BMW 5 Series (2010 – 2017) Review
BMW 5 Series (2010 – 2017) At A Glance
The best executive saloon on the market in 2010. Refined and high quality interior. Great to drive with a forgiving ride. Remarkably efficient 520d. Five-star NCAP crash rating.
Steering doesn't have the feel or weight you'd expect from a BMW. N47 2.0 diesel engines could still have timing chain problems up to 2011.
There's no shortage of high-quality executive saloons, but none can match the quality of the BMW 5 Series. It manages to blend limousine-like luxury with one of the highest quality interiors seen on any mainstream car, along with unmatched refinement and some of the most remarkably efficient engines available.
The design doesn't break too many boundaries but the elegant shape gives the BMW 5 Series a sophisticated appearance. This is carried over inside where the cabin, which is similar to the 7 Series and 5 Series Gran Turismo, has a classy design with some cutting edge features, giving it a truly luxury-car feel that you'd expect from a much more expensive car.
On the move it's supremely refined and makes an ideal long distance car, with quiet engines and a supple ride. But that doesn't mean this BMW 5 Series has gone soft. It's still rewarding to drive with good grip and precise steering.
Then there's the wide choice of engines which offer a great blend of performance and economy. The 520d is the star of the line-up though. It's great to drive with plenty low down torque, yet will average more than 60mpg - a mightily impressive figure for a car of this size.
Add in a high standard kit count including leather seats and Bluetooth as standard and it's easy to see why the BMW 5 Series is head and shoulders above everything else in this class. It's as close as you'll come to a faultless car.
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On the inside of an BMW 5 Series (2010 – 2017)
The interior of the 5 Series is similar to the 7 Series which instantly gives it a high-class and expensive feel. What first impresses is the quality of the materials uses inside and the tactile nature of it all - from the leather steering wheel to the gloss black finish on the central console. The main dash is free from lots of buttons so it has an unfussy look. Instead, the majority of the main functions such as the stereo, Bluetooth and sat nav (if specified) are all controlled through the main iDrive dial next to the gear lever. There's also an electric parking brake rather than conventional handbrake which adds to the high-tech feel.
All the key information is displayed on a seven-inch colour display and the menus are all fairly easy to get to grips with. There's a larger 10.2-inch screen available as an option which is great for the sat nav display as it gives such a wide view of the map.
One of our favourite features is the optional 'head-up' display. True, it's certainly not cheap at nearly £1000 but it is very useful as it projects your speed (as well as other useful info from the sat nav if you want) onto the windscreen - just above the conventional dials so it looks like it's floating. It's a constant reminder of your speed, which in a car as refined and serene as the 5 Series, is a very helpful aid.
The view out of the front is unhindered, but rear visibility isn't as good and it can be tricky to judge where the back of the car is. So it's useful that both front and rear parking sensors come as standard, an unusually generous feature on a car of this class. The driving position is excellent too thanks to masses of adjustment in both the seat and the steering wheel.
This feeling of spaciousness and luxury continues in the back. The 5-Series has a longer wheelbase than the previous generation model and this means plenty of rear legroom along with good head room. Even the centre seat is good - although the large central tunnel means there's not much room to put your feet.
On the move, the BMW 5 Series is superbly serene and near-silent at low speeds thanks to excellent noise insulation and refined engines. And at higher speeds it's still impressive with a real cosseting feel that insulates you from the outside world and instils a limousine-like feel. The standard leather seats are comfortable too and ideal for long journeys thanks to good lower back support.
Equipment from launch (March 2010):
SE gets Dakota leather upholstery, a six-speed manual gearbox, 17-inch alloy wheels, electric parking brake, a Thatcham 1 alarm, engine immobiliser, cruise control with brake function, dynamic brake lights, Dynamic Stability Control Plus (DSC+), front fog lights, front and rear parking sensors, rain sensitive wipers, automatic headlights, Isofix child seat attachments, part-electrically adjustable front seats, automatic air conditioning, electric windows front and back, multifunction leather steering wheel, start-stop button, auxiliary input, Bluetooth, CD stereo, seven-inch colour display, iDrive controller and an on-board computer. The 523i and 525i models add a USB audio interface while the 530d has metallic paint. The top 550i gets extras such as four-zone air conditioning, an eight-speed automatic gearbox and 18-inch alloys.
M Sport (from September 2010) adds M Sports suspension, M aerodynamics package and 18-inch M light alloys featuring a double spoke design. There are also specially developed sports seats, an M leather-clad steering wheel, an M gear lever knob, anthracite roof lining and M aluminium hexagon interior trim strips. Further options include 19-inch M light alloys as well as an M rear spoiler.
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Driving BMW 5 Series (2010 – 2017)
While BMWs have always been renowed for handling they have often been criticised for having an uncomfortable ride. But this 5 Series has no such issues. The ride quality is immensely good - in fact this model would be a viable alternative to the larger (and considerably more expensive) 7 Series - it's that good.
But that doesn't mean the 5 Series has gone soft. It feels every inch a BMW with an immensely agile nature that belies its size. There's incredible grip in bends and it always feels composed, even during sudden changes of direction at higher speeds. The steering is precise and responsive, but does lack some of the feel of other BMWs, like the smaller 3 Series, but this minor point doesn't detract from the overall driving experience.
The long wheelbase and short overhangs are not only beneficial for cabin space, they also mean the 5 Series corners well with very little body roll. There's an optional system called Drive Dynamic Control (or DDC) which lets you fine tune the ride and handling further with a choice of normal, comfort, sport and sport+ settings. The differences are really noticeable, especially between comfort and sport+, but the standard set-up of the 5 Series is so good, you won't feel you're missing out if you don't have it fitted.
There are no poor engines in the line-up and every one feels well suited to the 5 Series. The most common is the 520d which is also the entry-level model, but this doesn't mean it's the poor relation to the others. If anything, this 184PS engine is actually the perfect engine for the 5 Series with a great combination of strong pace and good economy.
It has plenty of torque and manages the 0-62mph sprint in 8.1 seconds plus there's masses of in-gear pace so it always feels quick when you ask it to accelerate. And the best part is economy of 56.5mpg and CO2 emissions of 132g/km - making it a great company car. These impressively green figures are aided by an engine stop/start system - at the time it was introduced a first on a car in this class.
Other diesels include the 3.0-litre 525d with 204PS and the excellent 530d which uses the same engine but as more power with 245PS. It's incredibly refined and quiet, even at higher speeds but despite having huge reserves of torque, it can still return 44.8mpg.
The petrols include the 528i which was originally a 3.0-litre engine but is now a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine. However, the best petrol is the excellent 535i which is a unique 3.0-litre engine fitted with a twin-scroll turbocharger. With 306PS and a 0-62mph time of just 6.0 seconds it performs superbly when required, yet is gentle at low speeds.
