BMW 5 Series: Car Review
According to Autotrader, the BMW 5 Series car has scored 88% on the Auto Trader Ten Point Test Rating. The BMW 5 Series has been a benchmark for cars since the 1970s. In it’s 6th generation, the competition from Audi, Jaguar and Mercedes has made the car heat up the competition. The car was tested by Autotrader on a variety of roads to see if it can still the world’s best cars.
1. Looks 8/10
2. Looks inside 8/10
3. Practicality 8/10
4. Ride and Handling 9/10
5. Performance 10/10
6. Running costs 8/10
7. Reliability 9/10
8. Safety 10/10
9. Equipment 9/10
10. X-Factor 9/10
Model tested: BMW 530d SE Saloon
On the road price: £37,100
Price range: £31,235 – £50,520
Date tested: July 2010
Road tester: Stuart Milne
Fuel consumption (urban): 36.2 mpg
Fuel consumption (extra urban): 53.3 mpg
Fuel consumption (combined): 46.3 mpg
0 – 62 mph: 6.3 seconds
Top speed: 155 mph
Valves: 24 v
Engine power: 245 bhp
Engine torque: 398 lbs/ft
According to the CarConnection, Marty Padgett (Editorial Director) gives an Overall Rating of 8. According to him, the bottom line is that whether it is a sedan or wagon, the 2010 BMW 5-Series is a distinctly sportier, tech-savvy alternative to luxury rivals-giving all type of comfort. So what are the likes of the car? Smooth, responsive engines, Crisp, responsive handling, variety of useful technology options, available manual transmission etc. So obviously there are some dislikes on the car. What are they? Complexity of iDrive system, Disappointing crash-test performance, Ridiculously high sticker price when extensively optioned.
The 2010 5-series sedans and wagons aren’t the best looking, most practical or the best values in their class, but they’re joy to drive. From the recent 300 horsepower, 3.0 litre twin-turbocharged six-cylinder optional engine upgrade, there’s not much to tell about 2010 BMW 5-Series lineup besides some new wheels. The base engine on the 5-Series is the 230-hp, 3.0-litre six in the 528i; The 300-hp turbo six arrives in the 535i; and there’s also a 360-hp, 4.8-litre V-8 model called the 550i. Each engine comes with a choice of six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions, and for the available Sport Package, 535i and 550i models come with paddle shifters. All-wheel drive is also offered on 6-cylinder models in the 5-Series line, the 528xi and 535xi.
Standard safety features on the 2010 BMW 5-Series include front side airbags, tubular head-protecting airbags for front and rear outboard occupants, and electronic stability control. Rear side airbags are optional. However, the surprising news is that the 5-Series did not perform well in crash tests. When the federal government tested a 5-Series, it earned a 3-star rating in frontal protection for the driver(the lowest mark typically awarded) but 5 stars in the other dynamic tests. The insurance industry supported IIHS found the 5-Series sedan to be just “marginal” in side protection and “acceptable” for the sedan and wagon in the seat based rear impact test.
The chief competitor to the 2010 BMW 5-Series’s sedan is the Mercedes E-Class and the Audi A6 Avant is the Sports Wagon’s closest rival. The E-class has more of an emphasis on comfort than the 5, with a roomier feeling interior and a softer ride. The Avant only comes with the 255-hp, 3.2 litre V-6 engine, not the larger, 350-hp V-8 available on the sedan. The Cadillac STS brings plenty of high tech options and respectable performance, but it doesn’t have the prestige of the 5-Series. The Saab 9-5 Sport Combi is now a quite dated design. There’s also the Infiniti M35 and M45, which bring brisk performance and some rival high tech features such as lane departure system, but their cabins aren’t as quiet and refined as those of the 5-Series models.
The above are some of the images of the BMW 5-series.