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BMW 5 Series (G30/G31 Facelift) Review Rundown

BMWPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Neoscore* 0%
  • Powerful V8 engine
  • Intuitive infotainment system
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Nothing in particular


The facelifted BMW 5 Series Sedan (G30) and Touring (G31) comes with either 48V mild-hybrid technology, hybrid, or plug-in hybrid drivetrain, with a large selection of petrol and diesel engine options. Its redesign incorporates a range of aggressive exterior styling that is bound to be divisive.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.



Sentiment Score[*] 86%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following[***]:
616bhp BMW M5 Competition would cater best for demand from 5 Series customers who wanted the fastest and the best. But as successive road tests have shown, the M5 has grown more and more hardcore in demeanour and behaviour in recent years. A UK M550i will save something like £30,000 compared with an M5. It starts at a reasonable-sounding £68,590.
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  • Powerful engine
  • Excellent long-distance comfort
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Suspension isn’t stiff enough for rough-roads


Sentiment Score[*] 87%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
The 5 Series has been a mainstay of the BMW line-up since 1972. The current G30 incarnation - mildly facelifted in 2020 - is bigger yet lighter and more efficient than past models. It uses technology borrowed from the 7 Series limousine, so has lightweight aluminium and carbon fibre in its construction. The car’s top-notch refinement is backed up by one of the classiest cabins in the business. The engine range is more extensive, with a selection of petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid variants available.
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  • Best-in-class infotainment system
  • Classy cabin
  • Lack of standard equipment


Sentiment Score[*] 91%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
The M550i is the least sensible variant of the updated 5 Series line-up, yet still achieves a 4.5-star rating. We'd recommend the more modestly priced yet equally polished options further down the range. Every version benefits from impeccable build quality, superb engines, strong refinement and tech, and tidy handling.
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  • Gorgeous looks
  • Excellent infotainment system
  • Excellent handling
  • M550i xDrive isn’t for everyone


Sentiment Score[*] 87%
Reviewers from carmagazine have found the following[***]:
ipped with adaptive M suspension, the ride is the most luxurious out of any 5er in the range. isolating you from bumps as you glide over them with just the ocassional ripple felt through the seats. Three litres of six-cylinder diesel may not match the V8 petrol's headline power, but it produces 479lb ft. On 20-inch wheels and the optional adaptive dampers found on the M Sport Pro Pack, the 530d xDrive bobs over bumps in a manner that soon becomes annoying.
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  • Superb ride quality
  • Superb infotainment system
  • Comfortable to drive
  • M Sport Pro Pack isn’t for everyone


1. ^ BMW 5 Series M550i 2020 UK review. autocar. 2020-12-17 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ BMW 5 Series review. autoexpress. 2021-02-04 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ New BMW 5 Series 2020 review. autoexpress. 2020-10-20 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ BMW 5 Series (2020) review: facelifted premium exec tested. carmagazine. 2020-10-30 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.
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