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Our Fleet Test Drive Review: BMW 520d Touring - 2nd report

Date: 10 November 2009   |   Author: Tristan Young

Category: Executive
P11D price: £34790
Key rival: Audi A6

We're now a couple of thousand miles into our 5-series Touring's life and we're starting to discover all those details that can make you fall in (or out) of love with a car.

The boot is the perfect example of this. If you've parked too close to something, or just don't need to open the whole rear hatch, you can open the rear screen to load the boot. To help loading, using either the full hatch or screen, BMW has designed the boot cover to automatically release to an intermediate position angled upward. This is useful - right up until you get back into the driver's seat, glance in the rear view mirror and spot you've not put the cover back down. At which point you swear, get back out and correct the issue. It's something we're just going to have to remember to do every time, but it catches everyone who drives the 520d more than once.

Meanwhile, under the lockable boot floor is a neatly divided storage area suitable for laptops and the like. Under this is where the spare wheel would be in a normal car, but because the 5 is on runflat tyres the wheel-well is available as an extra storage area, which BMW has lined so it's not bare metal. Now that's a thoughtful touch.

BMW 520d Touring M-sport Business Edition 5dr auto
Mileage2524
Claimed combined consumption48.7mpg
Our average consumption42.8mpg
P11D price£34,790
Model price range£31,090-£67,905
CO2 (tax)154g/km (21%)
BIK 20/40% per month£121/£243
Service intervalvariable
Insurancegroup 16
Warranty3yrs/unlimited
Boot space (min/max)500/1650 litres
Engine size/power1995cc/177PS
Top speed/0-62mph139mph/8.6secs
Why we’re running itTo see if the 520d Business Edition
is a match for rivals
PositiveExcellent efficiency, great to drive, classy
NegativeRide comfort



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