The 2017 BMW 5 Series is daintier than the exiting Bimmer - it’s also more economical. As expected, the 5 is fit to burst with better tech and it’s also had a shot in the arm in the comfort division. It’s a nice-looking car, too – with a handsome exterior, not hugely different from the withdrawing model.
Behind the wheel, the latest 5 Series is agile, even though it’s longer and broader. 0-62mph is attained in a stunning 5.4 seconds – and when BMW’s all-wheel-drive system - xDrive - is installed, the car grips to curves like superglue.
Turn into a snaking section of blacktop and the 2017 BMW 5 Series answers swiftly to steering inputs, while the BMW’s Comfort, Sport and ECO PRO settings - each adjusting the steering and throttle response – will fit your disposition, as well as weather and road conditions, flawlessly.
But, let’s be frank; the 2017 BMW 5 Series is more likely to be used as a motorway cruiser than a sports car flung through hairpins. We had no worries travelling at 70mph along the Spanish test routes we were assigned. The 2017 BMW 5 Series irons out defects in the asphalt, making any road surface feel new.
Expect to fork out £49,130 for the 265ps BMW 2017 530d xDrive M Sport Saloon I drove, but if you’re a business user picking this as your company car, the BMW 5 Series will give you those lower emissions you’ll need for bargain benefit in kind tax bills. This renewed, potent model emanates just 138g/km of CO2 - and you’ll be pleased to hear it will yield up to 53.2mpg.
Max speed: 155 mph
0-62 mph: 5.4 secs
Combined mpg: 53.2
Engine layout: 2,993 cc 6-cylinder turbo diesel
Max. power (PS): 265
CO2: 138 g/km