By: Chris Walsh
This week’s review was intended to be about BMW’s super new 3 Series Saloon.
That was until the press car booked for me picked up a mysterious and somewhat frustrating ‘technical issue’ that put pay to my loan. But, ever the optimist, I know that good can often comes from bad, especially when BMW are involved. And the proof of that quickly arrived with the replacement car – the not-so-new-but-equally
So here we go – the new BMW 5 Series is quite simply the best car money can buy. The understated looks, sporting credentials, driving dynamics, outstanding efficiency and ridiculous levels of comfort and build quality only serve to prove my opening gambit.
With the longest wheelbase in the segment, a long and sleek engine compartment, short overhangs and a coupé-like, graceful roofline, the new BMW 5 Series was always going to stand out from the crowd. And if that crowd is getting on your wick, the modern and harmonious interior on offer is the perfect place to hide yourself away from them.
The standard range starts with the boardroom favourite 520d. With 184hp on offer, progress is going to be less than sluggish but features like the Auto Start Stop function combined with all manner of fuel saving technologies ensures that the fugal figures of 56.5mpg and 132g/km of CO2 should be yours. At the other end of the scale you have the 550i. A car that comes with eight cylinders, two turbo’s and four hundred and seven horses.
I intentionally describe these models as standard for good reason. This is because BMW has two further alternatives up its incredibly long and clever sleeve. Firstly, you have the ultra-green BMW Active Hybrid 5; a car that re-writes the rulebook for such a big and heavy car. And secondly you have the notorious M5, a car that re-writes the rulebook in it’s own, unique way.
Kit remains high in the 5. So much so, that certain driver assistance systems have only just made it onto the 5 Series for the first time. A Harry Potter style Parking Assistant is there, so is Surround View, collision warning with brake application, Active Cruise Control plus Stop & Go and a new Speed Limit Device all make an appearance. Further features like Lane Change Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Speed Limit Info, a Head-Up Display, BMW Night Vision with individual person detection and a back-up camera also appear.
It’s safe to say that the new BMW 5 Series has easily conquered the world. With its untouchable qualities and tailor-made design, this car remains as the epitome of the innovative and driver-oriented executive barge.
Model: BMW 530d M Sport
Price From: £42,120
0-62: 6.0 seconds
CO2 emission: 145g/km
2010/2011 VED: F £135.00pa (1st Year £135.00)