The BMW 5 Series was the first model to introduce the controversial ‘flame’ design that divided opinion. However, we have always been fans, so we were eager to see if the latest design would hit the spot too. We believe BMW has done well again with a dynamic and completely contemporary design that keeps the 5 shots up to date.
The new 5 Series comes with a variety of EfficientDynamics technologies. There is Auto Start-Stop, Optimal Gear Shift Indicator, Braking Power Regeneration, Active Aerodynamics and Low Rolling Resistance Tires. Plus, a state-of-the-art 8-speed automatic transmission with a longer final gear ratio to reduce engine revs at highway speeds and help achieve high fuel consumption.
In betting, BMW has maintained the trademark 50:50 weight distribution, which coupled with the front-engine rear wheel design makes the 5 Series more agile than its rivals. There’s also no reason to expect anything other than the excellent build quality we’ve become accustomed to.
The latest 5 series is evolutionary rather than revolutionary, but when you start this close to perfection, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The 520d ED offers strong real-world performance while achieving fuel economy that embarrasses many city cars. With a brilliant combination of quality, style, performance, and driving entertainment, it’s still our favorite executive car.
It wasn’t too long ago that Mercedes struggled to get into this guide, but with a new range of super high-tech engines that is about to change. Mercedes may have been the slowest of German manufacturers to launch fuel-efficient models to the market, but the results are impressive.
Gone are the days when you could tell how big a Mercedes engine is just by looking at the badge. As an example, both the E200d and E220d share the same 2.0-liter engine. They even have the same compression ratio (an impressively high 15.5: 1 since you asked), so the power difference has more to do with engine management than old-school engineering.
Either engine is more than ready to provide a decent pace, and since they achieve the same official fuel economy, the choice is likely to come down to the budget. It’s worth noting that you must stick to the standard 17-inch wheels for best efficiency with larger tires resulting in a considerable penalty (up to 10gCO2 / km).
To keep the E-Class ahead of the competition, the standard-fit automatic gearbox now includes 9 ratios, somehow explaining the excellent official fuel consumption figures. Left to its own devices, it will move at the highest possible speed, but you can take control of matters if you want to keep going thanks to ‘Dynamic Select’ provided by ECO, Comfort, Sport, Sport + and a combination and combination setup .
The latest E-Class takes the best aspects of the previous model, but adds state-of-the-art engines and a contemporary interior to keep it cool. Executive Mercedes has always lagged behind the 5 Series and XF when it comes to driving, but it’s now closer than ever, meaning there is no longer a default option. The one you choose will come down to personal taste as they all represent executive lounges at the top of their game.
The Jaguar revival has been one of the most surprising stories in recent years. In 2008, Tata bought the brand from Ford, who never realized what to do with Jag, and made two very important decisions; Jaguar needed investment, and Tata put a lot of cash on the table, but crucially, it didn’t need administrative interference.
The XF is the latest confirmation that Tata was absolutely right. Jaguar never forgot how to build contemporary executive lounges, it just wasn’t allowed. The XF takes the fight to the BMW 5 Series, Audi A6 and Mercedes E-Class head-on and it’s much better for that.
Jaguar has invested heavily in integrating aluminum into its production models with fantastic results. The latest XF is significantly lighter than the competition and is only 4% heavier than the smallest XE. Such a radical diet for weight loss receives great recognition from us, as it benefits fuel consumption, handling and performance.
Along with advanced construction materials, the XF also features a new ‘Ingenium’ engine that finally provides Jaguar with a world-class diesel engine. It also contributes to weight loss thanks to even more aluminum and its compact size. At the same time, it is capable of producing impressive power and torque figures that give the Jag excellent performance.
There has never been much of a mistake with the way the XF handles or looks, but it has never had a truly efficient engine. With this issue, the combination of excellent official fuel economy, attractive dynamics, impressively low curb weight and slim looks are now firmly tackled making a compelling proposition.
The Lexus GS has graced the pages of the Green Car Guide for several years, but thanks to the hybrid performance approach, Lexus has never really explored the fuel economy potential of the system, preferring to compare fuel economy with its gasoline rivals and improve They chase diesel figures and dilute performance. That is so far.
The 300h has been clearly designed to fight diesel rivals with fuel economy, performance and price that mimic top-of-the-line German offerings. Lexus has long claimed that its hybrid gasoline / electric system can do everything a diesel can do, and the repost has been ‘proven’. It seems worth taking care of what you want as the 300 hours on paper are up to the task and most surprisingly this includes the list price.
To extract better fuel economy there have been some major mechanical changes. The 3.5-liter gasoline engine comes out and a 2.5 direct injection unit that produces 178 hp enters. This is complemented by a detuned electric motor that produces an additional 140 hp and provides a very favorable total system output of 220 hp. The transmission is still transmitted to the rear wheels through a CVT gearbox which, as always, is excellent for fuel economy and frustrating if you keep pushing.
So the Lexus can beat diesel rivals out of sheer grunt, but what about the pair? The gasoline engine can’t get close, at 163 foot-pounds at a high speed of 4200 to 5400 rpm, you won’t see which way the competition went. But as always with hybrids, that’s only half the story. The electric motor comes to the rescue once again, with a handy 221 pound-foot available at idle, filling the spaces excellently and keeping the GS 300h on the run.
The GS remains exquisitely finished and arguably best suited for the lowest output system as it is competent to drive rather than a razor blade. The 300h is no more expensive than its diesel rivals, it has a competitive fuel economy, and because gasoline emits less CO2 than diesel, it enters VED band B and draws a substantially higher tax on company cars. low. It also has the advantage of not emitting PM and very little NOx for which diesel rivals need to resort to costly exhaust after-treatment. The GS isn’t perfect yet, but the 300h is a good enough package to make you think twice before ordering a diesel rival. It seems Lexus wasn’t kidding after all, gasoline hybrids can really take over diesel engines at their own game.
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