THE GREAT UPSTAGER
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.