Pick­ing holes in per­fec­tion


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Watch the throne

Our 7-se­ries wasn’t blessed with seats that suited me. But the 5-se­ries’ are se­ri­ously good, as an eight-hour trip proved. Fall­ing into the £1265 com­fort seats elic­its groans of plea­sure ev­ery time. The mas­sage func­tion is good, though there must be a quicker way to ac­ti­vate it than my 30-sec­ond iDrive in­put marathon.

The mas­ter­piece

As Ben Barry dis­cov­ered on his epic Morocco ad­ven­ture ear­lier in the year, the 5-se­ries is a ine car in 520d form. But you’d be un­likely to re­gret the £8k push for the 3.0-litre diesel six, which is re­turn­ing high-30s mpg. One day I’ll sum­mon the pa­tience to do some grown-up driv­ing, and hit high-40s, if not BMW’s 53.3. BEN MILLER

Turn this all o !

I’ve taken to dis­abling many of the G30 5-se­ries’ as­sis­tance sys­tems. Ac­tive Cruise Con­trol is ac­com­plished, and you can leave it in charge down to a stand­still, but Steer­ing As­sis­tant is un­so­phis­ti­cated, Lane Change Warn­ing is ir­ri­tat­ing and the Ap­proach Warn­ing klaxon goes o• con­stantly, even when it’s set to ‘Late’.

Thumbs up

The head-up dis­play neatly in­te­grates sat-nav and the adap­tive cruise con­trol, show­ing both your speed and the new speed limit (picked out with un­fail­ing ac­cu­racy by the car’s stereo cam­eras and map­ping data), so that all you need do is click up or down on the cruise speed con­trol to go straight to the new limit.

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