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2009 (09) BMW 5 Series523i M Sport 5dr Step Auto

East Kilbride Vauxhall

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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Car/key memoryCheck control system
Front/rear Parking distance controlIDrive controller on centre console
Internal boot releaseOn board computer
On board diagnosticsOutside temperature gauge
Service interval indicatorStop/start button
Trip computer 


Auxiliary point for auxiliary devices 

Exterior Features

Auto dimming rear view mirrorBlack roof rails
Body colour bumpersBody colour door handles
Body colour electric adjustable heated door mirrorsBrake force display
Chrome kidney grille with chrome vertical slatsElectric front and rear windows with fingertip open/close + anti-trap all round
Front fog lightsHeated windscreen washer jets
High gloss shadow lineM aerodynamic body kit
Opening rear tailgate windowRain sensor including auto headlights activation
Rear wash/wipeShark fin roof aerial
Soft closing for tailgateTwin exhaust pipes

Interior Features

12V socket in luggage compartment3 spoke leather M multi-function steering wheel
60/40 split folding rear seatAnthracite Velour floor mats
Automatic removable/retractable luggage coverDual zone automatic air conditioning
Front and rear courtesy lights with delayFront cupholders x 2
Front head restraintsFront/rear reading lights
Illuminated glovebox with lockIsofix rear child seat fastenings
Outer rear adjustable head restraintsReach + rake adjustable steering column
Rear air con ventsRear centre armrest with 2 cupholders + storage
Sliding front centre armrestStorage compartment under load area floor
Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrorsTwo 12V sockets in rear


ABSAdvanced Head Protection System front + rear
Automatic Stability Control (ASC)Child locks on rear doors
Crash sensorDriver/Front Passenger airbags
DSC+Dynamic brake control
Dynamic Traction Control - DTCEBD + Brake Assist
Force limiting pretensioned front seat beltsFront passenger airbag deactivation
Front side airbagsHill start assist
Occupancy sensor for passenger seatThree 3 point rear seatbelts
Tyre pressure warningWarning triangle and first aid kit


Electronic immobiliserLocking wheel bolts
Remote central lockingRemote control Thatcham category 1 alarm


M sports suspensionSelf levelling rear air suspension


Run flat tyres
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification


CO2 (g/km)184Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 4

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC2497Compression Ratio12.0:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders6
Cylinders - Bore (mm)82Cylinders - Stroke (mm)78.8
Gears6 SPEEDNumber of Valves24

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)36.7EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)47.1EC Urban (mpg)26.6


Badge Engine CC2.5Badge Power190
Coin DescriptioniCoin SeriesM Sport
Insurance Group 117Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0735E
Insurance Group 2EManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years6
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3EURO NCAP Front and Side Impact test - Star Rating.9
EURO NCAP Pedestrian test - Star Rating.9Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage999999
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3Vehicle Homologation ClassM1


0 to 62 mph (secs)9.1Engine Power - BHP190
Engine Power - KW140Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM6100Engine Torque - LBS.FT177
Engine Torque - MKG24Engine Torque - NM240
Engine Torque - RPM3500Top Speed142


Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front245/40 R18
Tyre Size Rear245/40 R18Tyre Size SpareRUN FLAT TYRE
Wheel StyleM DOUBLE SPOKEWheel Type18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height (including roof rails)1491Length4843
Width (including mirrors)2030 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)70Gross Vehicle Weight2220
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1650Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)500
Max. Loading Weight600Max. Roof Load100
Max. Towing Weight - Braked1800Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked750
Minimum Kerbweight1620No. of Seats5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb11.4
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

BMW 5 Series



Few cars in recent years have caused such rampant division of opinion as BMW's E60 generation 5 Series. Few have many gripes about the way the car drives, the value proposition or the build quality but ask about the styling and you'll get some colourful responses. Now that we've had some time to get used to it, the lines aren't quite as shocking as they were when the Five first rolled into BMW dealers back in June 2003 and the introduction of the mellower looking Touring variant also helps. Get beyond the challenging styling and you have a car that retains BMW's position as the best driver's car in the executive class. Business as usual.


People should really have girded themselves for the 5 Series given the unconventional styling of the 7 Series and then the Z4 roadster. Its predecessor had been a conservatively styled thing but had nevertheless found great favour. When Burkhard Goschel, BMW's head of research and development proclaimed that "the days of lookalike BMWs are over. from now on each volume model will display its own unmistakable personality" it became apparent that radical styling was going to be an ongoing theme, a point rammed home by the subsequent 1 Series launch. At the outset in June 2003, the 5 Series range consisted of the 520i, 525i, 530i and 545i petrol-engined saloons with a 530d diesel saloon also offered. A 525d entry-level diesel model was slipped into the range at the end of the year with the mighty 535d topping the diesel tree in autumn 2004. Touring models also made an appearance in 2004, the first of the five-door estates landing in late April. A fire-breathing 507bhp V10 engined M5 model was also unveiled in summer 2004 but wasn't scheduled to go on sale until the following Spring. BMW's innovative Active Steering system was slightly modified in autumn 2004 to offer a less radical feel. A whole suite of incremental trim improvements was announced for the 2005 model year car including a TV tuner which could accept digital as well as analogue signals, a wider palette of body colours, and more sophisticated in-car entertainment options. In January 2005, new Valvetronic engine technology was introduced on 525i and 530i models and a 523i variant introduced (also featuring it) to replace the 520i. A major facelift at the start of 2007 saw power boosted on most models and economy improved with the aid of regenerative braking technology. The styling was also tweaked. At the front, the headlights and indicators became clear glass while the kidney grille sits flush with the bumper. The M5 Touring was introduced at the same time and a little later, the 520d model was boosted to 177bhp.

