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The 2014 BMW 520d Touring
- Vital Stats
$90,900 - $122,900
The 2014 BMW 520d Touring wagon is a thing of beauty. A facelift both inside and out has only refined an already covetable vehicle. Sleek sexy lines, a luxurious interior and an amazing array of standard features set the 520d solidly on our luxury car wish list.
Style & Drive
The five-seater BMW 5 Series Tourer comes in two different variants – the six-cylinder 535i petrol wagon, and the four-cylinder 520d diesel wagon. We were lucky enough to slide behind the sport leather steering wheel of the luxurious 520d and promptly fell in love. It’s amazing how your dream car transforms from a convertible to a luxury wagon when you have two little ones to strap in the back!
The 520d Touring wagon has been designed with family in mind. As well as the usual features found in your average luxury automobile – leather electric front seats, reverse parking camera, front and rear parking sensors, automatic two-zone air conditioning, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights – it also has an amazing array of thoughtful extras that constantly remind you that you are driving a wonderful, beautiful vehicle.
BMW has installed luxuries that you never knew you wanted in a car, but will now always crave. There’s a panoramic roof that the kids will love, built-in manual sun shades for both the main and side windows for both rear seats, an automatic split tailgate, and a luggage compartment package that includes an electronic cargo cover, two lashings rails, and a multi-function hook and luggage net that you can rig to stop the dog from jumping out of the boot and on to the kids in the back seats. There’s also an electric adjustable steering wheel that zooms in and out, and up and down at the push of a button. We felt like we were strapped in at mission control!
The interior design is all class with leather accents, clean lines and a BMW Navigation System Professional with a huge 10.2 inch display. The 520d has 12-speaker Hi-Fi audio system with convenience telephony, USB/iPod/AUX connectivity and Bluetooth that at any given time can be paired with two mobile phones and an audio player. The 520d also has internet functionality while stationary through your mobile phone connection.
As with any BMW, there is also a ridiculously long list of optional extras to choose from. The 520d Touring may look like a (very sleek) family wagon but it drives like a precision sports car. The four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine is smooth and powerful. Gear changes are practically seamless, and the steering is tight and responsive. The start-stop engine takes a little while to get used to, but once you’re accustomed to it you can appreciate its excellent fuel-efficiency and it doesn’t distract from the driving experience.
The BMW 5 Series has a five-star ANCAP rating. It features driver and front passenger airbags, head airbags in the front and rear, side airbags for driver and front passenger, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with Anti-lock braking System (ABS), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Brake Assist and Dynamic Traction Control (DTC). The 520d also features an active protection system and active headrests that are triggered in the event of a crash to reduce whiplash. Both rear outboard seats come with easily accessible ISOFIX hooks and there are three child-safety anchor points.
The 520d automatic eight-speed diesel wagon has a fuel consumption of 5.3L/100km and CO2 emission: 139g/km.
535i eight-speed sport automatic six-cylinder petrol wagon: $122,900
520d eight-speed automatic four-cylinder diesel wagon: $90,900
Describe the car in 3 words
Chic, Spacious, Luxe.
What are the best things about this car?
Where do we start? The split tailgate, the electronic adjustable steering wheel, the rear seat sun shades, and the panoramic sunroof are just a few of our favourite features.
And the downsides?
The 520d has almost every feature you could wish for in a luxury wagon, however it is missing one that we love – key-free entry.
What does it run on?
The 5 Series Touring wagon is available in both petrol and diesel models.
Loved it. The 520d is an awesome family car. It’s got a huge boot, and loads of leg room. The seats are ridiculously comfortable, and there are lots of lovely little luxuries for you to enjoy as you drive.
If personified, who would this car be?