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BMW 5 Series Touring estate

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jeffk62

Best car I have owned

BMW 5 SERIES 530d Executive 5dr Step Auto (Review date: 24th October '14)

4.8

originally I was looking to buy a 5 series estate but due to the high values second hand I took a look at this car. I needed a car that would be able to tow our new caravan over the continent without any hassle. There wasn't a lot of information about how good it was towing though all the figures added up. I took the plunge and bought my 59 plate with 50k on the clock. First thing was to get a tow bar fitted Bmw quoted £1800 just for the parts "choke" I ask why they said the cooling system needed to be upgraded. I didn't buy their parts and a local towbar comp fitted £400 I have had no problems with overheating and pulls like a dream. This car is complete luxury with every option on it I never tire driving it. Averaging 36mpg and 24mpg towing a large caravan. Only had one issue near side rear air suspension unit went. Common problem on BMW again they wanted £800 to supply and fit. So watch a clip from u-tube bought unit from Germany for £179 fitted in 1 hour. Downside sometimes only a four seater but hah who cares.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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chrisjw

Much better than the old model

BMW 5 SERIES 520d M Sport 5dr Step Auto [Start Stop] (Review date: 16th October '14)

4.8

As above this is far nicer than the old shape, rides a lot better than the old version was way to firm for my taste. Bought mine at six months old with 8k now 26k. Getting about 53mpg according to the computer on a run. Have the 10" screen which is very good, sat nav very good.

Only fault so far was the aircon stopped working failed compressor but fixed under warranty.

I have used the phone bmw option a few times to get the directions sent to the car but always took me too a slightly different location. There are loads of gadget type things like street view, google search, the news, the weather but have found after a couple of months the novelty wore off and haven't used any since.

Sat nav very good at avoiding london traffic the other day.

All in all a very nice car which I fully intend to keep for a long time it's the first car I have had that I'm not thinking of changing after six months

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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petehepworth

Quick, spacious and beautifully built 535i SE Gran Turismo

BMW 5 SERIES 535i SE 5dr Step Auto (Review date: 15th October '14)

4.5

Bought second hand from a BMW main dealer with low mileage, this is our 8th BMW since 1991 and without a doubt the best of the lot.

Very quick car but almost silent inside and very well equipped and spacious. The seats are very comfortable, though I wouldn't recommend putting three adults in the back except for short journeys. The superb engine and seamless automatic gearbox are a delight. Downside is a slightly harsh ride from the run-flat tyres, but we are used to this on this manufacturer's cars and this is much the best so far of those we have had.

The boot is perhaps smaller than you'd expect due to intrusion of the rear suspension, but with the seats folded and parcel shelf removed to its neat storage well there is room for my wife's electric motability scooter with space to spare.

The petrol 3-litre twin-turbo averages in the high twenties mpg - more than acceptable for a car which does short journeys and less than 5000 miles per year. We have yet to do a long run in it in the 8 months we have owned it, but I don't doubt it would deliver a comfortable, swift journey and we would feel refreshed at its end.

All in all a superb, well-engineered car which has been faultless up to now and we would buy another without hesitation.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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robin36uk

BMW 530d M-Sport Touring 2013

BMW 5 SERIES 530d M Sport 5dr Step Auto (Review date: 1st October '14)

5

After several years of owning Skoda Octavia VRS diesels I thought I would try my first BMW. What a car! The 530d has a 8 speed auto box and with optional sport transmission you get the ability to manually change with stearing paddles. BMW states a combined mpg of 51 which is hard to achieve when you have 258 bhp however I always seem to achieve about 46mpg on a long run. This car is so quiet and relaxing I find that I don't get as tired after a long drive. I bought this car to tow and it does so effortlessly and even the economy is better that my 2.0 tdi skoda.

If you are considering which options are a must in my opinion professional media upgrade, othersise the screen is so small its hardly worth having. I would also say not upgrading the alloys to 19 as 18 still look really good with the recent addition of the 613m alloys they introduced in sept 13. Also Run Flats are about £50 cheaper a corner on 18's!

The only downside I have is that because the boot has a completely flat loading bay you loose out on so much boot volume. Unfortunately all cars are doing this.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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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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