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Our Fleet Test Drive Review: BMW 520d Touring - 14th report

Date: 08 June 2010   |   Author: Tristan Young

Category: Executive
P11D price: £34,790
Key rival: Audi A6

Anyone who, in a sweeping generalisation, dismisses BMW's current iDrive system as rubbish has clearly only ever experienced the mark one iDrive and not the version in the outgoing (and new) 5-series.

Yes, the first iteration was a bit tricky to get the hang of, but the iDrive in my 520d Touring is great, with the main controller and smaller buttons enabling you to operate almost all the car's systems simply and intuitively (about the only thing you can't do is drive the car). This arrangement also means you know where to find any control and that the dash is free of button clutter.

BMW 520d Touring M-sport
Business Edition 5dr auto
Claimed combined consumption48.7mpg
Our average consumption38.3mpg
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
Boot space (min/max)500/1650 litres
Engine size/power1995cc/177PS
Top speed/0-62mph139mph/8.6secs
Why we’re running itTo see if 520d Business
Edition can match rivals
PositiveExcellent efficiency,
great to drive, classy
NegativeShort life brake pads,