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BMW 5 Series

The BMW 5 Series may well be known as a police car in some Australian states these days, but the Bavarian luxury brand’s large sedan has a history dating back to 1972.

The 5 Series Touring wagon joined the fray in 1990 and has been part of the mix ever since, and over the seven generations of 5 Series the model has grown into a technologically-focused, high-end vehicle offering unsurpassed levels of safety technology. A performance variant – the BMW M5 – has also carved its own niche as one of the brawniest battle sedans on the market.

The BMW 5 Series range starts at $97,900 for the 5 Series 520i M Sport LCI, and spans all the way up to $154,900 for the flagship 5 Series M550I Xdrive LCI.
 

BMW 5 Series Models Price and Specs

The price range for the BMW 5 Series varies based on the trim level you choose. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2021 Wagon 2.0L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $106,590
2021 Sedan 2.0L, PULP, 8 SP AUTO $57,100 $151,140
2021 Sedan 2.0L, PULP, 8 SP $97,900 $154,900
2020 Wagon 2.0L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $106,590
2020 Sedan 2.0L, PULP, 8 SP AUTO $57,100 $151,140
2019 Sedan 2.0L, PULP, 8 SP AUTO $48,800 $115,610
2019 Wagon 2.0L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $53,000 $95,370
2018 Sedan 2.0L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $43,600 $104,610
2018 Wagon 2.0L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $44,200 $84,480
2017 Wagon 2.0L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $36,000 $78,320
2017 Sedan 2.0L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $37,700 $94,380
2017 Hatchback 3.0L, PULP, 8 SP AUTO $39,000 $59,730
See All BMW 5 Series Pricing and Specs

BMW 5 Series Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the BMW 5 Series here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • Should I buy an electric car now or later?

    It’s definitely true that the march of new-car technology is making big changes to the cars we’re being offered almost on a monthly basis. So, if your current car is just three years old, it might be worth holding on to it and waiting for the next big thing to arrive in showrooms. Certainly, by trading-in at just three years, you’ll pretty much max out the depreciation you’ll suffer in financial terms.

    But by waiting, you might find that you can buy an electric vehicle and be able to tap into newer and better infrastructure that will be in place in another few years, rather than put up with the relatively sparse charging-station network currently in this country.

    At the moment, a hybrid or plug-in hybrid is a pretty good way to go, provided you use the vehicle mostly in an urban setting, rather than long-distance freeway journeys where the hybrid tech is less advantageous. A hybrid is not exactly future-proof, but it’s a good next step for a lot of Australian car-owners.

     

    As for what brand is best, the tech is getting better and better as time goes by, so it’s likely to be build date rather than brand that will determine the efficiency of the vehicle in question. That said, car owners can’t hold off forever when it comes to upgrading, so for the moment, a hybrid or plug-in hybrid is a logical next car. We’re particularly impressed by the current-model Toyota Camry which is good value to buy, a classy driving experience and offers hybrid fuel efficiency in the right environment. Such cars will be a lot of Australian families’ first hybrid, and rightly so.

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  • Why is the coolant system on my 2004 BMW 525i losing pressure?

    Did you replace the coolant tank because the vehicle was losing coolant in the first place? If so, there’s a chance that even though the coolant tank is brand new, there could be a leak from somewhere else in the system (that’s allowing the system to lose pressure, as you’ve identified). Possibilities include the radiator itself or even a head gasket, not to mention any one of a number of plastic fittings that control the flow of coolant to the engine and the car’s heating system. But don’t rule out the simple stuff, either; even the humble radiator cap or loose hose-clamp can allow pressure to leak from a cooling system.

    The problem with a lot of imported cars is that they tend to use lots of plastic components in their plumbing systems. As they age (and at 16 years old, your car is hardly in the first flush of youth) these fittings and couples become brittle and can begin to leak or even fall apart altogether. In colder climates, these plastic bits and pieces don’t present the same problems to the same degree, but here in Australia, our hot-climate heat-cycles are not appreciated by some makes and models. Combine that with a modern, pressurised cooling system, and you have yourself a problem.

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  • BMW 535 2011: Using fuel additives

    I can’t see any reason for using a fuel additive, particularly as you use high-octane fuel.

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  • BMW 5-Series 2006: Where is the oil tank located?

    Oil is added through the cap on the rocker cover on top of the engine, fuel is added through the filler cap on the right rear quarter panel. If in doubt check the owner's manual.

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BMW 5 Series Colours

  • Alpine White
  • Black
  • Black Sapphire
  • Glacier Silver
  • Imperial Blue
  • Sophisto Grey
  • Mineral White
  • Mediterranean Blue
  • Bluestone
  • Carbon Black
  • Almanadine Brown
  • Azurite Black
  • Alvit Grey
  • Rhonodonite Silver
  • Brilliant White
  • Pure Metal Silver
  • Frozen Cashmere Silver
  • Frozen Dark Brown
  • Frozen Dark Silver
  • Frozen Arctic Grey
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website. Shown above are the colours for the BMW 5 Series 2019.

