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    Chris Graham
    I spent a very happy few hours driving around the beautiful, Hampshire countryside in the new #BMW-520d-Touring-G31 5 Series Touring a week or two ago. It was the UK launch of this important model, and I have to say that I was mightily impressed with the car, overall. Most of my time was spent in the 520d, which is likely to be the top seller. But, despite that model’s ‘entry level’ status, I really can’t see that any driver or passenger could feel short-changed. / #BMW / #BMW-2002tii /

    As a regular, F10 520d user at the moment, my immediate impression was that the interior of the new car felt fresh, modern and well thought-out. It drove beautifully, too. Since then, though, I’ve come across rumblings of discontent on the internet – that ever-more powerful cauldron of comment – concerning the level of tech on the new 5 Series, and how it’s destroying the model as a driver’s car.

    Well, as far as I’m concerned, anything which makes a modern car easier and safer to drive on today’s crowded roads, has to be a good thing. The model I tested was fitted with the brilliant head-up display and very effective lane departure and blind spot warning systems. I have to admit that it was my first experience of this sort of tech in action, but I could see the value of it all right from the off. In particular, I found the head-up display (HUD) much more useful than I’d been expecting.

    I was impressed by its ability to keep track of speed limits – even within temporary roadwork sections. What’s more, the fact that the displayed speed of the car changes from white to red if it exceeds the road limit, provides a brilliant and valuable prompt for everyday driving. Just about the only things I wasn’t particularly taken with were the gesture control for the radio – too easy to inadvertently issue a command – and the massive Display key. The latter, with its fancy colour screen, is about the size of one of my old Nokia flip phones and, for me, is just a step too far. I’d certainly put the £195 that it costs towards something more useful from the options list.
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    The 5 Series saloon is having its engine line-up bolstered with the arrival of two four-cylinder units from BMW’s modular engine family.

    A new entry level car – the 520i – is being launched, together with a new 525d model. Both engines have been developed from units featuring an extremely lightweight, thermodynamically-optimised, all-aluminium construction.

    Thanks to TwinPower Turbo technology, they combine maximum power with impressive efficiency, and comply with the EU6 emissions standard.

    The petrol 520i is a four-cylinder 1,998cc powerplant that produces 184hp and 290Nm, enabling a 0-62mph time of 7.8secs, a top speed of 146mph, official economy of 52.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 124g/km.

    The four-cylinder BMW 525d diesel engine produces 231hp and 500Nm of torque. This can push the car to 60mph in 6.6secs and on to a top speed of 155mph. Fuel consumption comes in at a respectable 64.2mpg, resulting in CO2 emissions of just 116g/km.

    The new 2017 BMW 5 Series Touring upholds a long tradition of being a perfect estate car for the premium car buyer who wants it all. Hot on the heels of the new 5 Series saloon, it’ll be in showrooms this June, with four engine options initially, and more to follow.
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    New #BMW-5-Series-Touring / #BMW-5-Series-Touring-G31 / #BMW-G31 / #BMW-G30 / #BMW-5-Series-G31 / #BMW / #BMW-540i-xDrive-M-Sport-Touring-G31 / #BMW-520d-G31 / #BMW-520d-Touring-G31

    The G30 Saloon has only just gone on sale yet BMW has already launched the Touring version and the new model received its worldwide premiere at the Geneva Show. Somehow BMW always seems to get the styling of its Tourings absolutely spot on and in the flesh the new G31 really does look the part, especially in blue with the M Sport styling package. Part of the reason for getting the car to market so quickly is that in its native Germany many customers will hold off from ordering a new 5 Series until the Touring is launched as it’s seen as a more practical version of the model and estates sell very well in Germany.

    The new Touring is 36mm longer, eight millimetres wider and 10mm higher than the outgoing model and, crucially, is up to 100kg lighter than the outgoing model. The boot capacity is increased too, as is its maximum permissible load and with the 40:20:40 split folding rear seats it looks very practical too. UK prices start at £38,385 for a #BMW-520d-SE-G31 and rises to £52,760 for a #BMW-540i-xDrive-M-Sport-Touring .
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