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BMW 5 Series
BMW 5 Series Review
- Outstanding refinement
- Excellent driving enjoyment
- Great residuals
- Clever technology
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BMW 520d M Sport saloon
BMW 5 Series - Overview
BMW’s 5 Series comes in both saloon and estate form, with the 5 Series saloon launched in spring 2017, followed by the estate in the summer and the next GT is due in early 2018. The king of the executive sector, the 5 Series is brilliant to drive, offers highly competitive running costs and employs increasingly clever technology. And, as if the offering wasn’t already strong enough, there is also a 46g/km plug-in hybrid saloon priced, after Government grants, to be at the same level as a 530d.
What is the BMW 5 Series like to drive?
The 5 Series has always been the finest-handling car in its class and the latest model successfully maintains that reputation. But the biggest area of improvement with this generation is the refinement. It’s impressively quiet at higher speeds, with very little wind or road noise penetrating the cabin, putting it at a level that most luxury saloons would be proud of. The ride quality is also excellent, which is impressive for a car that’s at the sportier end of handling and suspension set-up. The steering is a touch lighter than you might expect, but without losing any of the traditional directness that helps maintain BMW’s positioning as the ultimate driving machine. This is a car that will ferry four adults up and down motorways in supreme comfort, but has the power when needed.
What engines and gearboxes are available?
- 530i 252hp, 132-139g/km CO2 (25-26% BIK), 46.3-48.7mpg
- 540i 340hp, 164-172g/km CO2 (31-33% BIK), 37.7-39.2mpg
- 520d 190hp, 102-124g/km CO2 (22-26% BIK), 60.1-72.4mpg
- 530d 265hp, 124-144g/km CO2 (26-30% BIK), 51.3-60.1mpg
- 530e PHEV 252hp, 46g/km CO2 (9% BIK), 141.2mpg
- 8-speed automatic
BMW 5 Series trim levels explained
It’s a pretty straightforward line-up, with BMW offering only SE or M Sport specifications. The price gap varies between the two depending on engines, but for the 520d, which is the most popular model, it’s a £3,000 premium for the M Sport model.
- DAB radio
- 17” alloys (520d only – 18” on all other engines)
- Professional media and navigation system
- Front & rear parking sensors
- Heated front seats
- Keyless go
- Dual-zone climate control
- Cruise control
M Sport (in addition to SE)
- 18” alloys (520d, all other models 19”)
- M Sport body styling
- LED fog lights
- M Sport steering wheel and pedals
- Uprated interior trim
How to spec the BMW 5 Series
The M Sport trim is very popular because it really lifts the exterior styling thanks to a bodykit and sporty alloy wheels. It’s a very tempting option and a great choice if budget allows. There’s an extremely extensive list of options to choose from, but those options most worth considering include the £1,495 Technology package, which includes ‘BMW Display Key’, acting as both remote control and touch screen, and displaying a range of useful information such as cabin temperature, fuel level, and whether the car is locked. It can even park the car for you. Also included in the Technology Package is a wi-fi hotspot, head-up display and Gesture Control, which changes the volume control on the audio system with a twirl of the finger in front of the screen. Other nice-to-have options include the £490 adaptive headlights, £430 powered tailgate and Apple Carplay for £235.
BMW 5 Series Interior – what’s it like?
Cabin quality and layout is excellent, with leather upholstery standard on all models. The infotainment, using a rotary dial controlling the functions on a 10.2” screen, is extremely intuitive and BMW employs a clever system where the eight preset buttons can also shortcut everything from phone numbers to navigation destinations, as well as the regular radio stations. The media system syncs to a Microsoft calendar, allowing navigation destinations to be automatically downloaded to the car – just one of several clever tech innovations. Rear space is fine for a pair of adults and the saloon’s 530-litre boot is in the same range that covers all the main players in this sector. BMW also claims it has improved access to the saloon boot.
Very impressive across the board, the 5 Series is largely without weakness and offers excellent refinement, driver enjoyment, the very latest technology and a great level of standard equipment.