The new BMW 5 series largely shares its platform with the plusher 7 series. It is refined, spacious and quite comfortable. As an accomplished and capable super saloon, it is available in both petrol and diesel variants and has been admired for its strong engines and wonderful 8 speed automatic gearbox.
Here’s an account of features in 530d M Sport powered by 2993 cc 6 cylinder motor that churns out 255 bhp and has 55.1 kgm of torque.
The 530d M Sport comes with traditional BMW styling and can be recognised instantly with that broad kidney grille, twin barrel headlamps, chrome lined fog lamps, swanky hood, taut roof, and subtly flared wheel arches. With creases on the bonnet and the flanks it carries a classy and brawny look. And wheelbase of 2968 mm is the longest in its class. Unlike its predecessor that employed a hybrid space-frame front, the new 5 series has a conventional monocoque chassis. The side turn indicators are integrated with the ORVMs and there are M badges on the door sills. This sporty saloon wears run flat tyres with 18 inch alloys. At the rear, the large two piece tail lamps and the twin exhaust tips further give it the look of a luxurious car.
As you step inside in the 530d M Sport, the 2 tone interiors exude a plush feel and the layered dashboard is truly smart and ergonomic. With joy stick style gear selector and iDrive dial on the centre console, things only get livelier. The chunky three-spoke steering wheel has audio and cruise control switches. On the instrument console, the round dials can be read easily. In Comfort or Eco-pro mode, the screen for these dials displays info in normal analogue format and in Sport mode they flash a sporty red colour. For entertainment there’s the Harman Kardon Surround Sound System, DVD changer, and connectivity for Bluetooth enabled and USB devices.
Being a BMW, the 530d M Sport naturally comes with a large assortment of comfort features. The front sport seats are large, supportive and can be electrically adjusted with memory while the rear ones are also very accommodating and comfy. There is two zone control for the automatic air conditioning plus roller sun-blinds for rear glass and rear side windows – all this translates into lot of comfort for the passengers. Ambient lighting has been used for illumination within the cabin. Front and rear parking sensors along with a reverse parking camera have also been provided for convenience of driver. ‘BMW Efficient Dynamics’ includes automatic start/stop function and brake energy regeneration. For storage of knick-knacks there are cubby holes on central console and in form of door pockets.
On the safety front the swanky 5 series has 6 air bags, anti-lock braking system, cornering brake control, and dynamic stability control that also includes dynamic traction control. The run flat tyres have run flat indicator. Furthermore, side impact protection is ensured in the 530d M Sport. The three pointed seat belts on all seats and pyrotechnic belt tensioners for driver and front passenger. Electronic vehicle immobilizer and crash sensors are some other standard safety features equipped in this BMW.
The 530d M Sport costs Rs 57.9 lakhs (ex showroom price Delhi). It has a fuel economy of 7.9 to 13.8 km/litre and does the 0-100 km/hour dash in 6.1 seconds. A strong engine, quality interiors and sporty feel make it a good option for luxury saloon buyers in India.