BMW the automobile giant has recently created a stir in the Indian automobile market by introducing the latest BMW 5 Series car. This vehicle not only has great looks, but also provides excellent performance on the road. The 530d is termed to be an ideal city slicker that is sure to be in great demand in the premium saloon. This latest generation is said to be in its 6th generation and more an upgrade than new product that is put together. Hence, what is viewed is an enhanced rear and front end having couple of changes that are given to the side profile. A wonderful advantage point of the vehicle is its specific variant features M Sports package that indicates directly to be more sporty and glamorous than stock 530d.
Style and Design
BMW 5 Series is rather a stunning sedan having attractive body design, which includes numerous remarkable aspects that is likely to lure most customers. Beginning with front façade, the vehicle has BMW styled radiator grille in the form or kidney-bean shape and treated with plenty of chrome. Headlight cluster that is trendy is incorporated along with LED headlamps. There are also LED running lights having automatic high beam assistance. Below the grill is present wide bumper, fitted with wide air intake segment that cools the engine quickly. Moreover, it is flanked by LED fog lamps having chrome surround. Sleek bonnet does have attractive appearance with several visible character lines present in it. Widescreen is big and equipped with rain sensing pair of intermittent wipers. When side profile is concerned, it includes body color is included outside of rear view mirrors having mirror heating and anti-dazzle function. The door handles are also body colored, while door sills have chrome garnishing. The wheel arches are neatly carved and equipped with elegant 18” light alloy wheels which gives stylish appearance to the side profile. The auto manufacturer has designed the vehicle rear end in an attractive manner. It includes radiant tail-light cluster, expressive boot lid which as badge of the manufacturer engraved neatly on it. The other vital aspects include couple of reflectors, pair of reflectors, wide windscreen which completes the overall appearance of the rear profile.
The overall length of the BMW 5 Series vehicle is about 4907mm, with width of about 2102mm, including side view mirrors. The total height of the vehicle is 1462mm and minimum ground clearance being 158mm. The front tread is 1600mm and rear tread is 1626mm. The wheelbase is large enough around 2968mm, which means, it has roomy cabin.
One can find BMW 5 Series in different colors to choose from like Imperial Blue, Deep Sea Blue, Black Sapphire, Havana, Alpine White and Milano Beige.
Cabin And Interiors
The sedan, BMW 5 Series is very much eye catching and boasts of having plush internal cabin, which is packed with plenty of sophisticated features. The cabin space is huge enough to offer comfortable seating and can accommodate five people. Besides this, there is also ample leg room, including shoulder space for the occupants that would make them to feel comfortable and relaxed. The manufacturer has taken special care to ensure that only high quality materials are used in the cabin to give it a sophisticated and luxurious look. The seats are covered with premium leather upholstery and well cushioned. The front seats are electrically adjustable having memory function and lumbar support. The cockpit is appealing and has few advanced aspects. The dashboard has been neatly and integrated with several equipments for providing elegance. It also includes stylish instrument cluster and sleek center console, which is fitted with infotainment system. Moreover, it boasts of having steering wheel and has few control switches that are mounted on it. A multi-functional instrument display is present that offers impressive visual presentation. It displays three different modes, ECP PRO, Sport and Comfort having specific features. The sun blinds and glass sunroof present on the rear side windows exists in all variants. The front armrest is sliding and has storage compartment and the inside mirrors do come with auto anti-dazzle function. Besides these, the vehicle comes with 25.9cm color display that is incorporated with the latest professional navigation system, including iDrive system. The other aspects of the cabin include storage space, rear center armrest and cup holders, smokers’ package, electric steering column, etc.
BMW 5 Series is packed with numerous comfort features, which provide pleasurable driving experience to the occupants and includes auto air conditioning units which cools the cabin and creates pleasant ambiance. Top variant includes display with multi-color TFT screen, displaying present road speed, navigation instructions. Moreover, it does have rear seat entertainment with two screens of 23.4cm size and remote control. There is USB connectivity provided in all the variants, besides other aspects like Bluetooth, voice control, and contact photo display. Then, there is Harman-Kardon Surround Sound System having 600W powerful digital amplifier, with 16 loudspeakers. There is spacious luggage compartment that is big enough to store plenty of stuff. The space can be increased further by having the rear seat folded.
Engine & Transmission
The BMW 5 Series is available in the market in 3 diesel engine options. 520d luxury line along with Modern Line variants has been equipped with twin turbo, in-line, 2.0 liter, diesel engine with 1995cc displacement capacity. The vehicle is integrated with rail based common direct injection, with turbocharger having variable turbine geometry to assist deliver power packed performance. Moreover, it also has the capability to generate 184bhp of power at 4000 RPM, when combined with 382Nm peak torque output between 1750-2750RPM. 525d luxury trim has been powered with similar diesel engine of 2.0 liter, having capability to churn out 218bhp of power at 4400 RPM with torque output of 450Nm between 1500 and 2500 RPM. Both the engines have been mated with Steptronic 8-speed auto transmission gear box. The 3.0 liter, top end, 6 cylinder diesel engine comes with 2993cc of displacement capacity. It can generate about 258bhp power at 4000 RPM, when combined with 540NM of commanding torque between 1500 and 3000 RPM, which is quite incredible. The motor has been mated cleverly with Steptronic, 8 speed auto transmission gear box that allows this sedan in delivering decent mileage and acceleration.
