2013 BMW 5 Series review

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2013 BMW 5 Series review

The BMW 5 has been one of our favourite full-size cars since its launch in

The daunting news for rivals the Audi A6 and Mercedes E-Class is it’s just got even after a subtle face-lift has it lower CO2 emissions, revised and some new technology.

There are two new engines. A 141bhp 518d joins the line-up, bringing the price down to £29,830. new entry-level model emits 119g/km of CO2, although the 520d (manual or auto) this output despite an extra 41bhp, so is likely to the big seller.

What’s the 2013 BMW 5 like to drive?

The mechanical changes are mild, so the BMW 5 Series drives much the as the previous model.

We tried the and 530d. The latter has a 254bhp diesel engine that’s as and flexible as ever. This is now more attractive to company car though, thanks to its lower CO2 of 134g/km (down from

This efficiency improvement is down to a new coasting function to all automatic versions), which can the gearbox from the drivetrain to unwanted engine braking. have also been

The 181bhp, four-cylinder engine in the is relatively smooth, too, and strong mid-range acceleration. The manual gearbox is best (it’s rather notchy), but the eight-speed automatic gearbox is shifting smoothly and intelligently.

BMW says it’s tweaked the 5 suspension to improve ride However, the differences are negligible at on our test cars, which all fitted with optional dampers.

In Sport mode, the 5 still handles sharply while choosing Comfort the suspension just enough to high-speed comfort. You’ll the odd sharp thump over bumps even on the smallest on the 520d but the 5 Series is the more than rivals, such as the A6 and Mercedes E-Class.

It remains to be whether versions without suspension are any better than Previously, cars with suspension suffered from an ride and sloppier handling.

As ever, the 5 Series is a very exec. There’s very road noise at speed and noise is well-suppressed, too.

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Not much has changed inside, but it didn’t need to because the rival that can claim to a classier cabin is the Audi A6 and then the difference is marginal.

The position is slightly offset in manual versions), with the positioned too far to the right. However, the are comfortable and supportive, and there’s of adjustment to help the driver get

Rear space is also There’s easily enough for two six-footers, and three will fit whoever draws the short will have to straddle a chunky transmission tunnel.

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A boot means luggage is roughly on a par with that of such as the Audi A6 and Jaguar XF.

All come with BMW’s iDrive infotainment system, is controlled via a rotary dial surrounding buttons) on the centre

Pay a bit more and you’ll now get a touch-pad on top of the dial. This can be used to letters and numbers without to scroll through various menus. There’s also an voice control function you can use to dictate text messages and

Prices have risen by £1100, but you now get more standard with sat-nav and xenon fitted even to entry-level SE

With that in mind, the expensive trims Modern, and M sport aren’t worth unless you really love luxuries.

Should I buy one?

The 5 is still the best of its ilk i f you’re in the for a full-size exec.

That’s true if you’re a company car because the four-cylinder diesel are so much cheaper to run than thanks to their exceptionally low CO2

However, if you don’t need quite this big, own 3 Series (particularly the 320d ED) is still and even better to albeit not quite as classy

What Car? says.

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