The Jewish Chronicle - - LIFE -

Even though it’s grown in size, BMW have man­aged to shave 100kgs of its kerb weight. This means, that de­spite be­ing a big car, it still feels lithe and nim­ble. Opt for the xDrive (which can be spec­i­fied on the volume sell­ing 520d, 530d and 540i), and the combi- All the lux­ury of a 7 Se­ries

na­tion of an all-wheel sys­tem, ac­tive steer­ing and low­ered sports sus­pen­sion takes its agility and driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to an even higher level.

Prices start at £36,025 for the 520d SE, ris­ing to £49,945 for the flag­ship 540i xDrive M Sport. How­ever, a large ma­jor­ity of 5 Se­ries sales will go to busi­ness users, who de­mand low emis­sions for re­duced ben­e­fit in kind bills. The new­comer isn’t quite as clean as the Mercedes E-Class, but the 520d emits just 108g/km and prom­ises 68.8mpg at the pumps. Even the rapid, four-wheel drive 530d (driven here) claims 138g/km and an im­pres­sive 53.2mpg.

So, hav­ing spent a week be­ing the wheel of this 5 Se­ries, I asked my­self, again, would I want it as my ev­ery­day drive? Of course I would, be­cause any­thing else just wouldn’t be a BMW. 1 Ba­si­cally, the 3-door Scirocco is a Golf dressed-up to ap­pease a more so­phis­ti­cated pal­ette. It of­fers the same fun and de­sir­abil­ity with more back­seat and boot space.

2 Go to the top of range, and the ex­tra flour­ishes of the £27,475 GT Black Edi­tion trim level makes the Scirocco a proper head-turner.

3 The en­try-priced 1.4-litre TSI petrol en­gine is the most sen­si­ble for run­ning costs, yet the 180bhp 2.0-litre TSI is the one to choose for ul­ti­mate per­for­mance.

4 A fold­ing rear bench in­creases cargo area from a use­ful 312 litres to a load-lug­ging 1006 litres.

5 It’s of­fered as a four en­gine line-up – 2 petrol, 2 diesels – with ei­ther a 6-speed man­ual or DSG trans­mis­sion. Prices start from £21,535.

Un­ri­valled com­fort, lux­ury, tech­nol­ogy, ef­fi­ciency and driv­ing fun

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