BMW 5 Series (2003–2010)

Model History

September 2003

Launched in the UK with 2.2 litre 520i SE, 530i SE and 530d. Followed in October 2003 by 525i SE and 545i SE. Upgraded 218bhp 3.0 diesel engine from launch.

Engine line up originally to include FSI direct injected petrol 2.0 Valvetronic four; 2.7 and 3.0 sixes, 3.6 and 4.4 V8s, and M47 2.0, M57 2.5 and M57 3.0 litre diesels. 6 speed manual or 6 speed ZF autoboxes. Optional 'Active Steering' which works in conjunction with ESP stability system to help keep the car under control in emergencies.

Performance Figures:
520i 170bhp, 155 lb ft torque, 0-60 8.7 secs, top speed 143mph; mpg 31.4;
525i 192bhp, 181 lb ft torque, 0-60 7.7 seconds, top speed 148mph, mpg 30.1 combined;
530i 231bhp, 221 lb ft torque, 0-60 6.6 seconds; top sped 155mph; mpg 29.7; 530d 218bhp; 368 lb ft torque; 0-60 6.8 seconds; top speed 151mph; mpg 40.9; 545i 333bhp, 332lb ft torque, 0-60 5.6 seconds, top speed 155mph (limited), mpg 25.9 combined.

October 2004

535d in UK from October 2004. EU4 compliant. 272bhp and 560Nm of torque from sequential twin turbo 3.0 six with small turbo giving maximum performance from idle to low engine speeds – 500Nm of torque at 1,500rpm, then, as the revs build, a larger turbo helps to further compress the air for a second, seamless boost of power. The result is a continuous surge of acceleration making for a zero to 62mph time of 6.5 seconds yet a combined fuel consumption 35.3mpg.

January 2005

Optional 'Head up' display projected onto windscreen announced January 2005. Big, deep boot with well for a spare wheel underneath even if the car is running on runflats. New magnesium-aluminium N52 composite engines designated 523i, 525i and 530i from Spring 2005 replaced previous M56 6-cylinder engines.

August 2005

520d from August 2005 has 163bhp, 340Nm torque. 0-60 8.3, top speed 139, 47.9mpg combined. CO2 low 158g/km good for BIK. 540i and 550i from September 2005. For 2006 model year, 170bhp 2.2 litre 520i replaced by 174bhp 2.5 litre 523i

April 2007

Range refreshed

Facelifted cars have single under-bumper aperture with single horizontal bar across it and reshaped spoiler boot lid like M5. New, more efficient 6-speed automatic transmission. 'Brake Energy Regeneration' and AGM battery only recharges on engine over-run saving 3% CO2. 530i M-Sport auto now 271bhp and does 37.7mpg combined emitting 178g/km.

September 2007

520d got Efficient Dynamics N47 2.0 diesel engine with the timing chain at the back and power increased from 163hp to 177hp. 0 to 60mph down to 8.0 seconds in the Saloon compared to 8.3 seconds previously. Combined figure now 55.4mpg. CO2 136g/km sees 520d drop into Band C VED. Now with EfficientDynamics technology including Brake Energy Regeneration, active aerodynamics, Optimum gear shift indicator and low rolling resistance tyres. M57 3.0 litre replaced by N47 3.0 litre diesel.

January 2009

Business Edition models launched January 2009. Offered on 520d, 525d and 530d Saloon and Touring variants, and in SE and M Sport trims, the Business Edition comes with Dakota leather, Bluetooth, BMW Business Navigation system and a six-disc CD changer.

For a premium of £1,750 over a standard 525d or 530d SE or M Sport model, Business Edition vehicles receive the same upgrades as the 520d Business Edition models with the addition of a BMW Professional Multimedia Navigation system, Extended voice control and a USB audio interface in place of the six-disc CD changer. M Sport Business Edition models powered by either the 525d or 530d gain 19-inch M Double-spoke alloy wheels.

What does a BMW 5 Series (2003 – 2010) cost?

Contract hire from £331.13 per month