Buyer’s Guide to the BMW 5 Series

Buyer’s Guide to the BMW 5 Series

With the seventh generation now on sale, we take a look at what the BMW 5 Series range has to offer.

With the executive car market filled with some of the best cars, it can be difficult to stand out from the crowd.

But since 1972, the BMW 5 Series has managed to be one of the most recognisable saloons around, and now in its seventh generation is a market leader.

We take a look at the latest 5 Series to see what it has to offer…

BMW 5 Series

What power units are available?

Eight different powertrains are on offer for 5 Series customers, including four diesels, three petrol and a petrol-hybrid plug-in. The diesel options come in the form of the 518d, 520d, 525d and 530d, with all but the latter derived from a 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit. The 530d is based on a 3.0-litre, six-cylinder block. The 520i and 530i petrols use a 2.0-litre, four-pot engine, while the 540i comes with a six-cylinder, 3.0-litre.

Three of the engines – the 520d, 530d and 540i – can be paired with BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system for improved traction, while all models come with an eight-speed automatic transmission. If people want to go with one of the ultimate sports saloons around, the latest M5 is also on offer, with this model fitted with a 4.4-litre turbocharged V8 to get it from 0-60mph in 3.2 seconds and reach a limited top speed of 155mph.

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BMW 5 Series

What equipment is fitted?

Available in two trim levels – SE and M Sport – the 5 Series comes handsomely equipped. As standard it comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic two-zone air conditioning, a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth and digital services, LED head and brake lights, cruise control with braking function, drive performance control, satellite navigation, front and rear parking sensors, heated front seats and a sports leather steering wheel.

The M Sport model adds a sportier aesthetic to the models, with an aerodynamic bodykit, sports suspension, M-specific steering wheel and pedals, larger alloy wheels, metal interior trim detailing and M Sport brakes, as well as LED foglights.

The 530e plug-in hybrid comes with additional equipment, such as a 5-metre charging cable, wireless charging capabilities, eDrive services for the infotainment system, eDrive drive selector and electronic display for drivetrain information.

BMW 5 Series

How much does it cost?

Prices from the BMW 5 Series start from £36,275, which buys you the 518d diesel model in SE spec. The first M Sport offering also comes with the 518d engine and starts from £39,275.

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