2017 BMW 530d Review

2017 BMW 5 Series Road Test and Review…

It’s been fantastic to be able to cover the Australian arrival of the all-new BMW 5 Series over the past seven months.

Now, after sampling the model at its Australian launch in March, the opportunity presented to spend a week living with the new 5 Series in the real world.

And again I came away generally very pleased with the finished product.

The 2017 BMW 5 Series range is offered with a choice of four different engines, four-cylinder petrol and diesel, and six-cylinder petrol and diesel.

When I chatted with BMW Australia head of product and market planning Shawn Ticehurst at the launch (catch that here), he told me he was expecting big demand for the six-cylinder diesel - the BMW 530d.

And that is exactly the car that I’ve just spent a week with.

Priced from $119,900, the 530d’s biggest positive is the silky smooth diesel engine.

Producing a hefty 195kW (that’s a lot of power for a diesel!) and a meaty 620Nm of torque, the BMW 530d will propel you to 100km/h in just 5.7 seconds.

I took the car on a long freeway drive and this is where the big BMW sedan is really in its element, it just ticks over effortlessly and is never stressed.

Fuel economy, as you would expect from a diesel, is excellent too - I averaged 7.5L/100km in my week of mostly city driving.

The only downside with the drive experience is the effects of the low profile tyres.

My car had the optional 20″ wheels with ultra-low profile rubber and while the BMW suspension tries its best to soften the blows, on Sydney’s poor road surfaces you could feel more imperfections than you might want/expect.

Perhaps the standard 19″ wheels with slightly higher side wall tyres would be a wiser choice if ride is an important element for you.

Gesture control, electric boot lid, a function that allows you take your hands off the steering wheel for brief moments, an amazing seat massage function and the always impressive iDrive system are the icing on the cake.

While, as I found on the launch, I felt a little uncomfortable again because of the rather imposing transmission tunnel that tends to take up a lot of real estate for your left foot.

And again, the accelerator pedal (for my size 12 shoes) is perhaps a touch too close to the foot-well wall on the right-hand side.

As we’ve been reporting in recent times, the new BMW 5 Series has recorded strong crash test results.

Summing it up; if a luxury sedan is in on your shopping list then you really can’t do much better than the new 5 Series.

The six-cylinder diesel gives the BMW 5 Series a better overall feel than the four-cylinder diesel alternative and if you don’t mind paying the extra it would, in my opinion, be the one to go for.

NUTS and BOLTS - 2017 BMW 530d

Engine: 3.0 litre six-cylinder turbo-diesel producing 195kW/620Nm

Transmission: Eight-speed automatic

Safety: Five stars (520d)

Warranty: Three years

Origin: Germany

Price: from $119,900




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