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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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At a glance

New price £63,285 - £68,980
Used price £9,125 - £20,150
Used monthly cost From £228 per month
Fuel economy
Not tested to latest standards
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Road tax cost £340 - £600
Insurance group 45 How much is it to insure?


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


High running costs, no manual gearbox, stiff ride

BMW 5-Series M5 rivals

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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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