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4.8
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BMW 5 Series Touring estate

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brodie07

First car for years that I actually want to just go for a drive in

BMW 5 SERIES 520d M Sport 5dr Step Auto [Start Stop] (Review date: 8th April '14)

4.3

I looked all over for the right priced car and eventually found one in the classifieds on Autotrader. The S/Hand value of these cars seems to have risen over the last year so I struggled at first to find one.

First impressions of the car are excellent, I went for an M sport and compared to an SE they are a stunning looking car, especially in the touring model. I've driven a few 5 series cars over the last 15 years and they all drive really well but they manage to improve them over and over again. This car feels very solid on the road and very firm which I put down to the M Sport suspension. The car I got has black leather interior and black wood and black head lining so it's a bit of a dark place during the day especially with the privacy glass as well but other than that it's a nice place to be and at night it lights up like an aircraft flight deck! I marked the car down on running costs because the avg mpg is quoted at 55 but I'm struggling to get over 45 and I've yet to do a full tank to full tank test to see what it actually is. The one thing that does impress me is how effortless the car is to drive especially at night with all the automatic lights etc it just seems to eat up the miles. It's not massive inside like my old Passat which might be a problem if you want to put large items in the boot. But the main question is would I buy another one and do I think it's the best looking driving car in it's class, the answer has to be yes, just don't buy one new as there are great deals on nearly new cars.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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gringer

Executive Sports Hatchback with style

BMW 5 SERIES 535d M Sport 5dr Step Auto [Professional Media] (Review date: 24th January '14)

4.8

After 10 years of my love affair with my two 7 series I needed a load lugger which was a pracical day to day car as well and stumbled accross the 5 series GT. I was smitten immediately after road testing the 530. Looking around the online main dealers for a good 2 year old example I found a 16 month old 535GT M Sport with higher than average miles but was astounding. It just felt so good, oozed quality and comfort with all the performance you'd ever need, perhaps it suited me as its built on the 7 series chassis so it's really a 7 series executive hatchback in disguise. If you want a car thats a head turner but discrete with it and don't mind the slightly lower fuel figures that the performance explaines away this model is a lot of fun and practical to own.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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rob37uk

Excellent long distance tourer

BMW 5 SERIES 528i SE 5dr Step Auto (Review date: 29th September '13)

4.5

After 10 years with an E-39 5 series 528i saloon, the new petrol sixes are not as silky smooth and a bit diesel-like at idle.

Much smoother ride on the standard SE trim wheels and tyres - avoid 18" & 19" wheels to save your back.

Lovely interior and trim materials.

I think this will be another car that I will keep for a decade or more.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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ifabbott

530d se GT. Really surprising good. Get used to the looks!

BMW 5 SERIES 530d SE 5dr Step Auto (Review date: 26th August '13)

4.8

Gave away my wife's old E240 which was hanging! She wanted the usual, a small economical car, easy to park, fits 10 people, 100 mpg, 0-60 sub 2 seconds and free servicing for 50 years. Alas she had to do with my choice for her which is the 530d GT.

I like personally like the way it looks and presents itself. It is a higher ride than the 5 series but not as high as the X6. The space in the back is presidential but is space that has been stolen from the boot. Two stage boot lid configuration, but you will only use one, the big one where you can reach everything in the boot.

No spare tire, only run flats which I dont mind.

8 speed box is great. Was cruising at 120 in Germany in 8th gear at 2500 rpm. 70 mph is 1400 revs. (did top out at indicated 158 in 6th at 4200 rpm)

Not bad on fuel. Averaged 39.7 mpg from Edinburgh to centre of London and 34 mpg on a high speed trip around Europe. Better than my E55 Komp which was 19 mpg on a low speed trip!

It is silent in the cab when you drive, no noise, I was surprised because of the run flats. Rougher ride than expected.

This car is not for a sales rep or a motor way cruncher, it is a little too thirsty for that. It is not for a family as the boot is too small.

BMW are very professional, see my E55K post!

Tires, 1200 a set, beware!

Gearbox is a time bomb that will cost a kings ransom to repair as ZF make the gearbox and the same one used in RR, Bentley, Dodge Chargers, Jeep, all sorts.

