Harry Fairbairn BMW Franchise Manager Callum Rankin said: "The 540i
represents a classic German brand with an ultramodern feel.
It will be positioned above the petrol-powered 540i
and the hybridised 530e in the range.
There's the usual wide range of engine options from 2.0-litre petrol and diesel version up to the 335bhp 540i
, plus a plug-in hybrid, the 530E.
Engine choices include an excellent 520d with a 187bhp 2.0-litre diesel in addition to the straight-six 265bhp 530d tested, while petrol power comes in the form of the 530i and 540i
TOURING YOU can get M5 estates but they're quite rare.
The Audi is quicker than a BMW 540i
M Sport, which incurs a maximum 35% company car tax liability yet undercuts it by pounds 5,000 or so with a significant advantage in terms of emissions and economy into the bargain.
Financial Snapshot Norris & Reneau Curl Carson, CA Household Income Gross Income $167,000 Assets Savings $30,000 Norris' 403(b) 106,000 Reneau's 401(k) 72,000 Reneau's Pension 155,000 Rental House 530,000 Condo 400,000 2002 Ford F150 Truck * 9,360 2001 Corvette * 20,830 2001 BMW 540i
* 13,600 1972 Sea Ray Boat 7,000 CD 2,200 Individual Stocks 835 Bonds 200 Total $1,347,025 Liabilities Mortgage on Rental House $143,750 Mortgage on Condo 332,600 Home Equity Line of Credit 136,000 Auto Loans 29,435 Personal Loan 28,800 Total $670,585 Net Worth $676,440 * ESTIMATED TRADE-IN VALUE ACCORDING TO KELLEY BLUE BOOK
I was particularly taken with the 540i
protection armoured saloon (pounds 80,120) with DSC (that's Dynamic Stability Control - essential for a fast getaway up Broad Street).
Highly motivated by the same sophisticated 325-hp 4.4L V-8 that powers the 745i, the $54,995 545i replaces the previous 540i
atop the '04 line.
BMW 5 series range from pounds 23,360 (520i) to pounds 40,450 (540i
Prices start at pounds 23,360 on the road for the 520i, and rise to pounds 40,450 for the top-of-the-range 540i