BMW 5 Series Review

  October 28, 2013


The BMW 5 Series is everything a BMW sedan is meant to be — aesthetic, dynamic and efficient. The executive luxury sedan range was first launched internationally, and the spotlight was soon shifted to India, which is growing to be the key market for BMW. The sixth generation of BMW’s greatly successful four-door sedan comes with pleasant aesthetics that enhances the pure driving pleasure that is so typical of a BMW. The car, with its matchless lavishness in the upper midrange segment, carries an inspiring design, flawless workmanship, stimulating drive and captivating performance. The BMW 5 Series is available in 4 variants, all of them being diesel-powered - 520d Modern line, 520d Luxury line, 525d Luxury line and 530d M Sport. The BMW 5 Series is available in Alpine White (non-metallic paintwork) and other metallic colours of Black Sapphire, Callisto Grey, Carbon Black metallic, Cashmere Silver, Glacier Silver, Imperial Blue Brilliant Effect, Jatoba, Sophisto Grey Brilliant Effect and Mineral White. All the 5 series variants feature the Eco Pro mode as standard. This mode allows for more efficient driving and a lower fuel consumption.

Powertrain & Performance

The facelifted BMW 5 Series sedan arrives in India with a choice of either the powerful straight-six or the more economical four cylinder diesel engines with twin multistage turbochargers, high-precision injection and Valvetronic technology. The power-packed six cylinder engine delivers 258 bhp. The latest generation of straight-six diesel and straight-four diesel motors featuring an all-aluminium crankcase and common-rail direct injection stirs up 218 bhp in the BMW 525d and 184 bhp in the BMW 520d.

Eight-speed automatic transmission comes standard across the variants. Eight-speed sports automatic transmission with shift paddles on the steering wheel is a standard feature on the BMW 530d M Sport. With its ground-breaking gearset configuration, and an exceptional level of inner efficiency and optimised weight, the eight-speed automatic transmission delivers great gearshift comfort, vibrant performance and efficiency of the utmost level.

While the 530d can leap from 0-100 kph in 5.8 seconds, the 525d and 520d can achieve the same in 6.9 and 7.9 seconds respectively. The maximum torque figures of the variants are as follows: 530d - 560 Nm @ 1500-3000 rpm, 525d – 450 Nm @ 1500-2500 rpm and 520d – 380 Nm @ 1750-2750 rpm.

Build & Styling

The stylish aesthetics and vibrant looks of the BMW 5 Series sedan appear as a result of perfectly balanced proportions. The BMW 5 Series sedan flaunts a long and contoured engine compartment lid, short overhangs, a coupe-like flowing roofline and the familiar Hofmeister kink. Striking lines on the bonnet extend across the elongated surface, down to the prominent grilles. The appealing finesse of the upright front section and the BMW kidney grille leaning slightly forward from certain angles add to the car’s charisma. The tasteful elegance of the side view and the athletic appearance at the rear end, all come together in typical BMW design language to offer a stupendous appearance of style and superiority.

The 2968 mm wheelbase is noteworthy as it is the longest in the segment. The side indicators set the first of many signs. The headlights, tail lamps and fog lights display interplay of light and shadows, a presence that can make their mark even in the dark. Impressive design, perfect workmanship, driver orientation with ideally placed instruments and insightful operation, the BMW 5 Series exemplifies a principle to enthral the senses. The mishmash of a double track arm front axle and the Integral-V rear axle takes care of supreme driving dynamics and motoring ease.

The efficiency is further enhanced by the Electric Power Steering (EPS) including Servotronic as a standard feature in the BMW 5 Series. The well-structured cockpit and sensitive controls add to the sheer driving pleasure in classic BMW style.

The flowing movement from the instrument panel to the door adds to the dynamism of the car’s interiors. High-quality control elements are ergonomically positioned. Cushy Dakota leather further accentuates the look and comfort of the car. The standard Dakota leather upholstery is available in Black, Oyster Dark and Veneto Beige colour combinations. Interior trims offered are Fine-wood trim Ash Grain Brown with inlays, Fine-wood trim Fineline Anthracite and Fine-wood trim Fineline Light. The interiors also sport horizontal surfaces and exciting lines. The clear structure of the cockpit enhances the high level of driver orientation, while the stylish, modern design of the interior is further refined by top-quality material and tastefully coordinated colour combinations.

The four-zone automatic climate control system permits the driver and passengers to set air distribution to suit their personal preferences. The air vents in the instrument control can be set on one focused position for draft-free air circulation. After a set period, the seat vents automatically adjust to prevent under cooling.

The car is high on safety with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), airbags for driver and passenger, crash sensor, integrated side-impact protection, Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC). For entertainment on the drive, the BMW 5 Series carries a Hi-fi loudspeaker system and DVD changer for 6 discs.


The BMW 5 series has evolved over several years into arguably one of the best cars out there on the roads today. Every part that goes into making this car has been tuned and fine-tuned until the engineers have got it just right. The 5 series gives its competitors a run for their money in almost every department be it performance, comfort, fuel economy, features or quality. It’s hard to imagine how BMW plans to improve upon this brilliant car.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

    • Brilliant engines
    • Excellent build quality
    • Very smooth 8-speed gearbox
  • Cons

    • Firm ride quality