BMW 5 Series 520i MHT M Sport 4dr Step Auto Review

Category: Luxury car

Section: Version review

Fuel type:
petrol
Gearbox:
semi-auto
Doors:
4 doors
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RRP £42,775What Car? Target Price£37,963
Review

The BMW 5 Series is a brilliant, classy and wonderfully refined luxury saloon, with surprisingly low running costs if you go for the 530e plug-in hybrid or 520d mild hybrid. It's a more complete package than its chief rivals, such as the Audi A6, Mercedes E-Class and Jaguar XF.

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M Sport trim is extremely popular and the one we’d go for. It comes with 19in wheels (18in on the 530e), a sportier bodykit, black rather than chrome exterior trim, sport seats, an M sports steering wheel, a black headlining and an instrument panel wrapped in faux leather (or as BMW puts it, synthetic leather). Just make sure, however, that if you do go for M Sport you also tick the box for the optional M Sport Pro Pack. Amongst a plethora of other goodies, this introduces adaptive suspension (on all models aside from the ‘entry-level’ 520d and 520i) and gives the 5 Series a plush ride.

The entry-level petrol in the range, the 520i, is the least recommendable – it needs revving hard to achieve its best; not ideal in a luxury saloon.


Key information

Doors4
Seats5
0-62 MPH7.9 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol
GearboxSEMI-AUTO
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

44.8

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

530

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

144

g/km

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