New BMW 5 Series Revealed
BMW’s new 5 Series goes on sale this month boasting tweaked aesthetics, improved economy and extra technology.
Priced from £36,025, this seventh-generation 5 Series looks similar to the outgoing car, but is in fact slightly larger and features a 36mm increase in overall length.
Even so, BMW has managed to make the car even more aerodynamic than its predecessor, claiming a 10 per cent reduction in drag. It’s lighter, too, with some variants weighing in at around 100kg lighter than their forebears.
This improvement has been achieved not only with the sleek and lightweight design, but also with the implementation of new technology. For example, all 5 Series models will get the Active Air Stream grille, which closes the louvres in the grille and air intakes to improve aerodynamics and re-opens them when the cooling airflow is required.
Inside, the new 5 Series’ 530-litre boot represents a small improvement of 10 litres over the outgoing car, while the cabin benefits from increased rear legroom and additional soundproofing.
There’s a feast of new technology, too, with the 10.25-inch iDrive infotainment screen now offered with gesture control, as well as the standard-fit satellite navigation system. The remote control parking capability first seen on the latest-generation 7 Series will also make it across to the smaller saloon, albeit as an optional extra.
A ‘Display Key’ is also available as an option, providing a screen on the key fob with which to check the vehicle’s status and make changes, such as pre-setting the climate control. The system also allows drivers to check the vehicle’s fuel level and see whether they locked the doors and closed the windows.
Mobile phone pairing plays a key role in the vehicle’s on-board infotainment offering, with wireless charging and a WiFi hotspot both available. Apple Car Play is also fitted, while BMW Connected works with the phone to suggest routes to appointments and pre-set the navigation.
Under the bonnet, customers will be able to choose from an engine range comprising two petrols and two diesels. At launch, the petrol engines will be the 2.0-litre, 249bhp 530i and the 3.0-litre, 335bhp 540i, which will come with four-wheel drive as standard.
Diesel, however, is likely to be the more popular choice for UK buyers, who get the choice of the 2.0-litre 520d or the 3.0-litre 530d. Both engines will be available with BMW’s optional xDrive four-wheel-drive system.
The most efficient engine in the range will be the 188bhp 520d, which returns 68.8mpg and 108g/km CO2 emissions, while the best performance will come from the 3.0-litre straight six found in the 540i. That car’s twin-scroll turbocharger allows it to sprint from 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds. However, a 134.5mpg plug-in hybrid and a more efficient, 102g/km version of the 520d will arrive at a later date.