The BMW 5 Series is the 2022 Auto Express Large Company Car of the Year, with the BMW X5 and Porsche Taycan commended
Fifty years after making its debut, BMW’s 5 Series is still at the very top of its game. Now in its seventh generation, the evergreen exec makes more sense than ever, its blend of upmarket image, top-notch quality and cutting-edge tech making it the perfect addition to any corporate car park.
Like all BMWs, the 5 Series is a delight to drive, its precise steering and engaging handling helping to lift your spirits. Yet it’s also supremely comfortable, with a smooth ride and hushed refinement taking the sting out of the daily grind.
- BMW 5 Series review
Inside, the BMW serves up plenty of space to stretch out in, while the lavish use of luxurious materials gives the cabin a true club-class feel. It’s also crammed with the latest tech, including a brilliantly intuitive infotainment system that shows BMW hasn’t rested on its laurels when it comes to connectivity and advanced in-car kit.
There’s also a choice of sleek saloon or practical Touring estate bodystyles, so there’s something for everyone. Plus BMW offers a wide range of engines, including mild-hybrid petrols and diesels – the latter ideal for high-mileage drivers – as well as the supercar-slaying M5 at the top of the range.
However, for business users with one eye on the bottom line, it’s the petrol-electric plug-in hybrids that make the most sense. Both the 530e and 545e manage well over 30 miles of all-electric driving, with CO2 emissions from as little as 32g/km. The latter also features the firm’s silky smooth 3.0-litre straight-six petrol engine, which combines with an electric motor to deliver a thumping total power output of 389bhp. Yet it will help higher-rate earners save nearly £2,500 in tax over an equivalent 520d.
With its high class, supreme comfort and great drive, this strength in depth is what makes the 5 Series such a formidable executive option, and one that rivals are going to struggle to knock off the top spot of the podium.
BMW 530e M Sport saloon (£55,075)
The plug-in hybrid models are the most appealing options for company car drivers, and the 530e combines a lengthy EV-only range with a total output of 288bhp. M Sport trim is our pick of the range, and with a £5,000 deposit and a 10,000-mile annual limit, a three-year PCP deal brings the overall cost to £821 per month.
If you want the ultimate all-rounder, then look no further than the exceptional X5. Blending luxury-car comfort, seven-seat versatility, rugged SUV appeal and genuine driver engagement, the brilliant BMW has every base covered. Yet it’s the plug-in hybrid xDrive45e version that makes it such hot property in the company car park, with CO2 emissions of 27g/km and a 54-mile EV range.
Porsche’s Taycan turned the high-performance EV class on its head, and three years later, rivals are still scrambling to keep up. It’s not cheap, but a low BiK rating means you’ll pay less in tax than on a mid-spec Mercedes E-Class. Crucially, this EV combines luxury with sports-car thrills – and with a relatively affordable rear-drive model, plus an estate version, the Taycan is a great option.
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New Car Awards 2022: the winners
|New Car Awards 2022: introduction||Luxury Car of the Year 2022: Range Rover|
|Car of the Year 2022: Nissan Ariya||Hot Hatch of the Year 2022: Hyundai i20 N|
|City Car of the Year 2022: Fiat 500||Coupe of the Year 2022: BMW 2 Series Coupe|
|Supermini of the Year 2022: Renault Clio||Convertible of the Year 2022: MINI Convertible|
|Family Car of the Year 2022: Dacia Jogger||Performance Car of the Year 2022: Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS|
|Estate Car of the Year 2022: Skoda Octavia Estate||Affordable Electric Car of the Year 2022: MG ZS EV|
|Small Company Car of the Year 2022: Renault Megane E-Tech Electric||Premium Electric Car of the Year 2022: BMW i4|
|Mid-size Company Car of the Year 2022: Nissan Ariya||Affordable Hybrid Car of the Year 2022: Toyota Yaris|
|Large Company Car of the Year 2022: BMW 5 Series||Premium Hybrid Car of the Year 2022: Mercedes C 300 e|
|Small SUV of the Year 2022: Kia Niro||Pick-up of the Year 2022: Ford Ranger|
|Mid-size SUV of the Year 2022: Hyundai Tucson||Van of the Year 2022: Fiat Ducato|
|Large SUV of the Year: Skoda Kodiaq||Electric Van of the Year 2022: Ford E-Transit|
|Small Premium SUV of the Year: Mercedes GLA||Technology Award 2022: Mercedes-Vision EQXX|
|Mid-size Premium SUV of the Year: Lexus NX||Hall of Fame Inductees|
|Large Premium SUV of the Year: Land Rover Defender||Previous winners|
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