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BMW 520i (2012)

by Barry Green,reviewed August 2012

BMW’s entry-level to its acclaimed 5 Series puts forward a compelling argument as a (comparatively) affordable buy that would tick most boxes for a buyer in the prestige vehicle segment.

Its 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, coupled with smooth eight-speed auto, delivers more than adequate power (135 kW) and torque (270 Nm) for any situation, yet still returns an impressive 6.4 litres/100 km (ADR average).

This efficiency can be attributed in part to a regenerative brake system and fuel-saving stop/start technology.

Comfort, ride, handling, braking and standard equipment levels are also high. For durability, we would recommend against the cream-coloured interior our test car came with.


BMW 520i 2012


Dynamics, economy


Nothing really

Key features

Adaptive cruise control, front/rear parking sensors, six-speaker sound system with USB input, Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming, alloys, leather interior, climate-control airconditioning


Dual front/side/curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, electronic stability and traction controls

Car Details

Vehicle make BMW
Vehicle model 520i
Vehicle type Large Over $60,000
Year 2012
Price when new $77,900
Current price range $ - $
ANCAP crash rating
5 out of 5 stars

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Engine 2.0-litre, turbo-petrol, 4-cyl

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.