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IBB Review: BMW 5 Series 2017 (520d and 530i)

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BMW 5 Series 2017

The 5-Series just don’t require an introduction. This immensely popular Bimmer is globally the largest selling model for the German auto giant worldwide. The latest 7th generation was presented to the auto world by BMW in October 2016. BMW just launched the same model in both petrol and diesel avatar in India. The car is also available in a more exciting M Sport variant with a six-cylinder 3-liter diesel engine under the hood. We take the 520d and 530i for a detailed IBB review.

BMW 5 Series Safety Features

BMW 5 Series


The new car is a symphony of sporty and classy elements. It is definitely wider, longer and taller than its predecessor (36mm, 6mm, and 2mm respectively).The new 5-Series resembles the 7-series from many angles and BMW is slowly blurring the lines between the 5 and 7 series.

For an average ‘Joe’ the new 5-Series may pass as a small 7- Series. BMW has injected a lot of new Styling elements and improvements into this 7th-gen model. The BMW’s familiar signature kidney shaped grille is larger in all directions and extends all the way up to the headlamps with the popular Corona elements inside it retained. The new headlamps are larger and sharper this time. The LED DRLs get chrome shrouding (for the Luxury line variant) and the bumper is more pronounced than the older model.  The side profile is strikingly similar to the 7 and has the lines far clearer and well defined than the outgoing model. The car gets restyled 18-inch alloy wheels and has a forward sporty stance. The Hofmeister kink on the rear door still exists and are sharper and pronounced on this edition. The rear is also wider and muscular than the outgoing model.

BMW 5 Series & 7 Series : Quick Comparison

BMW 5 Series vs 7 Series Quick Comparison


To start with, the doors open nice and wide. Let’s first jump into the rear. The seats are pretty huge at the rear and there is loads of legroom. The headroom is not that impressive considering the sloping roof. Though the car is quite wide, it is better to limit two people at the rear and those two people get loads of space and comfort.

There are a lot of storage bins at the rear to keep all your gadgets and bottles. The boot is pretty large and is sufficient for your weekend trips and for airport runs. The overall capacity of the boot is just 10 liters lesser than the Mercedes Benz E-Class.

Coming to the front, the 5-Series has got a well finished and classy dashboard with a tinge of sportiness sprinkled all over. The seating position is just spot on. The driver gets Multifunctional instrument display with 31.2 cm (12.3”) screen adapted to individual character design for Drive modes at the center. The driver display is fully digital with an analogue theme and the new 5 is equipped with BMW’s latest iDrive with voice recognition and gesture controls. The car gets a Hi-Fi loudspeaker system (205 W, 12 speakers) on the Sport Line variant and a more advanced Harman Kardon Surround Sound system (600 W, 16 loudspeakers) on the Luxury Line and the M Sport variants. The fit and finish on this car can even put some cars twice its price to shame.

BMW 5 Series Quick Facts


How it Drives and Perform

The 520d is powered by BMW’s twin turbo inline 4-cylinder diesel engine that generates a peak power of 190hp @ 4000 rpm and a maximum torque of 400 Nm @ a rev range of 1750-2500 rpm. The car gets BMW Driving Experience Control with ECO PRO Coasting (Modes: Sport, Sport+, Comfort, ECO PRO, and Adaptive). It is a rear wheel drive car and can breach the 100 kmph mark in just 7.5 seconds.

For its size it is a surprisingly fun to drive executive saloon, feeling agile and precise on high demanding corners and twisties. The Servotronic power steering gives you just adequate feedback and the Dynamic Damper Control with infinite and independent damping is standard across the variants for enhanced driving comfort and handling. The engine is mated to a super smooth 8-speed Steptronic Automatic Transmission which offers quick and seamless shifts. The enhanced sound insulation just completes the fantastic driving experience. The diesel variant returned an average fuel efficiency of 14.1 kmpl.

The petrol variant, the 530i Sport Line gets a BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder engine petrol motor that generates an impressive maximum power of 252 hp @ 5200 rpm and 350 Nm torque @ 1450-4800 rpm. The peak torque is widely laid out and the car gets almost diesel like useable torque. The petrol motor is also mated to an 8-Speed Steptronic Sport Automatic Transmission. This petrol variant can reach triple digits on the speedo in just 6.3 seconds. The car returns an average fuel efficiency of 12.8 kmpl.

Safety and Features

BMW has not left any stones unturned when it came to the safety of the 5-Series. The car gets best in class safety features.

BMW 5 Series Rating Verdict

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