The brand new 2017 BMW 5 series has had a very welcomed upgrade, the older model was somewhat outdated compared to its competition like the Mercedes E Class, Audi A5, Audi A6 and the like. This brand new BMW 5 series looks absolutely amazing, its front nose has a new look, its been made to look more aggressive and sporty with sharper defined lines going from the from the front of the car to the back. It looks similar to the 7 series with its new grill and the bonnet raises and lowers reducing overall drag. The new LED headlights at the front add to the new look and are slimmer and sharper along with the rear headlights designed narrower. The new exhaust look makes the rear look very good and more sporty, overall the new 5 series looks amazing. Not only is this 5 series faster, lighter and more efficient than before it’s also crammed with cutting edge kit and promises to rival luxury limousines for comfort, refinement a quality.
The interior is quality with leather seats and quality materials everywhere you look and touch, it feels expensive and worth your money. The new iDrive infotainment screen is among the best of its type. It features gesture controls like the 7 series, allowing you to control features with a flick of the finger and other hand gestures. You also get an iDrive rotary controller, which is easy to use on the move, you can issue voice commands or simply operate the system directly via the 10.25-inch touchscreen. Onboard WiFi means your handheld devices can all share a data package. You can now charge your smartphones without the need for a charging cable (YAY!) as it now chargers wirelessly.
The interior looks very stylish and the new steering wheel is much nicer than the big bulky one on the older models, you can control most functions from the steering wheel and it also comes with paddle shifters. It also comes with a new smart key that allows you to control your car like moving it in and out of tight spaces while your outside of the car. They key is exactly like the 7 series key which is pretty incredible for a car in its class.
The 5 Series comes with a few engine options and the petrol 530i isn’t a 3.0-litre like its name suggests. It is, in fact, a 2.0-litre petrol with a power-boosting turbo to produce 252hp. It can do 0-62mph taking just 6.0 seconds and can do 49mpg – 6mpg better than the 528i that preceded it. Should you want more power there is the the 3.0-litre turbo of the 540i. It comes with xDrive four-wheel drive as standard and can do 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds. The 540i should also return on average 39mpg and emits CO2 emissions of 164g/km for £185 annual road tax.
The bestselling model will likely be the 190hp 2.0-litre diesel in the 520d. It returns 68.8mpg and emits just 108g/km of CO2, yet can sprint from 0-62mph in just 7.5 seconds. It’s the only model to come fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox. Joining the range later, the 520d Efficient Dynamics can return more than 70mpg on a run.
Diesel fans can pick the 3.0-litre straight-six in the 530d – with 265hp, it hits 62mph from rest in 5.7 seconds. It’s smooth, sounds nice and, for the performance available, doesn’t use too much fuel – returning 60.1mpg.