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There is very little to dislike about the dynamic BMW 520d Touring

29 Jul 2011

THE thing about the latest BMW 5 Series range is the less you spend, the purer the driving (and comfort) experience seems to be, for the entry-level models lack the high-tech but low-involvement gizmos that often get in the way of tactile pleasure. Case in point is the 520d Touring – a handsome and beautifully presented wagon with the regular chassis tune and enough standard features to please any enthusiast. In fact, at less than $100,000 with a couple of desirable extras such as a sunroof and heated front seats, it even seems like a bit of a bargain, so don’t sign up for that oversized luxo SUV before checking out this not-so-little gem.

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5 Series Touring

Released: May 2005
Ended: August 2010
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THE F11 520d Touring is the first diesel-powered 5 Series wagon sold in Australia, meaning that the previous-generation entry-level Five hauler was the E61 530i Touring. Powered by a sweet revving 190kW/300Nm 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder petrol unit directing torque to the rear wheels via a ZF six-speed automatic gearbox, the classic BMW straight six imbued the firm riding but agile wagon with exceptional driving appeal. After the E39 Touring of the latter ‘90s/early ‘00s, however, the interior lost some of its quality sheen, although there was no arguing how spacious and practical this car was. A facelift and spec upgrade from March 2007 saw a 200kW/315Nm I6 fitted, along with revised front-end styling and improved interior trim.

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