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Again, the 5 Series produces a winner and the model remains a popular choice for company car users. The new 530e PHEV is equipped with a 181hp 2-litre Turbo petrol engine and a 112bhp electric motor.

The 9.2kWh lithium-ion battery will realistically allow a 22-mile range. The Auto eDrive driving mode allows the car to select the best mix of power sources depending on the driver’s demands and the terrain details supplied by the sat-nav.

A battery control mode allows the pack to be recharged to a level between 30 and 100%. Recharging from a domestic socket takes five hours.

List price is £44,765 while its 46g/km CO2 emissions score a 9% BIK making it one of the most tax efficient BMWs on the road.

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Chris Wright
Chris Wright has been covering the automotive industry nationally and internationally for 30 years. Following spells with consumer titles he became News Editor of Automotive Management (AM), Editor of Automotive International, International Editor for Detroit-based Automotive News, and Editor of Dealer Update. He has also co-authored several FT Management Reports and contributes regularly to Justauto.com

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