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2017 BMW 5-Series Review

The 2017 BMW 5 Series has a robust engine lineup, agile handling, a comfortable ride, a sizable trunk, and plenty of available high-tech features. However, its above-average average list price and ownership costs keep it from surpassing the middle of our rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful, fuel-efficient engines
  • Lots of cargo space
  • Comfortable and athletic ride
  • Modern technology
  • High costs




Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 9.1
Interior: 8.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 6.8
Safety: 9.5
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2017 BMW 5-Series Overview

Is the 2017 BMW 5 Series a Good Used Car?

The 2017 BMW 5 Series is a great used luxury midsize car. Available in both sedan and hatchback body types, the 5 Series has the agile handing of a sports car along with the comfortable ride you’d expect from a luxury sedan. The 5 Series' high-quality interior features modern technology – including one of the best infotainment systems on the market – and a large cargo area. On the downside, the 5 Series is one of the most expensive vehicles in its class.

Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve analyzed 17 BMW 5 Series reviews, as well as fuel economy estimates, reliability ratings, crash test results, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

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How Much Is the 2017 BMW 5 Series?

Based on roughly 230 listings on our site for the 2017 BMW 5 Series, prices range from about $43,000 to $61,000. The average list price is $50,700. How much you spend is contingent on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 BMW 5 Series Cost to Own?

The 2017 BMW 5 Series' five-year estimated ownership costs are about $32,100 – or $6,420 per year. By comparison, estimated costs for the 2017 Mercedes E-Class and 2017 Audi A6 are roughly $32,280 and $30,850, respectively.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New 5 Series?

For 2018, BMW discontinued the 5 Series’ Gran Turismo hatchback trim. It added the 530e plug-in hybrid and the performance-oriented M550i and M5 trims. If you're interested in one of these new models, go for the 2018 5 Series. If not, opt for the cheaper 2017 model.

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For the amount of money a used 2017 BMW 5 Series would cost you, you may want to consider a similarly priced 2018 car instead. A couple of options include the 2018 Genesis G80 and the 2018 Audi A6. The G80 has a lengthy standard features list, excellent crash test ratings, and a balanced ride. It lacks the athleticism of the BMW, though it has similar handling and horsepower. The A6 also offers some of the best fuel economy estimates and one of the nicest interiors in the class.

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Which Model Year of the BMW 5 Series Is Best?

The BMW 5 Series sedan was fully redesigned for 2017, and the five-door Gran Turismo trim carried over unchanged for its final model year. In addition to refreshed interior and exterior styling, the 5 Series sedan’s trims were changed from 528i and 535i to 530i and 540i. The base engine saw an increase in horsepower from 240 to 248, while the six-cylinder’s horsepower increased from 300 to 335. The high-performance M5 went on hiatus for 2017 and returned for the 2018 model year.

You can likely get a model from the previous generation for much less money, but you won't reap the benefits of the 2017 redesign.   

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How Reliable Is the 2017 BMW 5 Series?

The 2017 BMW 5 Series has a predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power, which is average in the class. Three out of five is average among all vehicles.

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2017 BMW 5 Series Recalls

At the time of this writing, the 2017 BMW 5 Series has no safety recalls.

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Which Used BMW 5 Series Is Right for Me?

The sedan and Gran Turismo hatchback 2017 BMW 5 Series models each come in two trims – 530i and 540i for the sedan, and 535i and 550i for the hatchback. The base 530i sedan should satisfy most buyers. It gets good acceleration from its base 248-horsepower four-cylinder engine and eight-speed automatic transmission, and it comes with a 10.25-inch iDrive infotainment system, navigation, a 12-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port, HD Radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, a moonroof, sport seats, adaptive LED headlights, a driver drowsiness monitor. The 540i trim has a similar list of features as the base model, but it adds a more powerful 335-horsepower turbo six-cylinder engine.

Shoppers looking for additional cargo space should consider one of the hatchback models. Beyond the extra cargo space, the 535i GT also adds a 300-horsepower turbo six-cylinder engine, leather upholstery, a power tailgate, and xenon headlights. The 550i GT has similar features to the 535i GT, and it adds a 445-horsepower six-cylinder engine.

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What Does BMW's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

The BMW Certified CPO program is available on vehicles with between 300 and 60,000 miles on the odometer. The program covers buyers for one year with unlimited mileage after the four-year/50,000-mile new-vehicle limited warranty has expired. This warranty can be renewed for a fee, but there is a maximum of five years of coverage. Each BMW must pass a road test and a 196-point inspection before earning CPO status. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available. Restrictions apply on transferring CPO coverage to subsequent owners. Read the BMW warranty page carefully.

BMW has one of the less-attractive CPO programs among luxury car manufacturers, according to our research. You’ll get better warranties from Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and Jaguar.

