This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest BMW 5-Series Touring review.

Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

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 24 - 53 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.

The 5-Series has class-leading resistance to depreciation, but servicing won’t be cheap. When buying new, customers can choose a fixed-price servicing, or servicing and maintenance pack to cover the car for five years/60,000 miles. At least it means owners wont have to worry about the cost of servicing for a few years. Engines are pretty good for fuel consumption, particularly the diesels.

However, from May 2007 modification to the engines have resulted in some very impressive fuel consumption figures.

The 5-Series scored fairly badly on the eco front, but when it was facelifted in 2007 (and Efficient Dynamics introduced) economy improved greatly. The best model is the 520d which now emits 140g/km of CO2 and is capable of 53mpg.

The 5-Series has been quite reliable so far, so well-maintained car shouldn’t be hiding any nasty surprises for future owners.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £165 - £630
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 31 - 45
How much is it to insure?