November 19, 2015: BMW has issued a recall of its 5-Series sedan. Though the issue does not hamper with the drivability of the car in any way but is regarding the child seat anchor system. As of now, the recall is issued in North America for about 7,162 units including 528i, 535d, 535i, 550i, and M5. In India, only the BMW 530d and M5 models are available however no communication has been made indicating a fault in these models here.
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|Variants||Fuel Type||Transmission||Engine Description||Mileage||Power|
|520d Prestige Plus||Diesel||Automatic||1995cc
||14.1||18.12||190bhp @ 4000rpm|
|520d Luxury Line||Automatic||1995cc
||14.1||18.12||190bhp @ 4000rpm|
|530d M Sport||Automatic||2993cc
||13.1||14.69||258bhp @ 4000rpm|
This company in India is a fully owned subsidiary of the German luxury car maker. In India BMW 5 Series is being sold in two diesel engine options with Prestige Plus, Luxury Line and M Sport trims. Its 2.0-litre motor comes with the displacement capacity of 1995cc. It has the capacity of generating a maximum output of 190bhp along with a commanding torque output of 400Nm. While its M Sport is fitted with a dynamic 3.0 litre, 6-cylinder mill that has a displacement capacity of 2993cc. The power generated by it is 258bhp and yields the torque output of 560Nm, which is rather impressive for Indian road conditions. Both these are mated with an 8-speed steptronic sport automatic transmission gear box that enables easier gear shifts. It is blessed with a reliable braking system, which the efficient suspension mechanism gives a comfortable driving experience. One of the most important feature in this model series is the presence of BMW Secure Advance Package is one of its key aspects that covers tyres, alloy wheels, key lock out assistance, interior protection cover as well as 24x7 road side assistance as standard. Some of these include ambient lighting, well cushioned seats, roller sun blinds for windows, air conditioning unit and the advanced BMW ConnectedDrive that offers best in-car entertainment to its passengers. In terms of comfort, this is packed with some innovative aspects like electrically adjustable front seats, automatic anti-dazzle interior mirrors, gear shift paddles, cruise control function, rear view camera and many other that add to the comfort level. The cockpit includes a smooth dashboard that is fitted with a few equipments like an instrument cluster and a sporty leather steering wheel. In addition to these, it includes some utility based leemnts as well as storage spaces. Some of these comprise of cup holders, sun visors at front, floor mats in velour and more. On the safety front, it is blessed with an improved head airbag, anti-lock braking system, electronic immobilization and crash sensors, tyre pressure indicator and a few others, which makes it one of the safest vehicles available in the country. It is presently offered in several vibrant body paints for the customers to choose from. This sedan has an excellent body design and comes equipped with some remarkable exterior aspects. The frontage includes a trendy headlight cluster with LED headlights, while the bold kidney bean shaped grille gets chrome treatment. The side profile has a set of 18 inch light alloy wheels as well as door handles. Coming to its rear end, it has a radiant tail light cluster along with a wide bumper, a large windscreen with defogger and so on. This is competing against the likes of Volvo S60, Audi A6, Mercedes Benz CLA Class and a few others in this segment. For attracting the buyers, it is offered with twelve years warranty for the body work and 3-years for the paint work.
To begin with the front facade, it has the signature kidney bean shaped radiator grille that is treated with a lot of chrome. There is a large slanting bonnet, which has a couple of character lines and it is embossed with a prominent insignia on the tip. This grille is flanked by a trendy headlight cluster that is incorporated with adaptive LED headlamps with auto high beam assistance. It sports an LED day time running lights. Below this grille, it has a body colored bumper that houses a wide air intake section for cooling the engine. It is further flanked by a couple of bright LED fog lamps that has chrome surround. The windscreen is quite large and equipped with a pair of rain sensing intermittent wipers. Body colored outside rear view mirrors with anti-dazzle and heating function can be seen to its sides. It has body colored door handles, while the door sills are garnished in chrome. The neatly carved wheel arches with an elegant set of 18 inch light alloy wheels give further style. These rims are covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres for superior grip on any road conditions. The car maker has patterned its rear end attractively with some notable elements. These include a radiant tail light cluster and there is an expressive boot lid that has the company's badge neatly engraved on it. Its body colored bumper is embossed with a couple of reflectors. It has a large windscreen that has a defogger along with wash and wipe function.
