BMW 5-series review - is this the best saloon in the world? - MPG and running costs

BMW's most complete 5-series ever, there are almost no compromises in this exceptional executive.

Evo rating
Price
from £37
  • Where to start? Powertrains, supremely competent handling and exceptional build quality
  • Feels big on the road, drab styling.

MPG and running costs

BMW’s impressive MPG figures are entirely due to tireless work removing weight and refining the drivetrains. The 520d is available in two specifications, the standard car being able to reach a combined figure of 68.9 mpg. For company car buyers, or those wanting to hand over as little as possible tax, an ED or EfficientDynamics model will hit an even more impressive 72.4mpg, while only just skimming over 100g/km.

The 530d is just as impressive, if not more so when it’s relative performance capability is taken into consideration. Able to reach up to 62.8mpg on the combined cycle, it’s mightily impressive. Petrol versions unsurprisingly don’t hit quite the same heights with 51.4 and 40.9mpg for the 530i and 540i respectively. The 530e iPerformance runs at 149mpg on paper, but like most plug-in hybrids, this figure is heavily dependent on how much electric charge is in the batteries at any one point and your resulting level of reliance on the internal combustion engine.

Most Popular

2022 BMW M3 Touring teased ahead of reveal
2022 BMW M3 Touring
BMW M3

2022 BMW M3 Touring teased ahead of reveal

BMW has released new images of its upcoming M3 Touring before it reaches customers next year
24 Sep 2021
Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS 2022 review – middle child 992 shapes up
Porsche 911 GTS review (992) – front cornering
Porsche 911 Carrera

Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS 2022 review – middle child 992 shapes up

Two and a half years after the launch of the 992, the GTS treatment both adds and subtracts but does the result gel on the road?
21 Sep 2021
Lotus Emira First Edition priced from £75,995 – production to commence in 2022
Lotus Emira
Lotus

Lotus Emira First Edition priced from £75,995 – production to commence in 2022

First examples of the new Lotus Emira will roll off the production line early next year, with the entry-level four-cylinder to follow
20 Sep 2021