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BMW 5 Series

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Summary


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 87% (as of August 2021), based on 52 UK reviews for both saloon and estate models, is considerably better than anything else in its class.

An updated 5 Series arrived in the UK in July 2020. This is a substantial mid-life update rather than an all-new car.

The BMW 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.

Key specifications


Body style: Large saloon and estate
Engines: petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid
Price: From £39,275 on-road

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


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Auto Express

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Auto Trader

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Autocar

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Business Car

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Car

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Car Keys

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Carbuyer

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Carwow

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Company Car Today

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DriveNation

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Evo

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Green Car Guide

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Honest John

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Motors.co.uk

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Parkers

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The Sun

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The Sunday Times

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The Telegraph

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Which?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: April 2017

91%

ADULT OCCUPANT

85%

CHILD OCCUPANT

81%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

59%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating


No eco rating

The BMW 5 Series has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP. As yet, very few new cars have been tested for environmental impact by Green NCAP, and inevitably the testing programme was halted in early 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic.

Awards


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

2021

  • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Best Executive Car
  • What Car? Awards – Best Luxury Car + Best Estate Car Interior
  • carwow Awards – Best Large Car
  • Fleet World Awards – Best Executive Car
  • Business Motoring Awards – Best Executive Car
  • Fleet News Awards – Best Executive Car

2020

  • Carbuyer Awards – Best Large Company Car (530e)
  • 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
  • DieselCar & EcoCar Top 50 – Best Executive Car

2019

  • 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
  • DieselCar & EcoCar Top 50 – Best Executive Car

2018

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

2017

  • What Car? AwardsCar of the Year
  • Auto Express Awards – Best Executive Car

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