• The New BMW 5 Series has been revealed. Sporting an updated look and refined interior, the latest 5 Series boasts increased efficiency and features new, enhanced diver assistance systems.

    The New 5 Series will be available in SE, M Sport and M Sport Edition trim levels. For the very first time in the UK, a range-topping M Performance M550i xDrive will also be available on Saloon models. Distinguished from the core 5 Series models, the M550i features a 4.4 litre V8 TwinPower turbocharged powertrain, exclusive 20” wheels, Harman/Kardon Surround Sound System, an M Sport differential and adaptive M suspension.

    Plug-in hybrid variants continue to be available across the lineup in 530e models and for the first time will also be available in Touring models. An all-new six-cylinder 545e xDrive engine also joins the PHEV lineup, available exclusively in Saloon models.

    BMW introduced mild hybrid technology to 520d models last year and will now expand this offering to all four- and six-cylinder variants of the new 5 Series (excluding PHEV and M550i models). Fitting a 48V starter-generator and a second battery enables a significant increase in the amount of brake energy that can be regenerated and stored. This energy is used not just to supply the electrical system, but also to lighten the combustion engine’s workload and boost its power.

    The New BMW 5 Series range will launch in July, with prices starting at £37,480 for the 520i SE saloon and £38,500 for the diesel 520d SE. Touring models start at £39,730 for the 520i and £40,750 for the 520d. The new range-topping M550i xDrive starts at £67,595.

 

  • Another model refresh this week comes from MINI, with the New MINI Countryman. The biggest member of the MINI family has received an updated design, additions to the equipment range and new technology.

    Featuring a newly designed radiator and LED lights as standard, the Countryman also features a new interior, complete with a new digital dash display, which was first launched in the new MINI Electric.

    The popular Plug-In Hybrid ALL4 model is still available in the new range, as well as two petrol engines and one diesel engine featuring the latest MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology. The engines have seen extensive development and cover an output ranging from 136hp to 178hp and meet the Euro 6d emissions standard, which will not be binding until 2021. All three engines can also be combined with the ‘ALL4’ all-wheel drive system.

 

  • HMRC has released its latest advisory fuel rates (AFRs) this week, which will come into force from 1st June 2020. Available at https://comcar.co.uk/taxpages/afrs/ the AFR for a petrol or LPG company car with an engine up to 2,000cc have all decreased by 2ppm since the previous rates announced in March.

    Petrol and LPG vehicles above 2,000cc then have a larger reduction of 3ppm to 17ppm and 11ppm respectively.

    Diesel rates for company cars with engines 1,600cc or less and above 2,000ccc are reduced by 1ppm down to 8ppm and 12ppm. Diesel engines between 1,601 and 2,000cc are also now 2ppm lower, down to 9ppm.

    The advisory electricity rate (AER) for plug-in cars remains unchanged at 4ppm.