New BMW 5 Series Saloon review Reviews & Ratings MotorTorque

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New BMW 5 Series Saloon review

million sold worldwide in 40 years but today the BMW 5 Series has faced such stiff and in a recessionary world where pressed company car drivers are forced to downsize because of tax costs.

Fleet and business account for 70 per cent of UK registrations and engines take 90 per cent of

The sixth generation executive 5 Saloon starts being to UK customers this week but the popular version, the 520d Auto Start-stop as standard goes into production in and this model accounts for 70% of all 5 sales, Saloon or Touring. All of the new Touring estate models in September.

The 5 Series is in reality the of the BMW brand, with around Saloon sales this 12,000 plus from onwards. Touring models add 4,000 to these annual

Of course the new front engine, wheel drive new 5 Series is and it needs to be because in a shrinking the competition is growing stronger.

The Audi A6 is good but past its sell-by date, the Mercedes is a stunner, the Jaguar XF very rated by customers and early by my fellow motoring scribes the new Jaguar XJ is brilliant as well, competition in tough market

BMW 5 Series range

Prices for the new 5 Saloons shows an average 3 per increase but the added value new models offer, £2,600 to shows just how competitive the is. There is the choice of four and three diesel engine and a new eight-speed automatic transmission, the of 90 per cent of users.

All models as standard equipment, leather Bluetooth telephone preparation, air conditioning, front and rear sensors, a 7-inch display iDrive control unit, operated windows and door and EfficientDynamics fuel and CO2 saving

Prices range from up to £50,528 and of course there is a list of extra cost Touring estate models cost around £2,200 than their comparable version. M Sport versions are to be added in the distant future but the M5 is certain at this stage due to the situation and relatively small numbers.

The core sales model the SE Saloon with its 184bhp engine and with CO2 emissions of 132g/km and a combined cycle consumption figure of 56.5mpg is at £28,165 on-the-road. This just a £130 price over the outgoing version but in the added value of extra equipment, EfficientDynamics technology and so on is at £2,280.


So what is new about the latest range? The new 5 uses a shortened version of the new 7 platform which means a wheelbase at 2,968mm, the longest in its Good news for rear passengers where legroom is

The styling remains deeply with sculptured lines but controversial than the previous The elongated four door side profile and wide gives the executive car a purposeful

Inside the fixtures and fittings are all grade and the greater space be enjoyed by all except the rear seat passenger who might the wide transmission tunnel for foot space. A large boot completes the package.

Ride and handling

The suspension has a new wishbone design at the front and a layout at the rear just the 7 Series. The new front end suspension means that enthusiastic can really ‘load up’ the end with confidence during speed cornering as there is grip and then use the ample power to accelerate very out of corners through the rear drive system.

This the balance of the car is exceptional. The double system also seems inclined to move from the path due to ruts in the road by heavy transport. However the new assisted power steering, with the front steer or four wheel steer doesn’t feel quite as or offer as much feedback the 5 has been famous for.

is the optional Variable Damper or Adaptive Drive packages where the driver can tune the responses for ride comfort and with Normal, Comfort, and Sport+ settings.

Having the standard and optional suspension and configurations last week the mountainous and winding routes the Pyrenees, my choice would be to with the standard car and save around £5,000.

In its standard suspension form and the new four wheel steering the 5 Series is sure-footed, responsive, well balanced and compliant as as comfortable despite the standard fit tyres.

I’d also with the standard 17-inch road wheels as larger only increase the potential for an ride over potholed

BMW 5 Series engines and performance

three diesel — units and four petrol — 523i/528i/535i/550i available to from launch and more to there is a wide choice to fit all in this executive sector.

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The diesel with 184bhp and of torque, the bread and butter has a top speed of 140mph, 0-62mph just 8.1 seconds, the combined fuel economy is 56.5mpg and CO2 are 132g/km so the VED road tax from will be an attractive £110 a with a low 18 per cent Benefit-in-Kind car user tax rate.

No wonder will be the best selling — all the looks and the useable needed for today’s driving but none of the high running and costs.

During the first drive last week only 5 Saloon models with the in-line six-cylinder single diesel and the new 535i six-cylinder injection twin scroll turbocharger petrol units available for test driving as the is not in production for a month or so.

As you would both units are refined, quiet under load and powerful. Both were with the new eight-speed automatic which was silky smooth seamless changes.

Driven and fast over adventurous the 530d returned a healthy 36.6mpg against the official figure and the 535i did less with 23.7mpg at best and not to the official 33.2mpg.

Both are engines for sure and they us to explore the full potential of new benchmark executive s favoured of business travel.

BMW 5 Series

BMW 530d SE Saloon

Price: (+£1,495 for auto gearbox)

3.0-litre, straight-six, common-rail injection with turbocharger, 540Nm (398lb ft) of torque 1,750rpm, 8-speed automatic Steptronic manual shift

Performance: 155mph (restricted), 6.3 seconds, 44.8mpg (36.6mpg CO2 160g/km, VED £155 from BIK company car tax 24%

Insurance group: 40

It needed to be good to see off the competition, it is good and still the benchmark for the — but only just. good, roomy, full of lots of safety features, residual values forecast

Electronically assisted power dulls feedback to the driver, wind noise, large transmission tunnel limits for one rear seat passenger

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BMW 3 Series Saloon ActiveHybrid 3 SE Auto Automatic 8-speed 4dr
BMW 3 Series Saloon ActiveHybrid 3 SE Auto Automatic 8-speed 4dr


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