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Parkers overall rating: 4.7 out of 5 4.7

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.

Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 27 - 68 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.

When you take into account the high level of standard equipment such as leather seats and Bluetooth, the 5 Series is good value for money compared to alternative executive saloons. All the engines offer good fuel economy considering their relative power outputs, but special mention has to go to the excellent 520d which averages 57mpg – mightily impressive for an engine with 184bhp.

Cheap BMW 5 Series running costs end with the fuel economy because BMW servicing isn’t cheap although it is on a par with the likes of Audi and you can expect great customer care. BMW also offers an excellent fixed-price servicing package for both new and used buyers. Called Service Inclusive, it covers all your servicing for five years or 60,000 miles (whichever comes first) for a one off up-front payment.

It’s certainly worth the money and can be transferred onto subsequent owners should you decide to sell.

Average BMW 5 Series emissions levels have been brought down by the 520d model. The German car maker has been at the forefront of improving fuel economy and cutting CO2 emissions and its Efficient Dynamics technology is the most advanced around. The 520d is the cleanest model, helped by an engine start/stop system that cuts the engine in traffic. As a result this model emits just 132g/km of CO2 – an impressive figure for any car, and an incredible result for a saloon of this size and power.

The previous version of the 5 Series proved extremely reliable overall, although minor glitches and electric faults weren’t unheard of. These were ironed out over time and this model should prove durable and reliable. It’s certainly well built and feels a high quality product and if you want to boast about BMW 5 Series reliability over drinks, you’ll have little comeback.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £20 - £615
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Insurance group 30 - 46
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