BMW 5 Series 520i SE automatic

BMW 5 Series 520i SE automatic

Executive Cars

3. BMW 5 Series

Model/Engine size:
BMW 5 Series 520i SE automatic
Fuel economy combined:
47.1 mpg
BMW 5 Series 520i SE automatic


The BMW 5 Series was the first model to introduce the controversial ‘flame’ design which split opinion. However we’ve always been fans so we were keen to see if the latest design would also hit the spot. We think that BMW has got it right again with a dynamic and thoroughly contemporary design which keeps the 5 bang up to date.

The new 5 Series comes with an array of EfficientDynamics technologies. All manual gearboxes come with an optimum gearshift indicator to help drivers know when to change gear to optimise the car’s efficiency. Brake energy regeneration, which recharges the vehicle’s battery during engine over-run, is part of the 5 Series Saloon’s standard specification.

This combination of technology allows the 520i to achieve an impressive combination of pace and efficiency. With 184 bhp on offer and a very healthy 199 lb.ft of torque available from 1,250 – 4,500 rpm, it makes light work of its 1650 Kg kerb weight.

In the driving stakes BMW has kept the trademark 50:50 weight distribution so we expect it to live up to the ‘ultimate driving machine’ tag when it’s launched. There is also no reason to expect anything other than the excellent build quality that we’ve become used to.

The BMW 5 Series has always been the most engaging executive saloon to drive and the latest version maintains top spot. The 520i automatic blends good performance with strong fuel economy and poise making it the ideal choice for enthusiastic drivers.

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Fuel economy, extra urban:
60.1 mpg
Fuel economy, urban:
34.9 mpg
CO2 emissions:
139 g/km
Green rating:
VED band E - £130 a year
1690 Kg
Company car tax liability ( 2015/16 ):
Insurance group:
184 bhp
Max speed:
140 mph
7.9 seconds
Euro 6: