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BMW 5 SERIES DIESEL SALOON

520d MHT M Sport 4dr Step Auto [Pro Pack]

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This improved version of the seventh generation BMW 5 Series claims to be significantly smarter, more sophisticated and more efficient than ever before. Plenty to worry rivals then. Jonathan Crouch takes a look at what's on offer.

Background

How do you right a bestseller? This refreshed version of the 7th generation 5 series is BMW's answer to that question when it comes to the Munich maker's uber-successful offering in the full-executive segment. Over 600,000 examples of this 'G30' series '5' have been sold since its original launch in 2016 but changes were needed, following key enhancements to its two most significant rivals. An all-new version of the Audi A6 was launched in 2018 and Mercedes substantially updated its 10th generation E-class in early 2020. In terms of what's new here, you'll immediately spot the new 3 series-style nose. But arguably what's more important is what now lies beneath the bonnet. 48V mild hybrid tech has now been introduced to all the mainstream engines, plus there's a second, more powerful plug-in hybrid option. And a new V8 M Performance model, along with a re-fettled M5 too. Plus updated media connectivity as part of a lightly-smartened cabin. Plenty to talk about them.

Driving Experience

Thanks to a reduction in weight of about 100kg, this 7th generation 5 Series proved to be a little sharper to drive than its immediate predecessor and still feels a little more agile than its direct Audi and Mercedes rivals. Especially if you add in options like 4-wheel steering and adaptive damping. The kind of full air suspension set-up you can have on a rival Mercedes E-Class is still lacking, though there's an air suspended rear axle on the Touring estate variant. You'll want to know about engines which continue to work via an 8-speed ZF auto gearbox. All the mainstream four cylinder and six cylinder powerplants now get the Munich maker's latest 48V mild hybrid technology. Most 5 series buyers still want a diesel - there are three options again available. Things kick off with the four-cylinder 188hp 520d, which sits below a couple of six cylinder variants, the 281hp 530d and the 335hp 540d xDrive. The 520d and 530d can be had with either standard rear wheel drive or extra cost xDrive 4WD. BMW expects petrol power to enjoy a greater take-up with this facelifted model. The mainstream part of the range uses a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo unit, things kicking off with a 181hp 520i. Above the 520i, xDrive 4WD is either optional or mandatory. That 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit features in more powerful 248hp form in the 530i. And in the plug-in hybrid 530e, which offers up to 288hp. If you think a 5 Series really needs a six cylinder engine and you want petrol power, the conventional option is the 329hp 540i. A 248hp version of the 540i's same 3.0-litre petrol 'six' is paired to a 107hp electric motor in a new more powerful plug-in hybrid derivative, the 545e xDrive. Finally, there are a couple of potent V8 variants, starting with a freshly-added M Performance version, the 550i xDrive, which offers 523hp from its 4.4-litre powerplant and bridges the gap to the top M5 Competition super saloon. The M5 Competition uses the same V8 engine in 625hp form.

Design and Build

One day, BMW might choose to visually differentiate this car from the style of the smaller 3 Series model that sits below it in the company's line-up, but that day hasn't come yet. This updated '5' adopts a look that brings it back into line with the 7th generation 3 Series model introduced in 2018, with a wider single-frame front grille flanked by beadier LED headlights and structured rear LED tail lamps. L-shaped daytime running lights also feature at the front and the bumpers have been re-profiled at both ends, which has increased the length of the saloon by 27mm and the Touring estate by 21mm, so that both now measure in at a fraction under 5m. Plus all variants now get trapezoidal tailpipes. Underneath the skin, the same lightweight aluminium-rich 'CLAR' structure that was pioneered in the larger 7 Series model remains much in evidence. Inside, the changes made are much harder to spot and mostly concern updates to the centre stack. There's a re-designed lower climate display, revised trim materials and gloss black centre console details. More significant is the adoption of the 7th generation version of BMW's iDrive infotainment system, which offers buyers a standard 10.3-inch centre-dash touchscreen, with the option to upgrade to larger 12.3-inch monitor on request. There's also a digital display for the instrument binnacle, but you still can't get it to show a full-dash screen map, as is possible with rivals. There is room for up to three adults on the rear seats, which are also designed to allow room for up to three child seats. The saloon has a 530-litre boot; the Touring estate can swallow 570-litres, extendable to 1,700-litres with the rear seats down. Build quality is almost faultless.

