Used BMW 5-Series Saloon (2003 - 2010) Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 30 Jul 2008
4.5
BMW has a strong reputation for building cars that are rewarding to drive and the latest 5-Series lives up to that status. The sports saloon comes with a wide choice of engines all of which offer strong performance while the sharp steering, strong brakes and excellent body control give it class leading handling.
BMW 5-Series Saloon (03-10)
Aspirational image, great to drive, exceptional fuel economy on diesels, modern cabin
Styling still not to everyone's taste, firm ride

New price range:

£25,790 - £50,605

Used price range:

£811 - £9,768

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4.5 out of 5

BMW has a strong reputation for building cars that are rewarding to drive and the latest 5-Series lives up to that status. The sports saloon comes with a wide choice of engines all of which offer strong performance while the sharp steering, strong brakes and excellent body control give it class leading handling. The trade off is a firm ride, which along with the standard run flat tyres, can make the 5-Series unsettled on uneven roads.

In 2007 a fuel-saving program called Efficient Dynamics was introduced to all models - but it works in the background so drivers won't notice any differences. Spacious, comfortable and superbly built, the BMW remains the best executive saloon on the market.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4.5 out of 5

Performance

5 out of 5

Handling

4.5 out of 5

Comfort

3.5 out of 5

Practicality

3.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4 out of 5

Safety

3.5 out of 5

Reliability

4 out of 5

Running costs

3.5 out of 5

Green credentials

2 out of 5

Buying used

3 out of 5

Selling

4 out of 5

Equipment

4 out of 5

What owners say...

 To be fair I didn't buy this car to be practical I bought to enjoy it.  

4 out of 5

Anonymous ,   10 Dec 2014    ... read more

 Everything in the right place. Also front and rear parking sensors.  

5 out of 5

Andrew Csete ,   09 Sep 2014    ... read more

 The huge boot. I've got a 2yr old and it easily takes the travel cot, pushchair and the luggage.  

5 out of 5

Rakesh Patel ,   09 Sep 2014    ... read more

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