The 5 Series 2017 is the seventh generation of this model and, therefore, a car with notable changes regarding the Series 5 2013. As in the previous model, there will also be a family variant, but will not be available until mid 2017.
The most accessible Series 5 is the one that corresponds with the version 520d, that has a Diesel engine of 190 CV of power and a manual change of six speeds. It costs 49,400 euros and is thus among the most expensive models against which it competes, such as the Audi A6 2.0 TDI ultra 190 hp (44 010 €), the Volvo S90 D4 190 hp (46 961 €) or the Jaguar XF 2.0 Diesel 180 hp (48 302 €); Comparative tab A Mercedes-Benz E 220 d of 190 hp costs more (51 101 €), but comes standard with automatic transmission, an element that normally raises the final price of the vehicle.
The most powerful Diesel version (530d) has 265 hp and costs € 61,900, a price virtually identical to that of a Mercedes-Benz E 350 d of 258 hp but higher than that of an Audi A6 3.0 TDI 272 hp, a vehicle that, in addition , Has four-wheel drive (comparative tab).
The new Series 5 only grows 36 mm long and its weight, comparing the diesel versions of 190 hp, is 80 kg lower; The dimensions of width, height and battle increase in magnitudes that do not reach a centimeter. BMW claims that “Passengers can now enjoy more space at the rear, both in the knee area and the length of the legroom.” It also says that there is space for three adults or to place three children’s chairs (only the sides with ISOFIX).
BMW does not use, as it does in the Series 7 2015, carbon fiber in the structure, but it does profusely aluminum in the body, chassis and suspension. BMW says that it has achieved an aerodynamic coefficient of just 0.22 (which is very little) but in the datasheets it has provided there is no version with that number; The lowest it leaves is 0.24, a value better than the 0.26 that has the Mercedes-Benz E 220 d.
The capacity of the boot increases by 10 liters. It is also 530 l – also in all-wheel drive versions – the same as the Audi A6, slightly lower (10 liters) to the E-Class and the Jaguar XF, and larger than a Volvo S90 (500 l).
At the moment you can buy two gasoline versions of 252 and 340 hp -530i and 540- and two Diesel of 190 and 265 hp -520d and 530d-. In March 2017, a low-power version -520d EfficientDynamics Edition-, a very powerful with 462 hp -M550i xDrive- and a plug-in hybrid of 252 hp -530e iPerformance will also be available.
The 520d version of 190 hp is the least powerful of all. The average consumption is 4.1 l / 100 km, 3.9 in the case of the variant EfficientDynamics; The latter is the same as the Mercedes-Benz E 220 d and the Jaguar XF 2.0 Diesel (which has 163 hp).
In the Hybrid 530e iPerformance, a gasoline engine and an electric motor are combined to give the same power, 252 hp, as the petrol of the 530i version. The consumption of both versions are not comparable because the hybrid benefits from the electrical part in the homologation test. According to this test, the autonomy in electric mode is 45 km.
All versions have an automatic gearshift of eight ratios (the torque converter used by BMW developed by ZF and that gives a very good result) and most of them can be acquired with all-wheel drive (xDrive), With the exception of the optional 520d which has a manual six-speed manual transmission (technical data sheets).
The engines have four or six cylinders. The gasoline are direct injection, have overcharging by turbocharger double-entry and variable distribution in phase and raised. Diesel has direct injection at 2500 bar, turbocharger with variable position blades and an emission reduction system with urea aqueous solution (a liquid of the trade name AdBlue) that has to be replaced periodically.
According to BMW, the system of automatic stop and start of the engine in the arrests has been improved. It now takes into account the information provided by the navigator, the car cameras and the radar to not act unnecessarily (BMW puts as an example the case of a roundabout, where sometimes this system turns off the engine at a time when that is a problem).
The double-wishbone front suspension has been redesigned. The rear, five-armed, has been built more rigid and light. A rear-wheel steering system is available – improves low-speed maneuverability and agility and high stability – which is also compatible with the all-wheel drive system (in the previous generation it was not). Optionally, the shock absorbers can be regulated electronically (Adaptive Drive) and the stabilizers vary their resistance to the torsion by means of an electric motor (Dynamic Drive).
In the equipment there are flashy elements, such as drivers assisting the driver to temporarily disengage the controls during a traffic jam, free him from turning the steering wheel to change lanes on a highway and allow the car to be parked in a narrow place From the outside, using the remote control. Of these elements and many others we give more explanations in the section Equipment.