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BMW 5 Series

(2017 - present)

The BMW 5 Series is a large executive car, available in either saloon or estate (called Touring) body styles. The current model was launched in 2017 and is available with a range of petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid powertrains.

The 5 Series range also includes the M5 sports saloon, which is not covered on this page. We are building a separate report for the M5, so check back soon.

The BMW 5 Series has received consistently positive reviews from the UK automotive media and continues to win awards despite newer rivals arriving on the scene. Its current Expert Rating of 88% (as of May 2020), based on 39 UK reviews for both saloon and estate models, is considerably better than anything else in its class.

An updated BMW 5 Series was announced in May 2020, which is expected to arrive in the UK in July. This is a substantial mid-life update rather than an all-new car.

The 5 Series has been praised highly for its driving experience, refinement and build quality. The only real negatives relate to the number of optional extras that are included as standard on many cheaper cars.

Body style: Large saloon and estate
Engines: petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid
Price: From £37,640 on-road

Launched: Spring 2017
Last updated: Spring 2020
Replacement due: TBA


Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media

The Car Expert


Auto Express


Auto Trader










Company Car Today




Green Car Guide


Honest John






The Sun


The Sunday Times


The Telegraph


Top Gear


What Car?





Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: April 2017









Eco rating

Independent emissions and efficiency ratings from Green NCAP

The BMW 5 Series has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP. Check back soon.


Trophies, prizes and awards that the BMW 5 Series has received


  • What Car? Awards – Best Luxury Car + Best Estate over £30K
  • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Best Executive Car
  • Fleet News Awards – Best Executive Car
  • Auto Express Driver Power – Best Executive Car
  • Business Car Awards – Best Executive Car


  • What Car? Awards – Best Luxury Car
  • Carbuyer Awards – Best Large Executive Car
  • Fleet News Awards – Best Executive Car
  • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Best Executive Car
  • Professional Driver Magazine Awards – Best Executive Estate


  • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Car of the Year
  • Auto Express Awards – Best Executive Car
  • What Car? Awards – Best Luxury Car
  • Tow Car Awards – Tow Car of the Year


  • What Car? Awards – Car of the Year

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