Spoilt for choice
The new BMW 5 Series comes in a choice of 21 colours and a selection of 17 light alloy wheels ranging in size from 17-inch to 20-inch. A variety of leather and wood trim finishes are to be had, including the Sport Line and Luxury Line equipment packages, which allow for a tailor-made car. A choice of two petrol and two diesel power units with four and six cylinders will be available from launch, the BMW TwinPower Turbo engines aiding in sharper performance and lower fuel consumption.
The four-cylinder petrol variant delivers 185kW and maximum torque of 350Nm, allowing it to sprint from 0-100 km/h in 6.2secs and reach a top speed of 250 km/h. Consumption is a frugal 5.4 litres/100km* while CO emissions are at 141g/km.
The range-topping three-litre straight-six generates 250kW and a mighty 450Nm, its average consumption 6.5 litres/100km*. CO emissions come in at 164g/km. The sedan powers from 0-100km/h in just 5.1secs with top speed electronically limited to 250km/h.
The four-cylinder diesel has an output of 140kW and 400Nm of torque, available with either a six-speed manual transmission or eight-speed Steptronic automatic. Steptronic fuel consumption comes in at just 4.0 litres/100km*, with CO emissions at 124g/km. The sedan accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 7.7secs, clocking a top speed of 237km/h.
TwinPower Turbo technology has endowed the six-cylinder diesel variant with added dynamism and efficiency, output peaking at 195kW and torque a formidable 620Nm. Despite this, the BMW 530d makes do with 4.5 litres of fuel per 100km*. The 530d sprints from 0-100 km/h in 5.7 seconds, its top speed electronically limited to 250km/h. CO emissions are at 134g/km. Semi-autonomous driving features are designed to offer unbeatable support to the driver whether in slow-moving traffic or on the highway. These include automated steering, lane keeping assist and lane departure warning, speed limit assist (speed limits incorporated into the cruise control system), evasion aid (evasive steering around obstacles) and crosstraffic warning.
HIGH SAFETY STANDARDS
The body structure, a combination of aluminium, high-tensile steels and magnesium, has increased body strength and torsional stiffness, which optimises the safety of occupants. Additional protection is provided by front and side airbags for driver and passenger as well as head airbags for both front and rear seats.
The intelligent sedan’s Active Protection system detects accidents before they happen, automatically triggering a variety of occupant protection measures. In the event of a crash, the crash sensor disengages the central locking system and shuts down the fuel pump.