BMW has always been synonymous with driving pleasure, but some critics have accused the Bavarian brand of losing its edge in recent years. They claim that BMW has sacrificed its sporty DNA for comfort, luxury, and technology and that its cars need to be lighter, lighter, and more complicated. They point to the rise of rivals like Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and Tesla as evidence that BMW needs to catch up in the race for automotive excellence.
But I'm here to tell you that those critics are wrong. Dead wrong. Because I've just driven the new BMW 5 Series Sedan, one of the best cars I've ever experienced, it's a car that combines everything that makes BMW great: performance, handling, design, quality, innovation, and efficiency. It's a car that proves that BMW is still the ultimate driving machine.
A Masterpiece of Engineering
The new BMW 5 Series Sedan is a masterpiece of engineering. It's based on a new platform that uses lightweight materials like aluminum, magnesium, and high-strength steel to reduce weight and improve rigidity. It also features a range of advanced technologies that enhance its dynamics, safety, and convenience.
For example, the new BMW 5 Series Sedan offers a choice of four powerful and efficient engines:
- A 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with 184 hp (135 kW) and 221 lb-ft (300 Nm) of torque, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine with 190 hp (140 kW) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque.
- A 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with 333 hp (245 kW) and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) of torque.
- A 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine with 286 hp (210 kW) and 479 lb-ft (650 Nm) of torque.
All engines are paired with an eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission that delivers smooth and responsive shifts. The transmission also features a coasting function that decouples the engine from the drivetrain when the driver lifts off the accelerator pedal, reducing fuel consumption and emissions.
The new BMW 5 Series Sedan also offers a choice of two drivetrain configurations: rear-wheel drive or xDrive all-wheel drive. The latter system distributes power between the front and rear axles as needed, ensuring optimal traction and stability in all conditions.
But that's not all. The new BMW 5 Series Sedan also boasts an array of chassis technologies that make it agile and comfortable at the same time. These include adaptive suspension with electronically controlled dampers, integral active steering that varies the steering ratio and angle depending on speed and situation, and active roll stabilization that reduces body roll during cornering.
The driver can also select from four driving modes: Comfort, Sport, Eco Pro, and Adaptive. Each mode adjusts the engine, transmission, steering, suspension, and other parameters to suit different driving styles and preferences.