Market and Model

Prices start at around £37,500 for the base 520i petrol model. There are three trim levels: SE, M Sport and M Sport Edition. The Touring estate body style requires an extra premium of £2,250. M Sport trim adds a premium of £3,500 across the range. As for the freshly added variants, the 545e xDrive costs from around £55,000, while the M550i xDrive costs from around £68,000 - which makes it around £30,000 less expensive than the top M5 Competition model. Even base SE models are, as you would expect, very well equipped, featuring alloy wheels of between 17 and 19-inches in size, Dakota leather upholstery, a Sport leather steering wheel and heated front seats. Freshly added to SE trim are features like power-folding mirrors, front electric lumbar support for the seats and BMW's Parking Assistant package. M Sport trim adds alloy wheel designs in 18, 19 and 20-inch sizes, plus the M aerodynamics body styling packages. Inside, there's an M leather steering wheel, front sports seats, an anthracite headliner and a distinctive instrument panel finished in Sensatec artificial stitched leather. Top M Sport Edition trim gives you 20-inch alloy wheels, Adaptive LED headlights, red brake callipers and sun protection glass.

Cost of Ownership

The 5 Series has always been impressively frugal for a car of its size. The four cylinder 520d diesel, for instance, can deliver well over 55mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and around 130g/km of WLTP CO2. And across the range, things have taken a turn for the even better with the addition of BMW's latest 48V mild hybrid technology for the mainstream four and six cylinder petrol and diesel engines. This consists of a 48-volt starter generator that enables particularly intensive braking energy recuperation along with an additional battery to store the electricity that's generated in this way. The 48-volt battery not only supplies the electrically operated vehicle functions, it also makes its energy available to generate additional drive power. For this purpose the current flows back to the starter generator, which now takes on the role of an electric drive. This reduces the load on the combustion engine, allowing it to run as often as possible in an efficiency-optimised load range. If you want something more sophisticated than mild hybrid tech, you'll want to look at the two plug-in hybrid petrol variants. The 530e four cylinder model can offer a WLTP electric driving range of up to 42 miles. For the six cylinder 545e, it's up to 35 miles.

Summary

The whole point of a mid-cycle product refresh is to give the car in question the feel of an all-new model - and that's the case here. The looks have more attitude, the engines have the required dose of electrification and there's now less of yawning gap between the mainstream models and the fire-breathing M5. Are there issues? A few. BMW's decision not to develop the kind of full air suspension system you'd find as an option on a rival Mercedes E-Class means that a Merc with that set-up has a small edge if your over-riding priority is ride comfort. A 5 Series with optional 'VDC' 'Variable Damper Control' gets close though. Without 'VDC', some might find its damping a little too firm. We can't find much else to grouse about though. There's premium pricing of course, but that applies to most comparable rivals. At least with this BMW, you feel that money's buying you a car that showcases the current state of the automotive art. Whether you prioritise clever gadgetry, hi-tech engineering or sharp running costs in your full-sized Executive car, this BMW operates from an agenda that will certainly impress. Conservatively styled it may be: conservative in outlook it certainly isn't.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeDiesel
Emissions
Emissions139.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed146mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 32GB hard disc drive (HDD) memory
  • Active Guards
  • BMW Live Cockpit Professional sat nav system with 12.3" instrument display and high resolution control display
  • BMW Teleservices
  • Connected drive services
  • Cruise control with brake function
  • Electric Power Steering (EPS) with Servotronic
  • iDrive touch controller with shortcut buttons
  • Intelligent emergency call
  • Multifunctional instrument panel
  • Oil sensor for level and grade
  • On board computer inc. average speed, fuel consumption, liquid crystal Info display, journey computer, outside temperature display, personal profile
  • On-board diagnosis - OBD
  • Powered by Operating System 7.0
  • Service interval indicator
  • Speed limiting function

