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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.

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