BMW 520d SE 190 Auto

BMW 520d SE 190 Auto

Executive Cars

4. BMW 5 Series

Model/Engine size:
BMW 5 Series 518d / 520d SE Auto / 520d Manual
Fuel economy combined:
68.9 mpg
BMW 520d SE 190 Auto


The BMW 5 Series was the first model to introduce the controversial ‘flame’ design which split opinion. However we have 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. There’s Auto Start-Stop, optimum gearshift indicator, Brake Energy Regeneration, Active Aerodynamics and low rolling resistance tyres. In addition a state-of-the-art 8-speed automatic transmission with a longer final drive ratio to reduce engine revs at motorway speeds helping the 520d to achieve great fuel consumption. We’re pleased to report that the engine also meets the stringent Euro 6 emissions standards too, so NOx emissions are kept in check.

In the driving stakes BMW has kept the trademark 50:50 weight distribution, which along with the front-engined, rear-wheel drive layout, makes the 5 Series more agile than rivals. There’s also no reason to expect anything other than the excellent build quality that we’ve become used to.

The latest 5 Series is evolutionary rather than revolutionary but when you’re starting so close to perfection that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The 520d delivers strong real world performance whilst achieving fuel economy that shames many city cars. With a brilliant blend of quality, style, performance and driving entertainment, it remains our favourite executive car.

Read our full BMW 520d ED review


Fuel economy, extra urban:
76.3 mpg
Fuel economy, urban:
55.4 mpg
CO2 emissions:
109 g/km
Green rating:
VED band B - First year £0
1705 Kg
Company car tax liability ( 2015/16 ):
Insurance group:
190 bhp
Max speed:
145 mph
7.7 seconds
Euro 6: