The sweeping dash features a main instrument cluster with analog gauges flanked on the right by a center control screen with the functions accessed through the iDrive knob on the center console. Though it carries the 5 Series name, this model shares as much with the larger 7 Series, and many of its measurements — including all seating dimensions — differ from those of the 5 Series sedan. The bizarre 5 Series Gran Turismo is separately. All the cars require premium gas. The rear seats are acceptable for adults, but the space would never be considered generous, as the backs of the front seats are not sculpted for rear passenger knees. The second-generation models E28 followed the same template, but that chassis is credited with introducing powerplants and the amazing — the fastest production sedan on the planet when it was launched in 1984.
Adaptive xenon headlights are optional on the 528i and standard elsewhere. This suspension approach is similar to that used on the 7. The 18-way power seats included in the Sport package make a Herman Miller chair feel like a pile of cinder blocks and save you the shame of the standard 10-way thrones. If you and three friends have a long way to go and a short time to get there, and want to do so in comfort and style, you won't go wrong here. Body motions are well controlled, the car never pitching much in corners, with plenty of grip on tap.
Or should it be the lithe sport sedan upon which it built its reputation as the benchmark of its class? If the new 5 Series is anything, it's quiet and comfortable. The highly lacquered wood trim looks great while still looking like wood, instead of shiny plastic, a fate that plagues some other luxury marques. You get the best of both worlds because of the Sport Transmission settings and the Turbo engine. Crisp, muscular character lines define the flanks of the 5, while a lower, more aggressive nose replaces the softer, more rounded twin-kidney grille and headlamps with large eyebrows. Subjective driving feel bears this out.
Archived from on 25 October 2013. For example, practically every new entry-level car comes standard with a folding backseat, and, increasingly, an iPod connector. Sounds like a recipe for jarred bones, but that wasn't the case. Wikimedia Commons has media related to. With four people on board and a decent amount of gear in the trunk, the one-day, 600-mile round-trip drive involved hundreds of miles of mind-numbing highways, capped by an invigorating 7,000-foot climb into the southern Sierra Nevada mountain range. Of course you pay the prize for it in poor gas consumption, which gives you on an average 15 mpg. Our six-foot two-inch frame drops into the 18-way multi-contour front seats and melts.
You can also shift manually by then pushing the stick forward or back, or by using paddles on the steering wheel. In fact, we would have added the Sport Automatic with shift paddles more on that later , four-zone climate control and Smartphone integration. The chassis is constructed from various grades of steel and the body is 55% stiffer than its E60 predecessor. I would highly recommend this car to all who are reading up about this car and ready to pull the trigger. The problem, is that when crawling along in rush hour traffic you can really feel the clutch working, often delivering a herky-jerky driving experience. Like most of the auto news industry, we also sometimes accept travel, lodging and event access for vehicle drive and news coverage opportunities.
The F10 M5, introduced in 2011, is powered by the S63 twin-turbocharged V8 engine coupled to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. There are, however, a few problems, like the jerky drive and atrocious fuel economy. The ActiveHybrid 5 includes a and a coasting mode. There has been a lot of negative press with regards to new electric steering technology, but we didn't find it a deal breaker as it seems to match the tone set by the rest of the vehicle. Almost a crossover, the seating position is 2-inches higher than in the 7 Series and just 4-inches shy of the X3. It is actually hard to keep it under 100 on the highway. The test mule also boasts more optional safety features — things like a heads-up display for speed and system messages , lane departure warning, a blind spot detection system, and rear view camera with top and side views surround view on the massive 10.
I went through a broker and saved 5K on this bad boy! Despite the larger exterior, the 5 Series' interior isn't notably roomier than before. Most suspension components are made from aluminium. This allows the car's inertia to turn the engine and its alternator, optimizing electrical regeneration. I had looked at several other cars and drove almost 3 hours to see this one. On the highway, the mid-size sedan cruises very fast, and very quietly. Then there are the high-tech touches like the blackscreen dash gauges and the massive 10.
The pistons are strengthened to cope with the added boost and compression. I was told the radio that was not functioning would be replaced before I picked it up and that an antenna would be installed. Replacing the outgoing E60-generation 2003-2010 , the new platform F10 is a shortened version of that used for the bigger, more posh 7 series F01. Perhaps it's the ability to shift manually not many cars of its ilk allow this that predisposes me to the 5. With four planetary gearsets and five clutch packs, the new transmission is designed so that no more than two of its clutch packs freewheel at a given time.
Until the next-gen M5 arrives, this is the quickest 5 Series on the market. All three models will ultimately be offered with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, although initially, rear-wheel drive will be the only option. Model value: The 5-Series lineup of models offers athletic and surefooted sedans that also offer a surprising level of comfort inside. Trunk space can be accessed by either flipping up the smaller reverse liftgate portion, or by lifting the entire back hatch glass included like a traditional hatchback. Show full review I don't walk away from every new model with a single overriding impression, but sometimes a car grabs me by the collar and shakes me.