The BMW 5 Series continues to receive applause from industry writers, and our 520d M Sport hire car is no exception. A capable car that controls its robust body through corners in a remarkable way keeping you glued to the road surface. The 2.0-litre diesel option is most buyers preferred choice thanks to its impressive acceleration and handling on the motorway.
The eight-speed automatic gearbox is one of the best on the market, shifting quickly and effortlessly at junctions and roundabouts. Steering wheel mounted paddles allow drivers to take control should they feel a need to.
The 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine creates 190bhp, enough to get the 520d from 0 to 60mph in 7.5 seconds and achieve a top speed of 146mph. The engine and automatic gearbox are well matched in terms of refinement performing well on 190 horse power.
Designed with German Autobahns in mind the 5 Series does a great job of keeping wind and road noise at bay at top speeds. Drivers can adjust the steering wheel and the driver’s seat also drops low.
The 5 Series’ dashboard is clearly laid out and all the controls can be reached effortlessly by the driver. Slender front pillars and the tall, wide windscreen allow drivers clear vision en route both to the front and side.
Journeys are kept entertaining with a top of the range Professional Multimedia system, managed by a massive 10.2in widescreen. Sat-nav, online services, DAB radio and even a built-in 20GB hard drive for music makes this a system to be rivalled in the car industry.
Drivers can either use the touch sensitive monitor or the rotary dial that lies between the front seats allowing access to a range of powerful sound systems, a wifi hotspot, a digital TV and Apple Carplay which allows you sync with your iPhone and use some of its functions on the go.
The car’s interior is of suitably high quality that you’d expect from a BMW, utilising both real metal alongside silver coated plastics to ensure the car also remains affordable. Trim inserts include wood and gloss black that run the length of the dashboard and around the doors which can be illuminated with ambient lighting after dark.
Tall adults are accommodated well both front and back both in terms of space and quality of the interior. From the excellent build quality to the TFT screen dials that highlight your engine revs and speed there is little not love on this hire car.
The doors swing open wide and are tall ensuring access to the rear seats is good. Both driver and passenger seats have electrical base height and backrest angle adjustment as standard, making it easy for both to fine-tune the perfect seated position. Heated leather seats are standard as is a 10.2in sat-nav, dual-zone climate control, LED headlights, front and rear parking sensors and 17in alloy wheels.
If you are going on a road trip and need boot space on your car hire rental then the 5 Series has a 530-litre boot which can accommodate a couple of large suitcases and some smaller bags.
Safety is as usual a high priority on this model and comes with a minimum of six airbags and a host of electronic driver aids, including stability control. Automatic emergency braking, with pedestrian detection which reduces the chances of you accidently driving into the car in front.
An alarm, engine immobiliser, deadlocks and locking wheelnuts are fitted to every 5 Series with Security experts Thatcham awarding the car five out of five for its defiance over thieves, and four out of five for its resistance to being broken into making this an ideal car to rent in London.