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Our Fleet: BMW 5 Series - March

BIK List Price
BMW 5 Series BIK list price
BIK Percentage
BMW 5 Series BIK Percent
BMW 5 Series CO2
Combined MPG
BMW 5 Series MPG


So our time with the BMW 5 Series has come to an end, which neatly coincides with the car picking up the Fleet News boardroom car of the year award.

After six months, we have very few negatives to report: other than the temporary loss of sound reported in a previous review, there were no maintenance issues despite more than 10,000 miles of motoring and no instances of trim buzz that often afflicts media cars.

We averaged 48.2mpg, a little way off the car’s official 55mpg figure, but when driven ultra efficiently, that target is within reach.

Everyone who took a turn in the car – driver and passenger alike – enthused at its refinement, comfort and sheer driving enjoyment.

The seat are class leading. They do not massage your back or move in 50 different directions like some options offered by rival models; they simply hold you in and enable major journeys to be undertaken without the risk of backache. What else do you really need?

Even the interior, often a shortcoming of BMW models, was less stark, combining function with a more pleasing design. One minor quibble was the protruding dash on the passenger’s side which could be a little claustrophobic, according to one occupant.

And the headlamps are not the brightest, particularly when compared to Audi.

Three setting options allow the driver to select comfort, normal or sports (with individual configurations if required), enabling the right level of chassis stiffness, throttle/engine response and gear change characteristics, depending on the circumstances or personal preferences. Ours was mostly set to comfort for the motorway and sports for everything else.

The 5 Series leaves us with both a glowing scorecard and a trophy under its wing.

Mileage at end: 10,182
Average fuel consumption – 48.2mpg

Driver Notes

Driver appeal
Class leading. Excellent on winding B-roads and long motorway journeys, with a refined engine and comfortable seats.
Fuel costs
520d promises 57.6mpg on the combined cycle, although we only averaged 48mpg. While the official figures eluded us, this is still pretty good for such a big car.
CO2 emissions
Officially 129g/km, which is astonishing for a car of this size. Forthcoming ED version tipped to bring CO2 below 120g/km
Residual values
27% at four years/80,000 miles – same as new A6 and a point ahead of E-class. Impressive.
FN Verdict
Is any car perfect? The BMW gets as close as any, with only a handful of minor niggles preventing it from taking the full five stars
Top Speed
BMW 5 Series Top Speed
VED band
BMW 5 Series Ved
Fuel Type
BMW 5 Series Fuel Type
Residual Value
3 Year 60k : £11,565
4 Year 80k : £9,000
Running Cost (ppm)
3 Year 60k : 47.00
4 Year 80k : 43.20

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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