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BMW 5-Series M5 review

2005 - 2010 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 54.5

At a glance

Price new £63,285 - £68,980
Used prices £8,166 - £24,406
Road tax cost £395 - £695
Insurance group 45
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 293 miles
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Pros & cons


Awesome engine and performance, precise handling, available as an estate


High running costs, no manual gearbox, stiff ride

Written by Parkers Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019


BMWs M models have always had a reputation for superb engines, masses of driver appeal and useable performance. The M5 takes this to new levels however thanks a 5.0-litre V10 engine that boasts a whopping 507bhp – this gives the M5 a 0-62mph time of 4.7 seconds (4.8 seconds in the Touring) and the instant manner in which it delivers that performance is astonishing.

It’s a good all rounder too – both the saloon and Touring retain the same practicality as the standard 5-Series models while the ride is supple enough for comfortable everyday transport. There’s no manual gearbox available, only a seven-speed SMG sequential transmission, but this is mightily impressive and comes with steering-wheel mounted paddle shifts as standard.

However the M5 is expensive to run and it’s impossible to exploit the car’s full potential on UK roads.