A huge thank you to our BMW supplier, BMW Park Lane, for visiting us recently in one of their latest fleet additions – the BMW 5 SERIES SALOON 540i xDrive M Sport 4dr Auto.
As a leasing broker, we do rely on our supplying dealers to provide their expertise to ensure we get the right result for our customers.
If you are based in the city of London, or the provincial areas, and you are looking to procure a new or used BMW do speak to their team. Without doubt, BMW Park Lane are one of the leading suppliers of BMWs in the UK and we have had received nothing but exceptional service, highly quality customer care and professional advice.
The BMW here is a great example of how attitudes towards vehicles is changing in the UK.
For the last 10 – 15 years the diesel engines have been at the heart to the UK automotive industry. Under Gordon Brown, the company car market, and then the personal market, was fixated with diesel vehicles which provided incredible combined MPG statistics and lower CO2.
With the UK being targeted to reduce emissions by European mandates, the diesel engine was seen as the future of vehicles. However, what was missed was that diesel engines are not appropriate for those customers covering limited miles, with stop/start journeys.
The NO pollutants which diesel engines produce were also not considered fully.
Over the last 6 months, attitudes have sharply changed and diesel engines are now effectively being demonised by environmental and political groups. The suture of diesel cars has suddenly become more uncertain.
Unsurprisingly, in the recent budget, more financial considerations have been raised in the diesel / petrol discussion:
1. A new VED supplement will apply for new diesel cars which are registered after 1 April 2018, so that the first-year rate will be calculated in the VED band above. The clean-diesel vehicles should not fall foul on this however; and
2. The 3% diesel company car tax supplement will rise to 4% with effect from 6 April 2018. This will only apply to those diesel vehicles which do not meet the Real Driving Emissions Step 2 standards;
In terms of the luxury saloon shown here, the BMW 540i 4WD M Sport Auto, this is based on the following configuration:
· Metallic Paint – Black sapphire
· Dakota leather – Black/Black world with exclusive stitching
· Aluminium rhombicle interior trim with pearl chrome finish
· M Sport Plus pack – 5 Series Saloon
· BMW display key
As standard the car includes – heated windscreen washer jets, dynamic traction control, dynamic brake control, hill start assist, m sport braking system, velour floor mats, front/rear parking control, 20GB hard drive, professional navigation, real time traffic, idrive controller, auto dimming rear view mirror, 10.2” colour display, Bluetooth, LED daytime lights, leather steering wheel, front footwell and rear footwell lights, crash sensor, warning triangle, heated front seats, Thatcham cat 1 alarm, dual zone air conditioning, leather upholstery, electric front seats, cruise control and run flat tyres. In terms of additional factory options – the car shown here has the best ones to consider which are the M sport plus pack (20” alloys, harmon kardon sound system and sun protection glass) and the display key.
On the technical-side, the company car drivers can note the £52,895.00 P11d and C02 at 164g/km for a standard car. The 2998CC twin turbo 8 speed auto engine delivers 340ps, 0-62 times of 4.8 seconds and combined MPG of 39.2. The service intervals on the new BMW 5 series are every 24 months or every 18,000 miles, whichever lands sooner. Do weigh up the cost between a driver-maintained and funder-maintained contract hire arrangement.
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