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There is a lot to like about BMW's entry-level 520i, and not just the starting price

13 Jul 2012

BMW has embraced the engine ‘downsizing’ trend, with its acclaimed 2.0-litre TwinPower turbo engine now powering its range-opening 5 Series sedan, the 520i.

While power outputs of 135kW and 270Nm seem modest, the clever eight-speed transmission and a wide torque band afforded by the turbocharger help the 520i punch above its weight.

With a starting price of under $80,000, the car substantially undercuts other petrol 5 Series variants – the better-specified 528i uses a higher-tuned version of the same engine – and such is its level of competency that it should prove hard to look past for prospective buyers.
Model release date: 1 February 2012 to 1 September 2013

Previous model

E60 523i

Released: June 2007
Ended: May 2010
Family Tree: 5 Series

EMPHASISING the recent shift to smaller capacity, turbocharged engines for greater efficiency as well as performance, the entry-level petrol version of the previous 5 Series, the 523i, was powered by a 2.5-litre straight-six with 140kW and 230Nm of torque.

The base variant, priced from $84,900, joined the angular E60 5 Series range in Australia as part of a mid-life facelift in the middle of 2007.

Six months after the arrival of the 523i came an even cheaper 520d entry-level diesel variant, powered by a 125kW/340Nm oil-burning unit from the 1 Series, 3 Series and X3 SUV, and priced from $79,900.

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