BMW 5 Series (2010 – 2017) Review

BMW 5 Series (2010 – 2017) At A Glance

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.

Insurance Groups are between 30–46
On average it achieves 73% of the official MPG figure

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.

Real MPG average for a BMW 5 Series (2010 – 2017)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

73%

Real MPG

21–60 mpg

MPGs submitted

1134

Diesel or petrol? If you're unsure whether to go for a petrol or diesel (or even an electric model if it's available), then you need our Petrol or Diesel? calculator. It does the maths on petrols, diesels and electric cars to show which is best suited to you.

ASK HJ

Are diesels a definite no for city driving?
I'm considering getting a secondhand BMW 3 or 5 Series but the vast majority of my driving is in the city and I rarely do over 20 miles per day. There are some great deals on diesel cars but should I avoid them due to DFP issues? I don't mind taking it for a blast down the motorway once in a while but does that work?
The feedback we get from low-mileage diesel drivers is overwhelmingly negative. Lots of DPF and EGR problems, all caused by the fact the vehicle seldom reaches its optimum operating temperature. I would advise buying a petrol, hybrid or electric vehicle. A diesel isn't designed for the usage you have described.
Answered by Dan Powell
If I change the battery in my BMW does it need to be reprogrammed?
I have a 2012 BMW 520d. The battery is the original and would not start the car after not being used for two weeks. It's fine when I use the car regularly. Is this a job I can do myself, or does the battery need to be programmed?
Yes, the battery will need reprogramming. This is normally done at your local BMW dealership. I have attached a link that explains the reason https://bimmertips.com/bmw-battery-registering-and-programming-explained/
Answered by Alan Ross
What's the best car for private hire work?
I have about £20k including trade in and am looking for a vehicle for private hire work. What do you think about the Mercedes E-Class?
Funnily enough I was talking about this with a private hire driver recently. He'd gone for a 2014 BMW 518d auto instead. Bought at 20k miles and now at 150k miles. No trouble apart from routine replacements and he said 67mpg. Reckoned better than the W212 E-Class that most private hire drivers choose.
Answered by Honest John
My 2012 car failed its MoT due to a faulty DRL - is this right?
A couple of days ago my 2012 BMW 520d failed its MoT due to O/S DRL not working. The dipped and high beams worked fine. It cost me almost £800 to change the whole headlight and the DRL module to pass the MoT. Are they right to do that as my understanding is that DRL rule has changed just last month and only apply on new cars and effectively applicable from 2021. As my car is from 2012, I'm not sure if it applied on my car?
According to the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) MoT guidance notes, the new failure category for daytime running lights (DLRs) only applies to vehicles first used from 1 March 2018. Any vehicles built before this date are exempt. For more information, see: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/mot-changes-from-may-2018-guidance-for-mot-testers/lamps-reflectors-and-electrical-equipment You can make a complaint to the DVSA about your car failing the MoT (when it clearly shouldn’t have) here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/complain-about-an-mot
Answered by Dan Powell

What does a BMW 5 Series (2010 – 2017) cost?

Buy new from £30,870 (list price from £38,395)
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