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CAPE TOWN - The new BMW 530d has the odds stacked against it in the current market place. Firstly, sedans are not exactly the flavour of the month as proven by the hordes of SUVs on our roads. Secondly, the 5 Series range now starts at R770 956 (for the 520d) and this specific model surpassed the R1-million mark with its options fitted, which is plenty of money for a mid-model-range executive saloon. Lastly, “Dieselgate” has done the international reputation of oil-burners no favours.

However, do not let the listed concerns prompt you to cancel your order; it is a brilliant vehicle.

That engine

Turbodiesel engines are known for a good performance-to-fuel-consumption ratio. In the 530d, the six-cylinder, 3,0-litre mill delivers 195 kW but, even more impressively, 620 N.m. It is this latter figure that lends the vehicle an elastic, mid-range acceleration capability that the 540i (3,0-litre turbo petrol with 250 kW and 450 N.m) we had on test a week earlier simply cannot match. The instant response to throttle inputs in town reminds of a high-power electric powertrain pushing the vehicle along. In this case, though, a meaty growl from the engine department is pleasant to the ear.

On our test strip, the powertrain connected to the slick eight-speed torque converter transmission matched the impressive 0-100 km/h claim from BMW of 5,7 seconds. The fuel consumption claim of 5,1 L/100 km is slightly optimistic, but our fuel route figure of 6,5 L/100 km is still mighty impressive given the performance potential on offer.

The only criticisms against the 530d engine compared to that of the petrol unit in the 540i are the slightly less refined nature and reduced peak performance. The steering wheel vibrates slightly at idle (if the stop-start function does not kick in) and the turbodiesel runs ever so slightly out of puff towards redline in each gear. This is all relative, though, as it still packs enough punch to attempt three-trucks-at-once overtaking manoeuvres…

Ride and handling

The advantage of piloting a sedan compared to an SUV is immediately apparent when the road starts to snake. The low centre of gravity and planted feel of the 530d allows the driver to confidently turn the vehicle into a bend and enjoy the building of lateral force while the vehicle stays in complete control. Yes, the 5 Series may not be as nimble as its more popular smaller brother, but it thrives on long, sweeping bends at high speed.

Sport mode enhances the response of the powertrain further while the dynamic traction control option (one press of the traction control button) elicits a few chirps from the Michelin rubber during enthusiastic driving. Switching off the traction control can result in anti-social behaviour (i.e tail-slides) not in tune with the elegant persona of this vehicle.

Our test unit was sans the adaptive damper option (fitted to the 540i unit) and it is clear that a slight compromise was made in terms of ultimate ride comfort. The standard suspension (in combination with the 19-inch wheels) results in a slightly firmer ride in Comfort mode than expected, especially when a ridge in the road surface is encountered. This was obviously done to enhance the cornering prowess, but we would suggest ticking the adaptive suspension option to get the best of both worlds.

Styling

It is clear that BMW has evolved the previous styling rather than risking upsetting potential buyers in an slightly conservative segment of the market. The company has mostly succeeded and it is a good looking car in the flesh, but only keen eyes will spot that it is indeed the new 5.

Inside, the cabin mimics the technologically advanced setup of the 7 Series and it can feel intimidating at first as controlling the infotainment system can be done by various means. This includes the traditional iDrive controller, touchscreen, voice control and also gesture control, with the latter involving hand gestures above the centre console. Best is to use the function you are most comfortable with.

There is no denying that the materials, fit-and-finish and layout speak of craftsmanship of the highest order, but somehow the interior lacks that X-factor offered for example by Mercedes-Benz.

Practicality

With a increase of 36 mm in length, the 5 Series offers impressive rear legroom (700 mm) and the boot swallows 392 L, according to our measurements. That means there shouldn't be an issue fitting the holiday luggage of a family. In some sense, it makes one wonder whether the 7 Series is superfluous...

Summary

Although most potential buyers will probably opt for a luxury SUV, the few that decide on the 530d have made the right decision. It offers almost the space of a 7 Series, is frugal beyond reproach and provides true dynamic driving enjoyment. The fact that it costs a bar in this form will add to its exclusivity ... and ensure access to priority parking at high-end hotels.

