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Why buy a used BMW 5 Series?

If you're in the market for a car that's luxurious, spacious and refined, then a used BMW 5 Series is a great choice. The vehicle has an elegant design and is very spacious and comfortable inside. A wide range of powertrain options ensures maximum power output as well as plenty of efficiency, while the cabin is filled with high-tech equipment.

Latest used BMW 5 Series

BMW, 5 Series

2019 (19) - BMW 5 Series

2019 (19) - BMW 5 Series40

£16,495

Finance available £346 pm

*Representative example

  • 2L
  • 108.1K

    Miles
  • Diesel
  • Automatic
  • Estate

Brooklands Cars

01536614638 *

4.7/5 Stars

BMW, 5 Series

2013 (13) - BMW 5 Series

2013 (13) - BMW 5 Series4

£6,499

  • 2L
  • 106.5K

    Miles
  • Diesel
  • Automatic
  • Saloon

Pershore Car Sales

01905971312 *

BMW, 5 Series

2020 - BMW 5 Series

2020 - BMW 5 Series4

£24,750

Finance available £487 pm

*Representative example

  • 3L
  • 80.0K

    Miles
  • Diesel
  • Automatic
  • Saloon

Moy Auto Services

02887060051 *

BMW, 5 Series

2011 (60) - BMW 5 Series

2011 (60) - BMW 5 Series1

£4,995

Finance available £89 pm

*Representative example

  • 2L
  • 123.0K

    Miles
  • Diesel
  • Automatic
  • Saloon

Cars4You Ltd

01313415301 *

BMW, 5 Series

2019 (19) - BMW 5 Series

2019 (19) - BMW 5 Series35

Reduced

£17,990

Finance available £349 pm

*Representative example

  • 2L
  • 58.8K

    Miles
  • Diesel
  • Automatic
  • Saloon

Park Road Garages Ltd

01234434875 *

BMW, 5 Series

2012 (12) - BMW 5 Series

2012 (12) - BMW 5 Series28

Low Mileage

£8,995

Finance available £178 pm

*Representative example

  • 2L
  • 61.2K

    Miles
  • Petrol
  • Automatic
  • Saloon

Jc Automotive Ltd

02038680408 *

BMW, 5 Series

2013 (63) - BMW 5 Series

2013 (63) - BMW 5 Series22

£3,950

Finance available £65 pm

*Representative example

  • 2L
  • 113.8K

    Miles
  • Diesel
  • Manual
  • Saloon

GB Trader Cars Ltd

01216676857 *

BMW, 5 Series

2023 - BMW 5 Series

2023 - BMW 5 Series12

£46,998

  • 2L
  • 8.3K

    Miles
  • Petrol
  • Automatic
  • Saloon

Arnold Clark Click & Collect Southampton

01418466921 *

BMW 5 Series snapshot review

Pros

  • Wide range of engine choices
  • High levels of technology
  • Strong build quality

Cons

  • Ride can be firm on certain models
  • Optional extras quickly bump up the car’s price
  • Expensive to buy new

BMW 5 Series by type

Automatic
Manual
Petrol
Diesel
Petrol EV & Hybrid
Diesel EV & Hybrid
4 Door
5 Door

Used BMW 5 Series information

Engines and transmissions

There have been numerous powertrains offered throughout the years including petrol, diesel and hybrid. These have been paired with automatic or manual transmissions and rear-wheel or four-wheel drive. There is now also an all-electric model, known as the i5.

Petrol
  • 520i outputs 205bhp for a 7.3-second 0-60mph time and an efficiency rating of up to 48.7mpg.
  • 550e xDrive plug-in hybrid creates 482bhp and provides up to 55 miles of electric-only driving with a combined efficiency of 36.7mpg.
  • 530e plug-in hybrid generates 294bhp and offers a longer driving range of up to 63 miles per charge and a higher combined rating of 42.8mpg.
  • Older-generation 528i offers 241bhp with an efficiency rating of 41mpg.
  • M5 has a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 making 552bhp with an electronically limited top speed of 155mph.
Diesel
  • Older 520d and 530d engines were discontinued before the most recent generation, but tend to be the most popular among used cars.
  • 520d makes 187bhp for a 0-62mph time of 7.1 seconds and is efficient with a rating of up to 56.5mpg.
  • More powerful 530d creates 261bhp or 281bhp depending on the configuration, and provides a similar efficiency rating of around 51.4mpg.

Practicality

The BMW 5 Series has a spacious cabin and executive style, making it a practical option for families who desire a premium vehicle.

Interior space
  • Front seats are supportive and spacious with plenty of support and varying materials available.
  • Rear seat has been available with both two or three seats, accommodating families of various sizes.
  • Both rows of seats offer ample kneeroom and headroom, even for tall passengers.
Boot space
  • 520-litre boot is available in all saloons, even with the plug-in hybrid, which is 140 litres more than the Mercedes Benz E-Class and Audi A6.
  • 5 Series Grand Turismo offers up to 1,700 litres of space with the rear seats folded down, which is 30 litres more than the Touring Estate.
  • Electronic tailgate can open quickly with the touch of a button
Bodystyles
  • Saloon provides classic executive style with a large amount of space.
  • Gran Turismo (GT) model offers a sporty feel and a hatchback design.
  • Estate wagon increases passenger comfort with more interior room.