This layout consists of an overall length of 4907mm along with a decent width of 2102mm, which includes outside rear view mirrors. It comes with a total height of 1462mm, while its minimum ground clearance is of 158mm. It has a front tread of 1600mm, whereas the rear tread comes to 1626mm. It has a large wheelbase of about 2968mm that indicates to a roomy cabin.
It has a huge cabin space with a comfortable seating for five people. It offers ample leg as well as shoulder space to its occupants, which makes them feel more comfortable. There are high quality materials used inside the cabin, which makes it attractive. The seats are well cushioned and are covered with leather upholstery that gives the occupants a plush feel. It has electrically adjustable front seats along with lumbar support and memory function. The neatly carved dashboard is integrated with a stylish instrument cluster, sleek center console that is fitted with an infotainment system, chrome accentuated AC vents and so on. It also has a steering wheel that is wrapped with leather and mounted with a few control switches mounted on it. There is a multifunctional instrument display, which offers an impressive visual presentation. It also displays the three different modes, which are Comfort, ECO PRO and Sport mode along with their specific features. The glass sunroof as well as sun blinds on rear side windows are available as standard and it is an advanced feature. The ambient light with selectable mood lights and fine wood finishing on the dashboard contributes to the classiness. It has a sliding front armrest with storage compartment, while the inside mirrors come with automatic anti-dazzle function. Apart from these, it includes a 25.9cm color display, which is incorporated with an advanced professional navigation along with iDrive. Rest of the utility aspects comprise of a rear center armrest with cup holders and storage space, electric steering column, smokers package, map pockets in all doors, front seat back pockets, boot compartment lamps and a many more.
It includes an automatic air conditioning unit that cools the cabin, while creating a pleasant ambiance. The high end has BMW head-up display with a multi-color TFT screen that displays current road speed and navigation instructions. One of the most important feature of this sports utility vehicle is BMW ConnectDrive with BMW apps, Bluetooth with handsfree and USB interface, extended Bluetooth with audio streaming, voice control, office functions and contact photo display. It also supports HiFi loudspeaker with eight speaker that enhances the ambiance of its cabin. Then it also has an iDrive with 22.3cm touchscreen display, which supports DVD player, integrated hard drive for maps and audio files. It also has rear seat entertainment professional with two 23.4 cm screen and remote control. The front seats are electrically adjustable and these have lumbar support as well as memory function. It has a multifunctional instrument display with 26cm screen with an impressive visual presentation. It has a rear center armrest with two cup holders, inside rear view mirror with automatic anti-dazzling function, storage compartment package and push button engine start and stop function. The company has given it an automatic cruise control function, which helps in maintaining a steady speed on the highways as set by the driver. It is also equipped with adjustable steering column, all four power windows with one touch operation, electrically adjustable outside mirrors featuring anti dazzling function along with memory and automatic headlamps.
Cabin can take in five passengers with ease. It offers ample leg room to its occupants, while the head and shoulder space is also quite sufficient. It comes with a spacious luggage compartment, which is good enough for storing a lot of stuff. This space can be further increased by folding the rear seat. It has a large fuel tank of 70 litres, which is rather good for planning longer journeys.
This sedan line-up is cleverly mated with an advanced 8-speed steptronic sport automatic transmission gear box. It allows the 3.0-litre to achieve a top speed of around 250 Kmph. It can cross the speed mark of 100 Kmph in close to 5.8 seconds, which is rather incredible for the occupants sitting inside. Whereas, the other drive-train enables to break the speed barrier of 100 Kmph in around 7.1 seconds from a standstill. At the same time, it can attain a top speed of about 230 Kmph.
As said above, this lineup is available in two diesel engine options for the buyers to choose from. Its Prestige Plus and Luxury Line variant is equipped with a 2.0-litre, twin power turbo diesel engine, which comes with a displacement capacity of 1995cc. Its in-line mill is integrated with four cylinders and sixteen valves using double overhead camshaft based valve configuration. It is integrated with common rail based direct injection and a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry, which helps in delivering great performance. It has the ability to generate a maximum yield of 190bhp at 4000rpm in combination with a peak torque of 400Nm between 1750 to 2500rpm. It is mated with an 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission gear box, which distributes the output to its front wheels. The top end 3.0-litre, 6-cylinder based oil-burner, which comes with a displacement capacity of 2993cc. It can generate 258bhp of massive power at 4000rpm in combination with a commanding torque output of 540Nm between 1500 to 3000rpm that is rather incredible. This motor is also mated with the same an eight speed Steptronic Sport automatic transmission gear box, which allows the sedan to deliver decent acceleration and mileage as well.
