BMW

BMW 5 SERIES DIESEL SALOON 520d MHT SE 4dr Step Auto

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph7.2s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2127 g/km

BMW's 'G30' 7th generation 5 series has changed - but not beyond recognition. The looks get sharpened, engine electrification now proliferates and a couple of extra powerplant variants join the range. Otherwise, the line-up of saloon and Touring models continues with much the same polished, Teutonic and mildly dynamic appeal as before.

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This improved version of the seventh generation BMW 5 Series claims to be significantly smarter, more sophisticated and more efficient than ever before. Plenty to worry rivals then. Jonathan Crouch takes a look at what's on offer.

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BMW's 'G30' 7th generation 5 series has changed - but not beyond recognition. The looks get sharpened, engine electrification now proliferates and a couple of extra powerplant variants join the range. Otherwise, the line-up of saloon and Touring models continues with much the same polished, Teutonic and mildly dynamic appeal as before.

Background

How do you right a bestseller? This refreshed version of the 7th generation 5 series is BMW's answer to that question when it comes to the Munich maker's uber-successful offering in the full-executive segment. Over 600,000 examples of this 'G30' series '5' have been sold since its original launch in 2016 but changes were needed, following key enhancements to its two most significant rivals. An all-new version of the Audi A6 was launched in 2018 and Mercedes substantially updated its 10th generation E-class in early 2020. In terms of what's new here, you'll immediately spot the new 3 series-style nose. But arguably what's more important is what now lies beneath the bonnet. 48V mild hybrid tech has now been introduced to all the mainstream engines, plus there's a second, more powerful plug-in hybrid option. And a new V8 M Performance model, along with a re-fettled M5 too. Plus updated media connectivity as part of a lightly-smartened cabin. Plenty to talk about them.

Driving Experience

Thanks to a reduction in weight of about 100kg, this 7th generation 5 Series proved to be a little sharper to drive than its immediate predecessor and still feels a little more agile than its direct Audi and Mercedes rivals. Especially if you add in options like 4-wheel steering and adaptive damping. The kind of full air suspension set-up you can have on a rival Mercedes E-Class is still lacking, though there's an air suspended rear axle on the Touring estate variant. You'll want to know about engines which continue to work via an 8-speed ZF auto gearbox. All the mainstream four cylinder and six cylinder powerplants now get the Munich maker's latest 48V mild hybrid technology. Most 5 series buyers still want a diesel - there are three options again available. Things kick off with the four-cylinder 188hp 520d, which sits below a couple of six cylinder variants, the 281hp 530d and the 335hp 540d xDrive. The 520d and 530d can be had with either standard rear wheel drive or extra cost xDrive 4WD. BMW expects petrol power to enjoy a greater take-up with this facelifted model. The mainstream part of the range uses a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo unit, things kicking off with a 181hp 520i. Above the 520i, xDrive 4WD is either optional or mandatory. That 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit features in more powerful 248hp form in the 530i. And in the plug-in hybrid 530e, which offers up to 288hp. If you think a 5 Series really needs a six cylinder engine and you want petrol power, the conventional option is the 329hp 540i. A 248hp version of the 540i's same 3.0-litre petrol 'six' is paired to a 107hp electric motor in a new more powerful plug-in hybrid derivative, the 545e xDrive. Finally, there are a couple of potent V8 variants, starting with a freshly-added M Performance version, the 550i xDrive, which offers 523hp from its 4.4-litre powerplant and bridges the gap to the top M5 Competition super saloon. The M5 Competition uses the same V8 engine in 625hp form.

Design and Build

One day, BMW might choose to visually differentiate this car from the style of the smaller 3 Series model that sits below it in the company's line-up, but that day hasn't come yet. This updated '5' adopts a look that brings it back into line with the 7th generation 3 Series model introduced in 2018, with a wider single-frame front grille flanked by beadier LED headlights and structured rear LED tail lamps. L-shaped daytime running lights also feature at the front and the bumpers have been re-profiled at both ends, which has increased the length of the saloon by 27mm and the Touring estate by 21mm, so that both now measure in at a fraction under 5m. Plus all variants now get trapezoidal tailpipes. Underneath the skin, the same lightweight aluminium-rich 'CLAR' structure that was pioneered in the larger 7 Series model remains much in evidence. Inside, the changes made are much harder to spot and mostly concern updates to the centre stack. There's a re-designed lower climate display, revised trim materials and gloss black centre console details. More significant is the adoption of the 7th generation version of BMW's iDrive infotainment system, which offers buyers a standard 10.3-inch centre-dash touchscreen, with the option to upgrade to larger 12.3-inch monitor on request. There's also a digital display for the instrument binnacle, but you still can't get it to show a full-dash screen map, as is possible with rivals. There is room for up to three adults on the rear seats, which are also designed to allow room for up to three child seats. The saloon has a 530-litre boot; the Touring estate can swallow 570-litres, extendable to 1,700-litres with the rear seats down. Build quality is almost faultless.

