Autocar pits BMW v Merc v Audi v Land Rover v Lexus
30 November 2009

Autocar has pitted the BMW 530d Gran Turismo against its rivals - and these are some of the best pictures from the five-car test.

The rivals are the Mercedes E350 CDI Avantegarde, Land Rover Discovery 3.0 TDV6 HSE, BMW 530D SE Gran Turismo, Audi A6 Allroad 3.0 TDI and Lexus RX450H SE-L.

See the BMW 5-series GT v rivals pictures

However, it should be noted that - due to photographic deadlines - the car you see in these pictures is the Mercedes E200 CDI. However, it was the E350 CDI tested.

The conclusions? The BMW has its strengths - particularly the most spacious and best-finished interior. However, it fails to match its own claims to having grand touring ability, comfort and versatility.

The best all-rounder in the test is deemed the Audi, but it only finishes fourth overall - ahead, only, of the Lexus - as it doesn't excel in any area.

Instead, it's the Mercedes and Land Rover that do that. If you want an SUV with huge versatility then the Discovery is the car for you, but overall we have placed the Mercedes first; it doesn't sit you up high, but as a method of transporting you and your family it is unmatched.

The full test story is in this week's Autocar magazine, on sale now.

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30 November 2009

An oversized hatch vs 2 SUVs vs a saloon car vs a station wagon; mmmm...interesting.

What happened to the old days where it was the 5 series vs the XF vs the E class vs the A6.

30 November 2009

Agreed - a strange mix of cars

30 November 2009

[quote Roger Frost]Agreed - a strange mix of cars [/quote]

I second that!. Still, next weeks group test should be better:

Ferrari's new 458 Vs John Deere's W 650 Combine Harvester Vs Ducati's 1198 Vs The Queen Mary 2.

This week, which is best for a family of five to go to Alton Towers?

R32

30 November 2009

Another totally pointless and useless Autocar road test - an E-class saloon in the same group test as a Discovery? Autocar please get your act together.

30 November 2009

[quote shortbread]An oversized hatch vs 2 SUVs vs a saloon car vs a station wagon; mmmm...interesting.[/quote]

Not really that strange - this probably resembles the shortlist of many people looking for family transport with a £40k or so budget.

I'm in a similar dilemma (although with more like £15k for a secondhand vehicle) really - a practical car with lots of space for the kids and associated paraphenalia, excellent safety, some image, but which isn't completely tedious for the times when I'm on my own.

In my case the shortlist looks more like E class estate vs BMW 5 series estate vs BMW X5 (all with large petrol engines - diesels in the £15k bracket are either interstellar mileages, low spec fleet specials or small engines - often all of the above).

30 November 2009

[quote shortbread]An oversized hatch vs 2 SUVs vs a saloon car vs a station wagon; mmmm...interesting.[/quote]

Not really that strange - this probably resembles the shortlist of many people looking for family transport with a £40k or so budget.

I'm in a similar dilemma (although with more like £15k for a secondhand vehicle) really - a practical car with lots of space for the kids and associated paraphenalia, excellent safety, some image, but which isn't completely tedious for the times when I'm on my own.

In my case the shortlist looks more like E class estate vs BMW 5 series estate vs BMW X5 (all with large petrol engines - diesels in the £15k bracket are either interstellar mileages, low spec fleet specials or small engines - often all of the above).

30 November 2009

The new Merc E class is really a stunning drive. It is a huge leap forward compared to the old one and in a completely different league than the BMW 5 (the old one). The new 5 must be hugely better than the old one if it wants to be an opponent to this new Merc. If I was choosing it would be Mercedes all the way.

30 November 2009

*Waiting for Capslock to start going on about the olyimpics!*

I agree with many others this is a very random test Autocar.

30 November 2009

[quote shortbread]

An oversized hatch vs 2 SUVs vs a saloon car vs a station wagon; mmmm...interesting.

What happened to the old days where it was the 5 series vs the XF vs the E class vs the A6.

[/quote] I agree, but I think the test was to try and verify if the BMW can be all things to all men. Combine all the characteristics of all the cars into one vehicle.

30 November 2009

Considering that BMW have completely invented a class of car and there has never been an executive hatch before then no wonder Autocar couldn't find similar cars to pit the 5-Series against.

I think BMW should be applauded for revolutionising motoring with this unique concept.

Nb. Apparently the Rover SD1, Ford Granada III, Citroen XM, Rover 800 Fastback, Renault 25, Renault 20 etc, etc were all produced by use of time travel and are actually copies of the 5-Series.

Jokers.

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