Road Test

BMW 5 Series 530d M Sport Road Test Review

By   |   24 March,2014

Fast. Diesel.Luxury. Sedan.

The above words maybe too good to be true but having spent some time in the 530d M Sport it seems it is the perfect luxury car to buy and a car that converts even a diehard petrolhead into loving diesels. BMW knows a thing or two about making fast sedans and that clearly shows in the 530d M Sport. Here is a car with stunning performance and yet its also a limo with enough space to lounge at the back while watching dvds. There are of course other cars that do that but they are a lot more expensive than the 5. 

While purists may scoff at the idea of a BMW wearing an 'M' badge yet drinking diesel I think this is the thinking man's M5. The performance is fast enough to shame other cars and the fact that it drinks less and you get better range makes it one of the best cars in the world.

As with all BMW's it starts with the engine which is a TwinPower Turbo inline six-cylinder diesel with 258 bhp and 540 Nm of torque. Performance considering its size is stunning and the way it dispatches 0-100 kmph in just 6.2 seconds (with launch control) is brilliant. 

The generous amount of torque and the 8-speed autobox means that a dab at the throttle is all it takes the 530d to simply fly. This is no rev hungry petrol instead there is performance available all the time at your command. The top speed of 250 kmph and belive us it takes no time to reach.. The high speed stability and superb brakes are also impressive.

The 530d M Sport comes with different driving modes with ECO PRO, Comfort, Sport and Sport+. Mind you Sport+ available only in the BMW 525d and BMW 530d. As it suggests the Eco Pro mode is for traffic while Comfort is for when you want to take it easy and cruise. We kept it at Sport and Sport+ all the time. Well you would too as the instrument cluster changes colour to red and the whole car just shrinks in size and performance is at its best. For ultimate control use the paddle shifts which lets you use the revs longer and is fun.

So while straightline performance is staggering its not bad around corners too. The steering is light but direct and show it a corner and it responds well. Now remember this is not some track machine and BMW had to dial in some softness but despite the weight it handles the corners quite well.

Now lets come to the other part of the 530d M Sport which is the comfort and style. This is the facelifted 5 series in M Sport trim where it gets an extra dose of swagger. There are three trim levels in the 5 Series range with Luxury Line, Modern Line and Sport Line.

The Luxury Line gets BMW kidney grille in Chrome, side window frames and tailpipe trim in Chrome, entry sills illuminated and car key with Chrome trim. The Modern Line gets matt Chrome at the front and rear, BMW kidney grille in matt Chrome, BMW Individual Exterior Line Aluminium Satinatec and tailpipe trim in matt Chrome, entry sills illuminated and car key with Pearl gloss Chrome.

Our favourite is of course the Sport Line with Exhaust tailpipe finishers in chrome dark, M Aerodynamics package, M Door sill finishers, M leather steering wheel with gearshift paddles, 18 inch alloys, Sport seats for driver and front passenger.

Along with that the exterior changes in the new BMW 5 Series include new Adaptive LED headlights (with dazzle-free high-beam assistance, cornering lights and adaptive lights), more prominent shark nose, kidney grille and changes in bumper and new tail-lights in L shaped form. With the M Sport body kit the 5 Series looks menacing and turned heads during our drive.

The interior is oozing in luxury and build quality is simply fantastic- something you expect in a Rs 60 lakh car but again something that takes your breath away. The changes in the interior are that the control display of the standard-fitted iDrive operating system is now bordered by chrome trim and new colour changing instruments.

The equipment levels as you might expect are high with everything you can think off. For starters an electrical glass roof is standard across all variants, then there is the next generation of BMW iDrive (the on-board Driver Information System), Harman Kardon Surround Sound System, Connectivity through Bluetooth and USB devices are also standard.

The BMW 525d Luxury Plus and the BMW 530d M Sport also include BMW Apps and BMW Navigation Professional with 25.9 cm colour display, iDrive with touch controller, DVD drive and integrated hard drive for maps and audio files. A cool feature is the BMW Head-up display plus there is the rear seat entertainment package with two newly designed 23.3 cm colour screens available in the BMW 530d M Sport.

The 520d Modern is priced at Rs 46.9 lakh while the 530d M Sport that you see here is priced at Rs 57.9 lakh and you can get this stunning engine with the top of the line M Sport package only. We think its easily worth the price as it sits on a niche segment of the performance diesel sedan. The 530d M Sport adds that extra layer of desirability to the package and you cannot get this combination of grace and pace anywhere else at this price.