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Our Fleet: BMW 5 Series - December

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


BMWs aren’t really made for snow.

The rear-wheel drive action makes for slippy traction even after the lightest of snow falls.

Much of the issue can be resolved by high gearing – pulling away in second gear, for example – and gentle throttling, something a fellow BMW driver failed to appreciate when fish-tailing in front of me one frosty morning.

The 520d continues to live up to expectations – enjoyable to drive, comfortable, spacious, reliable - although I’ve yet to achieve fuel efficiency consistently above 50mpg (official combined is 57.6mpg).

High 40s is the best to date, although that rapidly drops if you want to experience the full power of the 184bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine.

With news that an Efficient Dynamic 5 Series is due early next year, this 129g/km model will no longer be the eco choice in the range.

Expect the ED version to dip below 120g/km with fuel efficiency exceeding 60mpg – an astonishing achievement for such a big, heavy car.

Having briefly swapped the 5 Series for a run out in a Renault Laguna estate, I can heartily recommend headlight washers for this time of year.

The Renault has them and my drive home was fully illuminated all the way.

The BMW doesn’t and the difference is visible - literally.

Every journey ends with a rag and water to clear the road salt from the casing.

Roll on springtime when this will no longer be an issue – sadly for me, however, the 520d will have been returned to BMW by then.

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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