Thank to BMW for providing the CarLease UK team with the opportunity for test-driving and reviewing the brand new BMW 5 SERIES DIESEL SALOON 520d M Sport 4dr Auto (Check the deals coming soon here.)
“Expect nothing less” in the words of BMW. But does this car genuinely deliver and is it the leading executive company car option? Fresh from success at the What Car? 2017 award where it succeeded in being the car of the year, you would think that BMW have delivered what we have come to expect from them; dynamic quality.
The new 5 series contains both the modern business feel (and equipment) and the sporty athleticism we expect from their cars; the 5 series grabs the qualities of both the BMW 4 series and BMW 7 series to make a complete product.
At the heart of the range will be the 2.0 litre diesel engine, which is available as both EfficientDynamics and non- EfficientDynamics. The 190hp engine will launch you to 62mph in circa 7.5 seconds. Where BMW have made the car more appealable, is the introduction of “x drive” which means that users can enjoy the functionality of a 4wd system. The new model is around 100kg lighter than the previous model and so the lightweight structure should offer better driving characteristics and increased efficiency. The 540i petrol option could offer a bit of a fun, with a 3 litre turbo engine which achieves 0-62 times of sub 5 seconds.
In terms of equipment, the model shown will be well-equipped with Dakota leather, Bluetooth, cruise control, LED headlights, 18” alloy wheels, dual-zone air conditioning, 20GB hard drive, BMW online services, iDrive controller with a 10.2” colour display monitor, crash sensors, heated front seats and electrically adjustable seats. There are some exciting additional factory option which you might want to add semi-autonomous driving with the active cruise control and lane control assist. The driving assistant plus will take over for long journeys and slow-moving traffic. With Wi-Fi hot spot and enhance Bluetooth charging, the more technological will not be left without practicality.
So what do you think to this luxury saloon, will it be the number 1 over the Mercedes E-Class, Audi A6 and Jaguar XF? Is this car going to appeal to the younger driver or is it the reserve of the older generation?