Auto Express's comfort ratings are based on our Driver Power survey of over 30,000 car owners. Ratings are the average for all owners of this car who responded. Individual owners’ ratings and comments appear below.
05-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

Amazing car. Despite having the msport with 19" msport alloys I think the ride comfort isn't at all as bad as car magazines has been reporting. The design, power and chassi is way ahead of any other car in the same category based on the models existed in 2005. The combined massive boot and folding rear seat means its as spacious as any other large saloon. Only the running costs are very high compared to a small efficient and ecomonical hatchback, however, I expected that and I don't drive much, hence, it doesn't matter to me really.

Comfort: 5/5 Practicality: 4/5 Ride Quality: 4/5 Ease of driving: 3/5
04-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

The 5 series is solid, gets top marks from reviews. However, SE front seats aren't great as they do not offer enough lower back support (my car does not have the optional sports seats) and the run flat tyres are figgety once around 3mm of tread. Engine kick down sometimes a little slow and response slow too. However, that said, huge boot space and comfort for the children is excellent.

Comfort: 3/5 Practicality: 5/5 Ride Quality: 3/5 Ease of driving: 4/5
55-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

good bmw 5 series. the engine is underpowered and the technology wasn't quite ready for when the car was made. ie the sat nav is non upgradable and when there is a fault with the electrics it takes bmw a long time to identify the problem. Running costs expensive for tyres/fuel and parts but practicallity, msport styling and interior comfort and handling very good.

Comfort: 4/5 Practicality: 5/5 Ride Quality: 3/5 Ease of driving: 4/5
56-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Quality is reasonable but not up to expected standards. This current model is not nearly so user friendly as the previous 5 series which I loved. I hope BMW have re-thought layout, design, controls and build quality for the new forthcoming 5 series due this year. The run flat tyres ruin the ride and handling and should be scrapped.

Comfort: 4/5 Practicality: 3/5 Ride Quality: 2/5 Ease of driving: 4/5
51-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Own a BMW 525d. Fantastic car for the price I paid for a 5 year old car. Great ride and acceleration for a diesel. Wish the headlights were more bright and the wipers were for UK instead of the LHD. All in all a great car with ageless design (E39). The 2010 model looks similar in shape (well even better)... have an eye on it!

Comfort: 4/5 Practicality: 4/5 Ride Quality: 4/5 Ease of driving: 5/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Good comfortable car with reasonable day to day running costs. Expensive to buy and service, but reliable so far apart from some niggling system, failures. However, nothing that stops me using the car
I have no major complaints as it does exa\ctly what I expected and provides me with the driving experience I wanted/expected.

Comfort: 5/5 Practicality: 3/5 Ride Quality: 4/5 Ease of driving: 5/5
S-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Good overall car,with above average reliabilty considering mileage 140,000.Good fuel economy on long journeys up to 460 miles on a tank of fuel.Not quite as practical as i would have liked,with no split fold rear seats which makes carrying long objects difficult.Tyres and spare parts reasonale prices.

Comfort: 4/5 Practicality: 3/5 Ride Quality: 5/5 Ease of driving: 4/5
05-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

The vehicle has an excellent road manner and even in snow you know what the vehicle is going to do. The only downside has been the self levelling suspension compressor playing up in cold conditions. The car is quite and ultra refine with a good sized practical boot. Would replace like with like

Comfort: 5/5 Practicality: 5/5 Ride Quality: 5/5 Ease of driving: 4/5
S-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Well built car,could be more practical with folding rear seats.Economy good for size of engine.Servicing reasonable from BMW independant garage.The car has been pretty reliable with just a couple of electrical gremlins ie Crankshaft sensor,boot soloniod,airbag warning light.

Comfort: 4/5 Practicality: 3/5 Ride Quality: 5/5 Ease of driving: 4/5
57-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Best car I have ever had
fast enough, economical, good handling, extremely comfortable
only thing I don't like is the runflat tyres which are a big mistake - have had problems with supply and they give a harsh ride and depending on the brand - noisy too

Comfort: 5/5 Practicality: 3/5 Ride Quality: 3/5 Ease of driving: 5/5
57-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

clutch oing after 16k miles was a major surprise, Interior styling is dull and some controld could be better . Ride is good on motorways less so over poorer serfaces. I am not sure why BMW are so highly rated

Comfort: 4/5 Practicality: 4/5 Ride Quality: 4/5 Ease of driving: 4/5
04-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Nice enough all rounder, but lacks any personality other than a "solid" ride. Still not convinced by run-flat tyres.

Expectation was high on buying the car, but would have had more fun in a Seat Leon TDI.

