BMW repair is a specialty at Shaus Motorsport in Aurora, so we know when it comes to the new BMW 5 Series, it’s all in the details. It’s currently BMW’s second best-selling model, right after the 3 Series. This is impressive since passenger cars compose only 39 percent of the market last year, which was actually down from 43 percent in 2015 and 52 percent in 2012.
According to a Good Car Bad Car article, the BMW 5 Series comes in at number 52 in the 2016 year end rankings of all cars.
We can understand why so many people like them. According to a BMW article, the Series 5 is built with lightweight high-strength magnesium, aluminum, and steel, and can go from 0-60 in 4.7 seconds in the 540i xDrive Sedan. It has maximum stability, higher efficiency, and improved handling. The improved chassis optimizes the weight distribution. Improvements to the steering give you precise feedback.
The 5 Series is the seventh-generation version of this six-cylinder 335-horsepower sedan, codenamed G30, and has withstood the test of time.
According to a Bloomberg review, BMW a German luxury vehicle manufacturer has proven to offer superior chassis, suspension, and handling. The BMW article describes the available Adaptive Mode intuitively adjusts to your driving style and the road conditions. It can anticipate curves, crossroads, and street types.
This year’s BMW 5 Series offers a surround view system with 3D view exterior cameras. The system uses four cameras that work together to create three-dimensional views of the space surrounding the vehicle. Standard versions of the 5 Series start near $56,000 but with upgrades go up t $82,000 or more. The BMW article says the Active Lane Keeping Assistant uses camera sensors to detect lane markings and keep your vehicle in the lane’s center.
The Bloomberg review says the cameras in the 5 Series are better thought-out in how they show the car and its surroundings. The screens are clearer. The angles of the camera shots are better and built with the driver in mind. The technology is displayed on a new, 10.3-inch display touchscreen that syncs with features that you can control with buttons on the steering wheel and center console. It’s also sensitive to voice commands and hand gestures, and even the top of the iDrive knob, which has a touchpad on it. According to BMW, the Series 5 is the first BMW’s to have iDrive 6.0, which feeds you live content and understands natural speech patterns to answer your commands. It has Optional Gesture Control, which allows you to use simple hand gestures to control navigation, communication, and entertainment. This lets you stay focused on driving.
The 540i comes with adaptive LED headlights and LED fog lights, with chrome-lined exterior trim.
The Bloomberg review points out, “This is perhaps the best setup in the game, not because it’s revolutionary, but because it executes the little things well. (It’s the system BMW’s Rolls-Royce subsidiary also uses.) BMW excels at painstaking attention to details that add up making this sedan striking in a sea of ho-hum contenders.”
Let’s take a look at the design of the 5 Series. According to the Bloomberg review, “the crenellations on the hood are slightly pinched compared with previous models, making it look just a bit leaner; the way the body is made of high-strength steel, magnesium, and aluminum, which means it’s lighter and stronger than products made from mere aluminum and steel.”
The car’s remote key fob is large but it can park the car into a spot remotely while the driver stands outside the car. This comes in handy when you have to park in tight spaces in garages or on city streets. It costs $750 and is offered just in the 5 Series cars.
More details include a new design this year which is an etch along the lower part of the sides. The Bloomberg review notices, “the door height and handles are positioned and weighted for perfect entry.”
The adaptive larger LED lights complement slightly larger kidney grilles that have automatic shutters for the first time, helping move air around the car for improved aerodynamics and therefore, improved efficiency. The Bloomberg review concludes, “the 5 Series as a whole, with its structured body and bulging hood, is the more chiseled option in the segment.”
The details of the interior should be mentioned. The 540i has an improved soft-close automatic doors. The Dakota leather trim is richer and softer. The rear-view mirror gently auto-dims when the car turns off. BMW describes the 5 Series exterior as sporty and the interior as elegant with Ambience Lighting and available premium Nappa Leather.
The new, optional, ergonomic seat can inflate to change from bucket-style racing seats to comfortable loungers. One option is 40/20/40 split-down rear seats and load-through capability to the trunk. The rear of the 540i is roomy and seats three adults.
The Bloomberg review says, the full-color, heads-up display is clearer and 75 percent larger than in previous generations. The controls on the center console, rest squarely around the center dial, which is big, easy to use, and clearly labeled. The 540i comes with rain-sensing wipers and a two-way glass moonroof. Connected to the cloud, BMW reports the Intelligent Voice Control gets smarter the more you use it by continually analyzing speech patterns for improved quality and reliability.
Drive: Every Little Improvement Helps
The Bloomberg review describes driving the 540i, saying it “provides a lesson in proper German engineering. As it picks up from the lower of its eight gears to topping out in sport mode, the balance of the car’s lighter weight (BMW claims to have shaved 137 pounds from previous models) and renewed connection on its now-standard run-flat tires harmonize beautifully, better than in previous years. Why? We now have an upgraded dynamic handling package and an M Sport package ($2,600) that is lowered. We also have a newly stiffened suspension; adaptive drive mode, which automatically adjusts the electric power steering and automatic transmission to your driving style and road conditions; and optional integral active steering, which combines rear-wheel steering with variable-ratio steering up front. That means the steering becomes quicker the more you wind the wheel, even as it remains consistent in velocity. This all makes for a more predictable car. Predictable, yes. But not boring.”
It’s easy to see why BMW has been making the popular 5 Series since 1972 because when it comes to the new BMW 5 Series, it’s all in the details. BMW repairs and maintenance is one of our specialties, so for all of your BMW repairs and maintenance, bring your vehicle into our BMW auto experts at Shaus Motorsport in Aurora.