What's the used BMW M5 saloon like?
If you’re in the market for an uber-fast saloon that’ll handle racetracks and the school run with equal aplomb, one that’ll fill your neighbour's eye and dismiss a trans-continental family holiday with nonchalant ease then feast your eyes on the BMW M5.
Since 1984 the German firm has been churning out these brilliantly souped-up versions of its premium saloon, in varying generations that have ranged from the subtle to the explosive, with V10 engines under the bonnet and, in its latest guise, four-wheel drive.
On the road, the M5’s engine is a wonderfully rorty unit and with it the car goes like the clappers, with 0 to 62mph coming up in 4.3 seconds and even 0 to 100mph achievable in under 9 seconds. The seven-speed, dual-clutch M DCT transmission is the M5’s next greatest success story. It endows the car with relaxed usability to match its superb at-pace precision. Approach a corner and its indomitability is reinforced by responsive steering, high grip levels and tremendously adaptable handling that is both secure and deeply rewarding. The M5’s multi-mode suspension settings allow you to switch between the magnificently firm and the reasonably comfortable while never detracting from the car’s fluid approach to cornering, or its high-speed potential when belting through them. The flip-side is a stiff ride in the sportier modes and a firm ride in the easier ones, although it could never be called uncomfortable.
Inside is a high-class interior of material richness and soft-touch materials that offers a superb driving position, adjustable electrically through the chubby wheel and supportive sports seat, and plenty of space both up front and in the rear. There’s even a handsomely sized boot, large enough for a huge weekly shop or to be stuffed with all the family’s luggage en route to your rented gite, far down in the south of France.