BMW 5 Series saloon

Price  £30,265 - £57,910

BMW 5 Series saloon

reviewed by Carbuyer

  • Great to drive
  • Very economical
  • Large boot
  • Plain looks
  • Common sight on the road
  • Adaptive Drive is optional extra

The BMW 5 Series is a large executive car that takes on rivals like the Jaguar XF, Mercedes E-Class and Audi A6. It was given a facelift recently to freshen up its looks, which introduced a revised front end and new lights, and while it may not have the most exciting design – nor look as stylish as the Jaguar XF – it's still a smart-looking car.

Class-leading handling makes it the most fun-to-drive executive car around but it's also comfortable; and the interior is well-equipped, stylish and superbly put together. There's a broad range of excellent engines, ranging from super-frugal to seriously fast, so there's something for every buyer, too. There are four specifications to choose from: SE, Modern, Luxury and M Sport, with the latter getting a sporty bodykit and firmer suspension for better performance. Whichever model you opt for, though, you’ll be getting one of the finest car money can buy – which is why we made the BMW 5 Series our Best Large Executive Car at the 2014 CarBuyer Awards.