Comfort: 0/5 Practicality: 5/5 Ride Quality: 2/5 Ease of driving: 4/5
S-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Excellent mechanical reliability. Electrical faults do crop up alot more oftern. Great for long distance driving and very comfortable. Ride comfort very good and performance fantastic.

Comfort: 4/5 Practicality: 5/5 Ride Quality: 5/5 Ease of driving: 3/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Fantastic car - much better than my previous troublesome Laguna. Only criticisms are a harsh ride on run flat tyres, and some rattles from the dashboard which I did not expect of a BMW.

Comfort: 4/5 Practicality: 4/5 Ride Quality: 3/5 Ease of driving: 4/5
02-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

Very pleased,comfortable,easy to drive.lovely with the auto box,would definately recommend and buy the same again,only one big let down is the stereo,it is gutless,has no depth of sound

Comfort: 4/5 Practicality: 4/5 Ride Quality: 4/5 Ease of driving: 4/5
57-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Manual gearbox is poor on this car (520d).

When pulling away from a T junction, engaging 2nd gear can sometimes virtually stop the car unless you slip the clutch.
Get the automatic.

Comfort: 4/5 Practicality: 5/5 Ride Quality: 5/5 Ease of driving: 3/5
07-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Great but needs more interior space in rear, and front seat storage and softer ride

Brakes also jerk on stopping (always have) and not bluetooth compatible with my bberry

Comfort: 5/5 Practicality: 3/5 Ride Quality: 2/5 Ease of driving: 5/5
53-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Practical, comfortable, roomy (even for the dogs). It pull a large caravan with ease. You can set off and drive to Bordeaux and back - I have done it! A real quality car.

Comfort: 4/5 Practicality: 5/5 Ride Quality: 4/5 Ease of driving: 5/5
Other-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

Smart, smooth and comfortable but underpowered with a two litre engine and automatic gear box. After 17 years it has done well but is beginning to show its age.

Comfort: 4/5 Practicality: 4/5 Ride Quality: 4/5 Ease of driving: 5/5
09-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

very comfy electrically heated seats,very smooth,economical and quiet diesel engine. easy and relaxing to drive and smooth ride. overall a very nice car indeed.

Comfort: 5/5 Practicality: 4/5 Ride Quality: 5/5 Ease of driving: 5/5
04-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Good low depreciating car that is easy to drive and especially relaxing on long motorway journeys. I did 500 miles in one day and do not feel tired at all.

Comfort: 3/5 Practicality: 4/5 Ride Quality: 5/5 Ease of driving: 5/5
06-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

I use my vehicle for work as a Sales rep, and so far it has been brilliant, very comfortable, feels safe and makes me feel special driving upto meetings.

Comfort: 5/5 Practicality: 3/5 Ride Quality: 4/5 Ease of driving: 5/5
03-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Car is now over 100k miles old and some wear & tear to be expected. Very happy with all aspects other than seat comfort, which could be better

Comfort: 3/5 Practicality: 3/5 Ride Quality: 3/5 Ease of driving: 4/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

The touring is a fantastic car. the 525d engine is plenty powerful, very comfortable and economic. One of the best cars I've owned.

Comfort: 5/5 Practicality: 5/5 Ride Quality: 5/5 Ease of driving: 5/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

So far it is a good buy. No regrets. Suits all the family needs
Surprised that view out while reversing is as rectricted as it is.

Comfort: 5/5 Practicality: 5/5 Ride Quality: 5/5 Ease of driving: 5/5
W-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Still a consumate executive with levels of refinement that other drivers only dream of but running costs are the achilies heal.

Comfort: 5/5 Practicality: 3/5 Ride Quality: 5/5 Ease of driving: 5/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Too soon for real view. Bought primarily as tow car for race car. very impressed with level of increased consumption with load.

Practicality: 4/5 Ride Quality: 3/5 Ease of driving: 4/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Very pleased although I sometimes think it should ride better for a £35,000 car. Saying that look at the state of the roads!!

Comfort: 4/5 Practicality: 4/5 Ride Quality: 4/5 Ease of driving: 3/5
2009-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Always starts first time! It's a big car and therefore takes more diesel, although that said a tank does last a while!

Practicality: 4/5 Ride Quality: 2/5 Ease of driving: 4/5
07-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Reliable, decent performance. Run flat tyres make for a slightly uncomfortable ride. Decent economy and comfort.

Comfort: 4/5 Practicality: 4/5 Ride Quality: 3/5 Ease of driving: 5/5
06-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

It eats up the miles ensuring you arrive relaxed and ready for business. Thoroughly enjoyed the last 3.5 years!

Comfort: 5/5 Practicality: 4/5 Ride Quality: 5/5 Ease of driving: 4/5
52-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

A robust, high quality family car that you can rely on, and that I intend to get 250,000 miles and more from!

