BMW 520i First Drive: Is it worth it?

first_imgIndia is a rapidly adapting but extremely fickle-minded country. Like a kid picking petals from a sunflower, we can never come to a steady conclusion of what our preference in engines are. With diesels furiously facing the wrath of the government, NGT and environmentalists alike, we have once again crawled back to the warm embrace of gasoline goodness. The luxury segment manufacturers can’t sit still either. BMW, at one stage decided to flood their stables with diesel-powered models and is now re-introducing petrol variants, one model at a time. We initially welcomed the scorching BMW 320i which was a fun-filled petrol package on epic proportions. And now we get the 520i.Headlight assembly houses the familiar signature daytime running LEDs and BMW adaptive headlights and auto-high beam assistance.  Yes, BMW’s mid-sized luxury sedan powered by the same 2.0-litre TwinPower Turbo – a twin-scroll turbocharger coupled to BMW’s Valvetronic and High Precision Injection tech – four cylinder engine. With 184bhp and 270Nm of torque, the 520i definitely impresses on paper. Even the claimed 0-100kmph acceleration times is a respectable 7.9 seconds. In real world conditions though, things are a little different. We’ll get to that in just a bit. It’s interesting to note, the petrol-powered 5er only comes in one trim, and that is the Luxury Line. Which means, what you also get are illuminated entry sills and chrome treatment on the kidney grille, front and rear, window frames, tailpipe and the key fob. Also Read:India-bound BMW 5 Series to debut at Detroit Auto Show 2017advertisement Enter the cabin and you’ll be greeted to familiar interior specifications too. What we get is a design which, like we’ve mentioned before is starting to show its age. But this will be fixed when the new-generation 5-Series is launched here, the details of which you can read about elsewhere in this very issue. Till then, we have to make do with this. However, it is still very luxuriously appointed and the convenience features definitely haven’t been skimped on. You do get iDrive Touch with a 10.2-inch colour display, Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming, 3D mapping, rear-view camera (absent on the 320i), multifunction steering controls, a 10.2-inch instrument display with individual drive mode design and a crisp-sounding 600W 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround sound system. But what about that engine?  The BMW 5-Series is one of the best known and successful business sedan in the world. In India, the businessman likes his cars long and rear space aplenty. That is where a majority of the owners will spend a majority of the time. In that regard, the easy-going nature of the engine and supple suspension will leave no room for complaints. Coupled with features like audio operation, AC vents, centre armrest at the rear, one can get very comfortable very fast. If the owner does decide to give the driver a rest and take over control, it won’t completely disappoint. The 520i is amongst the better handlers compared to its competitors. However, when left in Comfort or Eco Pro mode, the BMW will tug itself along at a relaxed pace. It feels refined but never in a hurry when you leave it to itself in these two modes, looking at the weight the 2.0-litre engine has to haul. Shift to Sport, slot the gearbox into S or manual and that’s when it starts to hustle. This is when the engine is much more responsive and will hold on to gears longer before shifting.Also Read:India-bound BMW X7 caught undergoing testing in Germany VerdictBMW has thrown in the 520i for the enthusiasts and environmentalists alike. It doesn’t disappoint. But entering as a CBU unit and priced right in the middle of the 5-Series range price spectrum? For my money, I would have preferred it to be a 528i for better poke and a 10+kmpl figure.The rear LEDs are hard to miss at night.last_img read more

John to clash with Akshay at box office, actor says no bad blood

first_imgMumbai, Jun 13 (PTI) John Abraham “Satyameva Jayate” and Akshay Kumar’s “Gold” will face-off at the box office this Independence Day but the “Madras Cafe” star says the love the duo shares would stay the same.While John will be back on screen after his recent hit “Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran” with director Milap Zaveri’s thriller “Satyameva Jayate”, Akshay will be seen in Reema Kagti’s sports drama “Gold”.When asked about the clash, John told reporters, “Akshay is an actor in ‘Gold’ and I am an actor in ‘Satyameva Jayate’. So that (the release of films) is a producer decision, between Excel Entertainment and T Series.”Akshay is my senior, I love him and have always wished the best for him. I am sure he will also want the same for me.”The duo has worked together in films such as “Garam Masala”, “Desi Boyz” and “Housefull 2”.John was speaking at the success press conference of “Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran” here last night.The Abhishek Sharma-directed film turned out to be a sleeper hit, earning not only good reviews but also did decent business at the box office.The actor, however, is aware about how to handle compliments and criticism.”It’s cyclical. If your one film does good, people laud you for it. You get bouquets. But if your film doesn’t do well, you get brickbats instead. So I think we are old horses at this. We know what goes on in people’s minds,” he said.When asked how he would react if the movie finds a spot at next year’s National Film Awards, John also said he hopes the film makes it to the prestigious tally.advertisementHe, however, added, “But, it’s too early to talk about our chances of winning a National Award. We are not overconfident. We think we will deserve whatever the jury decides for our film but at the same time I think people loved the film and that is important for us.”Besides, “Satyameva Jayate” and “Gold”, “Yamla Pagla Deewana Phir Se” will also release on August 15. PTI JUR RDSRDSlast_img read more