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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
BMW 5-Series M5 (05-10) - rated 4.5 out of 5
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PROS

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

CONS

High running costs, no manual gearbox, stiff ride

PROS

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

CONS

High running costs, no manual gearbox, stiff ride

BMW 5-Series M5 rivals

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.

BMW 5-Series M5 rivals

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