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The BMW 5-Series boasts a rich tradition dating back to 1972. Now in its seventh generation, this executive model is enjoying global popularity with discerning customers. We at OHLALA have always admired and respected the BMW brand and have had the privilege of test driving a multitude of models over the years, all of which have been impressive to say the least.

This month, thanks to the outstanding team at Euro Motors, we received the opportunity to thoroughly inspect the new BMW 520i Sedan as well as see what it’s capable of on the roads. The sporty nature of the 520i Sedan is obvious as soon as you lay your eyes on it. With its large, clean surfaces, beautiful lines and athletic proportions, this vehicle is definitely something you would like to see in your garage every morning. The lengthy bonnet is complemented by the bold BMW kidney grille featuring a new octagonal form, whilst adaptive LED headlights with automatic range control are fitted as standard, all of which deliver a solid visual impact.

The set-back passenger compartment, short overhangs and long wheelbase display the now familiar dimensions of the BMW 5 Series, that we have come to know and love. The aerodynamic design of the 520i is obvious from the flanks and 18-inch wheels with red or blue painted callipers are fitted as standard.

At the rear, new L-shaped taillights with black edging add yet another touch of class to an already beautiful exterior. Trapezoid tailpipe finishers are now fitted as standard on all BMW 5 Series models and are integrated into the rear apron inlay on both the right and left sides.

Slipping inside the vehicle, we were greeted by a stunningly beautiful interior with loads of room available. All materials, trims and finishes used are of the highest quality as one would expect from BMW and this combined with precise workmanship, delivers a modern, premium ambience to the new 5 Series’ cabin. The interior blends contemporary elegance with a driver-focused cockpit design, ensuring an ideal environment for a journey of any length. The electrically adjustable front seats are supportive and exceptionally comfy whilst the automatic climate control with extended features further adds to the comfort on offer. Increasing the functionality of the vehicle are the large storage compartments, door pockets as well as dual drink holders in both the front and rear. We also found the leg, head and shoulder room to be very generous, with three adults fitting easily in the back. The luggage compartment has a load capacity of 530 litres, an area hugely increased with the rear seats folded flat.

“With its large, clean surfaces, beautiful lines and athletic proportions, this vehicle is definitely something you would like to see in your garage every morning.”

The iDrive control and operation system of the BMW 520i comprises a freestanding Control Display that now includes, as standard, a 10.25-inch screen featuring outstanding graphic quality. This Control Display can be upgraded to a 12.3-inch unit if requested. We found this system to be very user-friendly and easily navigated our way through all the functions.

Newly designed controls on the centre console have surfacing in highgloss black and, along with the standard leather steering wheel with freshly arranged multifunction buttons, add to the refinement of this luxury sedan. Once out on the roads, the fun really began. The 520i is powered by a fourcylinder, in-line petrol engine that includes mild hybrid technology and an eight-speed Steptronic transmission. It has a capacity of 1998cc and an output of 184hp at 5000 to 6500rpm. It produces 290Nm of torque at 1350 to 4250rpm and can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in a respectable 7.9 seconds. It boasts a top speed of 235km/h and, believe us when we tell you, this car feels fast!

With excellent handling, suspension, and cornering abilities, supported by a superb braking system, we always felt in complete control of the driving experience. With a vast array of driver assistance and safety features, you can relax in the knowledge that the master craftsmen at BMW have done everything possible to ensure the safety of all occupants.

For more information and to book a test drive of your very own, please call Euro Motors on 1775 0750.

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