2017 BMW 5 Series Sedan Test Drive

“2017 BMW 5-Series”
Code-named G30, the new Bimmer sedan steps up across the board
BMW 5-Series RSF

Contrary to popular belief, the 5-Series was the first numbered BMW Series – not the 1 or 3-Series. The 2017 BMW 5-Series lineup of sporty performance sedans launches the seventh generation of the iconic 5-Series vehicles and is code-named G30, replacing the earlier F10 code designation. Though launched in Europe in 1972, the BMW 5-Series sedan didn’t reach the U.S. until 1975.

BMW 5-Series RSD
The new BMW 5-Series lineup will consist of four basic models: the 530i, 540i, 530e; and 550i xDrive. The 2017 530i and 540i are available now and both are available in either RWD or xDrive All-Wheel Drive configurations. The 530e iPerformance hybrid model is also available in either drive configuration, while the 550i comes in xDrive only. Both the 530e and 550i will come to market this spring as 2018 models. The new 5 Series features an electromechanical power steering system with variable steering ratio and speed-sensitive power assistance., the BMW 5 Series may now also be optionally equipped with a revised – now electromechanical – Integral Active Steering system, with steering rear wheels for extra agility, stability and comfort.

This latest iteration 5-Series sedan is only slightly larger than its predecessor and continues as a quintessential midsize sport sedan. It is 1.2 inches longer than the outgoing model, 0.3 inches wider and 0.6 inches taller. The wheelbase measures 117.1 inches – a plus of 0.2 inches.
BMW 5-Series Nose
Up front, the iconic BMW twin kidney grille is flanked by twin circular headlights with the headlight housings now connecting seamlessly with the grille, emphasizing the car’s width. LED Adaptive headlights are standard whlie Adaptive Full LED Headlights alter the light graphic may be specified as an option. With Adaptive Full LED Headlights, the LED daytime running light
tubes are hexagonal and extend to meet the grille elements, emphasizing
the front end’s wide, low-to-the-road appearance.
BMW 5-Series RSR
In profile, the cabin is set back, leading the eye over a gracefully flowing roofline to the rear end, while a short front overhang underscores the car’s sporty appearance, creating an elongated silhouette, while a short front overhang underscores the car’s sporty appearance. The cabin or greenhouse is set back leading the eye over a gracefully flowing roofline to the rear end,
BMW 5-Series Tail
Two traditional BMW design elements, which are normally separate from one another, are brought together. The swage line turns up as it heads aft, moving from shadow to light and sweeping the Hofmeister kink up in its path rather than
continuing into the rear. This upward motion displays a forward-surging character, and the expressive, swooping surface showcases an undeniable athleticism.
BMW 5-Series Trnk
The rear visually presents a lower center of gravity, and the low-slung, expressive and width-accentuating design of the rear end suggests the
car’s dynamic, direct handling potential. The rear lights reach around into
the sides of the car, creating a visual connection between its flanks and rear end. Cutting-edge LED bars enable a thinner interpretation of BMW‘s hallmark “L” shape that contribute to underlining the width of the new sedan. Another prominent element of the rear end are the exhaust tailpipes, which now appear symmetrically on both sides of all model variants. Dependent upon the engine and equipment package specified, the tailpipes are circular for four-cylinder engines or trapezoidal on six-cylinder versions and vehicles with the M Sport package.
BMW 5-Series Int
The cabin’s interior is not only loaded with luxurious comfort and convenience features, but with excellent fit and finish and the latest in technological developments covering driving assistance aids, infotainment and connectivity. The new Head-Up Display is now 75 percent larger and is multicolor. There’s a Wi-Fi hot spot and wireless charging pad for smartphones in the center console, as well as lots of storage.
BMW 5-Series Int
Motive force for the BMW 530i is supplied by a 2.0-liter DOHC, 16-valve, inline 4-cylinder engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology: Twin-scroll turbocharger, High Precision Direct Injection, VALVETRONIC fully variable valve lift control and Double-VANOS variable camshaft timing. The engine produces 248 horsepower in a range from 5,200-6,500 rpm while also developing 258 pound feet of torque from 1,450-4,800 rpm.
BMW 5-Series Eng
Power for the BMW 540i is produced by a – 3.0-liter, DOHC, 24-valve inline six-cylinder engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology: Twin-scroll turbocharger, High Precision Direct Injection, VALVETRONIC fully variable valve lift control, Double-VANOS variable camshaft timing. The 3.0-liter motor delivers 335 horses from 5,500-6,500 rpm, along with 332 pound feet of torque from 5,500-6,500 rpm
Energy from both longitudinally mounted front engines is transferred to the driving wheels by an 8HP50 eight-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters and Navigation-assisted shift strategy.

