BMW

BMW 5 Series

Price $63,000 – $113,300
Fuel consumption 7.2 – 14.3 L/100km
The Car Guide rating 75%(view ratings)
Although we're awaiting the next M5 with bated breath, the “regular” versions of the 5 Series are no slouches either. The M550i xDrive has a 4.4L turbo V8 that pumps 455 horsepower and 480 lb·ft of torque. There’s also the 248-horsepower entry-level 530i xDrive, followed by the 335-horsepower 540i xDrive and a plug-in hybrid version (530e xDrive). The 5 Series has a luxurious cabin where comfort is king.

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Test Drives2018 BMW M550i xDrive: Not Quite an M5, But Close
Obviously, if we’re looking for the most potent BMW 5 Series on the market, the M5 is the weapon of choice. With 600 metric horsepower on tap, it can blast from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 305 km/h. It also costs …
First Drives2018 BMW M5: Absolutely Fabulous
ESTORIL, Portugal – Sorry to spoil the suspense, but “fabulous” is the only word that comes to mind after trying BMW’s new M5 sedan on the track. To be fair, I suspect it also had something to do with chasing fellow Canadian Bruno Spengler, 2012 champion of the infamous DTM …
First Drives2017 BMW 5 Series: 7 Series Comfort, 3 Series Agility
Although the 3 Series is BMW’s top seller in Canada, besting the Bavarian manufacturer's various SUVs, the 5 Series is the brand’s most well-known model. While the first generation was introduced in 1972 , 2017 will witness the arrival of the seventh generation, which we’re comfortably calling spectacular after our …
Spotlight onAre You a Fan of the BMW 5 Series? We’re Driving it This Week!
For 2017, the BMW 5 Series will be completely redesigned, entering its seventh generation. Saying the model is important for the brand is obviously a euphemism. Actually, the 5 Series isn’t a volume seller—like the 3 Series and the SUVs are—but from a historical standpoint, it remains the company’s halo …
Blog2014 Best Buys: Sedans and Coupes Between $50,000 and $100,000
A heterogeneous category if there ever was one, the segment for sedans and coupes between $50,000 and $100,000 certainly isn’t dull. Eternal rivals the 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and the 2014 Subaru WRX STI are pitted against the 2014 Audi A5, 2014 A6, 2014 A7 and even the 2014 Mercedes-Benz …
First Drives2012 BMW M5: A monster with a taste for luxury
These days, every luxury brand has its own line of powerful and sporty models. Mercedes-Benz has the AMG Division, while Audi has its dynamic RS models. And then there’s Jaguar and its high-performance R models. At the Bavarian manufacturer BMW, the Motorsport division is tasked with creating cars that are …
Test Drives2011 BMW 550i: An ICBM For the Rest of Us
At 110 kilometres per hour, it barely felt like it was stretching its legs. Sloughing off the assaults of a buffeting crosswind and impervious to the needling of the irregular pavement surface, there was no doubt in my mind that BMW’s obviously expansive engineering department spent a significant amount of …

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NewsBMW Recalls Several Models Along With the Toyota Supra
BMW North America is recalling several BMW models as well as the Toyota GR Supra due to a problem with the engine management system. According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a software glitch could cause the loss of braking assist at startup, meaning drivers won't have …
NewsThe Car Guide's Best Buys for 2021: Audi A6 and A7
Every year, The Car Guide unveils a list of Best Buys covering all the different vehicle categories in the industry. It’s no surprise that Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz occupy the top three spots in the midsize luxury car segment. And there’s no better pick this year than the Audi A6/A7.
News2022 BMW M5 CS Arrives as Most Powerful BMW Ever
BMW is never kidding around when it comes to the almighty M5. The latest edition introduced for 2021 generates 600 horsepower, while the M5 Competition —the only model available in Canada—packs 617 horsepower. You think the German automaker would stop there? Wrong. Meet the new and extreme 2022 M5 CS, …
NewsThe Car Guide’s 2020 Best Buys: BMW 5 Series
Every year, The Car Guide publishes its Best Buys in nearly 30 different vehicle categories. Today we continue our review of the 2020 winners with a look at midsize luxury cars . There is no change to the ranking set in 2019, which means the BMW 5 Series (MSRP from …
News2021 BMW M5 Coming to Canada With No Less Than 617 Hp
Three weeks after introducing the updated 2021 5 Series , BMW is adding the final piece of the puzzle, the M5. There are no changes to the twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 engine, mind you. However, unlike other countries that will also get the regular M5 with 600 horsepower, BMW Canada chose …
News2021 BMW 5 Series is Armed With New Weapons
The BMW 5 Series can’t afford to let its arch-nemesis, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class , draw all the attention these days. While the latter enters the 2021 model year with a heavily redesigned, fifth-generation model, the former strikes back with key updates to its seventh generation. First, designers slightly enlarged the …
Hybrid/Plug-in HybridBMW 530e Gets a New Battery for a Bit More EV Range
Announced in March at the Geneva Motor Show, the new 2020 BMW 530e xDrive plug-in hybrid sedan is coming soon to Canada with standard all-wheel drive and the latest version of the German automaker’s battery cell technology. Battery capacity has increased from 9.2 kWh to 12 kWh even though the …
NewsThe Car Guide’s 2019 Best Buys: BMW 5 Series
The acquisition of a luxury car is more of an emotional choice than a rational one, but with such a wide selection of models on the market, it can be rather difficult to figure out which one best suits us. By publishing its Best Buys in all vehicle categories, The …

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The 2018 BMW M5 - Editors Take
Many consider the BMW M5 to be the king of Sport Sedans. BMW has broken with it's formula to bring us a different kind of monster. It's an improvement over the previous generation but can the latest iteration live up to the legend? Our Senior Editor takes seeks answers and …
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Throwback Thursday: 1996 BMW 5 Series
Although it's still early, 2016 marks a very special year for one very special reason: The 20th anniversary of the fourth generation E39 BMW 5 Series. And it was all those years ago that Motoring TV's Brad Diamond was in Vienna, Austria, to drive the then-new 1996 BMW 5 Series, …