BMW 5 Series (2017) Review

BMW 5 Series (2017) At A Glance

5/5
Honest John Overall Rating
The BMW 5 Series saloon is a barometer for the premium market. Be in no doubt, the BMW 5 Series is a brilliant executive saloon. The Mercedes-Benz E-Class may have a slightly more luxurious feel to its cabin, but the BMW is the more involving to drive.

+Superb refinement and quality, impressive handling, decent equipment levels, automatic as standard.

-Not quite as plush as a Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

Insurance Groups are between 30–41
On average it achieves 57% of the official MPG figure

The 5 Series is a superb executive saloon, with top notch refinement and quality throughout. Like its predecessor, BMW's trademark driving enjoyment shines through on a challenging road, although some might feel that the interior feels a little flat against the equally excellent Mercedes-Benz E-Class. However, if your heart’s set on the BMW, you’re unlikely to be disappointed. It has a wonderfully finished cabin and is packed with the latest convenience and safety tech. It also provides ample space for a family of four and is an outstanding long-distance motorway cruiser.

As the sector’s regular best-selling model, when things are good for the 5 Series, they are good for everyone. This is because when the Five is booming, business is booming thanks to the BMW being the desired choice of so many company car drivers.

Launched in 2017, this generation of 5 Series refined BMW’s executive saloon to the point where it’s debatable if you need to bother with any of its bigger or more overtly sporting large cars. It also gave the Audi A6, Jaguar XF and Mercedes E-Class renewed cause for concern.

It’s easy to see why, too. The 5 Series is a superb executive saloon, with top notch refinement and quality throughout. Like its predecessor, BMW's trademark driving enjoyment shines through on a challenging road, although some might feel that the interior feels a little flat against the equally excellent Mercedes-Benz E-Class. However, that’s a very subjective matter.

If your heart’s set on the BMW, you’re unlikely to be disappointed. It has a wonderfully finished cabin and is packed with the latest convenience and safety tech. It also provides ample space for a family of four and is an outstanding long-distance motorway cruiser.  

That’s true even if you go for the basic 520i or 520d models. Despite forming the entry point into the 5 Series range, both come with an automatic transmission as standard, plus they are powerful, torquey and quiet, providing plenty of overtaking punch. Should your budget or company car allowance permit, then the 530i or 530d are even quicker, yet still economical. You also have the choice of a 530e hybrid model, as well as the 540i and 550i models for superlative performance.

As good as the 5 Series is on a long run, it really stands out on a country road. Compared to rivals from Mercedes-Benz and Audi, the BMW is a touch much more poised and direct, giving a real sense of connection between the driver and the road. If you really enjoy driving, this is the best car in its class and puts even the Jaguar XF in the shade.

The front seats provide plenty of adjustment, while the back row provides ample space. The boot, too, is a decent size but since this is a saloon its practicality is limited if you want to carry bulky stuff. But if space is a big concern you can always go for the Touring version, which is about as practical as cars come.

It means the BMW is very easy to recommend, though you may want to try the Merc just to make sure the 5 Series is perfect for you.

Ask Honest John

Can you recommend a safe, economical car for driving in narrow lanes?
"We currently have a BMW 5 Series on a lease. We drive around town and do a 60-minute motorway commute (roundtrip) each day. We’re moving to a rural cottage down narrow country lanes, but will still be doing the commute, so thinking of swapping the lease car to something cheaper. What car is good for narrow roads in winter. i.e. not too big, but still safe, economical and good to put a dog in the back?"
How about a Volkswagen Golf Estate? It'll be spacious enough for your dog (with easy access) yet smaller (and cheaper) than your current 5 Series. Alternatively, a Honda Jazz could be a good option. It's smaller still but extremely versatile and the latest model uses a hybrid powertrain. The rugged Crosstar version might suit country life.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Will a claim for my stolen car affect the insurance policy on my other car?
"Last year I had my Ford Fiesta stolen. I also own a BMW 5 Series. Will the claim for my Fiesta affect the no claims bonus for my BMW when it needs renewing?"
You have not said if they were on the same policy or not. If they are, then yes it does. If they are not, then no it will not. You will, however, have to notify them of the theft of the vehicle on the other policy.
Answered by Tim Kelly
Why are the tyres on the front of my car smaller than those on the back?
"Why does my BMW 530d have different tyre sized on the front and rear axles?"
It's common for powerful rear-wheel drive cars to have larger, wider tyres at the rear. It is done so to stabilise the vehicle's balance, grip and power delivery.
Answered by Dan Powell
How can I check if alloy wheels I own will fit my new car?
"How can I check if the almost-new set of 18-inch alloy wheels, which I bought for a previous car (Audi A6), will fit my BMW 520d? The tyre sizes are the same (245/45/18). Thanks for your help. "
The first thing you need to check is the wheel's bolt pattern. If the holes in your Audi wheels don't match the studs on the car's mounting hubs, they won't fit. Other considerations include the offset (the distance between the axle pad of the wheel and the imaginary centre line of the wheel) and the size of the centre bore (the hole in the middle of the wheel). If you're not sure, it's a good idea to consult a garage for expert guidance. You'll need to inform your insurance company that you've fitted aftermarket wheels, too.
Answered by Andrew Brady

What does a BMW 5 Series (2017) cost?