Next generation 5 Series revealed

So here it is, the all-new G30 5 Series, the seventh generation of BMW’s mid-range executive saloon. It’s packed with high tech driving aids and will be the most connected vehicle BMW has ever made, featuring a blend of 7 Series technology plus some new items not seen before. It features newer, more powerful yet more economical power units and updated styling. Significant weight saving measures have reduced its kerb weight by up to 100kg in some models.

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Styling

Visually the G30 is a combination of old and new BMW design cues and from the front, certainly, it bears a strong resemblance to the recently launched 7 Series. We won’t say too much about the styling as you’ll be able to make up your own minds, but it’s definitely evolutionary rather than revolutionary.

In terms of size the new Five is 4935mm long, 1868mm wide and 1466mm high, increases over the outgoing F10 Five of 36, six and two millimetres respectively. In addition, the wheelbase has grown by seven millimetres and now comes in at 2975mm.

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Modern aerodynamic practices have made the G30 super slippery and with the skinniest tyres it records an impressive Cd figure of 0.22, thanks to the extensive use of active aerodynamics.

Headlights are LED items across the range with Adaptive LEDs available on the options list.

Our favourite external detail is the new take on the traditional BMW swage line running the length of the car. This emerges from the top of the front wheel arch with the upper swage line subtly running up and into the C-pillar in the Hofmeister kink area, something that hasn’t been seen before.

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The tail-lights are of the typical modern BMW L-shape and feature the expected LED light bars. All models will now feature a pair of exhausts symmetrically placed either side of the car and the size and shape of these will vary from model to model.

 

Engine and drivetrain

As you’d expect, the new Five comes equipped with the latest range of engines and at launch in February 2017 the four available models will consist of two diesels, the 520d and 530d, and two petrols, the 530i and 540i. As far as we know all models will come to the UK.

The four launch engines will be rapidly joined in March by a PHEV, the 530e iPerformance, a 520d EfficientDynamics Edition, and the range-topper (until the M5 arrives), the M550i xDrive. The M550i will be quite a performer, knocking off the 0-62mph dash in a scant four seconds!

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We won’t run through the entire range of outputs and vital stats as these can be seen in the spec panel below.

The entire range (bar the 520d EfficientDynamics and 530e which are rear-wheel drive only) is available in both rear-drive and xDrive configurations, although the M550i will only be sold with xDrive. For the UK market, xDrive on a 5 Series will be available for the first time. The only new Five that can be spec’d with the six-speed manual is the rear-wheel drive version of the 520d – all other models (including the 520d ED) will be fitted with the eight-speed auto.

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Interior

It should come as little surprise that the new 5 Series has adopted most of its interior styling cues from its bigger 7 Series brother and it’s now roomier inside too, with more head and shoulder room. The boot is larger than the outgoing model at 530 litres, too.

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As with the new Seven there are a myriad of different ways to control your 5 Series with many of the car’s functions going through the iDrive screen, which now features a touch-screen as well as the more familiar rotary controller. In addition, the car also features advanced voice recognition and, as an option, gesture control, like the 7 Series.

The instrument cluster features black-panel technology and the optional head-up display is the latest generation item and will be 70 per cent larger than the previous system.

 

Suspension and brakes

With a redesigned chassis, intelligent lightweight engineering, even weight distribution and a highly torsion-resistant body, BMW says the seventh generation of the 5 Series ‘combines superb driving enjoyment with a new dimension in driver assistance technology’.

The Five features a newly designed double wishbone front suspension and a multi-link rear end with the whole setup featuring the extensive use of lightweight materials.

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Trim levels

While some markets will get Sport and Luxury trim levels we believe the UK will have SE and M Sport models to choose from, and both will offer more kit than the previous generation.

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Verdict

The 5 Series is a vital car for BMW and with this seventh generation BMW looks like it’s onto another winner. BMW UK sells 15,000 5 Series Saloons and 5000 Tourings a year, and it’ll be hoping to build on those numbers with the impressive G30.

 

For the full story check out the November issue of BMW Car in the shops on 20 October and available as a digital download on 17th October.

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