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Our Fleet Test Drive Review: BMW 520d Touring - 8th report

Date: 25 February 2010   |   Author: Tristan Young

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

I've found the 520d Touring's size particularly useful in the early part of 2010.

Clearing out the garden before the snow arrived meant a run to the local recycling centre with bags of garden waste, which were easily accommodated in the 5-series.

The seats are simple to fold down flat, and you don't need to push the front seats forward to do so. However, if you do push the seats forward, you can fit in a standard door (if you're about to have building work done, for instance).

There is another reason the 520d keeps being favourite for the 'please can I borrow' list, and that's down to the car's looks, thanks in part to the M-sport bodykit. The ring headlights, visible when you unlock the car at night, are quite possibly the coolest around and still beat the latest daytime running light strips being hastily added to lots of rival vehicles.

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,