BMW 520d vs. rivals - specifications

 BMW 520dMercedes E220CDI Audi A6Volvo S80
On the road price/total as tested£28,045/£33,650£28,880/£31,915£28,700/£31,150£27,945/£31,110
Residual value (after 3yrs/30,000)£15,200/54.2%£12,534/43.4%£12,772/44.5%N/A
Annual tax liability std/higher rate£1,010/£2,019£1,097/£2,195£1,205/£2,411£1,062/£2,124
Annual fuel cost (12k/20k miles)£1,740/£2,900£1,886/£3,144£1,823/£3,038£1,984/£3,307
Ins. grp./quote/road tax band/cost32/£508/D/£9032/£524/E/£11027/£580/F/£12529/£462/E/£110
Cost of 1st/2nd/3rd service£350 (5yrs/60k)£230/£478/£471£356/£453/£387£930 for 3yrs
Length/wheelbase4,899/2,968mm4,868/2,874mm4,927/2,843mm4,851/2,835mm
Height/width1,464/1,860mm1,471/1,854mm1,459/1,855mm1,493/1,861mm
Engine4cyl in-line/1,995cc4cyl in-line/2,143cc4cyl in-line/1,968cc5cyl in line/1,984cc
Peak power 181/4,000 bhp/rpm168/3,000 bhp/rpm168/4,200 bhp/rpm161/2,900 bhp/rpm
Peak torque 380/1,900 Nm/rpm400/1,400 Nm/rpm350/1,750 Nm/rpm400/1,400 Nm/rpm
Transmission 6-spd man/rwd6-spd man/rwd6-spd man/fwd6-spd man/fwd
Fuel tank capacity/spare wheel70 litres/run-flats59 litres/sp. saver70 litres/full size70 litres/sealant
Boot capacity520 litres540 litres546 litres422 litres
Kerbweight/payload/towing weight1,715/610/2,000kg1,735/535/1,900kg1,565/580/1,600kg1,648/542/1,600kg
Turning circle/drag coefficientN/A/0.28Cd11.2 metres/N/A11.9 metres/0.29CdN/A/0.29Cd
Basic warranty (miles)/recovery3yrs (unltd)/3yrs3yrs (unltd)/4yrs3yrs (60k)/3yrs3yrs (60k)/1yr
Service intervals/UK dealersVariable/154Variable/136Variable/13518,000 miles/136
Driver Power manufacturer/dealer pos.10th/17th9th/12th12th/18th16th/20th
Euro NCAP: Adult/child/ped./points95/83/78/5 stars86/77/59/5 stars5/4/1/75*N/A
0-60/30-70mph8.1/8.0 secs8.4/8.2 secs9.1/9.0 secs9.9/10.4 secs
30-50mph (3rd/4th)3.9/5.9 secs3.4 secs**3.9/6.2 secs3.8/6.4 secs
50-70mph (5th/6th)7.5/10.8 secs4.8 secs**8.1/12.4 secs7.8/10.4 secs
Top speed/rpm at 70mph 141mph/2,000rpm143mph/2,000rpm139mph/1,900rpm130mph/1,700rpm
Braking 70-0/60-0/30-0mph 47.6/34.3/8.6m48.9/35.3/8.8m48.0/34.5/8.5m48.4/36.4/9.0m
Noise idle/outside/30/70mph45/68/59/67dB56/66/61/68dB48/66/60/69dB46/66/59/68dB
Auto Express economy/range37.4mpg/576 miles34.5mpg/448 miles35.7mpg/550 miles32.8mpg/505 miles
Govt urban/extra-urban/combined 47.9/65.7/57.6mpg40.9/64.2/53.3mpg37.6/60.1/49.5mpg39.8/65.7/53.3mpg
Actual/claimed CO2/tax bracket202/129g/km/18%219/139g/km/19%212/149g/km/21%231/139g/km/19%
Active suspension/stab/cruise ctrl£965/yes/yesNo/yes/yes£1,500/yes/yes£1,125/yes/yes
Airbags/auto box/parking sensorsSix/£1,495/yesSeven/£1,490/yesSix/£1,450/£300Six/£1,450/yes
Climate ctrl/leather/heated seatsYes/yes/£300Yes/no/yesYes/yes/£300Yes/yes/£265
Met paint/xenon lights/keyless go£640/£1,210^/yes£630/no/no£700/£1,325/£800£625/£1,000/no
Sat-nav/iPod connection/Bluetooth£1,530/£205/yes£1,185/yes/yesYes/£250/yes£1,500/yes/yes

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