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How Safe Is the 5 Series?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the 2017 BMW 5 Series the highest rating of Good in all of its crash tests, as well as a Top Safety Pick+ designation and a Superior front crash prevention rating for models with the available frontal collision warning system. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave hatchback models five out of five stars overall, with five stars in the side and rollover crash tests and four stars in the frontal crash test.

The 5 Series comes standard with adaptive LED headlights, a driver drowsiness monitor, and BMW's Active Protection system. Some models also feature a rearview camera, a head-up display, a top-view camera, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, and a night vision camera that detects objects like pedestrians, bikers, and deer.

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2017 BMW 5 Series Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 BMW 5 Series or 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

The 5 Series and the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sit close in our rankings, but these luxury midsize sedans will likely appeal to different shoppers. The 5 Series almost leads the class in overall performance, thanks to a balance of athletic handling and a comfortable ride. The E-Class, on the other hand, prioritizes a plush and luxurious journey. Both cars offer ample engine power, from their standard powertrains to the high-performance AMG versions of the E-Class. This Benz has one of the nicest interiors in the class, and it boasts standard amenities like a huge 12.3-inch infotainment screen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, forward collision warning, and automatic braking. CarPlay and other driver assistance features are merely available in the 5 Series. You'll get more trunk space and a better predicted reliability rating with the 5 Series, which helps it edge out the E-Class in our rankings. If uncontested luxury is what you're after, though, the E-Class is still a good choice.

Which Is Better: 2017 BMW 5 Series or 2017 Audi A6?

Both the 5 Series and 2017 Audi A6 earn high performance scores. The A6 leans more toward agility than comfort. It has sharp handling dynamics and drives like a smaller vehicle, but its ride is firm. The 5 Series, on the other hand, manages to deliver agile handling while providing a more comfortable ride. Both vehicles have potent engines, excellent fuel economy estimates, and high-quality cabins. However, the A6 has a significantly cheaper average list price, and the 5 Series has extra trunk space and a slightly better predicted reliability rating. These two are pretty close in our rankings, so your decision will come down to your personal preference.

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2017 5 Series Performance

How Does the 2017 BMW 5 Series Drive?

The base 2017 BMW 5 Series 530i sedan comes with a 248-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 540i comes with a turbocharged 335-horsepower six-cylinder engine. Gran Turismo fastback (hatchback-like) models feature a 300-horsepower six-cylinder or a 445-horsepower V8.

The base model delivers good power for everyday driving and satisfies with its energetic exhaust note. The six-cylinder engine in the 540i gets the car moving even faster, and it exhibits little to no turbo lag. The automatic transmission pairs well with either engine, snapping off quick and precise shifts to make the most of the power under the hood.

The 5 Series sedan has lively handling and limited body roll around corners. Its suspension system also absorbs bumps in the road, which contributes to its comfortable ride. The 5 Series hatch isn’t as athletic. Sedan models offer all-wheel drive (also known as xDrive), while hatchback models come with it as standard.

Does the 2017 BMW 5 Series Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base 2017 BMW 5 Series 530i delivers 24 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. Comparatively, the 2017 Mercedes E-Class and 2017 Audi A6 deliver 22/29 mpg city/highway and 24/34 mpg city/highway, respectively.

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2017 5 Series Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 5 Series Seat?

The 2017 5 Series has seating for five people. Its front-row seats are comfy and supportive, and its rear seats have enough space for adults. Still, the rear seats are comprised of low-mounted seat cushions that make it hard for your legs and feet to rest comfortably. The 5 Series' stylish, modern cabin comes standard with leatherette upholstery and power-adjustable front seats. Some models come with leather seats, heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, multicontour seats, and ventilated and massaging front seats.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 BMW 5 Series?

The 2017 BMW 5 Series has two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the rear and an upper tether on the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use. Maneuvering around the lower anchors may be a bit difficult.

2017 BMW 5 Series Features

Standard features include a 10.25-inch iDrive infotainment system, a 12-speaker audio system, navigation, Bluetooth, a USB port, and HD Radio. Some models also come with satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, wireless charging, a Harman Kardon premium audio system, a rear-seat entertainment system, gesture control, and Apple CarPlay.

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2017 BMW 5 Series Dimensions

BMW 5 Series Cargo Space

The 2017 BMW 5 Series sedan has 18.7 cubic feet of trunk space, which is one of the largest capacities in the class. With the rear seats folded, the Gran Turismo hatchback gets up to 63.6 cubic feet of cargo space, but its sloped rear roofline cuts into the area. A power liftgate is available in sedan models and standard in hatchback models.

2017 5 Series Length and Weight

The 5 Series sedan is roughly 16.2 feet long, and its curb weight is about 3,750 to 4,020 pounds. The 5 Series hatchback is approximately 16.4 feet long, and its curb weight is about 4,500 to 4,950 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 BMW 5 Series Built?

The 2017 BMW 5 Series was built in Germany.


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