Market and Model

Prices start at around £37,500 for the base 520i petrol model. There are three trim levels: SE, M Sport and M Sport Edition. The Touring estate body style requires an extra premium of £2,250. M Sport trim adds a premium of £3,500 across the range. As for the freshly added variants, the 545e xDrive costs from around £55,000, while the M550i xDrive costs from around £68,000 - which makes it around £30,000 less expensive than the top M5 Competition model. Even base SE models are, as you would expect, very well equipped, featuring alloy wheels of between 17 and 19-inches in size, Dakota leather upholstery, a Sport leather steering wheel and heated front seats. Freshly added to SE trim are features like power-folding mirrors, front electric lumbar support for the seats and BMW's Parking Assistant package. M Sport trim adds alloy wheel designs in 18, 19 and 20-inch sizes, plus the M aerodynamics body styling packages. Inside, there's an M leather steering wheel, front sports seats, an anthracite headliner and a distinctive instrument panel finished in Sensatec artificial stitched leather. Top M Sport Edition trim gives you 20-inch alloy wheels, Adaptive LED headlights, red brake callipers and sun protection glass.

Cost of Ownership

The 5 Series has always been impressively frugal for a car of its size. The four cylinder 520d diesel, for instance, can deliver well over 55mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and around 130g/km of WLTP CO2. And across the range, things have taken a turn for the even better with the addition of BMW's latest 48V mild hybrid technology for the mainstream four and six cylinder petrol and diesel engines. This consists of a 48-volt starter generator that enables particularly intensive braking energy recuperation along with an additional battery to store the electricity that's generated in this way. The 48-volt battery not only supplies the electrically operated vehicle functions, it also makes its energy available to generate additional drive power. For this purpose the current flows back to the starter generator, which now takes on the role of an electric drive. This reduces the load on the combustion engine, allowing it to run as often as possible in an efficiency-optimised load range. If you want something more sophisticated than mild hybrid tech, you'll want to look at the two plug-in hybrid petrol variants. The 530e four cylinder model can offer a WLTP electric driving range of up to 42 miles. For the six cylinder 545e, it's up to 35 miles.

Summary

The whole point of a mid-cycle product refresh is to give the car in question the feel of an all-new model - and that's the case here. The looks have more attitude, the engines have the required dose of electrification and there's now less of yawning gap between the mainstream models and the fire-breathing M5. Are there issues? A few. BMW's decision not to develop the kind of full air suspension system you'd find as an option on a rival Mercedes E-Class means that a Merc with that set-up has a small edge if your over-riding priority is ride comfort. A 5 Series with optional 'VDC' 'Variable Damper Control' gets close though. Without 'VDC', some might find its damping a little too firm. We can't find much else to grouse about though. There's premium pricing of course, but that applies to most comparable rivals. At least with this BMW, you feel that money's buying you a car that showcases the current state of the automotive art. Whether you prioritise clever gadgetry, hi-tech engineering or sharp running costs in your full-sized Executive car, this BMW operates from an agenda that will certainly impress. Conservatively styled it may be: conservative in outlook it certainly isn't.

  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • Acoustic glazing
  • Rain sensor with automatic headlight activation
  • Electric front and rear windows with fingertip open/close + anti-trap facility and comfort closing function

  • Front and rear brake discs with interior ventilation
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Electromechanical parking brake with automatic drive away release and auto hold function
  • Engine drag torque control
  • Brake energy regeneration
  • Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
  • Electronic brake force distribution
  • DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
  • Brake assist function
  • CBC - (Cornering brake control)
  • Dynamic brake control
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Hill start assist