What You Get

At first glance, the 5 Series seems to incorporate cues from both the Z4 and the 7 Series. The oddly proportioned bootlid is reminiscent of the 7 Series whilst the 'flame surfaced' flanks reflect the light in a similar way to the Z4. Whereas the 7 Series and the Z4 are relatively specialist items, the 5 Series represents a major cash cow for BMW and if the public don't take to the styling, there will be major consequences. Although it doesn't rest easily on the eye, we'll probably grow used to it in due course. Much of the focus has gone into developing innovative technology but at the same time keeping weight from creeping up. More space is coupled with a weight saving of up to 65kg, due in no small part to lightweight aluminium including much of the chassis and bodywork of the car and the suspension components. This focus on weight saving has resulted in some class leading performance and economy figures from a range of engines that is largely familiar fare. Although the 5 Series does carry over some 7 Series styling cues, it's clear that BMW have listened to customer feedback. The bootlid is less extreme and although the 5 Series features the controversial iDrive control system, it's notably easier to use than the 7 Series system and is backed up by more conventional knobs and switches on the fascia. The fiddly electronic handbrake system used by its big brother has also been replaced, in this instance by a conventional manual one. The Touring estate is a more conventional-looking car but the unique 5-Series styling cues are always evident. The M5 will be out of most buyers' reach but the Sport trim level offers some of the styling flair without the pricetag. You know the drill, wider air intakes, bigger wheels, sports suspension, flared side sills, it will prove a popular choice.

What to Look For

No significant faults have emerged thus far. As with any upscale executive car, it's crucial to ensure that your choice has the right trim. Cars with bright paintwork in non metallic colours, the smallest wheel options and cloth seats aren't going to be anything like as easy to sell on as a car in a decent metallic hue with leather and tastefully sized alloys. Check that the service record and mileage corresponds and that if your car is a high mileage ex-fleet vehicle, that the price has been adjusted correspondingly. Like all contemporary BMW models, the 5 Series has no fixed service intervals, the car's diagnostics deciding when it needs to come in for a freshening, so ask the buyer questions about how the car has been run and get a feel for whether it's been cherished or punished.

Replacement Parts

(approx based on a 520i SE ) An air filter is around £15, whilst you'll pay a similar amount for a fuel filter. Oil filters are around £6, whilst spark plugs are £17. A replacement cam belt is around £24.

On the Road

Seven engines are available in the mainstream line up, the 170bhp 520i, the 192bhp 525i, the 231bhp 530i, the 333bhp 545i, the 177bhp 525 diesel, the 218bhp 530d diesel and the 272bhp 535d. All the petrol-powered units use BMW's latest bi-VANOS valve actuation system that gives hefty torque low down and outright power at the top of the rev range. Even the entry-level 520i will sprint to 60mph in 8.8 seconds, hit a top speed of 143mph and yet return an average of 31.4mpg. Step up to the six-speed 530i and the sprint drops to 6.7 seconds, the top speed rises to 155mph but fuel economy doesn't take too much of a hit, the 530i turning in a creditable 29.7mpg. The real star of the show is the 530d. Despite coming within a whisker of the 530i's sprint to 60 - the diesel car stops the watch at an amazing 6.9 seconds - it will still go on to 152mph and return 41mpg. It boats a torque figure of 500Nm (a Ferrari 360 Modena makes 372Nm) which means that it feels awesomely muscular when accelerating. As a contender for the world's best car the 530d takes some beating but the latest 535d might hold the trump card for some, its 560Nm of torque and 6.6-second 0-60mph time are impressive but you do a premium for that extra oomph. That only leaves the mind-boggling M5 with its 507bhp V10 engine. Read the figures and weep in abject terror - 520Nm of torque, 0-62mph in 4.7s, 0-124mph in 15s and a derestricted 205mph top speed. That is some car. Much thought has gone into the way electronic systems blend with good old manual ones. BMW have taken the notion that electronics should aid rather than replace manual systems and the active steering system is a good example. Rather than developing the sort of pure 'drive-by-wire' systems that often isolate the driver from road feedback, BMW has instead developed a system that maintains a link between the front wheels and the steering wheel but which adjusts the power assistance dependent upon speed and yaw rate, promising quick turn-in when you punch the 5 Series into a corner but without the accompanying nervousness at high speed that many such cars demonstrate. This system is networked to the Dynamic Stability Control system, reducing the interventions DSC has to make. Dynamic Drive, BMW's active suspension system is available as an option, and Active Cruise Control, a system that automatically controls distances to the car in front, is also available to order. BMW hasn't left too many safety features out of the 5 Series. Brake Force Display is an interesting concept, enlarging the brake light area when the driver really anchors on. Another first for BMW is Adaptive Headlights - a feature many will associate more with Citroen. This system, sadly still an option, swivels the headlights by up to 15 degrees left and right to illuminate more of the road through a bend. Unlike Citroen's rudimentary old mechanical system, this calculates speed, yaw rate and steering angle before steering the beams. Another technology 'borrowed' from another manufacturer - in this case Chevrolet - is a Head-Up Display that projects information onto the windscreen. BMW has yet to offer this technology, but it is offered on the M5 and is sure to filter across the rest of the range.


If you're a fan of that angular styling, go right ahead and buy whatever model you can afford. There's not a bad pick in the whole line up. If you're not so struck on the looks of the 5 Series, buy one anyway and hope they grow on you. Little can touch the feel of a Five and despite the car being less overt in its appeal than the previous generation model, the used market has found that current owners value their cars highly with a relatively slow turnover in stock. Don't expect any screaming bargains therefore, but if you can track down the right car at the right price, congratulations are in order. You've made an informed choice.


** MPG figures are obtained in laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles. Please be aware they're not intended to represent real world efficiency.

East Kilbride Vauxhall

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