BMW just introduced the next generation of Series 5, starting with a Sedan that - in its seventh generation - takes a lot of its features from the larger BMW Series 7. In February the new BMW will be available with a diesel or petrol option, while in March customers can also feast their eyes on the BMW 530e iPerformance plugin hybrid.


Due to hard yet light materials and being about 100 kilograms lighter than its predecessor, this sedan has one of the lowest drag coefficients (Cd = 0.22). It has grown in size a bit, though – the exterior dimensions increased to 4,935 millimetres in length, 1,868 millimetres in width and 1,466 millimetres in height. The increase is also refelcted in the more generous feeling of space with greater head- and legroom in the rear. Moreover, the boot space is also larger, offering 530 litres of highly useful emptiness. Adding to passenger comfort is the newly designed chassis with new damper technology and lightweight braking system.

As stated previously, the BMW Series 5 got quite a few of its modern accessories from its bigger brother, the BMW Series 7. For example, such are the switches on the dashboard with a high-resolution 10.25-inch screen, displaying navigation, telephone, entertainment features and vehicle functions that can also be controlled by means of gestures, voice commands or simply touching the buttons on the display. The car's built-in Microsoft Exchange function enables exchanging and editing emails, calendar entries and contact details, while ParkNow helps to easily locate, book and pay for free parking spaces without cash. Additionally, there are even more features to make driving easier like On-Street Parking Information (OSPI). The driver is able to let go a little with the help of various driving assistant systems that operate at speeds of up to 210 km/h.

At the beginning of sales in February, BMW Series 5 will be available in four engine variants coming from the ranks of a newly designed modular family – two petrol and two turbodiesel units. Already in March, the powertrain lineup will expand, among others also with the introduction of BMW 530e iPerformance plugin hybrid. It will be equipped with a four-cylinder petrol engine and BMW eDrive electric drive system (plug-in hybrid), developing 185 kW of power. In a completely electric mode the car will be able to make 45 kilometers at maximum speed of 140 km/h, with fuel consumption of 2.0 liters/100 km and 46 g/km of CO2 emissions.

Oct. 14, 2016 Driving photo: BMW

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