  • Velour floor mats

  • Drive performance control with ECO PRO comfort + sport mode

  • Active Guard
  • Electric Power Steering (EPS) with Servotronic

  • Stop/start button
  • Driving experience switch

  • Powered by Operating System 7.0
  • On-board diagnosis - OBD
  • Multifunctional instrument panel
  • BMW Teleservices
  • Intelligent emergency call
  • iDrive touch controller with shortcut buttons
  • Service interval indicator
  • BMW Live Cockpit Professional sat nav system with 12.3" instrument display and high resolution control display
  • 32GB hard disc drive (HDD) memory
  • BMW ConnectedDrive online services
  • Brake pad wear indicator
  • Oil sensor for level and grade
  • On board computer inc. average speed, fuel consumption, liquid crystal Info display, journey computer, outside temperature display, personal profile

  • Automatically dimming rear view mirror
  • Interior rear view mirror with automatic anti dazzle function
  • Electrically adjustable and heated exterior mirrors includes integrated direction indicators and automatic parking function

  • Engine cover with twin turbo designation
  • 48V Mild hybrid technology
  • Diesel particulate filter

  • DAB Digital radio
  • Favourite buttons

  • All round anti-corrosion system
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Door handle illumination
  • High gloss black active air stream kidney grille
  • Chrome exterior trim in kidney grille, air breather, window surround and window recess cover
  • Trapezoidal visible exhaust tailpipes

  • Follow me home headlight function
  • Dynamic brake lights with LED technology
  • LED third brake light
  • LED daytime running lights

  • Lockable glove compartment with light
  • Multifunction controls for leather steering wheel
  • Three spoke sport leather steering wheel
  • Door sill finishers with BMW designation
  • 12V power socket in front and rear
  • Cup holders (2 front and 2 rear)
  • Height and length adjustable steering column and activation via lateral lever on the steering column
  • Armrest - front and rear integrated door trim, centre console includes storage compartment, rear centre includes 2 cupholders

  • Front and rear footwell lights
  • Front reading lights

  • Connected package professional - 5 Series
  • Ambient lighting pack - 5 Series
  • Expanded exterior mirror pack - 5 Series

  • Three point seat belts for all four seats
  • Crash sensor activating central locking release, hazard warning lights, fuel cut off and interior lighting
  • Tyre pressure indicator
  • Airbags - driver/front passenger, rear and side, first and second row seats head airbags, front passenger seat airbag deactivation + knee airbag
  • Mechanical child proof lock on rear doors
  • Deformation zones - front and rear with door reinforcements and bumpers up to 2.5 mph
  • Passive protection for pedestrians
  • Two tone horn
  • Side impact protection
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Front head restraints with anti-whiplash

  • Rear headrests
  • Child seat ISOFIX attachment with rear outer seats includes top tether
  • Driver and front passenger lumbar support

  • Alarm system (Thatcham 1) with remote control and electronic engine immobiliser
  • Locking wheel bolts

  • Steptronic transmission with gearshift paddles on steering wheel

  • Tyre repair kit

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 165
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 125
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 112
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 126
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 127
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 165
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 169
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 125
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 132
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 112
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 118
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 126
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 134
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 133
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 127
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • CO: 0.116
  • HC: N
  • NOx: 0.018
  • HC+NOx: 0.043
  • Particles: 0.0002

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 16.5:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Engine Code: B47D20O1
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 84
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 90
  • CC: 1995

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 44.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 58.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 65.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 58.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 58.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 44.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 43.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 58.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 56.5
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 65.7
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 62.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 58.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 55.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 58.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 55.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 4.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 4.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 4.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 4.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 4.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 4.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 4.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 4.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 5.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 4.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 5.1

  • Generation Mark: 7
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 190
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 34E
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: SE
  • Coin Description: d
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999

  • Engine Power - KW: 140
  • Engine Power - RPM: 4000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 295
  • Engine Torque - NM: 400
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750
  • Engine Power - BHP: 190
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 7.2
  • Top Speed: 146
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 40.8

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/55 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/55 R17
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: V SPOKE STYLE 618

  • Width (including mirrors): 2126
  • Height: N
  • Height (including roof rails): 1479
  • Length: 4963
  • Width: 1868
  • Wheelbase: 2975

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1675
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2345
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 66
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 530
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 670
  • Max. Roof Load: 100
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): N
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 12

  • Sun protection glazing: £390

  • Enhanced bluetooth telephony with wireless charging: £0

  • Speed limiting function: Included
  • Cruise control with brake function: Included

  • Automatic operation of tailgate - electrically opening/closing rear tailgate: £0

  • BMW Drive recorder: £0
  • BMW Head up display: £0
  • Wifi hotspot preparation: £0