The largest engine is the rather over the top 550i with 407PS. This 4.4-litre V8 sounds great and comes with a new eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard (it's available as an extra on all the other models) which gives lightning fast gearshifts. However, it's not cheap to run and the diesels make more sense.
In September the superb 535d model was added to the line-up and in terms of performance and economy - it really is the perfect blend. It's amazingly punchy, making overtaking safe and effortless, yet still refined and smooth. It will go from 0-62mph in just 5.7 seconds - faster than most petrol hot hatches - and yet can average 46.3mpg. You really do have to wonder how BMW does it.
|518d 143||58–63 mpg||9.7 s||119–129 g/km|
|518d 143 Automatic||58–63 mpg||9.6 s||119–129 g/km|
|518d 150||60–66 mpg||9.5 s||119 g/km|
|518d 150 Automatic||61–67 mpg||9.4 s||114 g/km|
|520d 184||60–63 mpg||8.1 s||119–124 g/km|
|520d 184 Automatic||60 mpg||7.9 s||124 g/km|
|520d 190||60–66 mpg||7.9 s||119 g/km|
|520d 190 Automatic||63–69 mpg||7.7 s||114 g/km|
|520d EfficientDynamics||63 mpg||8.2 s||119 g/km|
|520i 184||42–44 mpg||7.9 s||154 g/km|
|520i 184 Automatic||44–47 mpg||7.9 s||144 g/km|
|523i 204||37 mpg||7.9 s||177 g/km|
|525d 204||55 mpg||7.0 s||134 g/km|
|525d 204 Automatic||58 mpg||6.9 s||128 g/km|
|525d 218||53–58 mpg||7.0 s||134 g/km|
|525d 218 Automatic||57–60 mpg||6.9 s||128 g/km|
|528i 245 Automatic||44–46 mpg||6.2 s||147 g/km|
|528i 258||40–43 mpg||6.2 s||154–164 g/km|
|528i 258 Automatic||45 mpg||6.2 s||147 g/km|
|530d 245||48–50 mpg||6.1 s||149–155 g/km|
|530d 258 Automatic||51–55 mpg||5.8 s||139 g/km|
|530i 272||36–37 mpg||6.5 s||177–182 g/km|
|530i 272 Automatic||37–38 mpg||6.6 s||173–178 g/km|
|535d 299 Automatic||52 mpg||5.5 s||142 g/km|
|535d 313 Automatic||50–52 mpg||5.3 s||143 g/km|
|535i 306||35 mpg||5.8 s||188 g/km|
|535i 306 Automatic||37–38 mpg||5.7 s||174 g/km|
|550i 450||32–33 mpg||4.6 s||199 g/km|
BMW 5 Series (2010 – 2017) Models and Specs
|Kerb Weight||1595–1830 kg|
|Boot Space||520 L|
|Road Tax Bands||C–J|
|Official MPG||32.1–68.9 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Safety Ratings|
On sale until April 2017
On sale until May 2014
|518d Luxury 143 4dr||£33,065||60.1 mpg||9.7 s|
|518d Luxury 143 Auto 4dr||£34,615||60.1 mpg||9.6 s|
|518d M Sport 143 4dr||£33,065||57.6 mpg||9.7 s|
|518d M Sport 143 Auto 4dr||£34,615||57.6 mpg||9.6 s|
|518d Modern 143 4dr||£32,265||60.1 mpg||9.7 s|
|518d Modern 143 Auto 4dr||£33,815||60.1 mpg||9.6 s|
|518d SE 143 4dr||£30,265||62.8 mpg||9.7 s|
|518d SE 143 Auto 4dr||£31,815||62.8 mpg||9.6 s|
|520d Luxury 184 4dr||£34,765||60.1 mpg||8.1 s|
|520d Luxury 184 Auto 4dr||£36,315||60.1 mpg||7.9 s|
|520d Modern 184 4dr||£33,965||60.1 mpg||8.1 s|
|520d Modern 184 Auto 4dr||£35,515||60.1 mpg||7.9 s|
|520d SE 184 4dr||£31,965||62.8 mpg||8.1 s|
|520i Modern 184 4dr||£35,040||42.8 mpg||7.9 s|
|520i Modern 184 Auto 4dr||£36,555||45.6 mpg||7.9 s|
|525d Modern 218 4dr||£38,985||55.4 mpg||7.0 s|
|525d Modern 218 Auto 4dr||£40,405||57.6 mpg||6.9 s|
|528i Modern 245 Auto 4dr||£38,570||44.8 mpg||6.2 s|
On sale until April 2014
|528i Luxury 4dr||£38,255||41.5 mpg||6.2 s|
|528i M Sport 4dr||£38,255||40.4 mpg||6.2 s|
|528i Modern 4dr||£37,455||41.5 mpg||6.2 s|
|528i SE 4dr||£35,455||42.8 mpg||6.2 s|
On sale until July 2013
|520d EfficientDynamics 4dr||£30,835||62.8 mpg||8.2 s|
|530d M Sport 4dr||£42,525||47.9 mpg||6.1 s|
|530d SE 4dr||£39,190||49.6 mpg||6.1 s|
|530i M Sport 4dr||£39,115||36.2 mpg||6.5 s|
|530i M Sport Auto 4dr||£40,640||37.2 mpg||6.6 s|
|530i SE 4dr||£35,815||37.2 mpg||6.5 s|
|530i SE Auto 4dr||£37,340||38.2 mpg||6.6 s|
|535d SE 4dr Auto||£44,700||52.3 mpg||5.5 s|
|535i SE 4dr||£39,370||34.9 mpg||5.8 s|
On sale until August 2011
|523i M Sport 4dr||£36,015||37.2 mpg||7.9 s|
- 5-Star NCAP rating, 95% Adult Protection, 85% Child Protection, 78% Pedestrian Protection, 100% Safety Assist.
- Excellent auto stop braking system holds car even when reversing up an incline.
- 3-1-2019: Extremely positive report of 2014 BMW 518d auto used as a taxi. Now at 150,000 miles, no faults apart from routine replacements and 67mpg on the motorway.
- Controls for the radio/satnav/phone system are on the wrong side of the console for RHD cars.
- Steering of 520d on standard tyres is over-light and lacking in 'feel'.
What to watch out for
A problem with the new 535i single turbo engine was not resolved by July 2010. Some cars arrived at UK dealers and could not be delivered.
If the car has Bluetooth and the owner has their mobile phone synced to the car then if the car is not locked / all electrics shut down the car will keep trying to search for the phone and drain the battery.
28-4-2011: The start volume of the navigation instructions is very low and can only be turned up when the system is speaking (which means waiting to catch the spoken instructions). The volume needs to be turned up via the steering wheel volume control. If you use the radio volume button you turn up the radio as well and the two volumes are not compatible. When you stop and switch the engine off the volume goes back to its original low setting and you need to start all over again. BMW has changed the radio/SatNav systems in cars produced from approx September 2010 so they do not have this problem, but earlier F10s cannot be upgraded.