During the national press launch program of the 2017 BMW 5 Series, I was able to experience a 530i xDrive example with the exterior finished in Jatoba Brown metallic and the interior done in Ivory White leather. It was base priced at $53,500. While the final total rose to $72,735 after factoring in several feature and equipment packages and options. I was also afforded seat time in a 540i RWD finished outside in Mediterranean Blue metallic and inside in Ivory Nappa leather with a Brown Dash. The base sticker read $56,450. While optional fare elevated the final tally to $82,610.

SUMMARY: Despite being slightly larger than its predecessors, the 2017 BMW 5-Series sedans also top the scale at 137 pounds less, thanks to the aluminum Hood, roof, doors and trunk lid.
BMW 5-Series Whl
The new five seat, four-door sedan benefits from a host of state-of-the-art technological innovations. It is capable of operating in a partially autonomous mode, It can search out parking spaces, and can park itself remotely with the driver out of the car using the key fob, and it can come to a complete emergency stop to avoid a collision.

Acceleration is more than adequate with both engines, though the six-cylinder is obviously quicker without having to work as hard. The 8-speed automatic transmission works smoothly and efficiently in either the automatic or manual mode.

The Driving Dynamics Control allows choosing a sporty, comfortable or efficient setting with selectable modes: Comfort, Sport, ECO PRO and optionally Adaptive is equipped with Dynamic Damper Control.

Braking is both smooth and positive and handling is instantly responsive, even more so with the Integral Active Steering feature., and despite all of the techno gadgetry, The BMW 5 Series sedan in any of its forms, retains “The Ultimate Driving Machine” title.

In the final analysis, the 2017 BMW 5 Series sedans are all winners, and they seem to have moved up to the level of earlier 7 Series models. When fully equipped and outfitted, this latest 5 Series is certainly not inexpensive, but advanced technology doesn’t come cheaply. While not all gear is necessary, it is all desirable, which means that the price may be trimmed to meet more restricted budgets, but not without sacrifice. For instance, the latest iDrive 6.0 system and improved Driver Assistance Systems provide lots of upgraded features that many drivers won’t want to be without, such as Gesture Control, Intelligent Voice Control, Touch screen and iDrive 6.0 touchpad Controller.


SPECIFICATIONS: 2017 BMW 5-Series 530i and 540i

Base Price: $51,200. – 530i / $56,450 – 540i
Price as Tested: $72,725.- 530i xDrive / $82,610 – 540i

Engine Type and Size: 530i – 2.0-liter DOHC, 16-valve, 4-cylinder with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology: Twin-scroll turbocharger, High Precision Direct Injection, VALVETRONIC fully variable valve lift control and Double-VANOS variable camshaft timing.

Horsepower (bhp): 248 @ 5,200-6,500 rpm
Torque (ft./ lbs.): 258 @ 1,450-4,800 rpm

540I – 3.0-liter, DOHC, 24-valve inline six-cylinder with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology: Twin-scroll turbocharger, High Precision Direct Injection, VALVETRONIC fully variable valve lift control, Double-VANOS variable camshaft timing.

Horsepower (bhp): 335 @ 5,500-6,500 rpm
Torque (ft./ lbs.): 332 @ 1,380-5,200 rpm

Transmission: 8HP50 eight-speed automatic with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters.

Drive Train: Longitudinally mounted front engine / RWD or xDrive intelligent Al-Wheel Drive.

Suspension: Front – Aluminum double track control arm axle with separate lower track arm level, small steering roll radius, traverse force compensation, anti-dive geometry.
Rear – Five-link axle in lightweight aluminum construction.

Brakes: Power-assisted four-wheel vented discs with ABS, DSC, DTC, CBC, DBC, Dry Braking Function, Fading Compensation, Start-Off Assistant, and optional Dynamic Damper Control and Drive Performance Control.

Tires: Goodyear Eagle F1 245/35 R19x8” 100Y front and rear, run flats mounted on 5 “V” spoke with shorter dual spoke separators. alloy wheels.

Wheelbase: 117.1 inches
Length Overall: 194.6 inches
Width: 73.5 inches
Height: 58.2 inches
Curb Weight: 3,746 lbs. 530i RWD / 3,878 lbs. 530i x Drive / 3,847 lbs. 540i RWD / 4,019 lbs. 540i xDrive AWD
Turning Circle: 39.5 ft. RWD / 40.1 xDrive AWD
Fuel Capacity: 18.0 gallons
EPA Mileage Estimates: 23 mpg city /33-mpg highway-530i / 20/30-540i
Drag Coefficient: 0.26 – RWD / 0.27 – xDrive AWD
0 – 60 mph: 6 seconds–530i /5.8 w/xDrive / 4.9 seconds -540i / 4.7 w/xDrive. Top Speed electronically limited to 130 mph – 155 mph optional w/ M Sport Package.

Arv Voss is a Northern California based freelance motoring Journalist and member and past officer of several noted Automotive Journalist organizations who contributes regularly to a number of national and international media outlets. He reviews not only cars, trucks and SUVs, but motorcycles and unusual wheeled vehicles as well.


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