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This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest BMW 5-Series Saloon review.

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

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

CONS

Styling still not to everyone's taste, firm ride

PROS

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

CONS

Styling still not to everyone's taste, firm ride

BMW 5-Series Saloon rivals

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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