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Used test: BMW 5 Series vs Jaguar XF: verdict

Buy either of these two luxury saloons at four years old and you'll save nearly £27,000 on the price of a new one, but should you go BMW 5 Series or Jaguar XF?...

BMW 5 Series vs Jaguar XF static

Our Verdict

Two great cars at bargain prices but it's a victory here for the BMW 530d.

Perhaps the only thing to consider here is whether you'd be better off with the 530d as tested here with its potent engine and four-wheel drive or whether the simpler 520d version with its standard rear-wheel drive would be a better used buy. If money is a priority, we'd say yes, of course, go for the marvellous 520d, but if you're willing to spend a bit more on running costs this 530d is an absolute tour de force. It’s incredibly quick, for one, and it’s also impressively quiet and refined. It rides beautifully, and corners with a composure few cars in this class can match.

Make no mistake, though, the XF is still an immensely likeable car that’s great fun to drive, with sharp steering and a strong engine. It looks great, too, and its handling is both agile and enjoyable. However, in nearly every area it’s shaded by the 530d. If it were our money we’d buy the BMW  - it’s the better all-rounder.

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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
Verdict An utterly brilliant luxury saloon that ultimately edges out the Jag

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

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