Used BMW 5-Series Saloon (2010 - 2017) Costs

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 27 Aug 2015
BMW is renowned for building cars that are great to drive but sometimes at the expense of comfort. That's not the case with the 5 Series, however.
4 out of 5

Running costs

When you take into account the high level of standard equipment such as leather seats and Bluetooth, the 5 Series is good value for money compared to alternative executive saloons. All the engines offer good fuel economy considering their relative power outputs, but special mention has to go to the excellent 520d which averages 57mpg - mightily impressive for an engine with 184bhp.

Cheap BMW 5 Series running costs end with the fuel economy because BMW servicing isn't cheap although it is on a par with the likes of Audi and you can expect great customer care. BMW also offers an excellent fixed-price servicing package for both new and used buyers. Called Service Inclusive, it covers all your servicing for five years or 60,000 miles (whichever comes first) for a one off up-front payment.

It's certainly worth the money and can be transferred onto subsequent owners should you decide to sell.

* based on most recent data

Estimated fuel cost for 10,000 miles per year


£996 - £1,734 *


£729 - £1,126 *

The estimated fuel cost figure is a guide to how much this model will cost to fuel each year, so you can compare between cars. It's calculated by using the model's average mpg (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price. It's based on the following cost-per-litre: petrol 103p and diesel 109p. Prices are updated daily.

Summary Running Costs

Servicing period

Variable according to on-board computer.


Three years/60,000 miles.

Road tax (12 months)

£20.00 - £565.00

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered after March 1st 2001 VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions. For cars registered before March 1st 2001 it is based on engine size.

Full running costs data

4.5 out of 5

Green credentials

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CO2 emission figure (g/km)

Fuel economy rating

The arrows indicate the best and worst CO2 bands for this model.

Emissions summary

Average BMW 5 Series emissions levels have been brought down by the 520d model. The German car maker has been at the forefront of improving fuel economy and cutting CO2 emissions and its Efficient Dynamics technology is the most advanced around. The 520d is the cleanest model, helped by an engine start/stop system that cuts the engine in traffic. As a result this model emits just 132g/km of CO2 - an impressive figure for any car, and an incredible result for a saloon of this size and power.

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