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4.5 out of 5 4.5
Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
BMW 5-Series Saloon (2003 - 2010) Review Video
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At a glance

New price £25,790 - £50,605
Used price £920 - £10,635
Fuel economy
Not tested to latest standards
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Road tax cost £155 - £600
Insurance group 26 - 48 How much is it to insure?


Aspirational image, great to drive, exceptional fuel economy on diesels, modern cabin


Styling still not to everyone's taste, firm ride

BMW 5-Series Saloon rivals

Written by David Ross on

BMW has a strong reputation for building cars that are rewarding to drive and the latest 5-Series lives up to that status. The sports saloon comes with a wide choice of engines all of which offer strong performance while the sharp steering, strong brakes and excellent body control give it class leading handling. The trade off is a firm ride, which along with the standard run flat tyres, can make the 5-Series unsettled on uneven roads.

In 2007 a fuel-saving program called Efficient Dynamics was introduced to all models - but it works in the background so drivers won't notice any differences. Spacious, comfortable and superbly built, the BMW remains the best executive saloon on the market.

BMW 5-Series Saloon rivals

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