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BMW 520d auto versus manual?

Can you give me a rough idea what the mpg difference would be between a BMW 520d automatic and 520d SE manual version for mainly suburban driving.

I know that for resale automatic is better, but ecomony is important to me.

Also, the suspension for M Sport version is stiffer and firmer; I am not into fast driving, but do like the sport styling. Can you tell me is the ride comfort difference noticable?

Filed under fuel economy and emissions - Asked by William Neale (Dublin) - Sun, 17 Oct 2010 11:22


Hi William,

The official fuel economy figures for the 520d manual and automatic are as follows. The first figure in each case is for the manual model and the number in brackets is when fitted with the eight-speed automatic with Steptronic.

Fuel Consumption in EU Cycle


5.9 (6.4) l/100km

47.8 (44.1) mpg


4.3 (4.5) l/100km

65.6 (62.7) mpg


4.9 (5.2) l/100km

57.6 (54) mpg


129 (137) g/km

As you can see there is very little difference. As regards the M Sport model, we don't know how the new version of the 5 Series M Sport rides as yet, but I collect one this Tuesday so I will come back to you on how it drives then.

I hope this helps,

Answered by: Complete Car Adviser

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