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DoneDeal of the week: Two cars that offer great road handling and driving pleasure

Two cars from the BMW marque that are proven in their class for build quality, road handling and enjoyment behind the wheel.

THIS WEEK WE have two low mileage cars from the BMW marque, which are great to drive and come with 12 months’ warranty as standard and 12 months’ roadside assistance from Murphy & Gunn. First up, this 141 BMW 520d M-Sport

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The BMW 520d is a well-proven and accomplished motorway cruiser. It is whisper-quiet and refined at high speed with good ride quality. It looks great in this M-Sport guise with its large 19-inch light alloys and aggressive body kit.

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It offers advanced technology, agile road handling and practicality due to its roomy cabin and large boot. It has to be one of the best mid-size luxury saloons on the road. This particular model has plenty of features including sat-nav, leather upholstery, heated front seats, air conditioning, climate control, Bluetooth phone prep, Radio/CD, iPod jack, front fog lamps and front and rear parking sensors.

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This car is powered by a start/stop 2.0-litre diesel engine mated to an excellent eight-speed automatic transmission, which drives the power to the rear wheels. It produces 184hp at 4,000rpm and 380Nm of torque at 1,900rpm and goes from 0 to 100km/h in 8.1 seconds and on to a max speed of 227km/h.

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It falls into tax band B1, which means it is €270 to tax a year and has 41,842km on the clock with a €39,935 price tag.

Next up is this 151 MINI Cooper D five-door

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There aren’t very many versions of this MINI for sale on our site so if you wanted a five-door MINI then you better be quick.

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This car is the longer, taller, more practical version of the three-door hatchback, and it is just as fun to drive as its smaller sibling. It is nimble and agile in its handling with nicely weighted steering. The cabin is high quality and roomy with an adjustable boot floor and 60-40 split folding rear seats for extra storage capacity.

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This particular car features air conditioning, climate control, half leather interior, Bluetooth phone prep, radio, iPod jack, front fog lamps, electric windows and mirrors, ABS, external temp gauge, height adjustable drivers seat with lumbar support, adjustable multi-function leather steering wheel, cruise control and traction control. It also comes with an inclusive service pack to May 2020 or 80,000kms. If you have always wanted a MINI but needed more practicality then this is the model for you.

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It is powered by a 1.5-litre turbodiesel engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission, which drives the power to the front wheels. It produces 116hp at 4,000rpm and 270Nm of torque at 1,750rpm and goes from 0 to 100km/h in 9.4 seconds and on to a max speed of 210km/h. It falls into tax band A2, which means it is just €170 to tax a year and has 12,874km on the clock with a €22,935 price tag.