  • Fine wood fineline ridge interior trim with pearl chrome highlight trim finishers: £560
  • Sensatec instrument panel: £675
  • BMW Individual leather finished instrument panel: £1,250
  • BMW Individual piano finish black trim finisher: £760
  • Fine wood trim ash trunkwood open pored with pearl chrome highlight trim finishers: £560
  • Oxide silver dark matt interior trim finishers with pearl chrome highlight trim finishers: Included

  • Stereo speaker system: Included
  • TV function plus including digital reception with CI+ card reader, operation by iDrive Touch controller and integral roof aerial: £0
  • Harman/Kardon surround sound system: £820
  • Rear seat entertainment - Professional: £0
  • Bowers & Wilkins diamond surround sound system: £4,220
  • BMW gesture control: £0

  • Metallic paint: £900
  • Solid paint: Included
  • BMW Individual Metallic paint: £1,995
  • Electrical glass sunroof: £1,095

  • Preparation for high beam assistant: Included
  • BMW Laserlights with LED indicators in eyebrow styling and cornering LED light: £0
  • High beam assistant: £0
  • LED Headlights: Included
  • Adaptive LED Headlights: £0

  • Two zone automatic air conditioning: Included
  • 4 zone control automatic air conditioning: £0

  • Dakota leather upholstery: Included
  • Exclusive Nappa leather upholstery: £995
  • Through loading system with 40/20/40 split folding rear seat: £395
  • BMW Individual full merino leather upholstery: £2,995
  • Steering wheel heating: £270
  • BMW Individual headliner anthracite: £350
  • BMW Individual headliner anthracite alcantara: £1,450

  • Comfort pack - 5 Series Saloon SE/M Sport/M550i: £2,495
  • Comfort plus pack - 5 Series Saloon SE/M Sport: £4,995
  • Driving assistant professional pack - 5 Series: £0
  • Entertainment pack - 5 Series: £2,995
  • Parking assistant pack - 5 Series: Included
  • Parking assistant plus pack - 5 Series: £650
  • Technology pack with Harman kardon sound sysem - 5 Series: £2,495
  • Technology pack with Bowers and Wilkins diamond sound system - 5 Series: £4,995
  • Technology plus pack with Harman kardon sound system - 5 Series: £4,995
  • Technology plus pack with Bowers and Wilkins diamond sound system - 5 Series: £7,495
  • Visibility pack with Adaptive LED headlights - 5 Series: £1,000
  • Visibility pack with BMW laserlight - 5 Series: £2,000

  • Metallic - Berina grey amber effect: £900
  • Metallic - Sophisto Grey Brilliant effect: £900
  • Metallic - Blue stone: £900
  • Metallic - Phytonic blue: £900
  • Metallic - Black sapphire: £900
  • Metallic - Mineral white: £900
  • Metallic - Glacier Silver: £900

  • Solid - Alpine white: £0

  • BMW Individual metallic paint - Alvite grey: £1,995
  • BMW Individual metallic paint - Aventurine red: £1,995

  • Partially electric front seat adjustment: Included
  • Front and rear seat heating: £0
  • Massage function for front seats: £0
  • Electrically adjustable front comfort seats: £0
  • Active front seat ventilation: £0
  • Driver and front passenger seat heating: Included

  • Comfort access system with smart opener: £0

  • Trailer tow hitch: £995

  • BMW individual full Merino leather - Caramel/Black: £2,995
  • Dakota leather - Ivory white with exclusive stitching and piping in contrast black: £0
  • Dakota leather - Black with exclusive stitching and piping in contrast black: £0
  • Dakota leather - Cognac with exclusive stitching and piping in contrast black: £0
  • Exclusive Nappa leather - Ivory white with exclusive stitching and piping in contrast black: £995
  • Exclusive Nappa leather - Black with exclusive stitching and piping in contrast black: £995
  • Exclusive Nappa leather - Mocha with exclusive stitching and piping in contrast black: £995
  • BMW individual full Merino leather - Smoke white/Black: £2,995
  • BMW individual full Merino leather - Tartufo/Black: £2,995

  • 19" V spoke light alloy wheels with mixed tyres in bicolour - style 635: £2,390
  • 18" Double spoke light alloy wheels - style 844: £1,645
  • 18" Multi spoke light alloy wheels - style 619: £1,395
  • 17" light V spoke alloy wheels - style 618: Included

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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