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Used test: Audi A7 vs BMW 5 Series vs Jaguar XF verdict

Luxury cars are now more diverse than ever, but can either the sleek Audi A7 Sportback or sharp-to-drive Jaguar XF beat the big-selling BMW 5 Series as a used buy?...

Audi A7 Sportback vs BMW 5 Series vs Jaguar XF

Our Verdict

Despite having gone off-sale some three years ago, this generation of BMW 5 Series still feels pretty fresh today. It continues to lead the way in terms of refinement – a hugely important area for luxury car buyers – while its iDrive infotainment system remains class leading.

What really seals the deal for the 5 Series, though, is the fact that these strengths are combined with incredible value, plus it should be the most reliable of this trio.

The XF snatches second place from the A7 and thoroughly deserves its four stars. It manages to be even more fun to drive than the 5 Series, and yet somehow it rides more comfortably than both of its rivals. Its fine driving position and generous standard kit list also earn it bonus points. It’s just a shame that the refinement and interior quality are some way behind the other two.

It’s third place here for the A7. On the plus side, it has the smartest interior, the most practical boot, and it’s also the most generously equipped. However, it’s the least comfortable and, despite the added traction of four-wheel drive, the least enjoyable to drive. It also comes with the shortest list of standard safety equipment and is predicted to be the least dependable. 

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1st BMW 5 Series

Audi A7 Sportback vs BMW 5 Series vs Jaguar XF

For Engaging to drive; impressive refinement; comparatively cheap
Against Standard equipment; firm low-speed ride
Verdict Remains as one of our favourite used luxury cars

What Car? says Five stars out of five

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2nd Jaguar XF

Audi A7 Sportback vs BMW 5 Series vs Jaguar XF

For Ride and handling; equipment; driving position
Against Gruff engine; boot space; interior quality
Verdict Great fun to drive, but there are better all-rounders

What Car? says Four stars out of five

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3rd Audi A7

Audi A7 Sportback vs BMW 5 Series vs Jaguar XF

For Interior quality; performance; practical boot
Against Least comfortable ride; vague steering; predicted reliability
Verdict Looks the part, but not as dependable as we'd like

What Car? says Three stars out of five

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Specification: Audi A7 Sportback 3.0 TDI 272 quattro SE Executive

Engine size 3.0-litre diesel
List price when new £50,755
Price today £20,904*
Power
268bhp @ 3500rpm
Torque 428lb ft @ 1250-3250rpm
0-60mph 5.7sec
Top speed 155mph
Fuel economy 54.3mpg (Official NEDC combined)
CO2 emissions 138g/km


Specification: BMW 5 Series 530d M Sport Sport Auto

Engine size 3.0-litre diesel
List price when new £44,465
Price today £17,228*
Power 255bhp @ 4000rpm
Torque 413lb ft @ 1500-3000rpm
0-60mph 6.0sec
Top speed 155mph
Fuel economy 55.4mpg (Official NEDC combined)
CO2 emissions 144g/km


Specification: Jaguar XF 3.0 TDV6 S

Engine size 3.0-litre diesel
List price when new £49,945
Price today £17,692*
Power 296bhp @ 4000rpm
Torque 516lb ft @ 2000rpm
0-60mph 6.4sec
Top speed 152mph
Fuel economy 51.4mpg (Official NEDC combined)
CO2 emissions 144g/km

*Price today is based on a 2015 model with average mileage and full service history according to the What Car? Valuation service, correct at time of writing


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