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.