21 September 2004

A week ago, we brought you the first drive of BMW's new M5 super-saloon; now, we exclusively pit it against its keenest rivals, and you can find out how it fares this week, in Autocar magazine.

Our impressions of the car BMW engineered from the beginning to cast every other performance saloon in sharp relief were that it was amazing. 'Exceptional,' to quote writer-at-large Chris Harris - 'perhaps the first genuine super-saloon-car.' On open tarmac, with nothing but its own legacy to overcome, it succeeded brilliantly.

This week, in European editor Peter Robinson's triple test, it has Maserati's new Quattroporte to contend with, as well as its closest rival, Mercedes' supercharged E55 AMG. 'The outside lane has a new hero,' he writes. 'After a 15-month hiatus that left rivals to roam unhindered.... mark this down as the return of the status quo.'

Find out why 'nobody beats BMW at this game' this week, in Autocar

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • BMW M5
    First Drive
    22 March 2018
    Super saloon deploys four-wheel drive to improve every facet of its driving experience. Faster and more capable than any, and more exciting than most, of its celebrated predecessors
  • Range Rover Sport SVR
    First Drive
    22 March 2018
    More power and an intoxicating soundtrack have breathed new life into our love affair with the biggest, baddest Range Rover Sport variant
  • First Drive
    21 March 2018
    The new Vantage has been developed as a Porsche 911 beater, and our first taste on UK roads suggests it can live up to that bold claim
  • Nissan Leaf Tekna
    The is the new Nissan Leaf
    First Drive
    21 March 2018
    The new version of the world's best-selling electric car gains a bigger battery and more power. How does it compare to rivals such as the Volkswagen e-Golf?
  • Range Rover p400e
    First Drive
    20 March 2018
    The original luxury SUV is now available as a plug-in hybrid, promising lower emissions and the capacity for silent electric motoring