New BMW 5 Series

BMW’s 5 Series is redesigned for 2017

BMW’s 5 Series enters the 2017 model year completely redesigned.

It’s bigger than the previous model it replaces and comes with new engine options. And because it’s bigger, the 2017 BMW 5 Series now has a bit more cargo space, going from 18.4 to 18.7 cubic feet of available space.

Models

The 2017 BMW 5 Series comes in two different trim level models: 530i and 540i.

The four-door midsize luxury sedan comes standard with LED adaptive front headlights, LED foglights, power- folding and automatic-dimming heated outside mirrors and 18-inch wheels on the outside.

On the inside, the 2017 BMW 5 series comes standard with a sunroof, two-zone automatic climate control system, power adjustable steering wheel, 16-way power adjustable driver and front passenger seats, LED interior accents, driver-selectable driving modes, automatic windshield wipers and premium vinyl seats.

The standard technology features are a navigation system, Bluetooth connection, auxiliary jack, USB port, media player interface, 20 gigabytes and digital music storage, gesture and voice demand controls, 12-speaker high-definition radio with CD player and BMW’s iDrive. The iDrive interface is a 10.25-inch display infotainment system that uses a knob/button controller.

The 2017 BMW 5 Series gets the same remote self-parking features as its big brother, BMW’s 7 Series. Buyers can also remotely operate the 2017 BMW 5 Series’ bird’s eye surround-view feature through a smartphone.

On the options front, buyers can pick an upgraded Harman Kardon brand radio with 600 watts and 16 speakers or a Bowers and Wilkins brand radio with 1,400 watts and 16 speakers. Other interior options include leather seats, 20-way adjustable multicontour drive and front passenger seats with massage and ventilation functions.

A Rear-Seat Entertainment Professional package adds two 10.2-inch television screens in the rear of the cabin, rear DVD player and rear USB ports.

Engines

The available engine choices for the 2017 BMW 5 Series depend on the specific trim level model. The 530i trim level model comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that has 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Track test clocked it at reaching 60 miles per hour in 6 seconds.

The 540i trim level model comes with a 3.0-liter twin turbo inline six-cylinder engine with 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. On the track, it was faster than the 530i and was clocked at reaching 60 miles per hour in 4.9 seconds.

All wheel drive is optional on both models, and will knock off two seconds in 0 to 60 miles per hour track times. BMW identifies all of its all-wheel drive models with the “xDrive” moniker. Both the 2017 530i and 2017 540i come with eight-speed automatic transmissions. This transmission is the only option available for both models.

Safety

The 2017 BMW 5 Series comes standard with front and side airbags in the front, full side curtain airbags, traction control, stability control, antilock brakes, rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors. The optional safety features list adds a lane-departure warning system, lane-keep assist system, blind-spot monitoring system, semi-automated steering system and forward collision mitigation system that automatically brakes the midsize luxury sedan in the event of an impending crash.

A rear-wheel steering system and adaptive dampers are optional. An optional Adaptive Drive system adds active stabilizer bars and adaptive dampers.

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