TEST CAR: BMW 530d xDrive POWER/ TORQUE: 265hp/520lbs ft 0-62MPH: 5.4 seconds TOP SPEED: 155mph (electronically limited) FUEL CONSUMPTION: 53.2mpg CO2 EMISSIONS: 138k/gm PRICE: £48,355
But now, just in the nick of time for BMW, there’s an all-new 5 Series and comes with the promise of unrivalled comfort, luxury, technology, efficiency and driving fun. Not that it shouts about it. Because, at a glance, this 5 Series doesn’t look that much differ- ent from the old one, only bigger.
BMW may have played it safe with the exterior, but they’ve really gone to town with the interior. There’s much about this 5 Series which has been ‘borrowed’ from the 7 Series, the most notable being the layout of the cabin and its fit and finish. Everything you touch has the same high-quality feel as its range-topping brother. It’s an evolutionary leap forward for the 5 Series which, without doubt, returns it back to the top of its class.
More than just the quality, it’s the impressive quietness of this car, too. BMW call it SYNTAK technology, which essentially encases the engine compartment in soundproof material, effectively suppressing any outside noise, leaving the cabin in virtual silence.