Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1

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

Petrol engines 6.6 - 9.0 mpp
Diesel engines 7.8 - 11.2 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 30.7 - 42.2 mpg
Diesel engines 38.7 - 55.4 mpg
  • The 520d offers best blend of performance and efficiency
  • Standard cars have plenty of fuel-saving measures as standard
  • Should hold value well, service packages good value

With even the high-performance 540i returning 38.7mpg on the combined cycle, even the least fuel-efficient 5-series Touring’s should prove relatively inexpensive to run. With the 520d returning 65.7mpg, owners should easily see well over 50mpg in typical use.

For company car drivers, the 520d SE’s 114g/km CO2 also helps secure a Benefit In Kind rate of 24%. But don’t ignore the much more enjoyable 530d. It offers 60.1mpg and 124g/km, with an increase in Benefit In Kind to just 28%.

BMW 5 Series servicing is based on a variable schedule, with the car calculating when a service is required. Expect intervals of around 18,000 miles. BMW offers an affordable fixed-price service package that covers the first three years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first.

The lowest official emissions rating for the 5 Series saloon comes courtesy of the 530e iPerformance hybrid – which claims 46g/km thanks to its ability to run on electricity alone for extended periods. But it wasn't available in the Touring model at launch – but BMW is expected to add this version to the range within months.

Next best is the 520d EfficientDynamics, which claims 102g/km. All the diesels have an AdBlue tank to help cut down harmful NOx emissions.


  • All-new 5 Series Touring is hard to judge
  • High-tech 530e is a bit of an unknown
  • BMW has carried out lots of testing miles

This is an all-new model, so reliability is hard to gauge at time of launch. However, we do know that BMW has carried out 4.7 million miles of testing on this car in an effort to ensure buyers have the best-possible experience.

While most engines here are used in other BMW cars and are the result of years of fettling.  We’ll report back should anything contrary come to light.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £150 - £475
Insurance group 30 - 45
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