It’s time to be picky. The digital radio in the 520d Business Edition isn’t as good as rival systems’ DAB radios.

Now admittedly I’ve only limited experience in this area, but the reception in the BMW isn’t as good as my previous long termer, a Volvo XC60, or as good our Jag XF (which has a digital radio as standard).

BMW’s system may cost £305, less than half the Volvo’s price, but it has a habit of cutting out momentarily in areas of poor reception. This is something the Volvo’s radio only did in one area of limited digital coverage. Maybe I should try using AM again.

BMW 520d Touring M-sport
Business Edition 5dr auto
Mileage 3210
Claimed combined consumption 48.7mpg
Our average consumption 42.8mpg
P11D price £34,790
Model price range £31,090-£67,905
CO2 (tax) 154g/km (21%)
BIK 20/40% per month £121/£243
Service interval variable
Insurance group 16
Warranty 3yrs/unlimited
Boot space (min/max) 500/1650 litres
Engine size/power 1995cc/177PS
Top speed/0-62mph 139mph/8.6secs
Why we’re running it To see if the 520d
Business Edition
is a match for rivals
Positive Excellent efficiency,
great to drive, classy
Negative Ride comfort