The new entry-point to the BMW 5 Series range is still a 520i, as it moves into a new generation, but the differences are there. Now, it’s the only petrol version on offer, and even it has some mild electrification.
From $114,900, before on-road costs, the 520i has a turbocharged 2.0-litre four cylinder with 153kW and 330Nm, sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Inside, its front seats are heated as standard and electrically adjustable, upholstered in synthetic ‘Veganza’ leather with Alcantara, though optional Merino leather is a $4000 option.
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A 12.3-inch instrument display paired with a 14.9-inch multimedia display are standard while a head-up display, ambient lighting, wireless phone charging tray and BMW’s ‘new’ Interaction Bar are included, too.
A panoramic glass roof - unable to be opened - and a Harman Kardon audio set-up with 12 speakers round out the key standard features.
An ‘Enhancement Package’ which adds a choice of aerodynamic 21- or 20-inch wheels, metallic paint, and a 655-watt 17-speaker Bowers & Wilkins surround sound system is an option for $5400.
BMW claims the petrol 520i sips 6.7 litres per 100km from its 60-litre fuel tank.
ANCAP hasn’t crash tested the new 5 Series, but it comes with 'BMW Driving Assistant Professional' as standard, with active cruise, lane assist and departure warning, front and rear cross traffic alert, collision prevention and intervention systems - about 40 safety systems are featured including an augmented reality dash display.
Airbags includes front and side airbags for driver and passenger including one between the two occupants, as well as curtain airbags front and rear.
BMW has an industry-standard five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty on its new cars, while servicing is undertaken based on condition, not time or distance intervals.