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Our Fleet Test Drive Review: BMW 520d Touring - 5th report

Date: 08 January 2010   |   Author: Tristan Young

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

When BMW first introduced its iDrive system to reduce the number of buttons in a car, it did not go down well because it wasn't intuitive. But BMW is now well into the second generation of the system and it's brilliant.

Given the high level of kit and systems that come on our 520d Business Edition, without iDrive (essentially a big silver dial and five buttons - pictured) the car would be a mess of buttons to control these functions.

But possibly best of all is that the buttons numbered one to eight below the CD player slot aren't just presets for the radio, you can preset them for anything you can find on iDrive. So for me, number eight brings up the map at 450 yards scale on the main screen.

Like I said, just brilliant.

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,