The 2017 BMW 5 Series: What the critics say
“The 5 series is a luxury authority once more.” The seventh-generation edition of BMW’s storied midsize sedan has arrived, and it’s “sharper, lighter, more engaging, and infinitely more innovative” than the “flub of a product” it replaces. Exterior styling has changed little, but a lightweight new platform, a power boost, and a retuned suspension combine to restore the 5-series’ previous reputation as the segment’s pacesetter on performance. The midlevel 540i model will start at $56,450, and it feels “very much class-leading.”
“This is a thrilling driver’s car.” The previous model’s interior “looks positively dowdy” compared with the streamlined new cabin, and there’s a “staggering” amount of new technology at your fingertips. With its 335-hp, inline six-cylinder engine, the 540i “flips like a light switch into teeth-bared mode” any time you stomp on the accelerator. In March or April, the even more muscular M550i xDrive will arrive in showrooms, packing a 462-hp V-8.
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For most buyers, the six-cylinder will deliver “the perfect blend of sport and luxury.” When BMW’s driver-assist features become “more annoying than helpful,” just turn them off and enjoy this luxury car’s rediscovered athleticism. “It’s not a wholesale reawakening for the brand, but it’s enough to stoke our nostalgia.