RAC Cars News


BMW 5 Series Goes Frugal

By raccars Published

Details are emerging of BMW's stalwart 5 Series makeover, which is due to hit forecourts in September this year. The company is expecting a new, extremely economical 518d to be a popular entry-level option for UK buyers.

The current 5 Series has been BMW's most successful yet, with more than 300,000 units sold in 2012, but mid-life refreshments are due. Along with a smoother front end thanks to redesigned bumpers, new headlamp and taillight graphics and updated alloys will be new focus on fuel economy to the already frugal range, to move with the times. Wing mirrors will now feature integrated indicator repeaters and there will be extra chrome detailing to the front and back. Drivers can also expect BMW's new iDrive Touch infotainment system, with a touchpad data entry interface, 4G hotpot functionality and voice recognition.

The new, entry-level BMW 518d uses a detuned version of the 520d's 2.0 litre turbo diesel unit, which is expected to return 141bhp for a 0-62mph speed of 9.6 seconds. Combined fuel economy should hit 62.8mpg and CO2 emissions will be 119g/km.

The original 520d has also been given a tune up, so that its 181bhp give the same economy and CO2 figures as the 518d, making the 520d EfficientDynamics edition obsolete. The 520d will now feature as standard the ED version's aerodynamic aids, to achieve a lower drag co-efficient of 0.25. The rest of the engines in the 5 Series line up have been re-engineered to comply with Euro6 emissions regulations and have been treated to various other improvements, such as regenerative braking, stop/start ignition technology and very green Eco Pro pre-set driving mode. There is also a coasting driving programme, using a trailing throttle to halt the driveline, conserving fuel when driving between 31-99mph.

Other changes have been made to the 5 Series ActiveHybrid petrol-electric model, with an updated powertrain which will be restricted to the saloon body style from September. The range-topping M5 has received careful updates in line with the rest of the series, as have the GT and Touring . While many mainland European 5 Series have received the brand's four-wheel drive xDrive system, the same is unlikely to be introduced to UK 5 Series models, despite its addition to the 335d saloon.

Prices for the revised 5 Series will start at around £30,000. Apart from the updates mentioned above, 2013 also sees BMW applying a facelift to its sporty Z4, releasing a 3 Series GT model and an M6 Gran Coupe for summer. New showroom arrivals for later in the year include the X5, 4 Series and i3.

Looking to Buy?
Search for cars