For 119g/km emissions put it in a very low tax bracket, so the BMW 5 Series 520d Efficient Dynamics is relatively cheap to run as a company car.
Against The economy-minded long gearing slightly impacts on the flexibility of the engine’s performance.
The BMW 520d Efficient Dynamics is the most cost-effective and desirable executive car on the market.
Enthusiasts will argue that you buy a BMW for its driving prowess, which means a powerful engine is essential.
The 535i, 550i and the mighty M5 will deliver all the thrills you need, but the Five will mainly be bought by pragmatists rather than enthusiasts – that’s why the incredible 520d ED is the best option.
The relatively small diesel engine will average almost 63mpg, and if you're a company car driver, the CO2 output of just 119g/km places the car in a low tax bracket. The fact is, though, that every engine in the range is among the most efficient of its type.
One more thing – on SE and M Sport versions, the standard suspension gives a lumpy ride and disappointing handling. We’d recommend adding some options, although they’re a bit pricey. Four-cylinder models and the Hybrid can be had with Variable Damper Control, while the remaining six-cylinder cars can be had with the all-singing Adaptive Drive system. In both cases, they’re money well spent.
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