Entertainment

  • DAB Digital radio
  • Favourite buttons

Exterior Features

  • Acoustic glazing
  • All round anti-corrosion system
  • Automatically dimming rear view mirror
  • BMW Individual high gloss shadow line with extended contents includes kidney frame and struts in high gloss black and black chrome exhaust tailpipes
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Door handle illumination
  • Dynamic brake lights with LED technology
  • Electric front and rear windows with fingertip open/close + anti-trap facility and comfort closing function
  • Electrically adjustable and heated exterior mirrors includes integrated direction indicators and automatic parking function
  • Follow me home headlight function
  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • High gloss black active air stream kidney grille
  • Interior rear view mirror with automatic anti dazzle function
  • LED daytime running lights
  • M designation on front side panels, left and right in chrome
  • M rear spoiler
  • Rain sensor with automatic headlight activation
  • Sun protection glazing
  • Trapezoidal visible exhaust tailpipes

Interior Features

  • 12V power socket in front and rear
  • Armrest - front and rear integrated door trim, centre console includes storage compartment, rear centre includes 2 cupholders
  • Child seat ISOFIX attachment with rear outer seats includes top tether
  • Cup holders (2 front and 2 rear)
  • Front and rear footwell lights
  • Front reading lights
  • Height and length adjustable steering column and activation via lateral lever on the steering column
  • Illuminated M door sill finishers
  • Lockable glove compartment with light
  • M leather steering wheel
  • M specific pedals
  • M specific velour floor mats
  • Multifunction controls for leather steering wheel
  • Rear headrests

Packs

  • Ambient lighting pack - 5 Series
  • Connected package professional - 5 Series
  • Expanded exterior mirror pack - 5 Series
  • M Aerodynamic pack - 5 Series

Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Airbags - driver/front passenger, rear and side, first and second row seats head airbags, front passenger seat airbag deactivation + knee airbag
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
  • Brake assist function
  • Brake energy regeneration
  • CBC - (Cornering brake control)
  • Crash sensor activating central locking release, hazard warning lights, fuel cut off and interior lighting
  • Deformation zones - front and rear with door reinforcements and bumpers up to 2.5 mph
  • DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
  • Dynamic brake control
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Electromechanical parking brake with automatic drive away release and auto hold function
  • Electronic brake force distribution
  • Engine drag torque control
  • Front head restraints with anti-whiplash
  • Hill start assist
  • M Seatbelts
  • Seat belts front inertia reel with pyrotechnical belt latch tensioner, belt force limiter and belt restrainer
  • Side impact protection
  • Three inertia reel rear seatbelts
  • Two tone horn
  • Tyre pressure indicator
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

Security

  • Alarm system (Thatcham 1) with remote control and electronic engine immobiliser
  • Locking wheel bolts

Technical

  • 48V Mild hybrid technology
  • Diesel particulate filter
  • Drive performance control with ECO PRO comfort + sport mode
  • Engine cover with twin turbo designation
  • M sport suspension
  • Steptronic transmission with gearshift paddles on steering wheel

Wheels

  • 20" M Y-spoke light alloy wheels with mixed tyres and run flat tyres in bicolour jet black finish - style 846 M

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    0.116
  • HC
    Not Available
  • HC+NOx
    0.043
  • NOx
    0.018
  • Particles
    0.0002
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    139
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
    143
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
    129
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High
    143
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max
    147
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min
    129
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High
    124
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max
    128
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min
    114
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low
    170
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max
    173
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min
    166
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium
    135
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max
    140
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min
    127

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1995
  • Compression Ratio
    16.5:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    84
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    90
  • Engine Code
    B47D20O1
  • Engine Layout
    NORTH SOUTH
  • Fuel Delivery
    COMMON RAIL
  • Gears
    8 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    4.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    5.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max
    5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min
    4.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    4.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max
    4.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min
    4.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max
    6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min
    6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max
    5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min
    4.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    53.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
    51.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
    57.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    52.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max
    50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min
    57.6
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    60.1
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max
    57.6
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min
    65.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    43.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max
    42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min
    44.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max
    53.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min
    58.9

