BMW 520i Luxury

Last week, BMW Group Malaysia introduced two new additions to the G30 BMW 5 Series range, and now both variants, the 520i Luxury and 530e M Sport plug-in hybrid, have arrived in showrooms. We’ve taken the liberty of providing a full gallery of each one to give you some idea of the differences in spec.

The 520i Luxury provides a new entry into the executive sedan lineup, priced at RM328,800 – identical to the current 530e Sport. The 530e M Sport carries a RM10,000 premium at RM338,800, making it RM34,000 cheaper than the range-topping 530i M Sport. All prices are on-the-road without insurance, inclusive of a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty, five years’ free scheduled service and a two-year tyre warranty.

Both models are powered by the same B48 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, producing 184 hp from 5,000 to 6,500 rpm and 290 Nm of torque between 1,350 and 4,250 rpm. The 530e benefits from an additional 113 hp and 250 Nm from an electric motor, bringing total system output up to 252 hp and 420 Nm.

BMW 530e M Sport

An eight-speed ZF automatic transmission is fitted as standard across the two variants, with the zero-to-100 km/h sprint completed in 7.8 seconds for the 520i and 6.2 seconds for the 530e; both will max out at 235 km/h. Fuel consumption is rated at 6.3 litres per 100 km for the 520i and just 2.3 litres per 100 km for the 530e, with the latter also coming with an all-electric range of 48 km.

The Luxury Line trim on the 520i adds a host of new items not found elsewhere in the range, including chrome accents on the bumpers, grille, Air Breather vents and window trim, plus 18-inch Style 684 10-spoke alloy wheels – an inch smaller than on other models. It gets adaptive LED headlights with attractive three-dimensional “corona ring” daytime running lights, a step up from the standard LED lamps on the 530e Sport.

As befits the M Sport moniker, the 530e M Sport gains more aggressive front and rear bumpers, trapezoidal exhaust exits and the same 19-inch Style 664 M multi-spoke alloys as the 530i M Sport – this time in black. The exterior trim, previously finished in satin aluminium, are painted gloss black to match, while the prerequisite M Sport brakes feature blue callipers. Adaptive LED headlights are also fitted here.

BMW 520i Luxury (left), 530e M Sport (right)

Inside, both models are upholstered in Dakota leather, but the 520i is the only 5er in Malaysia to come with a dashboard wrapped in Sensatec faux leather. It also gets piano black decorative trim with satin chrome highlights, plus power-adjustable sport seats with driver’s side memory and a sport steering wheel.

The 530e counters with a thicker M Sport steering wheel, M Sport alloy pedals and black headlining, along with Aluminium Rhombicle dashboard trim. Both cars get keyless entry, push-button start, passive cruise control, four-zone auto climate control, manual rear side window and powered rear windscreen roller blinds, a power-adjustable steering column and a powered bootlid with a handsfree opening function.

BMW 520i Luxury (left), 530e M Sport (right)

As standard, the 520i and 530e receive the Professional navigation system with a 10.25-inch touchscreen, plus a 12.3-inch digital instrument display, a reverse camera and a 12-speaker, 205-watt sound system. There’s also a Parking Assistant for parallel and perpendicular manoeuvres as well as adaptive dampers.

Safety-wise, both cars get BMW Selective Beam that blocks off the high beam to avoid dazzling oncoming motorists, and the 530e also gains the Driving Assistant package consisting of front collision warning with autonomous brake intervention, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Warning, rear crossing traffic warning and rear collision warning. Unfortunately, the 520i doesn’t come with driver assists of any kind, not even autonomous emergency braking.

Browse full specifications and equipment of all G30 BMW 5 Series variants on CarBase.my.

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