The crucial thing to consider when comparing our Road Test of the BMW 530d with any review you have previously seen in our mag or any other (and that includes the CAR group test), is that here we are testing the standard car.
As with the 5-Series GT it is possible to spec the Five up with a variety of electronic systems (dampers, anti-roll bars and steering) and with these fitted it is a very different car.
Every car on the international launch had all of these systems fitted. The RHD 530d tested here has none. In the magazine version of this road test we try an active car back-to-back with the passive car, and recommend which systems are worth going for.
Unfortunately the online format doesn’t give us such flexibility, but in short – go for the dampers, avoid the steering, and the roll-bars are a matter of preference.
Hope this clears things up.