The design of the new BMW 5 Series Sedan exudes athletic prowess, elegance and stylistic assurance. The exterior dimensions of the new car are only slightly larger than those of its predecessor. The new BMW 5 Series Sedan is 36 millimetres longer than the outgoing model (at 4,935 millimetres), six millimetres wider (1,868 millimetres) and two millimetres taller (1,466 millimetres). Its wheelbase measures 2,975 millimetres (+7 millimetres).
The passenger cell is set back when viewed in relation to the long wheelbase and leads the eye over a flowing roofline to the rear end, while a short front overhang underscores the car’s sporting appearance. The rear lights reach deep into the sides of the car, creating a visual connection between its flanks and rear end. Cutting-edge LED bars enable a slim interpretation of the hallmark BMW “L” shape and underline the width of the new sedan.
All new BMW 5 Series models will now come with active air flap control for the radiator. This system opens the louvres in the kidney grille elements and lower air intakes when more cooling air is required, but otherwise keeps them closed to optimise aerodynamic efficiency.
The Sport Line and Luxury Line
BMW offers the Sport Line and Luxury Line equipment packages for the BMW 5 Series, allowing it to be tailored as closely as possible to the customer’s personal wishes.
Sport Line shines the spotlight on the car’s dynamic character and stands out with numerous trim elements in high-gloss black and line-specific 18-inch light-alloy wheels (optional 19-inch) in a bi-colour polished finish. Opening the doors reveals illuminated aluminium door sill strips with a BMW logo and Sport Line badge. For the interior, Sport Line adds BMW sports seats with cloth/leather covers in the front, a BMW sports leather steering wheel and specific trim strips.
Luxury Line emphasises the car’s elegant character with features such as chrome kidney grille bars, Air Breathers and window surrounds. Line-specific light-alloy wheels (standard: 18-inch, optional: 19-inch) underscore its exclusive looks. The aluminium door sill strips with BMW logo bear Luxury Line lettering. Leather covers with contrast stitching and special decorative inlays shine an even brighter light on the high-class character of the interior. The instrument panel is covered in Sensatec.
M Sport package adds extra
The M Sport package will be available from launch for the new BMW 5 Series. It includes the M aerodynamic package (front apron with larger air intakes, side skirt trim, a diffusor-style rear apron and an exhaust system with two rectangular tailpipes), lowered M Sport suspension and M light-alloy wheels in 18-inch (optional 19-inch) format. Inside the car, M sports seats with Alcantara covers highlight its sporting focus and are joined by the new M Sport leather steering wheel, exclusive floor mats, interior trim strips and aluminium pedals.
Gesture control, voice control, touchscreen and iDrive Controller
Gesture control for key functions was premiered last year in the BMW 7 Series, and the BMW 5 Series now features the latest version of this system. Navigation, telephone, entertainment features and vehicle functions can be visualised on the optionally available high-resolution 10.25-inch screen and controlled not just in the usual manner using the iDrive Controller, but also by means of gestures, voice commands or simply touching the buttons on the display.
BMW 530i and BMW 540i
The new two-litre four-cylinder in-line engine in the BMW 530i supersedes the petrol unit previously fitted in the BMW 528i. The turbocharged direct injection engine delivers its peak output of 185 kW/252 hp (up 5 kW/7 hp on its predecessor) between 5,200 and 6,500 rpm, and puts its maximum torque of 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) on tap from 1,450 rpm all the way up to 4,800 rpm. Average fuel consumption works out at 5.5 l/100 km (51.4 mpg imp)*, equating to CO2 emissions of 126 g/km. CO2 emissions have therefore dropped by around 11 per cent compared to before. The BMW 530i sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.2 seconds and reaches a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).
The range-topping engine for the time being can be found in the new BMW 540i and generates 250 kW/340 hp (+25 kW/34 hp) between 5,500 and 6,500 rpm. The three-litre straight-six musters up a mighty 450 Nm / 332 lb ft of torque (+50 Nm/37 lb-ft) from 1,380 – 5,200 rpm. Despite the superior output and the resulting extra dose of dynamic ability, average consumption is a frugal 6.5 l/100 km (43.5 mpg imp)*. CO2 emissions come in at 149 g/km*, a reduction of eleven per cent over the outgoing model. The sedan powers from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 5.1 seconds and top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph). The all-wheel- drive BMW 540i xDrive sets a new class-beating time of 4.8 seconds for the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph). Its fuel consumption is 6.9 l/100 km (40.9 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions come in at 159 g/km*.
|Length Width Height (mm)||4936 x 1868 x 1479||4936 x 1868 x 1479|
|Engine||2.0-litre inline 4, TwinScroll turbocharger, Di with Valvetronic||3.0-litre inline 6, TwinScroll turbocharger, Di with Valvetronic|
|Power HP@RPM||252 @ 5200-6500||340 @ 5500-6500|
|Torque Nm@RPM||350 @ 1450-4800||450 @ 1380-5200|
|Gearbox||8-speed Steptronic||8-speed Steptronic|
|Fr Suspension||Aluminium double track control arm axle with separate lower track arm level||Aluminium double track control arm axle with separate lower track arm level|
|Rr Suspension||Five-link axle in aluminium lightweight construction||Five-link axle in aluminium lightweight construction|
|Brakes||Fr Four-piston fixed-calliper disc brakes / vented Rr Single-piston floating-calliper disc brakes / vented||Fr Four-piston fixed-calliper disc brakes / vented Rr Single-piston floating-calliper disc brakes / vented|
|Wheels||7.5J x 17 light alloy||7.5J x 17 light alloy|
|Tyres||225/55 R17 97Y||225/55 R17 97Y|