(F10) BMW 5 Series review - (2010-2016) - Prices, specs and rivals

BMW’s 5 Series: so good, it’s all the car you’d ever need

Evo rating
Price
from £31,115
  • Great engines, superb chassis, lovely interior
  • Bland exterior styling, very common now

Specs and Rivals

Rivals for the saloon and Touring are obvious, such as the Mercedes E-Class, Audi A6 and Jaguar XF. The basic cost of all four cars is within £5000 of one another, the Mercedes being the most expensive and the BMW being the cheapest. 

The Mercedes is much newer than the BMW and offers a far more refined drivetrain, that helps justify the slightly higher price. The cabin in the E-Class, which feels like a slightly scaled down S-Class, is more sophisticated than the BMW's. Overall, although the Mercedes is an enjoyable car to drive, it sacrifices dynamic thrills for overall luxury.  

> Click here to read our review of the Mercedes E-Class

The Jaguar is closest in philosophy to the BMW, however the 5 Series feels marginally lighter and wieldier – especially the more performance oriented variants. However, the BMW is due to be replaced soon, which will make things even more difficult for the Jaguar.

> Click here to read our review of the Jaguar XF

The 5 Series GT is a little trickier to classify; about its nearest competitor is the Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake, a car we much prefer to the Gran Turismo.

Most Popular

Mercedes-AMG C43 2022 review – can AMG really rival the M340i with just four cylinders?
Mercedes-AMG C43 – header
Mercedes C-Class

Mercedes-AMG C43 2022 review – can AMG really rival the M340i with just four cylinders?

Two cylinders and a turbo down on its predecessor, the C43 still has it where it counts
28 Jun 2022
A car wash loophole in an MGF – evo Archive
Car wash loophole in an MGF
MG

A car wash loophole in an MGF – evo Archive

How the drop-tops Grand Challenge got some of the evo team in a lather
21 Jun 2022
BMW M4 Competition xDrive 2022 review – is the all-wheel-drive M4 really the best one?
BMW M4 Competition xDrive – header
BMW M4

BMW M4 Competition xDrive 2022 review – is the all-wheel-drive M4 really the best one?

It might be easy to dismiss the BMW M4 Competition xDrive as the sensible option, but be in no doubt, this is about as good as sports coupes get
29 Jun 2022