A closer look at the BMW 5 Series Diesel Saloon

BMW’s 5 Series is almost synonymous with company cars. It has been the vehicle of choice for many years for those who are seeking the quality German manufacturing which the Munich-based company stands for.

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What’s more, the executive look and feel of the 5 Series (visit here for more) tends to fit perfectly with many modern-day organisations.

So what is the BMW 5 Series Diesel Saloon all about?

Starting off with Parkers’ comments on the car, the automobile experts said that it has a “high-class luxury car feel, [is] superbly refined and quiet, outstanding handling, generous passenger room, forgiving ride”.

The website gave the vehicle five stars when it reviewed it, noting that the 520d version was “amazingly frugal”.

As with all BMWs, there are a host of different models, engines and trims to choose from within the diesel range, from the powerful M Sport to the SE. Vehicles also come with either auto or step auto transmission, with the 518d or 520d being among the most popular choices.

Parkers notes that considering the high level of standard equipment, which we will come to in a moment, the 5 Series is good value for money when compared with other executive saloons which you might consider.

Fuel economy is a hallmark of modern-day BMWs, with the 520d proving that it is a true leasing favourite by offering an average of 57mpg from a 184bhp engine.

The estimated fuel cost for 10,000 miles per year ranges between £1,019 and £1,436 for the diesel model – which is quite a bit cheaper than its petrol cousin.

As mentioned earlier, the equipment which comes as standard with the BMW 5 Series is staggering. The SE and M Sport versions boast ABS, air conditioning, alloy wheels, audio remote, electric mirrors, electric driver’s seat, front fog lights, height-adjustable driver’s seat, parking sensors, remote locking and traction control as standard.

The M Sport features sports seats and cloth seat trim over its SE sister, while both models have metallic paint, satellite navigation and telephone as optional extras.

Safety is another important consideration and the 5 Series was given the top five-star rating after it went through Euro NCAP testing. It has a very rigid body structure and fitted with driver, passenger, front and side airbags in case of a collision.

Dynamic Stability Control Plus gives drivers even more in their armoury when on the road, including stability control, traction control, cornering brake control, hill assist and brake fade compensation.

The previous iteration of the 5 Series proved to be very reliable. Putting some electric faults to one side, which should have been ironed out completely now, you have a new model which will hopefully prove to be durable and reliable for leasing purposes.

The boot can pack a hefty 520 litres of capacity, which is larger than its company car competitors out there, while passengers will find that they have ample room in this executive vehicle.

The 5 Series has been given a slight overhaul in that it now has a coupe-like roof shape, but this does not take away from the headroom inside – although it may prove difficult getting five people inside because of a firm central seat and large tunnel on the floor.