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BMW 5 Series Touring

The new BMW 5 Series Saloon is here now, so next it’s the turn of the Touring model which will be here in September, and the 520d version returns 54.3mpg with CO2 emissions of 137g/km.

Initially available in four derivatives, the new BMW 5 Series Touring offers a choice of two petrol cars, the 523i and 535i, and two diesel models, the 520d and 530d.

The 520d Touring is expected to be the biggest seller in the UK. Its 1,995cc four cylinder diesel engine features the latest generation common-rail direct injection and a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry which increases power to 184hp at 4,000rpm and torque of 380 Nm from 1,900 rpm. It accelerates from zero to 62mph in 8.3 seconds and onto a top speed of 138mph.

The straight-six turbocharged engine of the 530d Touring comes with increased power of 245hp at 4,000rpm and with a peak torque of 540Nm from 1,750rpm. With the introduction of upgraded piezo-injectors, the 530d emits 165g/km (with automatic transmission), while averaging a combined consumption figure of 44.8mpg. It can also accelerate from zero to 62mph in just 6.4 seconds and up to an electronically-limited top speed of 155mph.

There are also two straight-six petrol engines – the 523i and the 535i. The 535i is the first engine to combine a single turbocharged engine with High Precision Direct Injection and VALVETRONIC. Fuel consumption is some way short of the diesel at 33.2mpg with CO2 emissions of 197g/km (with automatic transmission).

The naturally-aspirated 523i Touring has CO2 emissions of 183g/km and a combined consumption of 36.2mpg.

The BMW 520d Touring is the first 5 Series to come with Auto Start-Stop, reducing the engine idle period when coming to a short stop. All manual gearbox models come with an Optimum gearshift indicator to help drivers decide when to change gear to optimise the car’s efficiency.

Other EfficientDynamics technologies include Brake Energy Regeneration, Active Aerodynamics, low rolling resistance tyres, Electric Power Steering and lightweight engineering throughout the vehicle. High-precision direct fuel injection is also fitted on both petrol models.

All 5 Series Touring models come as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox which has been optimised compared to previous transmissions for greater efficiency. BMW’s new eight-speed automatic transmission is an option, or buyers can an eight-speed Sport automatic transmission with steering wheel mounted paddles.

It comes with almost 50:50 weight distribution, and self-levelling air suspension at the rear. The boot capacity is 560 litres, 60 more than the outgoing model, and 1,670 litres with all rear seats folded.

The new 5 Series Touring goes on sale on 18 September 2010.

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