
  • Engine doesn't rev as freely as an M5's