New BMW 5 Series UK pricing revealed
BMW UK has released pricing and spec details for the new 5 Series that will be hitting showrooms in February next year. At first glance the main news is that the G30 generation car is noticeably more expensive than the outgoing F10 even before you bring specification levels into focus.
Four different engines will be available when the car goes on sale – 520d, 530d, 530i and 540i – and these will be available in a variety of two- and four-wheel drive guises. Unlike other markets the UK will only have two trim levels – SE and M Sport. Luxury spec has been canned for the simple reason that hardly anyone spec’d it on the F10!
The two diesel models will be available as SE and M Sports with or without xDrive while the 530i will only feature rear-wheel drive in the two trim levels. The (for now) range topping 540i will only be offered as an xDrive model in both SE and M Sport trim. Full pricing can be seen in the table below, but if we look at the two diesel models (where a proper like-for-like comparison can be made) then the new 520d SE is £3,410 more expensive than the F10 and the new 530d M Sport is £2,715 dearer than the outgoing equivalent.
In terms of spec, all UK models will be equipped with the eight-speed automatic transmission so for the first time in the UK the 5 Series will no longer be available with a manual ‘box. Given the auto with paddleshift on a F10 520d was a £1,685 option this goes some way towards explaining the price difference between the new and old models.
SE spec highlights include: 17-inch V-spoke style 618 wheels (520d / 520d xDrive only) and 18-inch Multi-spoke style 619 wheels for all other models, 20GB hard disc Drive (HDD) memory, air conditioning with two-zone control, Bluetooth hands-free with USB audio interface and voice control and BMW ConnectedDrive Services. Leather upholstery is standard along with heated front seats, there’s cruise control with braking function and the navigation system is the full professional version, even on the base model. Front and rear lights both feature LED technology while front and rear PDC will be a standard fitment, too.
M Sport models feature the expected upgrades such as 18-inch M Double-spoke style 662 M wheels (520d / 520d xDrive only) or 19-inch M light alloy M Double-spoke style 664 M wheels (530i, 530d and 540i) along with the M aero styling package and high-gloss Shadowline exterior trim. Inside you get sports seats, door sill finishers with illuminated M designation, and anthracite headlining, M specific floor mats, pedals and steering wheel while the 530i, 530d and 540i also receive the stronger M Sport braking system, too.
There is an array of other options available – too many to list here. All of this amounts to a car which, while more expensive, also comes with a higher specification as standard, and the option to splash out on even more goodies.
We’ve got a full write-up in the November issue – check out the preview here.