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Fleets of Fancy: BMW M5

Why should I want it?

The ultimate version of BMW’s executive saloon, the M5 Competition adds another 25hp as well as tweaking the set-up to make it a touch more sporty and even more capable. Which is something the M5 wasn’t exactly in desperate need of. It’s an utter monster of a car. If you like that sort of thing.


Why can’t I have it?

It’s a six-figure BMW saloon in cost terms, its emissions are more than 250g/km and it’s the kind of car that it’s impossible to exploit its capabilities of on a public road. And did we mention it costs more than £100,000?


Arguments to use on the fleet manager

Given the frankly ridiculous performance figures, it’s a surprisingly sedate and sensible low-speed cruiser, although the ride has been firmed a touch. It’s also four-wheel drive and has all the practicality benefits of a (comparatively) humdrum 530d saloon.

Paul Barker


More fleety alternative

Fleet Of Fancy- February 2021- More fleety alternative

BMW calls the 545e xDrive the “most dynamic” of its six-cylinder plug-in hybrids. Despite getting below 50g/km, it offers a 4.7-second 0-62mph acceleration time from its 394hp powertrain. It costs just under £60,000, so not cheap, but the BiK benefits will bring that back.




BMW M5 Competition
Economy:25.4 mpg
Performance:3.3 seconds/155 mph