The Courier-Mail - Cars Guide - - Prestige -

PRICE The base­line of $93,900 is up by nearly $10,000 and only the 530d has had a gen­uine price cut. BMW jus­ti­fies the ex­tra cost — nearly $20,000 on the 540i — by cit­ing be­tween $15,000 and $20,000 in ex­tra value. TECH­NOL­OGY Ev­ery­thing from the flag­ship 7 Se­ries moves across, with five ways — from but­tons to ges­tures and speech — to con­trol the func­tions. Tech in­cludes wire­less phone charg­ing and the abil­ity to re­motely park the car us­ing the smart key. PERFORMCANCE En­gines have been up­dated, with the 540i tak­ing the 3.0-litre turbo six from the 7 Se­ries. With rear-wheel drive, eight-speed auto and strong torque, there is plenty of over­tak­ing punch. DRIV­ING The 5 Se­ries is still the most eager driv­ing com­pan­ion in its class. The sweet spot is the 530i, with Dy­namic Damper Con­trol that helps with wheel con­trol and steer­ing, re­mov­ing the skit­tish feel from the ba­sic 520d. DE­SIGN The de­sign is not re­motely ad­ven­tur­ous but there is some deft de­tail­ing and the cabin is fin­ished like a lux­ury ho­tel. Smart stuff in­cludes ac­tive flaps in the grille to cut drag with­out com­pro­mis­ing cool­ing.

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