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A CLOSE LOOK AT THE NEW BMW 5 SE­RIES 520I LUX­URY LINE AND HOW IT STANDS OUT ON THE ROADS OF

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A close look at the new BMW 5 Se­ries 520i Lux­ury Line and how the car stands out as it plies the roads of Jakarta

Since its de­but all the way back in 1972, the BMW 5 Se­ries has evolved into a ver­sa­tile and dy­namic busi­ness sedan. Now, the sev­enth-gen­er­a­tion model from the line fea­tures fur­ther tech­ni­cal and tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ments, while com­bin­ing sporty and el­e­gant de­sign el­e­ments to cre­ate what is ar­guably the ideal busi­ness sedan.

FIRST IM­PRES­SIONS

As the say­ing goes, first im­pres­sions are very im­por­tant be­cause you never get a sec­ond chance to make one. On that note, the BMW 520i Lux­ury Line sure knows how to make an en­trance. With its dis­tinc­tive Ac­tive Air Stream Kid­ney Grille, air breathers, two rounded tailpipes and—last but not least—the “Lux­ury Line” badged fender, the car pre­sents a de­ci­sively ex­clu­sive and el­e­gant aura.

On a more tech­ni­cal note, us­ing a light­weight de­sign con­cept—the BMW Ef­fi­cient Light­weight—with in­creased use of alu­minum and high-strength steels, this new it­er­a­tion of the BMW 5 Se­ries sedan man­ages to re­duce its weight by up to a full 100 kilo­grams com­pared to its pre­de­ces­sor. It cer­tainly seems that BMW is aim­ing for higher per­for­mance and ef­fi­ciency.

The in­te­rior, how­ever, might feel a bit un­der­whelm­ing. It doesn’t re­ally grab you at first and doesn’t in­stantly come off as luxe. That be­ing said, it’s still comfy and fea­ture-heavy. There’s greater legroom for the rear-seat pas­sen­gers, the front seats can be elec­tron­i­cally ad­justed and the air con­di­tion­ing adopts a four-zone ion­iza­tion sys­tem. Fur­ther­more, the acous­tic glaz­ing for the wind­screen and the acous­tic head­liner bring about no­tice­able re­duc­tion in noise lev­els in­side the car.

Mean­while, in the front, the car is equipped with the lat­est-gen­er­a­tion 6.0 iDrive sys­tem. It dis­plays nav­i­ga­tion, tele­phone and

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