3-2-2012: In the USA some 2011 528i models may have a loose vacuum line. In T.S.B. 110911 issued on Nov. 1, BMW said that the line controlling the turbocharger waste gate might become disconnected, leading to a loss of horsepower. Installing hose clamps on the line should keep the connection secure. The pump verifies that the fuel system is sealed and not letting vapors escape, as required by pollution-control laws. In T.S.B. 010511 issued on Dec. 1, BMW said the part would be covered on 2007-8 X5 3.0si models for 10 years or 120,000 miles. (Source: New York Times; Automobiles.)
13-3-2012: Two cases of excess front tyre wear within a week of each other requiring expensive re-alignment.
7-10-2012: Shortage of 'official' BMW windscreens with a 4-5 week wait.
9-5-2013: Seems to be a problem of some 5 Series pulling to the left. Not clear which engines and drivetrains and which tyre combinations are affected. Some F10s come on different sized tyres front to back.
30-9-2013: Warning about the 'Mobile Application Preparation (6NR)' option at £130. This is ESSENTIAL because it enables the iPhone ‘BMW Connected Drive’ app, including web radio. BMW UK officially doesn’t or won’t support a retrofit of 6NR (though 'fixes' are available via idependent specialists).
22-3-2014: Badly fitted blanking plate for LHD steering column in RHD 2012 5 Series Touring led to a water leak into the left side footwells.
9-5-2014: Seems to be a problem of a/c condensers being damaged by stones, to the extent that parts availablilty has dried up. Apparently 5,000 are on back order worldwide; 463 in the UK alone.
23-6-2014: Plague of stone damaged unprotected a/c condensers on 5 Series has led to a shortage of condensers. Need to be protected with aftermarket grilles
25-2-2015: N47 timing chain failure on 74k mile 2011 520d SE Touring. Being fixed by the dealer with modified parts.
27-6-2015: Front wishbone bushes of 2012 BMW 5 Series failed at 37 months old and 28k miles. BMW and its dealer refused to cover either under goodwill or under an extended BMW warranty without payment of a £250 excess.
2-8-2015: Timing chain failure reported on 2010 BMW 520d with the N47 engine. Quoted £6,500 for engine repairs. The reader did not supply the mileage or the service regime of the car; only that the last service was 800 miles overdue.
21-8-2015: BMW 520d N47 now being recalled for replacement of timing chain tensioner and also the belt if it has stretched. In one case, after the repaire to a 3-year old, the engine suffered pistion failure and the entire engine was replaced at a cost of £790 to the owner.
23-9-2015: Timing chain failed on 2010 BMW 520d N47 at 83k miles in France. Owner left stuck by the independent dealer who sold her the car.
30-10-2015: Corrosion of Printed Circuit Board on BMW 5 Series led to failure of a Daytime Running Light and failure of MoT.
17-2-2016: Report of 2010 520d starting to contaminate its oil when activbely regenerating its DPF.
7-5-2016: Another report of rising oil level in a 2011 BMW 520d.
8-5-2016: Report that failed a/c condensers on 5 Series is now admitted as failure of poor quality soldering of the condensers themselves, not stone damage. Reader has now suffered this failure twice. BMW TSB notice now issued to replace these a/c condensers when cars are in for a service.
22-5-2016: Report of another failed a/c condenser, this time on a 2014 5 Series with 23,000 miles. Once again a shortage of parts and owner quoted a month's wait.
5-7-2016: Report of stop/start starter motor of 2013 BMW 520d burning out at 16.350 miles. Replaced within 24 hours under warranty, but would have been £1,000 plus if not covered.
13-7-2016: Manual transmission of 2011 520d popping out of gear.
25-8-2016: Report of clutch and DMF of 2011 BMW 520d with full BMW service history failing at 63k miles.
7-9-2016: Report of problems with automatic transmission of BMW 530D Touring. Lost drive. Transmission sump had been leaking and BMW deaer told owner that BMW had supplied software upgrades for the box and that it had insufficient oil lubricate the clutch packs. New plastic oil pan fitted. But a year later started leaking again and a 2nd new plastic oil pan was prescribed.
5-12-2016: Manual transmission problems reported with 35k mile approved used BMW 520d: Two months into ownership rattling and low howl/whining noises were coming from the gearbox area and there was significant juddering when setting off (but only after urban stop start driving). The rattling noise was noticeable at 40-50 MPH but only when the engine was driving the wheels i.e. when accelerating or maintaining speed – not when the car was slowing down or “coasting” while in gear. The whine/howl was noticeable in all driving conditions for a few seconds after the throttle was released and the engine was no longer driving the wheels. The juddering is noticeable only following stop start urban driving. Only when setting off from first gear (not reverse or second) and when the car had warmed up after a period of driving. BMW replaced the gearbox at FoC due to an internal gearbox fault. BMW confirmed that the clutch was only 30% worn which is about right for the mileage. The symptoms disappeared for a few months once the gearbox was replaced. Vehicle use in the intervening period included a few long motorway trips but primarily commuting or approximately 1 hour on 40 – 50 mph roads. A few months and a few thousand miles later the same symptoms have returned. Forums apparently suggest: worn/failed engine mounts, dual mass flywheel issues, throw out bearings worn, and Clutch Delay Valve problems for the juddering. We thing Dual Mass Flywheel.
9-2-2017: Complaint of water leaking into rear footwell of BMW F10 5 Series from the lowest point of the rear doors because the waterproof membrane inside the door perforates.
6-9-2017: Report of 2016 BMW 520d Touring sooting up its EGR valve at 11,000 miles. Owner called out BMW Assist and the technicial had a vanload of replacement EGRs, one of which he fitted to the reader's engine. Probably needs to be run solely on Superdiesel and the oil changed every 10,000 miles.
24-9-2017: Another report of EGR problems with an BMW 520d, this one a 2015 at 13,000 miles. Amber drive train warning came on. Had started losing coolant due to EGR valve and cooler failure. Excellent service from BMW emergency service and their Mondial assistance. Fixed under warranty.
24-11-2017: Complaint of poor heater output from 2010 BMW 5 Series.
20-3-2018: Report of steering issue with 2016 BMW F10 5 Series. Pulls strongly to the right occasionally, reluctant to self centre at other times, and feels unstable at speed. This is not a tyre or tracking issue as thay have been checked.
13-12-2018: Report of BMW 520d Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) cooler going "into meltdown" while owner was driving, forcing him and wife "to make a rapid exit from the car as smoke poured from the engine compartment." Goes on to say, "It's been a long sorry story to get BMW to acknowledge the seriousness of this incident and I'm wondering whether there are others out there who have experienced similar 'meltdowns' and, more worringly, are there others driving around unaware of the danger beneath the bonnet of their iconic BMW 5 Series?" Subsequently, after complaining, he received the Vehicle Safety recall notice to replace the Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) cooler for exactly the problem he experienced. (This is the subject of two separate recalls and recall notices have been going out to owners in February 2019. If the car needs a new EGR Cooler, to avoid liability for car fires, it will be retained by the dealer until the relevant parts become available.)
