Car reviews - BMW - 5 Series - 520i
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.
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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.
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