2017 BMW 5 Series

Economical with a burst of better tech!

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.

Fast Facts

  • 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          

  • Price: £49,130

Written by motoring journalist, Tim Barnes-Clay.
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