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Autocar: BMW 535d M-Sport review

5-series | December 9th, 2010 by 1
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Autocar UK publishes a review of the 2011 BMW 535d with M Sport package. The BMW 535d is powered by the straight six-cylinder engine featuring …

Autocar UK publishes a review of the 2011 BMW 535d with M Sport package. The BMW 535d is powered by the straight six-cylinder engine featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo technology producing 245 295hp and 398 lb-ft (600Nm) of torque.

BMW 535d has a fuel consumption of 6.1liters per 100km and emitting 162g/km of C02.

Here is an excerpt from their review:

What’s it like?

Although retaining two turbochargers, the 35d engine has been comprehensively re-engineered and now produces 295bhp and 442lb ft of torque. Much as before, the car is available only with an automatic transmission, but the ‘box now has eight speeds. The performance for a diesel saloon car is extraordinary; if anything, the claimed 0-62mph time of 5.7sec undersells the real-world, on-demand response.

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Perhaps of more relevance, though, is that this new 535d is significantly more refined than the previous model, which could occasionally feel and sound slightly coarse. Why exactly is difficult to pinpoint; it could be the new engine and gearbox or simply because the F10 employs more sound deadening than its predecessor.
The biggest question, though, is whether you actually need the extra performance, given that the 530d is now such a competent and potent motor. For those deciding that the half-a-second gain in the 0-62mph time is worth the extra £3425, the consolation is that the 535d matches the 530d’s claimed economy figures and produces just 2g/km more CO2.

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Should I buy one?

With BMW offering such a broad spectrum of optional technology, selecting the optimal 5-series specification was already difficult, which the arrival of M Sport has now only made more complex. What’s clear, though, is that a 535d M Sport with all the toys is an excellent executive all-rounder, if an expensive one. But it also poses yet more questions – mainly about the passive M Sport set-up. Watch this space.

Full review

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