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BMW 5 Series

Price $66,000 – $128,000
Fuel consumption 7.5 – 16.1 L/100km
The Car Guide rating 79%(view ratings)
The 5 Series is a long-running nameplate that returns for 2023 with no major changes. It’s available in a number of variants and powertrains, starting with a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder. Next up is a plug-in hybrid offering up to 31 km of pure EV range. Fans of six-cylinder engines can turn to the 540i, while a twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 lies under the hood of the mighty M550i and M5 Competition, the latter packing 617 horsepower.

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Test Drives2021 BMW M5 Competition: Reigniting an Old Flame
Sometimes when a connection is made, it doesn’t matter how much time passes between meetings; it will remain forever potent and intense. As if not a second has passed, that same passion and excitement immediately rise to the surface. Memories trigger emotions and sensations and each party falls back into …
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 …


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New ModelsRedesigned 2024 BMW 5 Series Debuts Alongside All-Electric i5
BMW today unveiled the eighth generation of the 5 Series midsize sedan, the first to ever include a fully electric variant called i5. Sales will begin this fall with only two models—the 530i xDrive (base MSRP of $70,500) and i5 M60 xDrive ($95,000)—available in Canada at launch. Others will join …
NewsThe Car Guide's Best Buys for 2022: Audi A6 and A7
Every year, The Car Guide unveils a list of Best Buys covering all the different vehicle categories in the industry. Sales of midsize luxury sedans haven’t dipped as much as those of more mainstream models, but these cars continue to be severely overshadowed by SUVs and crossovers. German automakers, once …
RecallsNearly 100,000 BMWs Recalled in Canada for Fire Risk
BMW is announcing a recall on more than one million vehicles around the world due to a potentially faulty positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) valve heater that could overheat and result in a fire. Similar recall campaigns were conducted in 2017 and 2019, once again affecting over a million BMWs globally.
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 …


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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, …