29-12-2018: Report of coil spring failure (with a bang) on the motorway on a 2011 BMW 525d 3.0 Auto.
6-1-2019: Report of 2014 BMW F11 535d Touring needing five replacement 245/40/19 98Y Continental Excellence runflat tyres due to pothole damage. Tyres now insured with Kwik-Fot at £18.99 a tyre because replacements are £190+.
13-2-2019: Multiple system failure reported on 2011 BMW 528i: Brake system Drive Moderately ; Restraint system ; Pedestrian protection system ! ; Steering Drive moderately; Windscreen wiper ; Parking brake only partially available. Also speedo, main beam lights, horn wouldn’t work. Car was still on original battery so this was replaced and the new battery electronically registered to the car. But the faults reappeared after 5 days.
3-3-2019: Report of N47 timing chain failure in 2011 BMW 520d at 107,000 miles. Owner heard a rattle. Continued driving for 20 miles. BMW dealer says engine severely damaged as a result.
6-3-2019: Report of standard 'Connected Drive' 'Business' satnav of 50k mile 2014/64 BMW520d occasionally re-booting mid journey after which it then continues working.
13-3-2019: Rogue satnav updateseems to be circulating via an email link. Owner thinks he fell sucker to a non-BWM email. It seems to have the satnav information and they have sent an FSC code but the install does not prompt me to insert the FSC code. Now cannot re-boot the i-Drive.
22-7-2019: report of engine failure of 2015/65 BMW 520d 3 weeks after recall work for EGR valve when it also had a BMW health check. (Previous service had been independent.) BMW dealer wants £1,500 to investigate cause of engine failure before deciding if the supplier is liable under Sale of Goods. Owner asked BMW to replace the engine out of goodwill but they will not do this unless their investigztion confrms a manufacturing fault.
3-10-2019: Report of n/s adaptive headlight of 60k miles 2011/61 BMW F10 520d filling with condensation and sending fault codes: "Side/Daytime lights fault". BMW dealer quoted £2,736 to replace it: £1,400 for the light and the rest labour because the front bumper has to be removed to carry out the job. A possible option is to use an independent BMW specialist and switch to a cheaper lighting system. (Dealer later reduced the cost to £1,800.)
4-12-2019: Report of battery problems with 2011 BMW F10 520d. At 40,000miles computer indicated that the battery needed replacing. This was tested under warranty, nothing was found and the computer was reset. In 2015 at 47,000 miles the same problem occurred. Local independent BMW specialist recommended a new battery and one was fitted. In March 2019 at 65,000miles the same problem occurred yet again with the same diagnosis. Owner told told that gel batteries only last 3/4 years and this was replaced at a further cost of £300. Then in November 2019 at 69,000 miles the computer again told the owner that the battery needed replacing. The battery was tested and all was ok. The fault was being caused by an intermittent failure of a defective IBS lead to the battery which the garage says is a known problem with BMW. Confirmed a new IBS lead was required ( to be imported from Germany ) along with DDE software. Total cost £536. Not cheap.
13-2-2020: Report of failure of transmission of February 2005 BMW 520D at 90k miles. Full BMW service history. BMW dealer said they would pay 40% of cost of replacement but still left owner with a £7,000 bill. (See 5-12-2016; 35-8-2016; 13-7-2016.)
15-2-2020: Report of failure of audio amplifier of 43,000 mile 2014 BMW 5-Series. This provides the sound for the radio, park distance control and other audible warnings. Estimated cost of repair £1,500 including fitting and VAT. Out of warranty complaint to BMW UK retrieved £500 in goodwill.
17-11-2011: R/2011/147: BMW 5 Series with turbochargers (small number of cars): SHORT CIRCUIT MAY OCCUR. Due to the ingress of moisture, it is possible that a short circuit can occur in the additional coolant pump for the exhaust turbocharger. The driver will be informed of the issue by a warning message on the display in the instrument panel. If not addressed, it is possible for further heat build up in the pump, which may cause the plug connection and housing to melt and in extreme cases, a localised fire in the engine compartment or vehicle. FIX: Recall all affected vehicles for the replacement of the additional coolant pump. Total 557 BMW X6, X5, 5,6 & 7 series and BMW Alpina B5 & B7 BITURBO, Build Dates: 16-11-2007 to 02-02-2011.
15-4-2012: American National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) recall stating that the circuit board for the electric auxiliary water pump can overheat and this could lead to a smoldering of the pump or an engine compartment or vehicle fire. The recall covers 69 examples of the 2011 Rolls Royce Ghost and 2,846 BMW models equipped with 8- or 12-cylinder turbocharged engines including the 2011 5-Series sedan, 2011 5-Series Gran Turismo, 2012 6-Series Convertible, 2012 7-Series, 2012 X5 and 2012 X6.
27-4-2012: R/2012/049: BMW 5 Series (GT & Saloon), X5, X6, 7 Series, 6 Series Convertible (8 & 12 cylinder engines) and Alpina B5 Biturbo (Very Small Numbers): Repeat recall of R/2011/147 now only 21 vehicles involved in total. FIRE MAY OCCUR. Some engines are fitted with an additional water pump for the turbo charger. In some circumstances, a crack may develop, which then leads to melting of the plug connections and the housing. Further heat development may then lead to scorch damage. In exceptional cases, such overheating can lead to smouldering of the water pump. If smouldering occurs, an engine compartment fire and vehicle fire cannot be excluded. The water pump will be replaced for a new more robust version.
24-5-2012: R/2012/039: BMW 5 Series, 5 Series Touring, M5 Saloon, M5 Touring, 6-Series Coupe, 6 Series Convertible, M6 Coupe, M6 Convertible & Alpina (Total 128,701 Vehicles). RISK OF FIRE: The positive battery cable, routed from the vehicle battery to the engine bay, consists of one cable in the luggage compartment and one cable in the underbody. Both cable are connected by a screw connection and covered by a plastic cover. In single cases the plastic cover may have been fitted incorrectly during the vehicle production. Over time, an incorrectly fitted cover could cause the screw connections to come loose, leading to an increased resistance, also humidity may affect the connection and cause high resistance and drop in current. This can lead to the vehicle not starting and in extreme cases the connection could over heat leading to the possibility of a fire in the luggage area. FIX: The clips on the battery will be checked the cover replaced and sealed. BUILD DATES: 01-09-2006 to 31-07-2010.
15-4-2014: Worldwide recall of 489,000 BMW cars with six-cylinder 2.5 and 3.0 litre petrol engines of which less than 3,000 are in the UK. These are: N51 (1991-1995), N52 (from 2005) and the N55 6-cylinder petrol turbo (from 2009). The screws for the housing of the adjustment unit of the variable camshaft timing (Vanos) for the intake and exhaust camshafts could potentially become loose or break. An engine warning lamp ‘should ’ appear in such circumstances, but if drivers experience any loss of power they should contact their BMW dealer immediately.
