To say the 5 Series is an critical auto for BMW would be underdoing it slightly. Now in its 45th year of production it is still the German brand’s global best-seller, and this all-new seventh-generation model is the most sophisticated however.
BMW has spent over four years and driven more than three million miles in development vehicles fine-tuning every single last detail. An early drive in the 263bhp 530d proved BMW’s meticulous focus to detail had paid off, but the version we have right here, although, is the model that will be filling corporate automobile parks up and down the nation: the 188bhp 520d M Sport.
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1 of the important motives is down to the leisurely price that it sips fuel it can hit -62mph in 7.5 seconds (Mazda MX-5 pace) but return a claimed 68.1mpg. Far more importantly that translates as 108g/km of CO2 and a 21 per cent BIK rating – better than any rival.
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As an M Sport (generating up more than half over 5 Series sales in the UK) it’s also laden with kit and cutting edge tech. Specialist navigation, LED headlamps, leather upholstery, digital instrument cluster, 18-inch alloys, a 10.25-inch touchscreen display and an eight-speed automatic transmission all come as normal.
If you’d like a few further gadgets the £1,495 Technology Pack will be worth looking at. It adds in a digital key fob, wireless charging and Bluetooth, a head-up display, gesture control and a Wi-Fi hotspot.
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The style and execution of the cabin is also 1st price – you undoubtedly wouldn’t feel out of spot if you are stepping down from a 7 Series. A Mercedes E-Class does look a little much more elegant inside, but BMW’s iDrive system is the slicker and much more intuitive infotainment program to operate.
The 188bhp two.-litre diesel beneath the bonnet isn’t anything new, but at idle its barely audible from the inside. Any sort of vibrations via the controls have been fully isolated, whilst the variety of adjustment in the seat and steering wheel make it extremely straightforward to get comfy swiftly.
On the move the engine continues to raise a lot more than a whisper at cruising speeds – only when you extend the engine beyond three,500rpm does it get a small a lot more vocal. Nonetheless, rarely do you have to venture that far up the rev variety due to all 400Nm of torque being on offer you at 1,750rpm. Progress is created all the much more calm and serene thanks to the brilliant eight-speed auto which glides its way via the ratios.
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BMW might be famed for its ‘ultimate driving machine’ mantra but in the five Series it is the quality of the ride that rapidly grabs your focus. BMW’s Variable Damper Manage (a £985 option) serves up comfort, sport and adaptive modes, but in all the ride remains supple and forgiving.
That doesn’t seem to have come at the expense of entertainment behind the wheel, even so. The steering is not brimming with feedback, but its quickly and offers the 5 Series an improved sense of agility. The new chassis allows fast alterations in path to be executed with self-confidence and precision, as well. There’s an overriding sense of composure and accuracy to the way the 5 Series covers ground which you don’t get in other big saloons.