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Used test: BMW 5 Series vs Jaguar XF verdict

Pick up either of these two luxury saloons at six years old and you'll save around £30,000 off its price when new, but should you go BMW 5 Series or Jaguar XF?...

BMW 5 Series vs Jaguar XF static

Our Verdict

If you're after a strong engine and sharp drive – perhaps you're a petrolhead looking for a suave saloon – the Jaguar XF doesn't disappoint. However, keep in mind that these are luxury cars. When it comes to refinement, comfort and quality, the BMW 5 Series is simply the superior car. 

Its ride is more supple and composed, and it's impressively quiet on the move. What's more, even though the 520d is easier to justify cost-wise, this 530d packs the straight-line gusto to best its rival. It comes out on top.

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1st – BMW 5 Series

BMW 5 Series

For More refined; great to drive and ride in, especially on the VDC suspension; plusher interior
Against Not as economical as the 520d

What Car? rating 5 stars out of 5

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2nd – Jaguar XF

Jaguar XF

For Eager steering and handling; strong engine
Against Disappointing interior; noisier; fiddly infotainment system

What Car? rating 4 stars out of 5

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Specifications: BMW 530d M Sport xDrive

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Engine size 3.0-litre diesel
Power 261bhp
Torque 457lb ft
0-60mph 5.4sec
Top speed 155mph
Fuel economy 53.2mpg (Official NEDC average)
CO2 emissions 138g/km

Specifications: Jaguar XF 3.0 V6 S

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Engine size 3.0-litre diesel
Power 296bhp
Torque 516lb ft
0-60mph 6.2sec
Top speed 155mph
Fuel economy 51.4mpg (Official NEDC average)
CO2 emissions 144g/km

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