General

  • AdBlue
    Yes
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
    2.0
  • Badge Power
    190
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    d
  • Coin Series
    M Sport [Pro pack]
  • Generation Mark
    7
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    39E
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    91
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    85
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    81
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    59
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    Unlimited
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    7.2
  • Engine Power - BHP
    190
  • Engine Power - KW
    140
  • Engine Power - RPM
    4000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    295
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    40.8
  • Engine Torque - NM
    400
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1750
  • Top Speed
    146

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    245/35 R20
  • Tyre Size Rear
    275/30 R20
  • Tyre Size Spare
    RUN FLAT TYRES
  • Wheel Style
    Y SPOKE STYLE 846 M
  • Wheel Type
    20" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    Not Available
  • Height (including roof rails)
    1479
  • Length
    4963
  • Wheelbase
    2975
  • Width
    1868
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2126

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    66
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2345
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    530
  • Max. Loading Weight
    670
  • Max. Roof Load
    100
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    2000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1675
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    12
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Customer Reviews

   
Sean Annells

Sean Annells

"First class service from start to finish. Great communication and very competitive on pricing. Always wanted to help and nothing was to much trouble. Tom always replied to my emails as soon as he could and always went the extra mile to answer my questions. Would definitely recommend Silverstone Fleet to anyone."

"a week ago"

Alun Davies

Alun Davies

"When I started looking to get a new (personal) lease car I contacted a number of leasing companies. Silverstone were by far the most responsive and helpful. They were able to order exactly the model of car I wanted at an excellent price. Every aspect of their service from setting up the lease contract to overseeing the delivery of the car was exemplary. They were attentive and responsive but never 'pushy'. Thouroughly recommended. A big thank you to all the Silverstone team, especially Holly who dealt with all my enquiries quickly and efficiently."

"2 months ago"

Dan Jones

Dan Jones

"Superb service. After having been really let down by another leasing company, Silverstone saved the day. Really professional, quick and pleasant staff. Clear communication and quality service from start to finish. I was so pleased with the service I leased another car from them! Thanks especially to Aby, who was a superstar. I leased a Tesla Model 3 (and now a Fiat 500 too!)"

"3 months ago"

Susan Frampton

Susan Frampton

"I cannot fault the service received from Silverstone Fleet Management, for Start to finish it was seamless. I was regularly kept in the loop with information and what was required from myself to proceed. Holly Palmer who is one of the SFM Sales Support Executive was very prompt in responding to my emails and sending me anything that I needed to complete for the process and acknowledging anything that I returned. Tom Bailey who is one of the SFM Account Managers was very prompt at sending me the original quotes and adapting them to suit my needs and alongside Holly keeping me informed at every point during the start to end process. The whole process took at the most 3 weeks from quoting, ordering to the delivery/collection. although I appreciate this was a stock vehicle and not ordered purposely for my requirements. I had to go and collect the vehicle in the end as there were no available drivers to deliver for the date that I needed the vehicle, but this was not a fault of SFM, who tried their best to get the vehicle to me for the requested date, but had I not needed the vehicle to go on holiday then I would only have had to wait a couple more days for delivery. I would totally recommend SFM to my family and friends and hopefully I will be able to put people/business their way. When my lease is up I would not hesitate to use SFM again and hopefully this review will persuade others to take a leap of faith in SFM as they really do deliver the fantastic service that they advertise"

"in the last week"

Madeline Biggs

Madeline Biggs

"Received my car this week and I cannot recommend this company enough!! They helped me find my perfect car and then helped every step of the way till it's delivery. Even after that they checked to see if I was happy. They went above and beyond and I have already been recommending them to my family and friends. Thanks to all the the team at Silverstone Fleet Management - car leasing in Northampton"

"4 months ago"

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