BMW 5 Series review

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Few cars have such a broad a range of talents as the BMW 5 Series. Larger and more comfortable than the company’s über-popular 3 Series yet only slightly more expensive, its big challengers at the less extravagant end of the luxury class are the Audi A6, Jaguar XF and Mercedes E-Class.

The 5 Series has formed the backbone of BMW's range for many years, and has been so consistently the best of its breed that it's become almost a default choice for those shopping in this class. The previous model (2009-2016) was a consistent winner at our annual Lombardyexperience? Car of the Year Awards, and the current model is even better, picking up our overall Car of the Year title in 2017.

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The majority of 5 Series customers opt for the entry-level 520d. This 2.0-litre diesel version is not only the cheapest but also pumps out the least CO2, translating to low company car tax bills. However, if money isn’t the driving factor behind your buying decision, there are plenty of other versions to consider.

Read on over the next few pages for everything you need to know about the 5 Series, including which trim level and engine make the most sense for you. And don’t forget that you can save money on buying a 5 Series or any new car of your choosing with our Lombardyexperience? New Car Buying service; click here to see our full range of deals.

 

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There are 12 trims available for the 5 Series saloon. Click to see details.See all versions
518d SE
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SE
This entry-level trim comes with all the essentials and quite a lot more on top. You get heated leather seats, a 10.2in sat-nav, dual-zone climate control, LED headlights, front and rear parking se...View trim
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520d SE
This entry-level trim comes with all the essentials and quite a lot more on top. You get heated leather seats, a 10.2in sat-nav, dual-zone climate control, LED headlights, front and rear parking se...View trim
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518d M Sport
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520i M Sport
Hugely popular thanks to its sportier looks – inside and out – and bigger alloy wheels. However, you also get stiffer suspension that does nothing for ride comfort. SE trim is better value, too – i...View trim
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520d M Sport
Hugely popular thanks to its sportier looks – inside and out – and bigger alloy wheels. However, you also get stiffer suspension that does nothing for ride comfort. SE trim is better value, too – i...View trim
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530i/530e SE
This entry-level trim comes with all the essentials and quite a lot more on top. You get heated leather seats, a 10.2in sat-nav, dual-zone climate control, LED headlights, front and rear parking se...View trim
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530i/530e M Sport
Hugely popular thanks to its sportier looks – inside and out – and bigger alloy wheels. However, you also get stiffer suspension that does nothing for ride comfort. SE trim is better value, too – i...View trim
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530d SE
This entry-level trim comes with all the essentials and quite a lot more on top. You get heated leather seats, a 10.2in sat-nav, dual-zone climate control, LED headlights, front and rear parking se...View trim
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£42,154
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540i SE
This entry-level trim comes with all the essentials and quite a lot more on top. You get heated leather seats, a 10.2in sat-nav, dual-zone climate control, LED headlights, front and rear parking se...View trim
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530d M Sport
Hugely popular thanks to its sportier looks – inside and out – and bigger alloy wheels. However, you also get stiffer suspension that does nothing for ride comfort. SE trim is better value, too – i...View trim
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540i M Sport
Hugely popular thanks to its sportier looks – inside and out – and bigger alloy wheels. However, you also get stiffer suspension that does nothing for ride comfort. SE trim is better value, too – i...View trim
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