30-4-2014: Just-Auto gives further details of BMW VANOS bolts recall in the USA: BMW of North America is recalling 156,000 cars from model years 2010 through 2012 due to Vanos bolts breaking causing petrol engines to stall. Models include 2010-2011 MY 128i Coupe, 128i Convertible, 328i Sedan, 328i xDrive Sedan, 328i Coupe, 328i Convertible, 328i Sports Wagon and Z4 sDrive 30i. And 2011-2012 MY 135i Coupe, 135i Convertible, 335i Sedan, X5 xDrive 35i, and X6 xDrive 35i, 2011 335i xDrive Sedan, 335i Coupe, 335i Convertible, 528i Sedan, 535i Sedan, 535i xDrive Sedan, X3 xDrive 28i, and X3 xDrive 35i, 2010 X3 xDrive 30i, and X5 xDrive 30i, 2012 640i Coupe, and 640i Convertible and 2010-2012 535i Gran Turismo vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the bolts that secure the housing for the variable camshaft timing adjustment (VANOS) unit can loosen over time and may possibly break. BMW notified owners, and dealers will replace the four VANOS housing bolts for both VANOS units (intake and exhaust), free of charge. The recall began in May 2014. In addition, owners of approximately 170,172 model year 2010-2012 BMWs with inline 6 cylinder petrol engines not covered by this recall receive an extended warranty to address this condition. Owners may contact BMW.
28-7-2014: R/2014/068 BMW 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, X1, X3, X5, Z4 Build Dates 1-9-2009 to 30-11-2011: Concern : ENGINE EMERGENCY MODE MAY BE ACTIVATED DURING DRIVING Description : The screws retaining the variable camshaft timing (VANOS) housing may loosen and under certain circumstances the heads may break off. This can lead to the VANOS leaking oil internally and adversely affect the valve timing adjustment. If found to deviating from targeted data the engine emergency mode will be activated. This will be indicated by a distinct change in engine running. The orange engine management warning lamp and a check message; On vehicles with N51/N52 engines this will appear at ignition recycle, on N55 engine it will display immediately. Remedial Action : Replace bolted connection of the VANOS adjustment unit.
21-8-2015: BMW 520d with N47 engines are being recalled for in-service replacement of the timing chain tensioner and the timinc chain itself it it has stretched excessively. Seems to apply irrespective of mileage.
Unknown Date: BMW TSB notice now issued to replace a/c condensers of 5 Series when cars are in for a service. They fail due to poor quality soldering of the seams.
8-8-2018: Reuters report kindly forwarded by JustAuto.com that BMW Korea is recalling over 106,000 cars after a group of customers filed a lawsuit against it and one of its local dealers over faulty parts that allegedly led to engine fires. The recall mainly affects the 520d, and the fault is understood to lie within the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system. According to local reports, 28 BMWs have caught fire on the South Korean motorways since December 2017 of which 19 were 520ds. The lawyer for the owners of four of the affected 520ds has lodged a complaint with the Seoul Central District Court against BMW Korea and its dealer Deutsche Motors, seeking damages of KRW5m (US$4,470) per client for safety concerns and vehicle depreciation. Other compensation cases have also been filed, claiming twice that amount. The South Korean importer and distributer of BMW and Mini vehicles promised to complete the hour-long inspections within two weeks by keeping its service network open 24 hours per day. Any defective parts will be replaced free of charge and alternative vehicles will be made available if required, the company said. The Korean recall was then extended to 324,000 diesel vehicles in Europe. BMW is now widening the recall to Europe, with 96,300 vehicles affected in Germany, to replace the module if the fault is confirmed, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung said on Tuesday, citing BMW.
25-10-2018: Recall due to problem with exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) cooler on four-cylinder and six-cylinder diesel engines. The issue affects 268,000 BMW diesel cars in the UK, The recall notice states that a glycol-leakage from the EGR cooler may cause soot deposits to smoulder, melt the intake manifold and (in some cases) cause the car to catch fire.
5-11-2018: R/2018/258: BMW 5 Series Saloon Touring X3 X4 X5 3 series SaloonTouring Gran Turismo 4 series Gran Coupe Coupe Convertible 1 series 2 series Coupe Convertible: EXHAUST GAS RECIRCULATION COOLER COULD POTENTIALLY LEAK OVER TIME. The EGR cooler may leak,presenting a fire risk. FIX: The EGR cooler will be replaced with an im1,2,3,4,5,6,7 series, X1, X3, X4,X5, X6 proved version. VINS: WBA5E32010D787200 to WBA5E52090G721309
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Build dates: 12-12-2013 to 17-8-2016
7-12-2018: R/2018/341: BMW 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 series, X1, X3, X4,X5,X6: EXHAUST GAS RECIRCULATION MODULE COOLER COULD LEAK. The EGR cooler may leak,presenting a fire risk. FIX: A visual inspection of the EGR cooler to check for leaks and excessive build-up of deposits. The EGR cooler will be replaced if required. VINS: WBALZ72050C955400 to WBA6G12070GT41585;
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Build dates: 12-3-2011 to 25-4-2015
- March 2010: New 5 Series unveiled
- July 2010: 5 Series M Sport added to range
- September 2010: 535d goes on sale
- October 2010
- July 2011: New BMW 520d EfficientDynamics revealed
- September 2011: BMW expands 5 Series line-up
- March 2012
- May 2013: BMW 5 Series facelifted
- May 2014: 2.0-litre TwinPower diesel engines introduced
New 5 Series unveiled
The BMW 5 Series Saloon was styled to reflect its almost perfect 50:50 weight distribution with short overhangs, a coupé-like flowing roofline and a long, contoured bonnet. It had the longest wheelbase in its class at 2,968mm, creating a greater feeling of interior space. There's a 520-litre boot with the option to specify 40:20:40 split folding rear seats.
4,899mm long x 1,860mm wide x 1,462mm high.
Buyers of the BMW 5 Series Saloon could choose between three diesel powerplants and four petrol engines from launch.
BMW 520d SE 4-cylinder: 184bhp, 380Nm, 0-60 7.8, 56.5mpg, 132g/km CO2 N47
BMW 525d SE: 6-cylinder: 204bhp, 450Nm, 0-60 6.9, 45.6mpg, 162g/km CO2 N57
BMW 530d SE: 6-cylinder: 245bhp, 540Nm, 0-60 6.0, 44.8mpg, 166g/km CO2 N57
BMW 523i SE: 6-cylinder: 204bhp, 270Nm, 0-60 7.6, 37.2mpg, 177g/km CO2 N52
BMW 528i SE: 6-cylinder: 258bhp, 310Nm, 0-60 6.3, 36.2mpg, 182g/km CO2 N53
BMW 535i SE: 6-cylinder: 306bhp, 400Nm, 0-60 5.7, 33.2mpg, 199g/km CO2 N55
BMW 550i SE: V8: 407bhp, 600Nm, 0-60 4.7, 27.2mpg, 243g/km CO2 N63
Biggest seller in the UK is the 520d with latest generation common-rail direct injection and variable turbine geometry. Peak torque of 380Nm from 1,900rpm.
