The 5 Series, born in 1972 and arriving in Australia a year later, was once regarded as the finest sedan in the world. It's also been available in wagon form, while in 2009 a rather quirky GranTurismo variant with a higher seating position and bigger interior was added (and actually based on the 7 Series limo).The range is topped by the M5 performance model, which is considered legendary for some generational models - such as the E39 (1998-2003).
Traditionally excellent handling; traditionally good ride quality
Superb six-cylinder engines - old or new
Interior quality's big lift 2017 onwards
iDrive infotainment system has been a segment benchmark
Some four-cylinder turbo models expensive
Rear legroom not palatial
No all-wheel-drive option on regular models
Not the engaging driver's car it once was
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.