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BMW 5-Series review

2017 onwards (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 54.5
” Benchmark premium executive saloon “

At a glance

Price new £51,010 - £87,905
Used prices £12,895 - £58,912
Road tax cost £0 - £570
Insurance group 28 - 46
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Fuel economy 26.2 - 58.9 mpg
Range 538 - 900 miles
Miles per pound 3.8 - 7.5
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Available fuel types

Petrol

Diesel

Hybrid

Pros & cons

PROS
  • Great to drive
  • Strong engines
  • Packed with technology
CONS
  • Drive varies according to spec
  • E-Class has a bigger boot
  • Only two main trim levels

Written by Murray Scullion Published: 22 April 2022 Updated: 3 March 2023

Overview

The BMW 5 Series is laser focused on BMW’s traditional values of driving pleasure and performance. But it successfully adds technology, luxury and driver-assistance systems to the mix too. Like all of its descendents, it’s a traditionally-shaped saloon car that probably sits alongside a slew of SUVs on executive car buyers’ shopping lists.

Entry-level models generally have more standard equipment than most rivals, meaning it’s also a great value alternative to the likes of the Audi A6Mercedes-Benz E-ClassJaguar XF, Volvo S90 and Lexus ES.

Performance is strong across the range, and combined with handling that feels immediately more agile than its rivals, this is a big, comfortable, highly-specced car that can cover even tricky roads exceptionally quickly.

While the interior may not have quite the wow factor of the Mercedes E-Class, the 5 Series has plenty of passenger space front and rear. It’s also available as a Touring estate version for those who need extra boot space.

Over the next few pages we’ll be thoroughly reviewing all aspects of the BMW 5 Series and rating them in our verdict. Our scores will take into account the driving experience, how pleasant the interior is, the practicality on offer and what it’ll cost you to run.