The BMW 5 Series Saloon comes with an array of EfficientDynamics technologies. The BMW 520d has Auto Start-Stop, reducing the engine idle period when coming to a short stop. All manual gearboxes also come with an Optimum gearshift indicator to help drivers know when to change gear to optimise the car’s efficiency. Brake Energy Regeneration, which recharges the vehicle’s battery during engine over-run, is part of the 5 Series Saloon’s standard specification.
Active Aerodynamics also play a part in keeping emissions low and performance high by closing off the air cooling flaps behind the kidney grills to improve the aerodynamics of the car and performance on cold starts. Low rolling resistance tyres also feature to improve efficiency still further.
Benefiting from dry sump lubrication, the BMW 5 Series Saloon comes as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox which has been optimised compared to previous transmissions for greater efficiency. A redesigned gearshift leaver and enhanced internal packaging have resulted in a smoother, sportier gearshift.
The range topping 550i comes as standard with BMW’s new eight-speed automatic transmission bringing the luxury and refinement of the 7 Series to the 550i. Whilst being six percent more fuel efficient, the weight and size are unaffected. Buyers of all variants can specify the eight-speed automatic gearbox or an eight-speed Sport automatic transmission with Formula One style steering wheel mounted paddles for those that prefer more enthusiastic performance.
For those BMW 5 Series Saloon models specified with Variable Damper Control or Adaptive Drive packages, the Drive Dynamic Control (DDC) chassis configurator is fitted to enhance ride and handling still further. DDC allows for fine tuning of the chassis with the choice of Normal, Comfort, Sport and Sport+. Each mode changes the levels of steering assistance, throttle response, gear change characteristics, degree of Dynamic Stability Control interaction and, courtesy of adjustable dampers, the ride and handling characteristics.
The BMW 5 Series Saloon features the highest ever level of standard specification for the model. All models now come with Dakota leather upholstery, BMW Professional Radio and Bluetooth telephone preparation compared to the previous (E60) BMW 5 Series Saloon. Six-cylinder engine derivatives additionally gain USB audio interface and Ambient lighting, while the BMW 550i has the eight-speed automatic transmission as standard. The BMW 520d additionally benefits from full automatic air-conditioning system as standard.
The BMW 5 Series Saloon is the first BMW to be offered with Park Assist aimed at enhancing driver convenience. Once a button on the centre console is pressed ultrasound sensors located in the side indicator surrounds scan the road either side of the vehicle for an appropriate parking space. On location of a suitable free bay the driver then only need operate the accelerator and brake pedals while the Park Assist system swiftly slots the car into the space with ease.
Four-wheel Integral Active Steering can also be specified for the first time on a 5 Series Saloon and a car equipped as such benefits from a 0.5metre smaller turning circle. Meanwhile, the Surround View system uses cameras in the side mirrors and the front wheel arches in conjunction with Park Distance Control and the optional Reversing Assist camera to provide a 360 degree view on the iDrive display for perfect parking.
The BMW 5 Series Saloon is offered with a wealth of optional equipment to enhance driver safety, comfort and enjoyment. Head-up Display, Night Vision with pedestrian recognition, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Warning, Speed Limit Info and two rear entertainment packages are all available.
In the UK the BMW 5 Series Saloon will be offered with four optional equipment packages. BMW Business Advanced Media and BMW Professional Multimedia packages include BMW Navigation, BMW ConnectedDrive – Assist and Online and Voice control. Dynamic package includes 19-inch alloy wheels, Sport seats, Anthracite headlining, Sport leather steering wheel and High-gloss exterior trim. The Visibility package includes Adaptive headlights, Xenon headlights, High-beam Assist and headlight wash.
BMW is using the announcement of the BMW 5 Series to the launch the new BMW Live tool. Available for download from 24 November, 2009 at www.bmw.co.uk/live the BMW Live application, once installed on a computer, provides the user with a host of information about the new BMW 5 Series in addition to other features. Checking the time, weather or even what is going on in the rest of the world courtesy of RSS feeds, BMW Live combines all of this and more in a one stop widget which looks as good as the new BMW 5 Series.
5 Series M Sport added to range
The BMW 5 Series became available in M Sport guise from September 2010. The package comprises components that have been specifically adapted to match the suspension, aerodynamics, exterior and interior design of each model. The M Sports suspension, M aerodynamics package and 18-inch M light alloys featuring a double spoke design not only create an exceptionally powerful appearance but also contribute towards enhanced driving dynamics.
Specially developed sports seats give the interior asporting ambience, while further interior features include an M leather-clad steering wheel, an M gear lever knob, an anthracite roof lining and M aluminium hexagon interior trim strips. Further options include 19-inch M light alloys as well as an M rear spoiler for the saloon.
535d goes on sale
The most powerful diesel version of the BMW 5 Series – the 299hp 535d Saloon - went on sale from September 2010. BMW twin turbocharger and common rail direct injection technology helps make this 3.0-litre straight-six all-aluminium engine one of the world’s most powerful six-cylinder diesel unit. Its 299hp available at 4400rpm while maximum torque is 600Nm is available from 1750rpm.
A smaller turbocharger operating just above idling speed gives the BMW 535d instant surge, while a larger turbo is activated at higher speeds, supplying additional power for maximum performance. Equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission, the new BMW 535d Saloon will accelerate from 0 to 62mph in just 5.7 seconds.
But along with its dynamic capability comes efficiency. Thanks to the latest generation common rail system operating at a maximum pressure of 2,000 bar and guaranteeing a particularly accurate supply of fuel, the BMW 535d achieves an average combined fuel consumption of 46.3mpg.
Two additional diesel engines and a further petrol unit complement the range of powerplants available to the F11 BMW 5 Series Touring. The BMW 525d Touring is powered by a 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder engine with 150 kW/204 hp, while the straight-six that drives the BMW 535d Touring summons up 220 kW/300 hp thanks to BMW TwinPower Turbo technology.
The BMW 528i Touring lines up for action with lean-burn high precision injection and output of 190 kW/258 hp. Also stepping out in Paris are the first all-wheel-drive models of the new Executive Touring in the form of the BMW 535i xDrive Touring and the BMW 530d xDrive. Yet another debut is that of the new M Sports package for the BMW 5 Series Touring.
New BMW 520d EfficientDynamics revealed
With the all-important UK business market in mind, BMW engineers have created a car that is approximately 10 per cent more fuel-efficient than the best its rivals can muster, without reducing the 184hp or 380Nm of torque developed by the 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine. This equates to fuel economy of 62.8mpg and emissions of 119g/km, which means a company car benefit-in-kind taxation band of only 13 per cent.
