BMW Malaysia’s entrant into the crowded mid-size luxury sedan market is the 2017 5 Series Sedan. Offered here in four variants, the entry level 520d Sport costs RM317,800, while the range topping M5 super saloon will set you back RM889,800. Competition for this German luxury model comes in the form of Lexus GS, Jaguar XF, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A6, Volvo S80, and Infiniti Q70.
The 520d is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Power output is rated at 190hp and 400Nm of torque. This enables the car to do 0-100km/h in 7.7 seconds and more than 200km/h, while returning a fuel economy figure of just 4.1-litres per 100km.
Powering the mid-range 520i is a 2.0-litre petrol engine that churns out 184hp at 5,000rpm and 270Nm of torque from 1,250rpm to 4,500rpm. The century sprint and top speed for this model is rated at 7.9 seconds and 233km/h respectively. The 520i is capable of returning a fuel consumption figure of 6.2-litres per 100km.
The 2016 528i boasts a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol four-pot that is capable of outputting 245hp at and 350Nm of torque. This variant is capable of completing the century sprint in 6.2 second before topping off at an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h. Fuel consumption on the other hand is slightly higher than the other models at 6.5-litres/100km.
The range topping M5 super sedan houses a 4.4-litres twin turbocharged V8 mill under its hood. Power output is rated at 560hp and 680Nm of torque, which the latter arrives at just 1,500 rpm. Despite weighing almost two tonnes, this Mercedes-Benz E63 rivalling model can hit 100km/h from a standstill in just 4.3 seconds, before reaching an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h.
All the regular F10 5 Series variants are equipped with the familiar ZF eight-speed torque converter type automatic gearbox, while special to the top of the range M5 is the seven-speed M dual clutch transmission.