This is the 4th 5 series I have owned in last 10 years and second of new model range.However,it id the first tourer and first diesel.I was somewhat sceptical changing to diesel but on the test drive was impressed with engine torque having marginally better performance than the previous 5.23 model.Low emissions mean low fuel tax which is a plus,not quite reached the fuel consumption but averaging 40mpg which for driving distances is acceptable.Room as usual is excellent and having the M sport certainly gives the car more of a visual impact than the std SE model. Saeting is good,both myself and my wife appreciate the extending front seat facility ,suspension a little hard but has to be accepted through lowered suspension.Road handling good for a large car,but I have always been impressed with BMW suspension set up even in the 7 series. Overall,very pleased and satisfied.
Awesome! The autobox is fabulous and if you want to make it really go, pop it in manual and hold the gear lever forward - you can then change when you want to not when the computer says so. 48 mpg, 12,000 miles in 3 and a half months. I have driven Mercs (no kit and high emissions, Audi's (awful auto box), Volvo's (emissions way ott) and NOTHING comes close to my 520D Tourer. Went to Germany the other week and sat at 140 no problem at all. BUY ONE!
I recently purchased the 520d M-Sport touring. The car not only looks great and drives very well but is loaded with useful features and produces a superb mpg for such a large vehicle.
I opted for some extras including luimbar support and heated seats which i believe a well worth the extra.
Still to travel a long distance on motorway but what I have experianced so far suggests this will be as enjoyable and economic as my usual rural roads travelling.
All in all a great buy.
I reached 80,000 problem free miles today after 23 months.
This is a big comfortable car with incredible fuel economy and the best engineered in its class. My driving is mostly motorway and I have never achieved less than 600 miles on a tank. The fuel prices went up so I stuck to the speed limit and now enjoy 700 miles per tank. I now enjoy an average 49.5 miles per gallon.
The trade off is that it's not the quickest car, although it performs at least as well as its peers. I do miss the torque from my old S60 D5, but I appreciate the better economy.
I chose the SE because of its comfortable ride. While the M Sport model looked great, its ride is as it should be: firm. The spoilers don’t make it go any faster.
Run flat tyres? They cost more to replace but my front tyres are still original. When I had punctures, I appreciated the drive to Kwik Fit over tyre changing on the side of the road.
Idrive? Read the manual, it works. I like the uncluttered dashboard. If you want buttons, get an Audi. It has loads.
Any complaints? My ipod is very quiet and distorted when played through the aux socket. The facelift model now has option for a USB link.
That niggle apart this has been a very successful purchase, but it is what it is. If you want a fast car buy one with a bigger engine. The M Sport version looks great but won't go any faster. This is a large comfortable top brand car which has an economical entry level engine. Love it for what it is.
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