Review of BMW 5-Series
The BMW 5-Series still leads the executive car category, largely thanks to its stylish looks, excellent built quality and a driving experience that simply cannot be rivalled by its main competitors, the Mercedes E-Class, the Audi A6 and the Jaguar XF.
Apart from the four-door sedan body style, the German luxury car manufacturer also offers the 5-Series in a more practical 5-Series Touring estate format, as well as a striking-looking 5-Series GT five-door fastback.
The latest 5-Series was launched four years ago in 2010; in order to keep it up to date, the company gave it a substantial facelift last year. These modifications included tweaks to the rear and front lights, as well as an upgraded interior and an easier to understand iDrive cabin control system.
The BMW 5-Series comes with a choice of three petrol engines: a V8 5.0-litre, which powers the 550i; a 2-litre unit in the 520i and 528i models; and a 3.0-litre version driving the hybrid ActiveHybrid 5.
The V8 engine also powers the very impressive M5, with the extra two turbos bolted on by BMW's tuning division turning this model into a real threat to supercars.
On the diesel front, customers can choose from two engines: a 2.0-litre unit powering the 525d, 520d and 518d models and a 3.0-litre that powers the 535d and 530d models.
To make sure the 5-Series remains at the top of the executive car section, the company has also announced two new trim levels: Luxury and Modern.