BMW 5 Series Interior

Shown above are interior details for the BMW 5 Series 2018.

BMW 5 Series Dimensions

The dimensions of the BMW 5 Series Sedan, Wagon and Hatchback vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2021 Sedan 1479x1868x4936 mm 144 mm
2020 Sedan 1479x1868x4936 mm 144 mm
2020 Wagon 1498x1868x4942 mm 140 mm
2019 Wagon 1498x1868x4942 mm 140 mm
2019 Sedan 1479x1868x4936 mm 144 mm
2018 Sedan 1479x1868x4936 mm 144 mm
2018 Wagon 1498x1868x4942 mm 140 mm
2017 Hatchback 1559x1901x4998 mm 145 mm
2017 Sedan 1464x1860x4899 mm 140 mm
2017 Wagon 1462x1860x4907 mm 140 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All BMW 5 Series Dimensions

BMW 5 Series Fuel Consumption

The BMW 5 Series is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by Hyb/PULP, Diesel, PULP and — fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 2.3L/100km for Sedan /Hyb/PULP for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2021 Sedan 2.3L/100km 2.0L Hyb/PULP 8 SP AUTO
2021 Sedan 5.1L/100km 3.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2021 Sedan 6.2L/100km 2.0L PULP 8 SP
2020 Sedan 2.3L/100km 2.0L Hyb/PULP 8 SP AUTO
2020 Sedan 5.1L/100km 3.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2020 Sedan 6.2L/100km 2.0L PULP 8 SP AUTO
2020 Wagon 2.0L 8 SP AUTO
2020 Wagon 4.9L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2020 Wagon 6.5L/100km 2.0L PULP 8 SP AUTO
2019 Sedan 2.3L/100km 2.0L Hyb/PULP 8 SP AUTO
2019 Sedan 4.8L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2019 Sedan 6.2L/100km 2.0L PULP 8 SP AUTO
2019 Wagon 4.9L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2019 Wagon 6.5L/100km 2.0L PULP 8 SP AUTO
2018 Sedan 2.3L/100km 2.0L Hyb/PULP 8 SP AUTO
2018 Sedan 4.8L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2018 Sedan 6.2L/100km 2.0L PULP 8 SP AUTO
2018 Wagon 4.9L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2018 Wagon 6.5L/100km 2.0L PULP 8 SP AUTO
2017 Hatchback 5.3L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2017 Hatchback 8.2L/100km 3.0L PULP 8 SP AUTO
2017 Sedan 2.3L/100km 2.0L Hyb/PULP 8 SP AUTO
2017 Sedan 4.7L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2017 Sedan 6.4L/100km 2.0L PULP 8 SP AUTO
2017 Wagon 5.3L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2017 Wagon 6.5L/100km 2.0L PULP 8 SP AUTO
* Combined fuel consumption See All BMW 5 Series Pricing and Specs for 2021

BMW 5 Series Wheel Size

The BMW 5 Series has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 245x40 R19 for Sedan in 2021 with a wheel size that spans from —.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2021 Sedan 245x40 R19 275x35 R19
2020 Sedan 245x45 R18 18x8 inches 245x45 R18 18x8 inches
2020 Wagon 245x45 R18 18x8 inches 245x45 R18 18x8 inches
2019 Sedan 245x45 R18 18x8 inches 245x45 R18 18x8 inches
2019 Wagon 245x45 R18 18x8 inches 245x45 R18 18x8 inches
2018 Sedan 245x45 R18 18x8 inches 245x45 R18 18x8 inches
2018 Wagon 245x45 R18 18x8 inches 245x45 R18 18x8 inches
2017 Sedan 245x45 R18 18x8 inches 245x45 R18 18x8 inches
2017 Wagon 245x45 R18 18x8 inches 245x45 R18 18x8 inches
2017 Hatchback 245x45 R19 19x8.5 inches 275x40 R19 19x9.5 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All BMW 5 Series Wheel Sizes

BMW 5 Series Towing Capacity

The BMW 5 Series has maximum towing capacity of 2000kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2021 Sedan 2000kg 2000kg
2020 Sedan 0kg 2000kg
2020 Wagon 0kg 2000kg
2019 Sedan 0kg 2000kg
2019 Wagon 2000kg 2000kg
2018 Sedan 2000kg 2000kg
2018 Wagon 2000kg 2000kg
2017 Sedan 2000kg 2000kg
2017 Wagon 2000kg 2000kg
2017 Hatchback 2100kg 2100kg
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BMW 5 Series Seats

The BMW 5 Series is available with five seats. All variants come with Leather ‘Dakota’ upholstery as standard, with the choice between Canberra Beige, Ivory White, Black, Cognac or Night Blue.

The 520i, 530i, 530e and 530d variants are available with Nappa Exclusive Leather upholstery as an optional extra, with the choice of Black, Ivory White or Mocha. BMW Individual Leather ‘Merino’ upholstery is available with the optional Luxury Line or M Sport Packages in either Caramel, Smoke White or Tartufo.

Shown above are seat details for the BMW 5 Series 2019.