BMW 5 Series review

BMW 5 Series review

BMW's midsize saloon stays our executive car of choice thanks to mix of a terrific drive, refinement as well as a quality cabinDespite Hyundai i20 review (2008-2014) from Audi, Mercedes and Jaguar, the BMW 5 Series still remains the greatest executive car to drive and this is where a substantial percentage of its own appeal lies thanks to its rear-wheel-drive set up, great refinement and powerful pace. It's the impressive handling of the BMW 5 Series which catches the interest of the fantastic drive - its steering is naturally weighted and provides a decent quantity of feedback through the wheel, while the balanced chassis additionally sets the standard. The 5 Series is also the only executive car that feels appropriate when fitted with a manual gearbox - the sleek and exact activity of the six-speed box enhances the enjoyment. One problem together with the 5-Series is that autos without the optional adaptive dampers do not offer the same outstanding ride-and-handling equilibrium. The conventional springs on SE cars are excellent, but should you venture to the alternatives box be sure you consider shelling out for the adaptive pieces. Buyers will even be happy to understand the fun factor of the BMW 5 Series does not come at the expense of refinement, as the Bavarian manufacturing company has ensured road and wind noise are nearly absent.A modest criticism would be that the M Sport spec cars could be somewhat too business at low rates - the SE models drive a lot more smoothly. However, the suspension settings from the SE versions can be setup on the M Sport autos at no additional cost. The diesel engines in the 5 Series are actually impressive allrounders, making them our range choice regardless of the overall competence of the petrols. Our selection of engine in the entire BMW 5 Series range then, is the 181bhp 520d. This particular component is really capable of 0-62mph in just 7.9 seconds and has a top speed of 144mph. The market amounts are equally as impressive, as the 520d manages 62.8mpg and emits 134g/km of CO2. It's worth noting though that the 552bhp BMW is truly astonishing and will have most things this side of a Ferrari worried. It's much less exciting an engine as the old naturally-aspirated V10, has way more useable torque and is much more effective. The '30 Jahre' commemorative M5 gets a lot more power. There's 592bhp below the bonnet!All the engines in the BMW 5 Series range are impressive, but general, the diesels outshine the petrol units thanks to their excellent combination of functionality and efficiency. Our pick of the engine range is the 2.0-litre 520d, which is lively and returns 62.8mpg with CO2 emissions of only 114g/kilometers. Fitted to the 148bhp 518d version, the 2.0-litre keeps the same mpg, so we'd spend that little bit extra and have improved operation. The petrol powered 550i and M5 supply blistering rate, but return a acceptable combined market of 32.8mpg and 28.5mpg respectively. The blistering 592bhp M5 '30 Jahre' manages 28.5mpg and 231g/km of CO2. In terms of petrol engines, the 181bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine with the eight-speed automatic gearbox is the most efficient thanks to a fuel economy of 47.1mpg 139g/km of CO2. The 2.0-litre engine also powers the 528i, which finds fuel economy decline to 46.3mpg (with 142g/km of CO2) on the SE version. It is a less characterful engine than the old six-cylinder powerplants, so we had rather opt for the diesel unless outright rev-pursuing acceleration is your tote. BMW also offers financial incentives to its buyers, including a top-value service pack that provides five years/50,000 miles of maintenance. There's also the powerful foreseen residuals of 47 per cent.It'd take a keen-eyed observer to notice the tweaks BMW made to the 5 Series in 2013 given how subtle they were. The indicator repeaters were transferred in the front wings to the door mirrors, and also the fenders received some revisions. Either way, there was barely anything wrong with all the appearances of the pre-facelift automobile, therefore the changes have done it no harm whatsoever. Nevertheless, some detractors may say it looks overly conservative, and it can't match the slick looking (and shortly to be replaced)Jaguar XF for outright style. BMW matches every version of 5 Series with alloy wheels and Xenon headlamps as standard kit, but merely M Sport spec cars reap the benefits of a muscular aerodynamic bodykit and a smart appearing darkened chrome finish for the front grille and exhaust pipes. These cars also feature a set of neat LED front fog lamps. Along with the subtle facelifted exterior, BMW also made minimal developments to the cabin of the 5 Series in 2013, in the type of new dashboard fascia and colour choices. Arguably, the biggest change BMW made to the 5 Series' inside were the revisions to its iDrive cabin control; if the customer opts for the Professional Media sat nav bundle, the iDrive system gets a bigger rotary controller using a touch pad that lets the driver 'write' addresses. Otherwise, little else has changed since 2010. In the entry level SE model to the range-topping M5, each 5 Series' cabin is sleek, impeccably built and BMW has made good use of high quality stuff. The 5 Series extensive dashboard seems more modern than any of its executive car rivals from Audi or Mercedes. Its intuitive layout and low-slung driving position mean you'll feel comfortable behind the wheel immediately. (Auto123)In the M Sport automobiles, BMW farther improves the 5 Series experience having a gorgeous, three-spoke M Sport branded steering wheel. All models having a manual gearbox advantage from a stubby, short throw shifter.The BMW 5 Series is a large automobile, so it is no surprise that it features a supremely roomy inside. Rear occupants in the BMW 5 Series will get a lot of head and legroom. It is worth noting, nonetheless, that the middle occupant may find their comfort compromised by the 5 Series' bulky transmission tunnel. BMW has made intelligent utilization of the 5 Series' broad interior, and dotted around the cabin is plenty of storage space - this comprises big door bins, a decent-sized cubby hole concealed beneath the armrest that's situated between the front seats. Despite these solutions, the 520-litre boot in the BMW 5 Series cannot match the 540-litres of Citroen C4 Picasso vs rivals in the Mercedes E-Class and Jaguar XF. A folding back-bench seat also comes at a premium of around 400, which seems a bit excessive. As a result, if it is extra practicality you're after, then the outstanding 5 Series Touring estate would be a better bet as it provides a greater selection of storage alternatives and 560-litres of boot space. The 5 Series GT fastback is also quite practical, as well as a sliding rear bench seat to improve the maximum bootspace to 650 litres.The BMW 5 Series feels built to continue both inside and out and it the overall feeling is that it's a top-quality product. In our 2014 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, the 5 collection ended an impressive fourth out of 150 automobiles, while BMW finished 10th out of 32 producers. Moreover, the 5 Series' security credentials make it among the safest executive cars available on the market. BMW fits six airbags and stability control as standard. Unsurprisingly, the 5 Series comfortably attained a maximum five star score in Euro NCAP crash tests. BMW offers further safety choices, like adaptive cruise control for around 1,500, a heads-up display for approximately 1,000 and a lane departure warning system for around 500. A night vision package is, in addition, available, with headlamps that may automatically identify pedestrians and highlight them using a separate beam of light. This attribute, however, comes at a premium of nearly 1,800.