The BMW 5 Series: What You Need To Know

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For over a decade now the BMW 5 series has been a staple of business class travel. Like its competitor, the Jaguar XF and the Audi A6, it’s a powerful car, designed for those long business trips. But in many ways, it is the quintessential business car. The BMW 5 Series has always had a certain character that makes it attractive to businesses.

For over a decade now the BMW 5 series has been a staple of business class travel. Like its competitor, the Jaguar XF and the Audi A6, it’s a powerful car, designed for those long business trips. But in many ways, it is the quintessential business car. The BMW 5 Series has always had a certain character that makes it attractive to businesses.

 

It wasn’t always this way. Previous versions of the BMW 5 series have been derided, thanks in part to the looks of the car. But thanks also to the fact that the cars weren’t as reliable as they could have been. But now, with the 2010 model, it appears as if that has all changed for the better. What’s perhaps interesting is the direction in which the style has been taken. It used to be the case that business class cars were all about practicality. Hence the 5 Series was either a saloon or an estate car. It was pitched to businesses and businesspeople as such. And that was the primary draw of the car. But all that changed with the GT version of the 5-series. That brought a sense of sportiness to the brand; something others had been doing for a while. And thanks to that change, the 5 Series went from strength to strength.

The Performance

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When it comes to performance, the 5 Series is still one of the best executive cars on the market. In fact, the 5 Series has always been something of a benchmark car when it comes to performance. It’s the standard to which we judge the executive class. And so it should come as no surprise that this car has performance in spades. Perhaps the first thing that drivers notice is the handling. BMW has put a lot of effort into making their 5 Series cars effortless to handle. That means that the steering is light and precise. And it’s perfect whether you’re in a big city, or tearing down winding country lanes.

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Of course, if you want the full experience of driving a BMW, you’ll want a model with a manual gearbox. The gearbox helps the car to feel natural when driving and gives a greater feeling of control when paired with BMW tyres.

The 5 Series comes in a range of power options. You can go for the 187 hp diesel engine, designed for general business use. This version of the car will go from 0 to 60 mph in about 7.7 seconds. Or you can choose the 550 bhp M5, one of the fastest and most exciting executive cars on the market right now.

The Comfort

Businesses and professionals also want a car that is luxurious to travel in. And so even if the BMW delivered on both cost and performance, which it does, it would also have to deliver on comfort. And in this respect, BMW does well, although it isn’t a class-leader.

The 5 Series benefits mainly from the fact that it is a very large car. This means that despite the large engine, the interior is roomy. There’s plenty of legroom in both the front and that back.

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The Costs

Of course, the choice of executive car doesn’t just come down to matters of performance. (If only it did). What businesses choose also comes down, at least in part to price. What’s nice about the BMW is how it manages to blend performance with price. Unlike its predecessors, the car has impressive performance credentials, and impressively high mileage. Diesel versions of the car will deliver more than 65 mpg. And if you choose the 2.0-liter petrol version of the car, you’ll get at least 47.1 mpg.

Higher powered versions of the car don’t come with the same kind of performance margins. Some versions of the M5 won’t even get thirty miles to the gallon. And when you consider that these cars are often putting out more than 200g/km of CO2, they don’t look very attractive for businesses.

Of course, most companies won’t want to go for a top end car. And when they don’t, it’s possible to get real value for money out of a 5 Series car. For starters, BMW offers an enticing service pack. With this service pack, you’ll get up to 50,000 miles maintenance cover. Not bad. And if you buy the car new, you can expect it to depreciate more slowly than other cars in its class. This makes the 5 Series a very enticing prospect overall.

 

 

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