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The Top Gear car review:BMW 5 Series

Overall verdict
The 5-Series perches right at the top of the executive saloon pile. It really is that good.


As ever, the ride/ handling/eco/quality compromise is spot on


Focus has shifted from handling to comfort


What is it?

It’s not quite BMW’s bread-and-butter car – that honour belongs to the hugely popular 3-Series – but the 5-Series is a hugely important car for the Bavarian firm. Weirdly, at one point BMW looked like completely hashing up the 5-Series when it released the 5 GT first, before the saloon. Fortunately, the car-buying public has largely ignored the utterly hideous GT, so all you’ll see on the roads is the saloon – facelifted a while back with new trims and engines, although ‘new styling’ is barely perceptible. Nothing needed changing there, BMW rightly judged.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
550i Luxury 4dr Step Auto
4.6s 199g/km 32.8 449 £57,220
The cheapest
518d [150] SE 4dr
9.5s 114g/km 65.7 150 £31,060
The greenest
520d SE 4dr Auto
7.5s 108g/km 68.8 190 £35,970
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