Comfort: 3/5 Practicality: 5/5 Ride Quality: 5/5 Ease of driving: 5/5
07-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Comfortable,robust,reliable,safe.
my only criticism is the firm suspension, mostly due to the runflat tyres.

Comfort: 5/5 Practicality: 4/5 Ride Quality: 3/5 Ease of driving: 5/5
W-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Beautiful car, powerful, refined, great build quality, comfortable. Handling at high speed could be better

Comfort: 5/5 Practicality: 4/5 Ride Quality: 5/5 Ease of driving: 4/5
06-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

good engineering let down down by poor interior features, e.g. seats, idrive, radia, heating controls

Comfort: 3/5 Practicality: 4/5 Ride Quality: 2/5 Ease of driving: 4/5
02-reg Diesel, Owner for

Exremely good in every way with one exception which is should have had folding rear seat.

Comfort: 5/5 Practicality: 3/5 Ride Quality: 4/5 Ease of driving: 5/5
05-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

The BMW M5 has been an absolute pleasure to own, the only complaint is price of tyres.

Comfort: 5/5 Practicality: 2/5 Ride Quality: 5/5 Ease of driving: 5/5
2007-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Parts are overpriced - they force you to go elsewhere or fleece yopu when you cant.

Practicality: 5/5 Ride Quality: 2/5 Ease of driving: 4/5
52-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Its the 5 series estate. Its fantastic. Very practical. Great for long journeys

Comfort: 4/5 Practicality: 5/5 Ride Quality: 5/5 Ease of driving: 5/5
2006-reg Diesel, Owner for more than 5 years

No costs so far except servcing and a battery but it does suffer trim rattles

Practicality: 4/5 Ride Quality: 2/5 Ease of driving: 4/5
54-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

It's a practical, stylish and smooth car that we feel very lucky to own.

Comfort: 5/5 Practicality: 5/5 Ride Quality: 5/5 Ease of driving: 5/5
05-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Sturdy, comfortable, trustworthy! excellent choice for one to a family.

Comfort: 5/5 Practicality: 4/5 Ride Quality: 5/5 Ease of driving: 5/5
59-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

The new BMW 5GT is the most comfortable cars that I driven to date.

Comfort: 5/5 Practicality: 4/5 Ride Quality: 5/5 Ease of driving: 5/5
X-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Nice comfortable ride but less reliable than previous Honda Accord

Comfort: 4/5 Practicality: 3/5 Ride Quality: 5/5 Ease of driving: 4/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Only issue has been waterleak in footwell, rectified on recall

Practicality: 3/5 Ride Quality: 3/5 Ease of driving: 4/5
58-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

All in all an excellent car and definately the right choice.

Comfort: 5/5 Practicality: 5/5 Ride Quality: 5/5 Ease of driving: 5/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Nothing has gone wrong so far. No data as yet but looks ok.

Practicality: 5/5 Ride Quality: 5/5 Ease of driving: 5/5
V-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Birrianl for its age,but now well into its second lifetime

Comfort: 5/5 Practicality: 4/5 Ride Quality: 5/5 Ease of driving: 5/5
58-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Very comfortable car great drive, but driving pedels poor

Comfort: 4/5 Practicality: 4/5 Ride Quality: 5/5 Ease of driving: 4/5
55-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

A good car spoilt by harsh ride and indifferent dealer

Comfort: 4/5 Practicality: 4/5 Ride Quality: 3/5 Ease of driving: 4/5
Y-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

Comfortable, high performance, quiet and spacious

Comfort: 4/5 Practicality: 5/5 Ride Quality: 4/5 Ease of driving: 5/5
55-reg , Owner for Less than a year

Overall the car has been everything I expected

Comfort: 5/5 Practicality: 5/5 Ride Quality: 5/5 Ease of driving: 5/5
06-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

A grat but unfortunately flawed

Comfort: 3/5 Practicality: 5/5 Ride Quality: 2/5 Ease of driving: 4/5
51-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

Superb! Excellent drivers car.

Comfort: 5/5 Practicality: 5/5 Ride Quality: 5/5 Ease of driving: 5/5
56-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Very good. Ride too hard.

Comfort: 3/5 Practicality: 4/5 Ride Quality: 3/5 Ease of driving: 5/5
03-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Excellent comfortable car

Comfort: 5/5 Practicality: 4/5 Ride Quality: 5/5 Ease of driving: 5/5
W-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Comfortable & efficient

Comfort: 4/5 Practicality: 4/5 Ride Quality: 5/5 Ease of driving: 5/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Tyres ł265 each.

Practicality: 3/5 Ride Quality: 1/5 Ease of driving: 3/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Never failed me

Practicality: 3/5 Ride Quality: 5/5 Ease of driving: 5/5