7 April 2018
Review

The new BMW M5 is a terrific sports saloon. Or super saloon. Or sports sedan. Call it what you will: it's a big four-door executive car with a stonky twin-turbocharged V8 making shed loads of power, which it puts it through all four wheels - unless you stick it in rear-drive mode, in which case it only puts it through the rear wheels, obvs.

And if that sounds familiar, that's because it's exactly what the Mercedes-AMG E63 saloon does too: what with its four-door body, luxurious executive car interior, twin-turbocharged V8 engine and four-wheel drive with the option of rear ... well, you get the idea.

But which of these big saloons is best? Both as an everyday executive car, but also as an enjoyable car to drive. Step forward Autocar's two video-ready testers, as we find out which you should have: BMW M5 or Mercedes-AMG E63 S.

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8 April 2018

You sign off by saying these cars are bought by people who have something else in the garage for days off and weekends. In which case, you could make a convincing case for the Alpina B5 being better than both of them.

9 April 2018

 Yes, yes it was, showing two guys driving around some nice scenery chatting about the semantics of the two Cars doesn’t really count as a head to head test, bit cheapskate maybe to...?

Peter Cavellini.

15 April 2018

Ultimately 98% of buyers want "kerb appeal" and the other 1% want them for track days and the expense that that brings, and the other 1%, like voting trends, show you are either a rusted on MB AMG or BMW M series buyer.

garage man

15 April 2018

Less charm than the 500 E and M5 E34.

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