In addition to the standard Auto Start-Stop, Optimum Gearshift Indicator, Brake Energy Regeneration and Active Aerodynamics, the BMW 520d EfficientDynamics Saloon has a longer final drive ratio to reduce engine revs at highway speeds, and low rolling resistance tyres on Streamline-design alloy wheels. This all helps to accelerate the car from zero to 62mph in just 8.2 seconds.
The 520d EfficientDynamics Saloon also comes with BMW’s new ECO-PRO Mode. A driver-activated switch promotes economical and comfortable driving at low speeds by adjusting the engine mapping, throttle sensitivity, automatic gearshift points, where applicable, and the amount of power consumed by electrical ancillaries including climate control and heated seats. The new model goes on sale in September priced from £30,435 OTR.
BMW expands 5 Series line-up
The 5 Series engine range grew to 11 derivatives with the arrival of the 520i and 528i models for September 2011. Both are powered by a new four-cylinder 2.0-litre petrol engine employing twin-scroll turbocharger technology, high-precision direct fuel injection, VALVETRONIC variable valve control and double-VANOS camshaft control.
The 520i develops 184hp at 5,000rpm and 270Nm of torque in a broad spread from 1250 to 4500rpm, guaranteeing spontaneous response across almost the entire rev band. With the optional automatic gearbox, the average economy of the 520i saloon is 44.1mpg, while CO2emissions dip below 150g/km. The BMW 520i SE Saloon costs from £31,190 OTR - £1,512 cheaper than the model it replaces – while the Touring is £33,615 OTR.
By increasing the amount of turbo boost and revising the operation of the fuel injection system, the same basic engine is able to produce 245hp from 5,000-6,500rpm and 350Nm across 1,250-4,800rpm for the 528i. Six-cylinder performance, zero to 62mph in just 6.2 seconds for the manual saloon, is therefore feasible with four-cylinder fuel efficiency: 43.5mpg and a CO2output of 152g/km with automatic transmission. The BMW 328i SE Saloon cost from £33,610 OTR and the Touring is £36,165 OTR.
In the 525d, a new four-cylinder 2.0-litre twin-turbo engine replaces the single-turbo six-cylinder 3.0-litre unit. The new engine generates 218hp at 4,400rpm and 450Nm of torque from 1,500-2,500rpm, sufficient to improving acceleration while reducing fuel consumption by up to 20 per cent. The BMW 525d SE Saloon costs from £35,135 OTR and the Touring £37,560 OTR.
Extensive modifications to the six-cylinder twin-turbo diesel engines in the 530d and 535d, both featuring variable turbine geometry, have produced increases in power and torque while at the same time achieving greater fuel efficiency. The fuel consumption of the 530d is around 13 per cent better, while the 535d now has a power output of 313hp. These models are now priced from £38,780 OTR and £44,290 OTR respectively for the Saloon and £41,190 OTR and £46,600 OTR for the Touring.
The final 5 Series engine addition for September sees the 407hp 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 from the 550i flagship saloon and 550i GT become available in the Touring for the first time. A BMW 550i Touring starts at £54,680 OTR.
|Model||Power (hp)||Torque (Nm)||0-62mph (seconds)||Top Speed
|CO 2 emissions (g/km)||Combined mpg|
|BMW 520i||184||270||7.9 (8.0)||141||157 (149)||41.5 (44.1)|
|BMW 528i||245||350||6.2 (6.3)||155*||159 (152)||41.5 (43.5)|
|BMW 520d ED||184||380||8.2||144||119||62.8|
|BMW 525d||218||450||7.0||151||132 (126)||56.5 (58.9)|
|BMW530d||258||540||6.1 (6.0)||155*||149 (139)||49.6 (52.3)|
* Electronically limited ** Automatic only
BMW 5 Series Touring
|Model||Power (hp)||Torque (Nm)||0-62mph (seconds)||Top Speed
|CO 2 emissions (g/km)||Combined mpg|
|BMW 520i||184||270||8.3||137||163 (156)||40.4 (42.2)|
|BMW 528i||245||350||6.4||152||165 (159)||39.8 (41.5)|
|BMW 525d||218||450||7.2||147||138 (135)||53.3 (55.4)|
|BMW530d||258||540||6.2||155*||155 (145)||47.9 (51.4)|
The 5 Series in all its variants remains the ultimate drivers’ car in the executive sector. That position is strengthened with the introduction of Drive Performance Control as standard, which allows the driver to fine-tune the ride and handling selecting either Comfort, Sport or Sport+ settings. It will be fitted to all Saloon and Touring variants.
All four- and six-cylinder 5 Series models, have the addition of ECO PRO mode, which adjusts throttle sensitivity, engine response, the upshift points with the automatic gearbox, where fitted, and even the power consumed by ancillaries including climate control and heated mirrors.
Owners can now open the boot or – on the Touring – the rear window or tailgate through a simple foot movement at the rear of the car. Sensors in the rear bumper detect foot movement and if that person is carrying the correct key, messages are sent to the car’s onboard computer telling it to lift the boot lid, tailgate or rear glass hatch on the Touring.
In conjunction with the optional BMW Professional Navigation system, drivers are provided with accurate, instant details of traffic conditions through the Real-Time Traffic Information system, while the uprated Head-Up display now shows full-colour road-sign graphics. An extension of the BMW Night Vision system gives better visual and audible warnings of unseen pedestrians or cyclists.
September 2011 also saw the introduction of M Sport specification to the 5 Series Gran Turismo. Featuring an enhanced standard specification M Sport includes 19-inch light alloy wheels, M aerodynamic body styling, M Sport suspension and other interior and exterior enhancements. Prices for the 5 Series Gran Turismo start at £46,590 OTR for a 530d GT rising to £57,620 OTR for a 550i GT.
BMW’s ConnectedDrive system has been enhanced for 2011 for even more intelligent networking between the driver and the outside world. Real Time Traffic Information (RTTI) is a superior system for warning drivers of hold-ups and calculating alternative routes to help avoid them. It is far quicker and more efficient than the Traffic Message Channel (TMC) currently used, transmitting data faster, and updating more frequently, via the SIM card integrated in the vehicle.
Courtesy of BMW Live, the driver’s mobile phone can serve as a modem to feed information to the car’s Control Display via Bluetooth. The system offers free RSS news feeds, weather information, Google Local Search, Google Panoramic and Street View. The RSS news feeds are read inside the car via BMW’s Text to Speech function. The facility will be available on the new BMW 1 Series in September, before being rolled out to other models.
The same camera system can also provide the driver more information through the new full-colour Head-up Display or the instrument panel. The Lane Departure Warning system can detect lane markings and sends a mild vibration through the steering wheel should the vehicle deviate from its lane without indicating. The Speed Limit Display reads both permanent and temporary speed limit signs and displays the current maximum permissible speed limit to the driver.
