Added 25th November, 2016
By Jonathan Crouch
Despite its enormous success over nearly half a century, BMW's 5 Series remains a car that's often underestimated. That's a little unfair, for if properly specified, this revised MK6 model can not only be the most efficient contender in its class from its era but also the best one to drive, a combination that takes some beating. Bear in mind that in developing this car, BMW's design team had not only to manage that but had also to cover off the build integrity segment buyers expected from an Audi and the gadgetry and ride quality such people would want from a Mercedes-Benz. An enormous task.
But not an impossible one, as this improved F10 generation 5 Series proved. True, it's a pity that in buying this model, if you're to really get yourself 'the ultimate driving machine', you've to find an example optioned up with pricey dynamic driving options. But even in standard guise, this is a hugely accomplished car, if one requiring familiarity and plenty of mileage over varying roads before its true qualities really begin to shine through. As you'd expect, it's quiet and roomy and in this post-2013 guise, it's also smarter, cleaner and even better on the balance sheet. A benchmark business BMW then. Just as a 5 Series has always been.