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BMW 5 Series (2010–2017)

Last updated 23 July 2019

The best executive saloon on the market in 2010. Refined and high quality interior. Great to drive with a forgiving ride. Remarkably efficient 520d. Five-star NCAP crash rating.
Steering doesn't have the feel or weight you'd expect from a BMW. N47 2.0 diesel engines could still have timing chain problems up to 2011.
Updated 22 July 2019

report of engine failure of 2015/65 BMW 520d 3 weeks after recall work for EGR valve when it also had a BMW health check. (Previous service had been independent.) BMW dealer wants £1,500 to investigate...

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There's no shortage of high-quality executive saloons, but none can match the quality of the BMW 5 Series. It manages to blend limousine-like luxury with one of the highest quality interiors seen on any mainstream car, along with unmatched refinement and some of the most remarkably efficient engines available.

The design doesn't break too many boundaries but the elegant shape gives the BMW 5 Series a sophisticated appearance. This is carried over inside where the cabin, which is similar to the 7 Series and 5 Series Gran Turismo, has a classy design with some cutting edge features, giving it a truly luxury-car feel that you'd expect from a much more expensive car.

On the move it's supremely refined and makes an ideal long distance car, with quiet engines and a supple ride. But that doesn't mean this BMW 5 Series has gone soft. It's still rewarding to drive with good grip and precise steering.

Then there's the wide choice of engines which offer a great blend of performance and economy. The 520d is the star of the line-up though. It's great to drive with plenty low down torque, yet will average more than 60mpg - a mightily impressive figure for a car of this size.

Add in a high standard kit count including leather seats and Bluetooth as standard and it's easy to see why the BMW 5 Series is head and shoulders above everything else in this class. It's as close as you'll come to a faultless car.

BMW 5 Series 2010 Road Test

Owners' reviews

Great ride with ADC automatic damper control and non-runflat tyres. BMW steering precision not as good as it was.
Excellent Efficient Taxi
Great car !
Really nice car - a few extras as standard would have made it truly the ultimate driving machine
Excellent comfortable driving - All the buttons and gizmos I could want
Brilliant cruiser
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