I am looking at 2017 BMW 5 Series. Is it worth spending the extra on a 530d over 520d? There is about €8-10k difference on used automobiles. I do about 25,000km a year of driving. I would love the extra power but do wonder if it is a waste to spend more.
Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Andy Kelly (Limerick) - Sun, 11 Mar 2018 14:23
It’s not a waste, as such, but you do need to balance out whether or not it’s worth the extra cash to you. Yes, the 530d has a lot more power and torque, and is smoother than the four-cylinder 520d from a refinement point of view. Balanced against that, the 520d will easily beat the 55mpg mark every day, while the 530d will struggle to do better than around 45mpg, and you’ll be paying a bit more motor tax every year too. So, while we love the 530d, and its six-cylinder smoothness, the head clearly says buy a 520d.