Safety

  • 2023 Euro NCAP rating was a perfect five stars.
  • Adult occupant, child occupant and pedestrian are more than 80%, while safety assist is 78%.
  • Standard kit includes lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control.

Technology

  • Large 14.9-inch display available with newest lineup.
  • Connectivity provided through Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
  • USB ports available in front and rear seats for charging from either row.
  • 12.3-inch digital driver's display takes the place of traditional gauges.

BMW 5 Series generations

Despite being on the market since 1972, the BMW 5 Series continues to be a popular model among enthusiasts. Its original boxy shape may no longer be present in the modern generations, but it's still engineered with precision parts and filled with innovative tech features. Now in its eighth generation, BMW continues updating the 5 Series to keep it at the top of the mid-size business saloon car class.

Eighth Generation (2023 to Present)

The newest lineup may be the sportiest ever offered, and it retains its long wheelbase and flowing design. The Iconic Glow kidney grille, crystalline Interaction Bar and available panoramic glass roof give the vehicle more personality and edgy design.

Further changes were made to the engine options, increasing the power and adding more efficiency. Safety systems were also updated, with the Driving Assistant Professional added in select models.

Eighth Generation (2023 to Present)
Fuel type:
Not Supplied / Petrol
Engine Size:
2 - 3
MPG:
Acceleration:
4.3 - 7.5 seconds
Boot space:
520 L capacity
NCAP Safety rating:
stars
  • Greenest

    530e M Sport 4dr Auto

  • Cheapest

    520i M Sport 4dr Auto

  • Fastest

    550e xDrive M Sport 4dr Auto

Seventh Generation (2017 to 2023)

This generation had a long wheelbase, a flowing roof line and an extended bonnet. Its modelled contours perfectly matched the iconic kidney grille, while the headlights helped to accent the vehicle's width. BMW released new powertrains, including plug-in hybrids for more efficiency. There was also an available adaptive suspension that made the 5 Series more enjoyable to drive.

During a 2020 facelift, the kidney grille received a redesign and the headlights became flatter. New paint finishes were added, along with optional laserlight technology. Comfort seats were offered, and the safety assistance technology was heavily updated.

Seventh Generation (2017 to 2023)
Fuel type:
Diesel / Not Supplied / Petrol
Engine Size:
2 - 4.4
MPG:
25 - 156
Acceleration:
3.4 - 8.8 seconds
Boot space:
410 - 570 L capacity
NCAP Safety rating:
5 / 5 stars
  • Greenest

    530e SE 4dr Auto

  • Cheapest

    520i SE 4dr Auto

  • Fastest

    B5 4.4 Bi Turbo 4dr Switch-Tronic AWD

Sixth Generation (2009 to 2017)

With more than two million sold, the sixth-generation 5 Series has been the most popular to date. While it was already elegant and sporty, the M Sport Package became available with top-notch enhancements both inside and out.

A 2013 facelift changed some of the styling features and added more engines. These models had standard Xenon headlights and Bluetooth connectivity, which was ahead of its time.

Sixth Generation (2009 to 2017)
Fuel type:
Diesel / Hybrid - Petrol/Electric / Petrol
Engine Size:
2 - 4.4
MPG:
25 - 68
Acceleration:
4.6 - 10.1 seconds
Boot space:
375 - 590 L capacity
NCAP Safety rating:
5 / 5 stars
  • Greenest

    ActiveHybrid 5 4dr Step Auto

  • Cheapest

    520d SE 4dr

  • Fastest

    550i Luxury 4dr Step Auto

Used BMW 5 Series information

Used BMW 5 Series FAQ's

Which is the most popular engine in the BMW 5 Series?

The diesel engines have been the most popular. While they aren't offered in the newest lineup, the incredibly popular 520d made 187bhp while the 530d was rated for 261bhp. Efficiency ratings were over 50mpg, making them cheaper to run.

Which are the most popular model variants?

Today, BMW offers the 5 Series in three model variants: M Sport, Sport Edition and M. The M Sport has been the most popular of the three because it offers plenty of standard equipment for a lower price, with new models showcasing the large touchscreen display and high-tech safety features.

What optional extras should I look out for?

The Live Cockpit Pro with Head up Display is a great tech upgrade, while the front and heated rear seats can provide everyone with more comfort. Customers should also look out for the electric automatic tailgate.

Is the BMW 5 Series a good family car?

Yes, there's plenty of space in the 5 Series and the boot space is impressive, especially with the plug-in hybrid configurations. With updated entertainment and comfort features, even long drives can be enjoyable.

Is there a hybrid version of the BMW 5 Series?

BMW has several hybrid powertrains available with the 5 Series, offering up to 63 miles of driving per charge. There's also a newer i5 model, which is the electric version of the 5 Series.

Is the BMW 5 Series available as an automatic?

Yes, the majority of 5 Series models were built and sold with an automatic transmission, so most used examples are automatic. There's still the option to choose a used 5 Series with a manual gearbox, but they are more difficult to find.

Is there a four-wheel drive version available?

Yes, the 5 Series has been available with BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive system to add more capability to the lineup, and there are plenty of them available among the used cars. However, most models had a rear-wheel drive for sportier handling.

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