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Our Fleet: BMW 5 Series - November

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


It’s a measure of a car’s quality when you have to resort to nit picking to find any faults.

So it is with the excellent BMW 5 Series and, more specifically, the 520d we have on long term test.

Like its predecessors, the 5 Series is undoubtedly a class leader, offering fleets safety, low CO2 emissions, strong residuals, competitive running costs and driver appeal in equal measure.

Styling upgrades to the latest 5 bring it much closer to the 7 Series.

Many drivers will applaud the move towards a more rounded, shapely look; I think it looks a little anodyne compared to the design flourishes of the older model.

Ample room in the back and a cavernous boot offer practicality while the 2.0-litre diesel engine delivers strong driving performance combined with CO2 emissions of just 129g/km for our manual version.

Official fuel figures of 57.6mpg can be achieved with a feather right foot, although our car has more regularly been delivering in the high 40s.

So to those niggles. The dashboard is quite intrusively on the passenger side, leaning inwards which, according to a Fleet News photographer, makes it a little claustrophobic.

The 5 Series has the same annoying sat-nav deficiency as the Audi A4 Avant I recently vacated, accepting only four-digit destination postcodes.

One other issue, which might be down to my IT ineptitude, is that the radio doesn’t appear to automatically find the strongest signal. It results in several manual re-tunes on longer journeys.

But, as I said, nit-picking. And none of these minor complaints affect issues concerning fleet management.

The first few weeks with the 5 Series have flown by, in much the same way as the miles when undertaking long journeys.

The car has already become a favourite on fleet lists – it’s not difficult to see why.

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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