Mid-life makeover for BMW Fives

2013-10-04 10:44

BMW’s current generation 5 Series, has had a mid-life makeover with style, chassis and tech upgrades. There’s an even more powerful version of the M5 in South Africa! We have pricing and images.

Since the launch of BMW's sixth-generation 5 Series in 2010, more than million of its premium sedan, touring and Gran Turismo (GT) have been sold. Despite retailing for more than R500 000 locally, more than 7000 Fives have found homes in SA.

Building on its success as a global leader in the premium sedan/estate market, the automaker has given its 5 Series sedan and GT a mid-life makeover with style, chassis and tech upgrades. However in SA, dismal sales have dismissed the Touring model from the range.

What’s more, there’s an even more powerful version of the M5 now available in SA but more on that later...

Gallery: BMW 5 Series sedan

Gallery: BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo


The 5 Series sedan is available in a choice of four petrol (520i, 528i, 535i and 550i) and three diesel engines (520d, 530d and 535d), while the GT is available in a choice of two petrol (535i and 550i) and diesels (520d and 530d).

The facelifted cars also have new- generation V8's for the 550i sedan and GT capable of 330kW/650Nm. Its average fuel consumption stands at 8.6 litres/100km and CO2 emissions are 199 g/km.

The 535i's straight-six is capable of 225kW/400Nm. Fuel consumption is rated at 7.6/100km and emissions of 177g/km.

The four-cylinder petrol powering the 520i develops 135kW/270Nm while the 528i has 180kW/380Nm. Fuel consumption is rated at 6.4 and 6.5 with emissions of 139 and 142g/km.


The entry-level 520d is capable of 135kW/380Nm, has a fuel consumption of 4.7/100 and emissions of 119g/km. The 530d produces 190kW/560Nm and  uses 5.3/100 with emissions of 134g/km. The diesel range-topper is the 535d capable of 230kW/630Nm, 5.4/100 and 138g/km.


Power outputs are identical in the GT though with marginal differences in fuel consumption and emissions. The GT 535i uses 8.2/100 and 192g/km, while the 550i uses 9.2/100km with a CO2 rating of 214g/100km. The diesel 520d uses 5.5/100 with emissions of 144g/km and the 530d uses 5.8/100km with emissions of 153g/km.

The chassis has been honed "to deliver an unrivalled balance between sporting performance and ride comfort" and the  GT is now standard with air suspension, including auto-levelling at the rear axle. There are design tweaks front and rear and the GT’s boot is bigger.

Design enhancements on the sedan include contour lines on the kidney grille, lower air intakes and new taillight. The Gran Turismo boasts a modified front, new licence plate holder, and rear tweaks including chromed strip on the apron. Xenons are fitted as standard on all models, while adaptive LEDs are now available as an option along with LED foglights. The side indicator lights are integrated into the exterior mirrors.

The GT has a revised rear section that increases boot capacity to by 60 litres to 500 litres. Inside, the "driving experience control switch" on the centre console is standard and dynamic damper control, M Sport suspension, adaptive drive and active steering can be specified.


BMW’s ConnectedDrive now makes the car into a mobile office. The concierge service (SA in 2014) allows drivers to book hotel and restaurant reservations and dictable sms/email messages.

A real-time traffic service will launch locally in 2014. From November 2013 the optional "traffic jam assistant" will be available.

According to BMW: “This system keeps the car in the same lane, even when the road curves. It is part of the 'driving assistant plus' option, which includes active cruise control with stop/go and collision warning with auto braking.

Fully automatic parking will come in November 2013.


Luxury and Modern Line design packages include LEDs, 18" (5 Series GT – 19”)  alloys, black and chromed details, illuminated door pulls and aluminium inserts with BMW branding. Luxury or Modern badging can be found at the front.

The Luxury Line adds chromed details, white sued upholstery, a sports leather steering wheel and wood interior trim strips. The Modern Line adds chromed exterior details (air intake, kidney grille, rear strip and exhausts). The steering wheel and interior can be upgraded with optional trim.

Any model can be ordered with an M Sport package.


As if the beastly 412kW M5 couldn’t get any more impressive, BMW went ahead and added more kit and power in the form of the new competition package. The kit adds 20” alloys, modified exhausts, lowered suspension (10mm) with adjustable shocks  and stabilisation and a power increase of 11kW to 423kW. The competition package retails for R110 000.

BMW 5 Series
520i 527 500
520d 558 500
528i 635 500
530d 721 000
535i 713 500
ActiveHybrid 784 500
535d 832 500
550i 944 500
M5 1 224 500

Gran Turismo
520d 595 500
530d 758 000
535i 768 500
550i 978 000



  • Thando Gqabaza - 2013-10-04 11:16

    Good car but the shape is now boring. Facelift not enough

      Adrian Bruwer - 2013-10-06 20:39

      ThandoGqabaza I couldn't agree more! Since the E46 all BMWs are painfully boring.. Not sure why they pay their designers. You can suck a lozenge and get a cooler shape.

  • Vuyani Valashiya - 2013-10-05 09:51

    Not sure the claimed diesel consumption figures are achievable in the real world driving for such a big car

  • Lisa Bennett - 2013-10-06 07:06

    Guarantee none of the claimed consumption figures are achievable in real world driving.

  • Jackey Moss - 2013-10-07 08:49

    The best just got better....The consumption is questionable though !

      Chrono Man - 2013-10-07 09:21

      The best in what way? BMW is no 16 on latest Dependability list of all car brands. It is 4 spots below the industry average. http://blogs.cars.com/kickingtires/2013/02/lexus-porsche-top-2013-jd-power-dependability-study.html

  • Thando Mbandlwa - 2013-10-07 09:26

    Surely these figures are not achievable under normal driving conditions. I drive a 320d with the same engine as 520d but the best I get is 6.1/100km on an open road driving at approximately 110km/hr

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