You would wonder how BMW could improve on the already highly accomplished BMW 5 Series? Well they have done just this, with the introduction of the 520d ED model. This Efficient Dynamics (ED) 5 Series variant offers all the style and refinement of the regular models but with the distinct advantage of rewarding its owners with lower fuel consumption and lower emissions. With just 199g/km of CO2 emissions it’s seated in tax band A, with €160 annual road tax. On a combined run it will return an impressive 4.5l/100km (62.8mpg). As standard the 520d comes equipped with Active Aerodynamics, Brake Energy Regeneration, Auto Start-Stop and Optimum Gearshift Indicator. The Efficient Dynamics variant is fitted with a longer final drive ratio which lowers the engine’s revs at speed, whilst it runs on low rolling resistance tyres fitted to streamline alloys. Despite the addition of these fuel-saving measures, the 2.0-litre diesel engine produces the same 184hp and 380Nm of torque as its 520d sibling. The six-speed manual gearbox aids the fuel consumption, although it’s the sole choice which may deter some motorists who prefer an automatic transmission.
The driving experience is almost identical to the regular 520d apart from the addition of an eco-meter to optimise economical driving. If you select ECO-PRO mode the throttle sensitivity, engine mapping and gearshift points are altered to maximise fuel consumption. The 520d boasts an excellent chassis with class-leading handling, inspiring confidence on all roads. The fit and finish to the cabin is top-notch, something we’ve become accustomed to from BMW. The BMW 520d ED model will appeal to fleet car buyers and individuals alike, it offers refinement and low running costs in one complete package, coupled with a respectable starting price of €42,880.[table “80” not found /]