BMW 5-SE­RIES

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FEATURES -

It is: All-new sa­loon, with es­tate to fol­low.

Motors: Only the 520d is a four-cylin­der. All the rest (bar the 550i) are straight six three­l­itre en­gines, with power dif­fer­ences des­ig­nated by the en­gine num­ber.

Most fru­gal: 520d at 56.5mpg.

Most pow­er­ful: 550i 4.4litre V8 turbo at 407hp with 0-62 in five sec­onds us­ing eight-speed au­to­matic gear­box as stan­dard.

Eco: BMW is do­ing lots to cut down on pol­lu­tants. Even the 550i has an of­fi­cial 27.2mpg. Its CO2 is 243g. CO2 for the rest is be­low 200g.

Easy feel­ing: At 80mph, the en­gine of the 530d au­to­matic is turn­ing at 1,550rpm. Length: 193 inches (4.9m). All have: Leather, front and rear park­ing sen­sors, 17-inch al­loys.

Op­tions: All can have the eight-speed auto, park­ing as­sis­tance, a vir­tual over­head view to help with park­ing, rear-wheel-steer, head-up dis­play and lots more.

Ver­dict: You just want to keep on driv­ing this car. It rides poor roads with ease and, in Sport mode with ac­tive steer­ing, is a belter.

Com­ing: M Sport ver­sions, cho­sen by a ma­jor­ity of cus­tomers, will be here within a year, as will the Tour­ing es­tate. An M5: they are not say­ing. Maybe it will be dieselpow­ered. More: 0800 0836 464. Or: Jaguar XF and Mercedes E-Class for sum­mer. The Audi A6 for white win­ters.

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