I think there is plenty of power in the 2.0-litre engine for most sane people - when you see Puntos doing 95mph on the motorway, do you really need a 535? I get a metronomic 47.9mpg on every tank and can easily cover 600 miles between refuels.
Standard specification is excellent - cruise control, part-electric seats, park control, auto wipers and headlights, and nice wheels, so in my view there's no real need to add extras as a company car driver. Of course I'd like heated leather, the uprated climate control and phone system, but is it worth £3000? The tax rate is very good so it's a sensible company car.
The boot is really practical without looking like you drive a van. It looks great in silver, but maybe I'll get a black one next time. I've done 19,000 miles in seven months and it is still 3000 miles off its first service. I moved up from an Audi A3 and it has completely relaxed my commute - I'm a different driver.
The only problems I have had are the control unit for the iDrive had to be replaced, and I find the radio controls mystifying still.
Having read rather a lot of negative reviews on these cars, i felt i better state how i disagree, I recently purchased a new BMW 520d touring auto. It is the new facelifted model on an 07 plate and looks stunning. The ride is great despite the run flat tires and the engine has plenty of go. It is involving to drive and the interior quality is incredible. I-drive is simple to use once you get the hang of it and makes light work controlling the numerable gadgets.
I'm not sure about the other readers who are complaining about fuel economy. On a 100 mile trip today, with an average speed of 50 mph, i returned 47 mpg. I didnt drive particularly conservatively, so i can't complain about the economy figures.
Overall i am very pleased with the car. It is comfortable, high quality, spacious and great to drive. It is also cheap to insure, tax and fill with fuel. I am looking forward to many happy years with it.
This is one of the first new shape Tourings in the UK. It looks stunning in metallic Silver Grey.
It has had all the usual problems: squeaky door seals, failed tailgate struts, poor ride on 18-inch wheels, poor pulling away from junctions with the automatic box, noisy power steering at low speeds and false puncture warnings.
Heat-soaking in the driver's footwell on long journeys could not be fixed. Two cup holders fell apart. The annoying rear luggage cover broke after two weeks of ownership.
The driving pleasure this car gives makes it easy to forget niggles. However, a leaking sunroof took ages to diagnose. The rear offside fuse box compartment regularly filled with water, which triggered interesting failures and warnings. This ranged from loss of any warning to the failure of the self-levelling rear suspension. Beware - coolant needs regular attention, unlike most modern cars.
The dimming, folding mirrors are fabulous. Memory seats make life so easy. Heated seats and leather make the winter journey to work (almost) a delight.
Coming up to three years now, the average consumption of 29.4 [accurate] is disappointing - the 320d Touring courtesy car, which is now an old friend, always beats the 'What Car?' mpg, but the 530d doesn't get anywhere near the magazine's guide.
Despite getting an Audi Allroad brochure, I will probably order a 535d this spring. Mercedes' quality is getting there, Audi is near Nirvana, so why cannot BMW put together a quality car?
This car is great to drive - the auto gearbox is smooth in its changes and the car is quick.
The only poor point is that it likes to pull away in second most of the time. This makes pulling away quickly a little frustrating, as when you put your foot down to go, the car then selects first and you have missed your spot on the roundabout.
However performance is fantastic in general. The torque of the engine is fantastic, making overtaking very easy. The ride is good on the motorway but around town it's poor. You can feel every little bump through the suspension.
I previously had the 530d and I think the 535d is worth the extra money, as performance is easily noticeable. It's a well-behaved, safe and quick family car.
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