New BMW 5 Series vs Jaguar XF

The new BMW 5 Series is our 2017 car of the Year in 520d form, but how does the more powerful and expensive 530d version compare with Jaguar's brilliant XF?...

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What Car? team
20 January 2016

Our verdict

While the vast majority of BMW 5 Series buyers will be better off with the cheaper and more frugal 520d, this more powerful six-cylinder model is an absolute tour de force. It’s well worth considering if you’re buying privately and have a bit more cash, and although it’s harder to justify as a company car, it’s still cheaper than most similarly rapid diesel saloons. The Jaguar XF is great fun to drive, but a less convincing all-rounder.

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1st – BMW 5 Series

New BMW 5 Series vs Jaguar XF

For Impeccably quiet cruiser; brilliant to drive on optional VDC suspension

Against Thirstier and much pricier than the entry-level 520d

Verdict An utterly brilliant luxury saloon – if you can afford it

New BMW 5 Series vs Jaguar XF

For Agile, enjoyable handling; strong engine; bigger dealer discounts

Against Disappointing interior; noisier; fiddly infotainment system

Verdict Well worth a look if you want something sportier to drive

Rated 4 out of 5

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Specifications: BMW 5 Series 530d xDrive M Sport

Engine size 3.0-litre V6 diesel

List price £49,265

Target Price £47,177

Power 261bhp @ 4000rpm

Torque 457lb ft @ 2000rpm

0-60mph 5.4sec

Top speed 155mph

Gov't fuel economy 53.2mpg

True MPG tbc

CO2 emissions 138g/km


Specifications: Jaguar XF 3.0 V6 Diesel S

Engine size 3.0-litre V6 diesel

List price £49,995

Target Price £46,176

Power 296bhp @ 4000rpm

Torque 516lb ft @ 2000rpm

0-60mph 6.2sec

Top speed 155mph

Gov't fuel economy 51.4mpg

True MPG 38.1mpg

CO2 emissions 144g/km

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