BMW 5 Series G30 2017 – First Look!
The seventh generation of BMW’s longest-serving, best-selling model – is the benchmark in its segment.
There are some top quality vehicles to compete with but the BMW brings the fight to the Mercedes E-Class, Audi A6 and Jaguar XF.
As with the Mercedes, the BMW is available with adaptive cruise control with steering assist that, on the right road, effectively drives the car for you.
Sat atop the dash is the iDrive infotainment screen that’s among the best of its type. It features gesture controls (first seen in the 7 Series), allowing occupants to control features with a flick of the finger. You also get an iDrive rotary controller, which is easy to use on the move and, if that doesn’t suit, you can issue voice commands or simply operate the system directly via the 10.25-inch touchscreen. Onboard WiFi means your handheld devices can all share a data package.
Inside it features a scaled-down 7 Series interior, but despite the quality materials there isn’t much to get excited about, a complaint that can’t be directed at the sumptuous inners of the E-Class. On the upside, passenger space has increased compared to the outgoing car and the boot is slightly more practical than before.
The engines are from BMW’s modular family, which means they’re not new for the G30, but do get the inevitable boost in both bhp and fuel economy. The average is 10% more performance and 11% greater efficiency.
Flashy extras include the Display Key with built-in screen, gesture control, Bowers & Wilkins hifi and a head-up display with a 70% larger viewing area. Plus the inevitable active chassis upgrades – including variable adaptive damping, anti-roll stabilisation and four wheel steering.
It looks great, drives smooth, sounds nice and, for the performance available, doesn’t use too much fuel – returning 60.1mpg. Definitely one to consider! Take an in depth look.