When the BMW 5 Series gets refreshed it’s a pretty big deal. It has long been considered the benchmark for premium saloons and estates, but with new rivals such as Volvo trying to worm their way into a sector dominated by BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz, it’s no surprise that the 5 Series has been overhauled to stay ahead of the competition.
BMW 5 Series -What’s new?
Aside from a slightly more slender appearance, the 5 Series looks very similar to its predecessor. However, under the skin there have been plenty of changes. For example, the chassis has been reworked using more
lightweight materials, which contribute to an overall weight reduction of 100kg.
Meanwhile the notoriously smooth ride has been further optimised with a new suspension setup at the front and the rear.
What’s under the bonnet?
Our 530d test car came with a 3.0-litre, six-cylinder diesel engine. It’s an ideal powerplant for those who drive long distances, with excellent response and a surging, torquey power delivery. Resist the urge to put your foot down and you can easily achieve nearly 60mpg.
The 2.0-litre diesel is even more efficient, promising economy in excess of 60mpg and costing less to begin with. It doesn’t have the same badge appeal as the 530d, but it has more than enough performance so you never feel like you’re missing out.
What’s it like to drive?
A calm, relaxing drive has always been the 5 Series’ key selling point, and BMW has exceeded its own high standard with the latest model. At motorway speeds it manages to smooth out the road so that even long drives are dispatched with zero stress.
What’s arguably even more impressive is that this is not at the expense of great handling. The steering weight is perfectly judged and the 5 Series refrains from rolling around making it surprisingly fun to throw down a back road.
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