THE GREAT UPSTAGER

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BMW pre­dicts the 530i will up­stage 520d as vol­ume seller in 5 Se­ries range. The petrol-pow­ered Beemer picks up per­for­mance with a 6.2-sec­ond run to 100km/h, big­ger brakes and stan­dard adap­tive dampers.

Com­fort con­ve­nience ad­di­tions in­clude adap­tive LED head­lamps, 12.3-inch dis­play screen, 16-speaker au­dio, au­to­matic boot open­ing/clos­ing and heated front seats.

The up­grades hike the price to $108,900. That’s $1000 dearer than a Mercedes-Benz E300 about $4000 more

Jaguar XF R-Sport with a 3.0-litre turbo, so there are plenty of com­pet­i­tive op­tions at this price point. Where the 5 Se­ries stands out is way it strad­dles a range du­ties. It is a driver’s car with lot of lux­ury touches rather than car that han­dles well.

Claim­ing 5.8L/100km, the 2.0-litre turbo (185kW/350Nm) has a de­cent shove on take­off, then the eight-speed auto sorts out which gear is needed for op­ti­mal econ­omy. Push right foot hard and 530i will drop down three ra­tios in an in­stant to el­e­vate the heart­beat

revs. That’s rea­son enough for a test drive.

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