2018 BMW 5 Series 530d for sale

R595,000
Ref No: 1851573

Manufacturer Specifications

Standard - standard Optional - optional
  • Leather upholstery: Standard
  • Seats quantity: 5
  • Split rear seat: Standard
  • Folding rear seat: Standard
  • Air conditioning: Standard
  • Climate control automatic air conditioning: Standard
  • Cup bottle holders: front + rear
  • Lumbar support adjustment: opt front electric
  • Front armrests: Standard
  • Antilock braking system (ABS): Standard
  • Electronic brake distribution (EBD): Standard
  • Brake assist (BAS/EBA): Standard
  • Traction control: Standard
  • Stability control: Standard
  • Run flat tyres: Standard
  • Tyre pressure sensor monitor deflation detection system: Standard
  • Driver airbag: Standard
  • Front passenger airbag: Standard
  • Front side airbags: Standard
  • Curtain airbags: Standard
  • Airbag quantity: 6
  • Lane departure warning: opt lane keeping
  • Lane change blindspot warning assist monitor: Optional
  • Automatic drive away locking: Standard
  • ISOFIX child seat mountings: outer rear
  • Approach home safe lighting time delay park headlights: Standard
  • Directional turning headlights: opt LED
  • Adaptive headlights varying light distribution: opt / opt LED
  • Emergency brake hazardlights: dynamic flashing brake lights + hazards
  • Start stop button: Standard
  • Engine auto Stop Start idle stop ecostop: Standard
  • Alloy wheelsrims: Standard
  • Sports suspension: Optional
  • Electronically adjustable suspension: opt adaptive
  • Power steering: Standard
  • Multifunction steering wheel controls: Standard
  • Head up display: Optional
  • Night vision: Optional
  • On board computer multi information display: Standard
  • Navigation: Standard
  • Cruise control: std incl brake function (opt adaptive)
  • Active adaptive cruise control: Optional
  • Bluetooth connectivity: Standard
  • Voice control: Standard
  • CD player: Standard
  • TV television: Optional
  • Aux in auxiliary input: Standard
  • USB port: Standard
  • Powersocket 12V: front + boot
  • Central locking: remote (opt keyless)
  • Remote central locking: Standard
  • Key less access start hands free key: keyless start (opt access)
  • Electric windows: Standard
  • Rain sensor auto wipers: Standard
  • Auto dim interior mirror: Standard
  • Electric adjust mirrors: Standard
  • Heated exterior mirrors: Standard
  • Auto dimexterior mirrors: driver
  • Sun roof: Optional
  • Electric seat adjustment: front
  • Memory for electric seat adjustment: driver
  • Daytime driving running lights: LED
  • Light sensor auto on off lights: Standard
  • Xenon headlights: LED
  • Highbeam assist: Optional
  • Frontfog lamps lights: LED
  • Highlevel 3rd brakelight: Standard
  • Rear fog lamps lights: Standard
  • Park distance control PDC: front + rear + rear camera (opt park assist / opt surround view / opt remote parking)
  • Camera for park distance control: rear
  • Towbar trailer hitch: opt electric
  • Metallic pearl escent paint: Optional
  • Fuel Type: diesel
  • Fuel range average: 1294 km
  • Driven wheels: rear
  • Driven wheels quantity: 2
  • Gearratios quantity: 8
  • Gearshift: automatic
  • Transmission type: automatic
  • Transmission name: Sport Steptronic
  • Gear shift paddles: Standard
  • Electromechanical parking brake: Standard
  • Front tyres: 245/45 R18 (opt 245/40 R19 / opt 245/35 R20)
  • Reartyres: 245/45 R18 (opt 275/35 R19 / opt 275/30 R20)
  • Length: 4936 mm
  • Width excl mirrors incl mirrors: 1868-2126 mm
  • Height: 1479 mm
  • Wheel base: 2975 mm
  • Ground clearance minimum maximum: 144 mm
  • Turning circle wheels body: 12 m
  • Load volume / capacity: 530 L
  • Load volume / capacity: 530 L
  • Unladen/tare/kerb weight: 1640 kg
  • Load carrying capacity / payload: 705
  • Gross weight (GVM): 2345 kg
  • Towing capacity - unbraked: 750
  • Towing capacity - braked: 2000
  • Fuel tank capacity (incl reserve): 66l
  • Fuel consumption urban: 5.8 l/100km
  • Fuel consumption extra urban: 4.7 l/100km
  • Fuel consumption average: 5.1 l/100km
  • CO2 emissions average: 134g/km
  • Emission control phase Euro EU level: EU 3
  • Power maximum: 195 kW
  • Power maximum total: 195 kW
  • Power peak revs: 4000 r/min
  • Power to weight ratio: 106 kW/ton
  • Torque maximum: 620 Nm
  • Torque peak revs: 2000-2500 r/min
  • Torque maximum total: 620 Nm
  • Torque to weight ratio: 378 Nm/ton
  • Acceleration 0-100 kmh: 5.7s
  • Maximum top speed: 250 km/h
  • Engine position/ location: front
  • Engine capacity: 2993 cc
  • Engine size: 3.0l
  • enginedetailshort: 3.0TD
  • Engine + detail: 3.0 turbo diesel
  • Cylinder layout: inline
  • Cylinders: 6
  • Cylinder layout + quantity: i6
  • Cam: dohc
  • Valves per cylinder: 4
  • Valves quantity: 24
  • Turbocharger: Standard
  • Warranty time (years): 2
  • Warranty distance (km): unlimited km
  • Maintenance plan: Standard
  • Maintenance plan time (years): 5
  • Maintenance plan distance (km): 100000 km
  • Service interval indicator: Standard
  • Service interval (distance): service interval indicator km
  • Brand: BMW
  • Status: c
  • Segment: passenger car
  • MMcode: 05052282
  • MMVariant: 530d A/T (G30)
  • MMintrodat: 2017-01-01
  • Introdate: 2019/04/01
  • DuoportarecordID: BMW5Ser7s29

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