The 520d 2.0 liter engine of BMW 5 Series has a capacity to return peak mileage of around 18.48kmpl that comes to about 15kmpl on the city roads, while the 525d luxury trim can return optimum mileage of about 14kmpl in city traffic conditions and 17.09kmpl on highways. The 3.0 liter has capability of providing fuel economy of 11kmpl within city limits and 14.69 on highways.
520d diesel engine does generate 154bhp of optimum power at 4000 RPM, while yielding 380Nm of peak torque output between 1750 and 2750 RPM, while 525d variant can produce 218bhp of peak power at 4400 RPM, generating 450Nm of maximum torque. The 530d M Sport trim has been fitted with 3.0 liter engine, producing 258bhp of maximum power at 4000 RPM and delivers 560Nm of peak torque, between 1500 – 3000 RPM.
The performance output of BMW 5 Series, if discussed about simply is 12bhp extra than that of the outgoing edition. By including 8 speed Sport Auto Transmission tends to add in getting much delight for driving the saloon, which does enable the 3-litre diesel variant to create a punch.
The 430d M Sport trim can achieve top speed of about 250kmph, while crossing 100kmph in just 5.8 – 6.1 seconds that is quite excellent. 525d luxury trim can accelerate between 0 - 100kmph, in just 6.9 seconds, while attaining impressive speed of about 245kmph. The other variants of BMW 5 Series enable the car of this series to achieve 100kmph in just 7.9 seconds, while producing top speed of around 230kmph.
The BMW 5 Series comes with the latest braking mechanism, which functions in an effective manner. The manufacturer has tried to fit all the wheels with disc brakes to ensure precise braking. Furthermore, the vehicle has been equipped with advanced anti-lock braking system for diminishing skidding risk and to improve vehicle stability, especially during emergency braking conditions. The vehicle also has been incorporated with electronic parking brake along with automatic hold function, cornering brake control techniques, latest traction control programs having dynamic stability control. Rear and front axle have been assembled with air suspension mechanism. There is also present dynamic damper control having independent and infinite damping function. Besides these, there is rough road suspension system for reducing jerk impact on any kind of road conditions. The manufacturer has provided power steering that is speed sensitive having Servotronic steering assist technology which is responsive, providing superior response to make handling much simpler.
BMW has taken efforts to give the latest series several crucial aspects that provide the BMW 5 Series and the occupants with complete safety. It also has active protection that includes attentiveness assist that enhances safety, if there is any critical situation. The sedan has been equipped with side and head airbags, besides dual front airbags to provide effective safety, if there is any collision. There is also emergency brake assist system and anti-lock braking device. Stability can be achieved while taking sharp turns with the help of cornering brake control. There is dynamic stability control that monitors constantly the driving status, modifying directional stability, including traction. The manufacturer also has provided the vehicle with the latest electronic car immobilizer with crash sensors that safeguards from unauthorized entries. The rigid body structure is said to have front and side impact safety beams to enhance safety of all the occupants. The vehicle has been given runflat tyres having reinforced side walls with runflat indicator to warn the driver by signaling when pressure in the trye has dropped. It is also bestowed with spare emergency wheel, electric parking brake, passive pedestrian protection, BMW condition service and other vital features.
The BMW 5 Series is bestowed with18” and multi-spoke alloyed ones. The rims are covered with tubeless radial tyres of size 245/45 R18. Modern trim gets similar turbine styled alloy wheels of same size. While Sport trim has been equipped with M Double spoke styled 18” alloy wheels that given an elegant look. The front rims have been covered with radial tyres of size 245/45 R18, while the rear is provided with 275/40 R18 size tubeless radial tyres.
The BMW 5 Series does have superb interior and exterior design that is sure to keep all eyes focused on it. The different features present on board with regards to the cabin are quite enriching and does make in-house experience to be a memorable and exciting one. The performance of the vehicle is sure to win the heart of those, who take it out for a drive, be it within the city limits or the highways. Handling is also equally good. The plus points of BMW 5 Series are its excellent engine performance along with decent pickup and acceleration. Its interior design is very much asserting and has innovative comfort aspects. The exteriors are quite eye catching having high gloss package. The manufacturer provides rough-road suspension package as standard feature in all the variants of BMW 5 Series. The advanced safety features present in the vehicle is at par with the other contenders. To sum up with, this vehicle can be called a ‘City Clicker’ and can be pressed into urban usage, without any hassle or worry. The ex-showroom Delhi price differs based on the variants such as 530d M Sport is Rs. 58,30,000; 525d Luxury Line is Rs. 54,20,000; 520d Modern Line is Rs. 48,90,000 and 520d Luxury Line is Rs. 48,90,000. According to the experts, this series is expected to become the hot selling model of BMW and lead from the top, when it comes to luxury segment vehicles.