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Seventh Generation of the 5 Series
January 4, 2018   
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This year I had an opportunity to test dozens of cars, but if I had to choose one which made the biggest impression on me, it would certainly be the BMW 520d xDrive.

The new, seventh generation BMW 5 Series has been available since spring of this year. This executive car model made its debut in 1972 and was designated as E12 (G30 is the symbol assigned to the current generation).

If you are not an ardent fan of the make, it is easy enough to mistake the new 5 Series with the larger 7 Series, not only because of its size but also the body styling. A massive 4.93 m long car with a 2.97 m wheelbase is made to look even more like the larger model through the use of a large, chrome BWM "kidney" grill (air intake for the engine cooling system) or styling solutions for the front and rear part of the body reminiscent of its larger brother. The tested Luxury Line model featured additional chrome strips alongside the passenger windows and on the bumpers, chrome "gills" on the fenders, special leather upholstery and a sports steering wheel. It has a handsome and "distinguished" shape. Awe inspiring is that despite appearing massive, this model has the lowest drag coefficient (cd = 0.22) in its class.

The new BMW 5 Series is packed full of high tech electronics. All known systems which improve passenger comfort and safety are available. These come with an "intuitive" control system employing a centrally positioned knob by the gear stick. An 8.8-inch screen for on-board systems as well as multimedia also reacts to gestures – for example, you can increase the volume whilst listening to the radio by simply moving your hand. An electronic key is another "gadget", which is charged by induction and is a fine example of applied arts in itself. Various performance data can be read off its touch screen and it can be used to remotely drive out of a crowded car park!

The turbo powered diesel engine is the most popular choice for the Polish market. It offers a great blend of performance and running costs and delivers finely tuned quality. The 2l turbocharged unit generates 190 HP. The 400Nm maximum torque is achieved at just 1750 rpm, which means the car reaches 100 km/h in 7.6 seconds and hits a top speed of 235 km/h. It also means there is ample power no matter what speed or gear you are driving in. The declared average consumption stands at 4.7l/100 km. During tests that figure was higher by more than 2 litres, however that is no wonder, as the great position behind the wheel, direct steering system, dynamic engine, wonderful 8-speed automatic transmission, forgiving suspension or electronically controlled all-wheel drive all come together for an amazing driving experience – the higher consumption is fully justified in this case.

Is this the perfect car? Well, essentially yes, unless we talk about the price. The 520d xDrive base model will set you back approximately 230 thousand – the Luxury Line version with a few added extras will immediately hike the price up to more than 350 thousand – as is the case for the tested model.
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