Reviewing the BMW 5 Series
That’s incredible news in a luxury class where customers are paying at least $ 92,900 to drive the Year and $ 114,500 new – or more – for the new diesel battery-up.
Very few of these buyers will worry about the price of gasoline, or how much they will spend on their new car.
However, more of them – BMW Australia says their 20% prediction may be conservative – is on the diesel road.
BMW says it is attracted by its clear fuel economy and extended pump-pump refueling range, but also by the increasing sophistication in the company’s diesel engines.
That subtlety, it says, comes from everything, from engine noise to overall performance.
It’s not the only carmaker looking to add you to diesel.
Peugeot and Mercedes have done very well in a limited way with diesel engines in the past, but things are progressing and even Jaguar is building diesel engines in S-Type – the direct rival of the Five.
Franz Sauter, chief executive of BMW Australia, said: “It is slowly catching up. But it has been a great success in our X5.”
BMW has a big push in Europe with 3-Series diesel engines, sold for performance no less economical, and it exaggerates engineering work on the 530d.
The 3.0-liter 530d engine is BMW’s classic six-engine, with turbochargers to squeeze it.
The car can accelerate to 100km / h in a respectable 7.2 seconds, thanks to 160kW and 480Nm in a flat plateau from 1750 to 2750 revolutions.
The diesel will never fit the 8000 plus range of M3 and M5 supercars, but it is more flexible than a diesel truck and its red line is in the 4000 range.
To put the 530d in perspective, the sporty 530i only cuts 6.7 seconds from 0 – 100km / h, so few people will notice the difference.
And the D-car feels stronger in a certain way, because it derives its speed from torque. That means you can feel a strong push from just above idle speed.
Fuel economy is clearly a big plus with the 530d and BMW says its combined test figure is 7.5 liters / 100km with a range of 900km between refueling.
“Fuel consumption is equivalent to a smaller, less powerful car,” Sauter said.
But the D-car is still Five, which means all of BMW’s usual luxury equipment and safety gear.
So it has an “intelligent” airbag package with front, side and head pockets, dynamic stability control, traction control and anti-slip brakes with dynamic control for maximum stopping ability.
Apparently it has power steering, automatic climate control, alloy wheels and BMW’s latest iDrive computer system, automatic headlights, sensor wipers, leather upholstery, 10-speaker audio, and windows. power adjustment and mirrors.
Options include the M Sport package with 18-inch alloys, spoiler and sports suspension.
ON THE ROAD
The 530d is one of the nicer cars we had through the test garage. It is a low key, not stressful, interesting and effective.
It takes a bit of adjustment after driving some high-rotation BMW sports cars, but it’s surprisingly fast. And it does the job without forcing you to think like a racer.
Everyone in our test group, except for one, liked the latest era demons because they were agile, sophisticated and meaningful.
You don’t need to be anti-social or aggressive, because diesel engines do the job with monster torque and that means you always have a lot of thrust. So a stop lamp can be surprisingly fast.
It helps with a six-speed automatic behind the engine, with touch-shift control for manual driving, but the engine itself is impressive, with a lightweight construction, high-tech electronics and even a 17: 1 compression ratio with contours that exceed 5000 revolutions.
The economy is amazing. We had an easy 8.4 liters / 100km with some spirited driving. Long-distance highway jobs will likely bring the number down to a range of six things.
That means more than 1000km between fuel stops, though we can’t understand why a liter of diesel often costs more than a sip of unleaded premium grade.
530d is surprisingly responsive. Diesels usually take many coils, but the turbines in the Five have a firm reaction and come from low revs.
You can certainly roll it out between corners and power well enough to make it feel like a proper BMW sports car.
The engine is the best diesel engine we have tried. It doesn’t have a strong surge of some of Benz’s larger engines, or the economy of some of France’s smaller diesel engines, but it is an engine that will continue to win many friends.
The rest of the 530d is as good as any Five, though we continue to dislike the iDrive computer controller.
It’s hard to find a direct competitor to the 530d, but all Euro brands will eventually bring their entire diesel engines to Australia. The current E-Series Benz is not refined, but the Audi A6 quattro is a sweet car.
The test car reached nearly $ 140,000, with additional equipment including adaptive cornering lights. We liked the equipment in the sport package but less impressed with the swing lights and the sunroof.