2018 BMW 5 Series Buyer's Guide
Mixing Tech-Savvy Business with Driving Pleasure
BMW's midsize luxury sedan has a long-time reputation as being the best driver's car in the segment. All-new last year, the BMW 5 Series has a sharp focus on both driving enthusiasm and modern luxury. While the changes to the styling are fairly conservative, underneath is a larger, lighter-weight sedan, with new engines, plus steering feel and agile handling that contribute to the 5 Series' excellent driving dynamics. It's also loaded with high-tech features, such as gesture control and self-parking, plus no shortage of premium amenities. The previous-generation 5 Series may have lost a step in the face of tough competition, but this leaner, meaner sedan is ready for a rematch.
From our 2018 BMW 5 Series full review: "This German luxury sedan is highly satisfying thanks to great steering feel, a quiet cabin, and the ability to strike a balance between agile handling and overall comfort."
From Frugal to Fiery
The 2018 BMW 5 Series is offered with six engines, including a turbocharged 4-cylinder in the 530i, an inline 6-cylinder engine in the 540i, and a turbodiesel in the 540d, all of which use an 8-speed automatic transmission. You can also opt for V8 power with the 445-horsepower M550i xDrive, or go fuel-frugal with the 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid. We've driven both of these 5 Series variants. We've also driven the 600-horsepower, high-performance BMW M5.
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Build and Price
The 2018 BMW 530i has a starting sticker price of about $53,000, while a loaded BMW 550i xDrive can top $104,000. How much should you pay for a 5 Series outfitted to your liking? Build and price your own 2018 BMW 5 Series to unlock this week's Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.
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.
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