It is quick on acceleration and just keeps on going and going. I would recommend the 535d gt instead of the 530d just for the extra fun and only slight compromise on fuel economy.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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richd68

Simply a great car

BMW 5 SERIES 530d SE 5dr Step Auto (Review date: 1st May '13)

4.8

Bought this car to udgrade my 525D. The GT is actually built on the 7 series cahsis, but gives the spacious feel of an X5. The style, finnish, comfort and egine is everything you would expect from BMW. Yes it's an inbetween car so if you can't make up your mind between a saloon or 4x4 this is the car for you. The panoramic sunroof works a treat and gives the feel of even more space.

A great car in my opinion and i wouldn't hesitate to recommend to anyone. You won't be disappointed.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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ricktheblue

BMW 520 M-Sport Gran Turismo

BMW 5 SERIES 520d M Sport 5dr Step Auto [Professional Media] (Review date: 12th April '13)

4.5

I bought this low mileage demonstrator from a BMW main dealer. I wanted a large motorway cruiser capable of carrying 4 adults and luggage in serious comfort.

Having tried the Jag XF and XJ, Mercedes E class estate and considered the luxury 4x4 market leaders I tried the 520 GT and boy was I surprised.

The cabin is simply gigantic and really has a limo like quality in terms of both legroom and luxury. I am 6'3 and anyone sitting behind me usually has restricted leg room but not in this car. Added to that cabin space the hatchback luggage space is more than adequate and the sliding rear seats mean you can manage your space depending on load.

Go for the professional media upgrade if you can as it is truly supurb and full of enough features to keep any gadget hungry geek happy.

This is not as focused or quick as a 5 series saloon but is more than powerful enough for real world driving... if you want a track day car buy a Caterham 7 !!!

Take into account the high 40's fuel consumption and the £120 per year road tax it really begins to look like the best all round car BMW make.

To sum up, its like a big comfy 4x4 without the extortionate costs that type of car inflicts on you. Buy one!

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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graeme535

BMW 535 GT Auto

BMW 5 SERIES 535d SE 5dr Step Auto (Review date: 7th February '12)

4.8

I bought this car to replace my 520 d Tourer - Business edition which was a superb car. I was reluctant to make the change due to the 'average' reviews for the GT. However, after purchasing the 535 GT, I can say that the car is simply astonishing. It is so smooth, fast for the size of car with the engineering excellence so evident. The car is constantly attracting comment and admiration from friends and passers by. I don't use the car on a daily basis and would say that if you are looking for something more suitable for luggage or shopping the 5 series Tourer is probably a better option - both in terms of storage and parking due to the narrower profile (hence 4/5) . But I can live with that as the car is just in a different league to anything I have ever driven or owned.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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rogera

Great to own and drive.

BMW 5 SERIES 530d SE 5dr Step Auto (Review date: 20th January '12)

4.8

This replaced a 5 Series Sport Touring vehicle, primarily to get less firm ride but still retain the carrying capacity when needed. This has been achieved although the theoretical capacity is slightly more, in practice the sloping back can restrict the height of objects carried towards the rear of the vehicle. This would be my only criticism. The car rides and drives very well, is very comfortable, has an excellent 3L diesel engine and 8 speed auto box, well equipped and spacious inside using top quality materials.

Now 2 years old and would be happy to replace with a similar specification.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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mcpr5

BMW 520 Tourer

BMW 5 SERIES 520d SE 5dr Step Auto (Review date: 19th January '12)

4.8

The BMW520 is an excellent estate vehicle. Large boot manages to get my family of 5's luggage in for holiday without any probs. The handling is good even without the variable damper system - I think if you do not opt for the larger wheels the standard set up is excellent. Fuel economy has been a little disappointing with an average of 43mpg - not bad for such a big car and sporty driving but a little short of the advertised number! Comfort is excellent - the best car I have sat in and driven to date. The auto gear box is also very slick. I chose the Professional GPS/Music/Office system and it is excellent - very clear driving instructions, voice activation adds to safety. Overall and excellent car.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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paulB

White 520d Msport

BMW 5 SERIES 520d M Sport 5dr Step Auto (Review date: 20th July '11)

5

Great car eight speed auto brill giving 50+mpg plenty of power even loaded up done 17000 miles no problems spent your money on HD sat nav very impressive I had a five series on a 06 plate it's now a completely different car don't like run flats and 19" tyres are £350 a corner

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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