The all-new BMW 5 Series model brings everything the famously technologically advanced brand has to offer in terms of modern style, frugal engines and safety technology; both passive and active. In such a competitive market, a manufacturer must beat its rival with their very best. That’s the 5 Series, and here are its standout features.
On the outside, leading from the front, we see the trademark BMW kidney front grille set in a curved nose and flanked by a pair of twin-projector headlights. The real curving and sculpting detail starts on the car’s flanks and continues all the way to the modern looking LED rear lights. It’s a masterclass in understated and simplistic design that makes a bold statement.
The BMW 5 Series is also available as a Gran Turismo model that grows the rear section of the bodywork for increased space for the rear seat passengers, without turning the car into an estate. This can be useful for families that need more headroom or for drivers that regularly transport taller, adult passengers.
The BMW 5 Series interior manages a neat trick of mixing modern technology and comfort with more traditional looking wood veneer finishes and very angular and bold design lines.
The main part of the dashboard is angled and raised towards the driver, while the passenger gets a wide and clean expanse of glovebox with plenty more smooth wood and soft leather to look at. And, of course, should the budget allow, there’s plenty of leather to be found on the seating, door cards and roof lining.
Nestled in the centre of the interior, in the centre console is a new 8-speed automatic transmission that uses its wide spread of ratios to under work the engine as much as possible, keeping emissions down and fuel economy up.
Integral Active Steering
Another all-new highlight inside the new BMW 5 Series is the Integral Active Steering system that, in certain circumstances, steers the rear wheels as well as the front, making the 5 Series easy to manoeuvre in tight spots and more stable during high speed lane changes.
BMW Head-Up Display
A head-up display system is not a new trick for your car to perform, but the new BMW 5 Series does it very convincingly and with the latest in clean, crisp and clear graphics technology. Basically, the head-up system projects certain important information into the windscreen so that the driver doesn’t have to take their eyes off the road to read it.
Information like the car’s speed, the speed limit and the next sat-nav manoeuvre are all clearly displayed just under the driver’s eyeline, meaning the driver spends critically less time with their eyes off the road. Information is kept to a basic but important minimum so the driver can take it all in, in just a touch more than the blink of an eye.
Brake Energy Regeneration
Instead of using an engine driven alternator to recharge the car’s main battery, the system under the curvy hood of the new BMW 5 Series uses a more advanced system where, when the driver brakes or releases the throttle, the engine’s surplus power is then sent to the battery to top it up. This means that the battery isn’t being constantly charged by the engine and is therefore not a constant drain on the engine, which, of course, uses more fuel.