BMW fans, it is time to rejoice because the 5 Series is back on form, with
redefining dynamics and limo levels of luxury combined with the traditional
styling of the much-loved E39 model of the latter 1990s.
Better still, non BMW
drivers also have something to be grateful for as well, because the 535i as
tested here displays some atypical brand traits, making it one of the most
complete sedans we have ever tested.
Of course, the luxury midsizer is not
perfect, and the price as per usual is heart-breakingly high, but the 5 Series
at last delivers with style, quality and panache.
Model release dates: June 2010 - September 2013
THE E60 5 Series was one of Chris Bangle’s most controversial designs,
dramatically breaking away from the styling of its predecessors.
It also had an
advanced body, a mixture of aluminium and steel, aluminium suspension and
six-speed automatics as standard, plus active steering, which alters the rack
ratio depending on the speed, as standard.
The E60 replaced the last classic 5
Series, the E39, in October 2003, while a wagon version arrived two years
The 525i had a 141kW and 245Nm 2.5-litre inline six-cylinder engine with
variable valve timing, while the 530i had a 170kW and 300Nm straight six and a
4.4-litre V8 with 245kW and 460Nm was used for the 545i.
The six-cylinder and
the V8 engines were upgraded, and, finally, a diesel version was made available
in 2005 – the 530d with 160kW and 480Nm.
A mighty M5 arrived in June 2005 with
a 373kW/520Nm V10 linked to the now-defunct SMG automated-manual gearbox.
revised the 5 Series in 2007, when it introduced the entry-level 523i petrol
six before an even cheaper four-cylinder diesel, called the 520d, arrived later