Europeans love diesels and despite recent turmoils in the automotive industry, the demand for diesel-powered cars remains high. So it comes as no surprise that BMW has decided to retain its 5 Series diesel lineup for the new G30/G31 family, delivering new and highly efficient bangers. One of those is the 2017 BMW 520d SE Efficient Dynamics model which was launched in England last week.
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Under the bonnet of the BMW 520d SE EfficientDynamics model lies the most efficient incarnation of the 190hp 2.0 liter four-cylinder diesel unit at 4,000 rpm, which helps the saloon to achieve a fuel consumption of 72.4mpg (3.9 liter per 100 km), meaning CO2 emissions of 102g/km. The torque level stops at 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) starting at 1,750 rpm.
Despite being extremely efficient, the 520d SE is quite fast in the standard sprint. From 0 to 100 km/h (62mph), the G30 520d SE EfficientDynamics model only needs 7.5 seconds.
The engine is matted to the ZF eight-speed automatic transmission.
Besides the fuel-efficient power units, various other efficiency-enhancing details have been included. For example, there’s the ECO Pro mode with Proactive Driving Assistant, which can be activated with the Drive Performance Control switch. It is interlinked with the Professional Navigation system, enabling it to detect braking situations in advance – such as when entering built-up areas, speed limit zones, corners and filter lanes – and prepare the drive system accordingly. Intelligently controlled energy and climate management accompany these measures, with the Active Air Stream Kidney Grille system in the new BMW 5 Series Saloon allowing even more variable control of the cooling air for the engine, brakes and air conditioning to suit the situation.
Prices for the new 5 Series in the UK start at £36,025 for the 520d SE.