Snackable Review: BMW 5 Series

16 Nov 2015 Car Reviews

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Snackable Review: BMW 5 Series

The BMW 5 Series sedan is well-built and sophisticated; a discerning choice for those who need an elegant four door car.

PLUS

  • Styling. We’ll admit, the 5 Series’ styling went through an awkward phase, but the current model really looks the business.
  • Engines. No matter your favourite flavour – petrol, diesel or hybrid – you’re catered for. There’s a quality selection of engines in the 5 Series range.
  • Interior. Premium materials and good ergonomics make the inside of the 5 Series a lovely place to be. If you need to do long trips regularly, you’ll appreciate it.
  • Gadgets. There’s a lot of electrickery going on in the 5 Series. You can get an auto tailgate that opens hands-free, very clever cameras in the front bumper that help you see around corners, a head-up display for speed and navigation, and lots more. You won’t be left wanting for tech.
  • Headlights. LED headlights are the ‘in thing’, and once you’ve used them you won’t want to go back to conventional halogen bulbs.

MINUS

  • Weight. The 5 Series is a heavy car, and the base model 520i does struggle to shift it quickly. Higher-spec variants don’t have that problem, though fuel economy is worth bearing in mind.
  • Conservative. Some may consider the BMW’s handsome styling to be a little too understated.
  • Options. There’s a gruelling list of additional extras available to choose from, and some of the options add significant cost to the total bill. Standard kit is good, though, so this is more of an issue for those who are looking for exclusivity.

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