Five stars in Europe, Top Safety Pick+ rating in America.
The 2017 5 Series is the hottest thing BMW has on the market these days. The Bavarians are offering its luxury sedan in 530i, 540i, 530e, and M550i versions – and we are all waiting for the next generation M5 to arrive.
It’s also one of the most technologically advanced vehicles on the market – aside from the semi-autonomous functions and the improved infotainment system, the car benefits from a number of safety and assist systems, including Frontal Collision Warning with City Collision Mitigation. This system earned the model six points in IIHS’ front collision prevention test, helping it get Top Safety Pick+ rating.
The vehicle is also praised for its body, roof, and structure design, boosting its performance in the small overlap front crash test. For example, the driver space faces only five inches of maximum intrusion at the footrest in frontal collision, showing a low risk of any significant injuries in a real-world crash.
Nearly all categories tested by the organization are covered by the 5 Series with “Good” rating, with the only exception being the child seat anchors ease of use rated as “Acceptable.” The model recently received the maximum of five stars from the EuroNCAP.
Available with a starting price of $61,500 in Canada, the new 5 Series is based on the modular CLAR platform and uses a 2.0-litre turbocharged gasoline engine in its base 530i variant. It’s good for 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, helping the car accelerate to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometres per hour) in 6.0 seconds or in 5.8 seconds with the marque’s xDrive AWD system.
The M550i xDrive is still the quickest and most powerful of the family, until the new M5 arrives. It is powered by a biturbo 4.4-litre V8, which in this specification pumps out 456 hp at 5,500 rpm and a peak torque of 480 lb-ft. Less than four seconds are needed for the 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint.
As for the range-topper, the M5, it will most likely debut in Frankfurt this year, where it will bring the first-ever M xDrive system. It will allow the high-performance sedan to switch between AWD and RWD at any time at the touch of a button.