Large Company Car of the Year 2022: BMW 5 Series

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.

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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.

Our choice

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.

Commended

BMW X5

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 Taycan

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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