BMW launched a new 'M Performance' brand that includes high performance diesels. The M550d, X5 M50d and facelifted X6 M50d models are all powered by a 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel that's fitted with no less than three turbochargers.
This new M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology means the engine produces 381PS and an immense 740Nm of torque, available from just 2000rpm. To put that into context the M5 with its 4.4-litre V8 engine develops 560PS with 680Nm of torque. The diesel engine may be down on power but it's not far behind in terms of performance with an official 0-62mph time of just 4.7 seconds for the M550d saloon compared to 4.4 seconds in the M5.
The big difference is of course fuel economy. The M550d, which is available as a saloon and Touring, returns a claimed average of 44.8mpg (44.1mpg for the Touring) and emits just 165g/km of CO2 - remarkable figures considering the performance. All models with the new 50d engine come an eight-speed Sports automatic gearbox as standard.
BMW 5 Series facelifted
The 184hp version of the 2.0-litre diesel engine in the 5 Series Saloon now has CO2 emissions of 119g/km for both manual and automatic transmissions, matching the figures of the former ED model, now discontinued. The 520d has aerodynamic additions to the wheel arches, under-body panelling and front apron which lowers its drag co-efficient (Cd) to 0.25 to enhance fuel efficiency. All 5 Series diesel models now get either a NOx Storage Catalyst or an SCR catalytic converter with urea injection, which allows them to meet EU6 emissions targets.
The BMW 520d SE Saloon costs £31,530 OTR while the BMW 520d SE Touring costs £33,855 OTR. Both models are on sale now.
All petrol versions of the 5 Series also meet the EU6 regulations. They include a new 4.4-litre twin-turboc direct-injection V8 for the 550i Saloon, Touring and Gran Turismo. The new V8 develops 449hp and 650Nm - increases of 42hp and 50Nm over the previous unit - with significantly lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of 32.8 mpg and 199g/km, depending on wheel and tyre. The BMW 550i Luxury Saloon costs £57,165 OTR, the Touring is £59,635 OTR and the Gran Turismo version is £59,060 OTR.
The network of intelligent ConnectedDrive technologies has been expanded in the new 5 Series range to advance the safety, connectivity and convenience of both drivers and passengers. The BMW Business Navigation system becomes standard on all new 5 Series Saloon and Touring models.
As a result, every 5 Series customer will now benefit from the valuable BMW Emergency Call. This feature uses the built-in BMW SIM card to establish contact with the Emergency Services in the event of an accident. Drivers can manually trigger an ‘eCall' to request assistance, but also have the reassurance that their BMW will automatically activate a call should any of the crash sensors be deployed. A genuine enhancement to vehicle safety, this service is active for the lifetime of the vehicle at no additional cost.
The optional Professional Media Package -has been enhanced to include the latest generation Professional Navigation system complemented by the full range of ConnectedDrive Services including Real Time Traffic Information and BMW Apps. This system includes the new iDrive Touch controller, allowing written entry of addresses and telephone numbers and an intelligent Route-ahead Assistant, which anticipates the forthcoming road conditions and provides advice to the driver on how to maximise an efficient driving style based on braking and acceleration points.
Advances are also seen in optional safety systems. The new Driving Assistant delivers a tailored combination of camera-based driver assistance systems that significantly reduce the risk of potential collisions at both high and low speeds. The system's attributes include a Lane Departure Warning, Front-end Collision warning and pedestrian recognition with pro-active, autonomous braking to radically improve reaction times in all manner of driving conditions.
The 5 Series family will inherit the industry leading BMW full colour Head-up Display, which now displays telephone contacts and entertainment details, such as track listings, conveniently projected directly into the driver's field of vision.
The optional BMW Night Vision with pedestrian recognition also evolves to include the industry leading Dynamic Light Spot. This advanced system uses a thermal imaging camera to detect heat emitting objects and, in addition to acoustically alerting the driver of potential hazards, the fog light beam is directed to clearly illuminate the object ahead to maximise the reaction speeds of the driver.
The 5 Series Saloon and Touring have been subtly modified to give their sporting characters a sharper edge. There are additional contour lines around the BMW kidney grille and a re-structured lower air intake. All variants of the 5 Series have Xenon headlights as standard and Adaptive LED lights are now optional.
The door mirrors of all 5 Series models now incorporate indicator repeaters with the Saloon and Touring having new-style tail lights with slender, elegant LED light strips. Along with an additional crease in the rear apron, they emphasise the car's width and sporting stance.
All models now have chrome strips bordering the central Control Display in the cabin, and the Saloon and Touring have larger storage areas and cup holders. The Comfort Access system can now close as well as open the boot or tailgate by a movement of the driver's foot beneath the rear apron. There are new paint and alloy wheel options, and new Luxury and Modern models to increase the range of personalisation possibilities.
From the end of July BMW will be offering an M Sport Plus package across the new BMW 1 Series, 3 Series and 5 Series ranges.
Priced from £1,400-£2,000 over the standard M Sport model, the BMW 1 and 3 Series gain Xenon Headlights with Headlight wash, Sun protection glass, harman/kardon loudspeaker system and M Sport braking system. The BMW 3 series M Sport Plus package also benefits from the addition of 19-inch M Sport light-alloy wheels.
The 5 Series models receive 19-inch M Sport alloy wheels, Sun protection glass and harman/kardon loudspeaker system, while Saloon models also gain an M rear spoiler.
2.0-litre TwinPower diesel engines introduced
A new generation of four-cylinder diesel engines with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology debut summer 2014 in the BMW 518d and the BMW 520d. The new engines are designated B37 (518d) and B47 (520d) available in both Saloon and Touring body styles and depending on specification can achieve emissions of just 109g/km.
In entry-level form the new engine delivers a maximum output of 150PS (an increase of 7PS over the old engine). This allows the B37 BMW 518d Saloon to accelerate from zero to 62mph in 9.1 seconds, and to achieve average fuel consumption of 65.7mpg. The CO2 emissions are 114g/km.
For the new B47 BMW 520d, the maximum output has increased by 6PS to 190PS, while the maximum torque has been increased by 20Nm to 400Nm. These outputs mean the new BMW 520d Saloon accelerates from zero to 62mph in just 7.9 seconds. Economy is 65.7mpg (CO2 is 114g/km).
Further efficiency gains can be realised when the eight-speed automatic gearbox is specified. This combination allows the 520d Saloon to achieve as much as 68.9mpg and the CO2 emissions drop as low as 109g/km. The BMW 518d Saloon starts at £30,265 OTR. The BMW 520d Saloon is priced from £31,965 OTR.
From the summer of 2014, the new eight-speed automatic transmission featuring Proactive Drive is available for models in the BMW 1 Series, 2 Series, 3 Series, 4 Series and 5 Series ranges. On vehicles equipped with satellite navigation, the Proactive Drive system ensures that the moment to shift gears is precisely adapted to the current driving situation. The system works even if the navigation system is not active at that given moment.