2016 BMW 5 Series Buyer's Guide

By Jason Allan on March 18, 2016 9:12 AM

Is the 5 Still the One?

The 2016 BMW 5 Series is a stylish, comfortable, tech-savvy modern luxury sport sedan that makes as strong a statement as any 5 Series ever has.

But today's 5 Series is not as much fun to drive as yesterday's. Not, at least, for the driving connoisseurs that helped build the brand.

Choosing the best-driving sedan in most any luxury category used to be as easy as choosing the BMW. The 5 Series is still the right answer for many, but for some shoppers it's not the slam dunk it used to be.

Driving It

From our 2016 BMW 5 Series full review: "Regardless if you want a rear-drive or all-wheel-drive 5 Series (dubbed “xDrive” by BMW), you’ll end up with one of the best driving, best handling sedans available. The 2016 BMW 5 Series luxury performance sedans are noted for their power and excellent driving characteristics."

A Handful of Engines

The 2016 BMW 5 Series engine lineup includes 4-cylinder, 6-cylinder, 8-cylinder, hybrid and diesel powertrains. If you add the high-performance M5 model to the mix, that brings the total to six unique engine options.

Build and Price

The 2016 BMW 528i has a starting sticker price of about $51,000, while a loaded BMW 550i can approach $101,000. How much should you pay for a 5 Series outfitted to your liking? Build and price your own 2016 BMW 5 Series to unlock this week's Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

Flexible Five

In addition to the bread-and-butter sedan version, the 5 Series lineup includes a more versatile wagon/hatchback/crossover-like variant dubbed the 5 Series Gran Turismo.

Owners' Opinions

KBB.com reader and 5 Series owner David kept his review short and sweet: "The car is great from a comfort and handling point. Also great looking car. As good as those things are though, the user friendliness is pretty bad. The Navigation and IConnect software need a lot more work and attention. I find them to be very annoying." Read more BMW 5 Series consumer reviews.

Know Your Options

Long-time 5 Series rivals include the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Audi A6, but the Cadillac CTS has grown into a direct competitor. Just make sure to check out KBB's Midsize Luxury Sedan Buyer's Guide before picking a favorite.