The 5 Series range kicks off at £35k, and even the entry-level 520d SE you get for that is no meagre offering.

BMW’s pricing sticks close to what a Jaguar XF and Mercedes-Benz E-Class cost throughout the range, but the 5 Series is still more expensive than them on like-for-like models.

Nic Cackett

Nic Cackett

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The 520d is expected to lead the field three years out — although the margins remain predictably tight

The tech-heavy BMW is well specified at every level, though, so you won’t have to dig too deep into the options list unless you want to (and can afford to).

It’s a shame that Variable Damper Control remains an optional extra (£985), because it’s one we recommend you tick every time.

The trio of diesels are efficient, and the 520d especially so, but the petrols don’t get close to them.

Resale values for the 5 Series aren’t brilliant, but leasing rates are good and you should be able to get a chunk off the asking price with a bit of bartering if you’re a private buyer.

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