Both the motors are incorporated with an advanced fuel supply system, which allows the sedan to deliver a decent fuel economy. Its 2.0-litre 520d is capable of returning a peak mileage of about 18.12 Kmpl on the highways, which comes down to around 15 Kmpl within the city traffic conditions. Whereas, its commanding 3.0-litre mill has the ability of giving a fuel economy of 14.69 Kmpl on expressways and in the city limits, it returns a mileage of close to 11 Kmpl.
The 520d oil-burner generates 190bhp output at 4000rpm and yields a peak torque output of 380Nm in the range of 1750 to 2750rpm. Its top end 530d M Sport is fitted with a 3.0-litre mill that has the ability to yield of 258bhp at 4000rpm in combination with a peak torque output of 560Nm that ranges between 1500 to 3000rpm.
It contains an advanced infotainment system, which enhances the ambiance of its cabin. It has a USB port and Bluetooth connectivity, which helps in connecting smartphones and streaming of music in control display. The BMW Live provides valuable web based mobility service. Then the Harman Kardon surround sound comes with a 600 watt digital amplifier, vehicle specific equalizing, 16-speakers and DIRAC signal. The top end also gets a DVD player, which allows the passengers to view or listen to data formats like JPEG and MP3. All the variants are equipped with iDrive touch controller with 16.5 cm touchscreen display, which supports direct menu control buttons and CD drive. While top end gets 25.9cm color display and comes with handwriting recognition function. The Sport trim is blessed with an advanced navigation, a rear view camera, leather seats, rear seat entertainment and owners can also customize the car with several accessories like an aerodynamic package with front and rear aprons along with side skirts, roof spoiler and stylish alloy wheels. The buyers can decorate the interiors with a chrome package, titanium or fine wood trim, luxurious leather or cloth upholstery, comfort orientated or ventilated seats and even active seats for relaxation.
This has an advanced braking mechanism that functions in a very effective manner. All its wheels are affixed with disc brakes that ensure precise braking. An anti lock braking system reduces the risk of skidding and improves the stability of this vehicle in sudden braking conditions. The company has incorporated cornering brake control, electronic parking brake with auto hold function, advanced traction control programs including dynamic stability control. The front and rear axles are assembled with self leveling air suspension mechanism, which is further assisted by dynamic damper control with infinite and independent damping function. It also has rough road suspension package that reduces the impact of jerk on any road conditions. It is given a speed sensitive power steering with Servotronic steering assist function that is quite responsive. This tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel offers superior response for making the handling simpler even on peak traffic conditions.
It has an active protection, which includes attentiveness assist, which enhances the safety in case of critical situation. Dual front airbags along with head and side airbags are an effective protection in the event of any collision. The cabin has an advanced electronic immobilizer along with crash sensors, which safeguards it from any unauthorized entry. Its rigid body structure has side and front impact protection beams, which enhances safety of the occupants sitting inside. It has runflat tyres with reinforced side walls along with runflat indicator that warns the driver with a light when there is a slight drop in tyre pressure. It is also equipped with anti lock braking along with emergency brake assist function. It also has cornering brake control, which enhances the stability in sharp curves. For enhancing the suspension mechanism, it is decked with a dynamic stability control, which constantly monitors the driving status, modifies directional stability and traction by brake management system. Apart from these, this sedan is bestowed with emergency spare wheel, passive pedestrian protection, electric parking brake with auto hold function, company's condition based service (intelligent maintenance system) and much more.
The neatly carved wheel arches of its Luxury Line are fitted with a classy set of 18-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels. These rims are further covered with 245/45 R18 sized tubeless radial tyres. The Modern Line also gets the same size of turbine styling alloy wheels, which are fitted with similar sized tyres. The top end (Sport) has an elegant set of M Double spoke style 18-inch alloy wheels. Its front rims are covered with 245/45 R18 sized radials, while rear gets tubeless radial tyres of size 275/40 R18.
1. Good performance with decent acceleration and pick up.
2. Asserting interior layout with innovative comfort section.
3. Eye catching exteriors with high gloss package.
4. Rough road suspension package is given as standard feature.
5. Advanced safety aspects are at par with other contenders.
1. Lower ground clearance makes it difficult on uneven road.
2. Spare parts and maintenance cost is quite high.
3. Rear view camera is not available in entry level trim.
4. Fuel economy is not up to the mark.
5. Presence of navigation in only Sport trim.
|520d Prestige Plus |
|520d Luxury Line |
|530d M Sport |
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