The 5 Series fended off stiff competition from Mercedes-Benz and Rolls-Royce to win the Luxury Car of the Year award, before beating all the other category winners to be named the best new car of the past 12 months.
A team of judges representing Autocar’s sister brand What Car? commended the 5 Series for its efficiency, handling, refinement, technology and sense of luxury.
BMW Brand senior vice-president Hildegard Wortmann collected the Car of the Year Award at an awards ceremony in London this evening. He said: “For the BMW 5 Series to win the prestigious ‘Car of the Year’ award is an honour and testament to the hard work that goes into producing one of BMW’s core models.
“The BMW 5 Series is a brand-shaping saloon and in times of rapid change within the automotive industry we believe the seventh generation model points the way into the future. It is a truly outstanding car and I am very grateful to What Car? for this great recognition.”