As part of a facelift of the big-selling 5-series, BMW is introducing a new ultra-frugal entry-level diesel option to the UK
18 May 2013

BMW has added a new entry-level 518d to its range as part of a host of mid-life changes to the biggest-selling BMW 5 Series ever.

Set to go on sale in the UK in September, the subtly restyled 5 Series features reprofiled bumpers, altered headlight and tail-light graphics, and a new range of alloy wheels among the measures aimed at providing the 5 Series with fresh visual appeal.

The big news on the engine front is the arrival of the 518d. It gets a version of the 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine used in the existing 520d, detuned to produce 141bhp and 266lb ft of torque. BMW puts the 0-62mph time at 9.6sec, combined economy at 62.8mpg and CO2 emissions at 119g/km.

The 181bhp version of the engine used in the 520d has been further improved and now has economy and CO2 emissions to match the 518d’s. As a result, the 520d EfficientDynamics model has been discontinued. The legacy of that car lives on, though, because the 520d ED’s aerodynamic aids are added to the 520d as standard to reduce its drag coefficient to 0.25.

All other engines in the 5 Series line-up are tweaked to meet Euro 6 emissions standards and gain technology such as brake-energy regeneration, stop-start and a fuel-sipping Eco Pro driving mode. A coasting function, which operates under a trailing throttle to disengage the driveline for added fuel savings at speeds between 31mph and 99mph, is also added.

Further driveline choices include a revised petrol-electric hybrid unit in the 5 Series ActiveHybrid, which will continue to be sold in saloon body style only. Topping the line-up is the M5, whose styling receives similarly subtle revisions to those of the standard 5 Series models.

Despite the addition of BMW’s four-wheel-drive xDrive system to many 5 Series models in mainland Europe, no xDrive-equipped 5 Series models are planned for the UK. However, BMW has introduced xDrive to the UK by adding it to the 335d saloon.

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19 May 2013

Looks great, much better than the last one.  Where's the M5 pic?

19 May 2013

Its looking prettier these days, but its still no match for an XF looks wise. Hopefully BMW will have sorted a few of it reliabilty and durability issues out too

19 May 2013

ED mode asphyxiates the car. I would rather take the bus than have a nice new 5 series which was trapped in ED hell. So what if it yields 5 mpg extra, every now and then? If you care about that sort of thing then you shouldn't buy a 5 series in the first place. It is eco-loopiness and runs counter to everything motoring is supposed to be about.

19 May 2013

Norma Smellons wrote:

ED mode asphyxiates the car. I would rather take the bus than have a nice new 5 series which was trapped in ED hell. So what if it yields 5 mpg extra, every now and then? If you care about that sort of thing then you shouldn't buy a 5 series in the first place. It is eco-loopiness and runs counter to everything motoring is supposed to be about.

Totally disagree ... BMW (and others) are to be congratulated for producing executive cars with an "eco heart" and making them a worthwhile consideration ...

19 May 2013

Suzuki QT wrote:

Norma Smellons wrote:

ED mode asphyxiates the car. I would rather take the bus than have a nice new 5 series which was trapped in ED hell. So what if it yields 5 mpg extra, every now and then? If you care about that sort of thing then you shouldn't buy a 5 series in the first place. It is eco-loopiness and runs counter to everything motoring is supposed to be about.

Totally disagree ... BMW (and others) are to be congratulated for producing executive cars with an "eco heart" and making them a worthwhile consideration ...

Totally agree.

19 May 2013

Well as i drive a 520d ed I can tell you first hand  that it definetly doesn't slow the car down in any noticeable way, and I test drove the se and the jag XF before making my selection. And as its a manual there is an argument that says its a better drivers car than the 520d se.

why pick the 520d ed ? Well the ridiculous saving in company car tax exchange for having to change the gears myself seemed a no brainer. What I have to ask though is that presumably the 518d will be an auto now that engine is not going to be powerful enough and you won't save anything over the 520d ed on car tax as the co2 figures are identical. You won't see any of them on the roads, if your a private 5 series buyer you won't settle for the poor performance and fleet drivers will be better raising the spec on the excellent 320ed.

 

 

19 May 2013

In all considered instances, the 5 series still remains the last word in exec. saloon transport! And if you actually choose to own the 535d, you enter a realm where you completely forget about auto reviews.....by default. Its the perfect ride on image, power, handling and comfort.....and still returns an unbelievable 56 mpg. Now they oughtta hurry up with spinning out a RHD 550d......its the oil burning nirvana......it should be a performance exec. Nirvana as it is, if sobriety reigns in the powers that be at autocar i.e......where XF is the be all and end all!!

19 May 2013

It doesn't look any different from before, which is a shame to be honest, as it was (and is) bland and mildly ugly. The even sadder thing is that despite this, it's one of the best looking cars in BMW's hideous range.

19 May 2013

Now will someone tell BMW that we all don't want a Diesel?, i received an E-mail from my local dealer Menzies of Stirling (Scotland)with fantastic reductions, yes, if you like Diesel, they only had one or two petrol,do a national search on BMW own page, and low and behold deisel-itis is riffe,there are hardly any Petrol 5 series,but there are in the 3 series but not at BMW garages, i don't drive far enough to justify Diesel, i don't care how much mpg they can get,i'm a private owner not a business user which BMW seems to be oriented towards,and, why do mags when a new BMW comes around test Diesels?

Peter Cavellini.

19 May 2013

Peter Cavellini wrote:

Now will someone tell BMW that we all don't want a Diesel?, i received an E-mail from my local dealer Menzies of Stirling (Scotland)with fantastic reductions, yes, if you like Diesel, they only had one or two petrol,do a national search on BMW own page, and low and behold deisel-itis is riffe,there are hardly any Petrol 5 series,but there are in the 3 series but not at BMW garages, i don't drive far enough to justify Diesel, i don't care how much mpg they can get,i'm a private owner not a business user which BMW seems to be oriented towards,and, why do mags when a new BMW comes around test Diesels?

I'm constantly frustrated by motoring publications never testing the versions I'd be interested in buying, ie mid or lower range petrol models. And I agree, BMW do seem to be all about diesels these days.

Am I right in thinking that when ED was first introduced by BMW they rolled it out across the range, then more recently they focussed it on particular ED models, now they seem to be rolling it out across the range again?

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