Seat of Power
Tatler Philippines|October 2021
The latest member of the 5-series, BMW 520i Sport, highlights precision in driving dynamics and a powerful engine
Atty Karen V Jimeno

It’s all about me. When I pick cars, it’s about what I want, what my needs are, what style I want to reflect. And rightfully so, since sitting or driving a car is a conscious decision to confine oneself in a limited space.

I’ve become even more picky recently, now that I’ve reached nine months of my pregnancy. As I sought to keep living an active lifestyle and pursuing my career while coping with the physical challenges of pregnancy, I compensated by finding more ways to pamper and comfort myself. Comfort became especially important to me when driving (yes, I still drive!) or riding a car. My husband, on the other hand, focused on safety. He wasn’t going to tolerate any safety risks when it came to our first pregnancy. The BMW 520i Sport ticked all the boxes of the car we could rely on and enjoy during this milestone in our lives.

First introduced in 1972, the BMW 5-series has become an iconic mid-size luxury sedan synonymous with driving pleasure while evoking luxury, sportiness, and practicality. The 520i Sport is an entry level variant of the 5-series, but it exudes elegance and boasts features that exceed expectations.

The 520i Sport is classy and immediately recognisable as a BMW. The exterior carries the classic BMW 5-series design language of having the signature BMW kidney grille as a centrepiece with curves and sleek lines that effortlessly transition from the front to the rear. The 520i Sport resembles a luxury 5-series sedan at first glance, but distinctive features give it a sportier, edgier look.

The 520i Sport’s twin kidney grille is slim and curves up on each side like two eyes that laterally connect to the LED headlights. The grille’s outward vertical curves create a sleek appearance, a design that I personally think looks more attractive than the busier looking pentagon or mesh patterns found in some of the Z4 or 3-series BMWs. The BMW’s hallmark kidney grille serves a functional purpose for managing air intake and air resistance. At a superficial level, the grille design has always been subject to strict scrutiny by car afficionados and consumers alike. While some of the recent design language for BMW’s other series have drawn criticism for veering too far away from its identity, the 520i Sport has drawn praise as embodying BMW’s capacity for great exterior designs.

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