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2017 BMW 5 Series Walk Around


Fresh styling for the new 5 Series includes bigger grilles and headlamps, and a more aerodynamic front bumper with two corner air intakes and a large center scoop. Behind the grille are shutters that open or close depending on the temperature of the engine coolant.

The profile resembles the new BMW 7 Series, but claims some individuality with two character lines under the rear windows.

At the rear there are new LED taillamps and an aggressive bumper with two chrome exhaust tips.

Interior

The cabin is quiet and refined, with upgraded interior materials including a sound-deadening headliner. The seats are tops for luxury midsize sedans. At least the optional multi-contour seats are, with adjustable bolstering and long leg cushions.

The standard leatherette upholstery BMW calls SensaTec is nice. Of the expensive optional leather combinations, the softest is Nappa (available with a massage function). Some of the color combinations in the leather options are a bit extreme, and the contrast stitching, quilting, and piping can look busy. We liked the Night Blue, and the Mocha too, but the quilting steals all subtlety.

In the rear there’s good headroom and legroom, with 1.2 inches more than before. The trunk is a big 18.7 cubic feet.

In the high-tech department, BMW is still behind the pack, only within range of the other midsize luxury sedans like those from Mercedes or Volvo; that said, it doesn’t present a wall of screens like the Mercedes E-Class. The 10.2-inch touchscreen sits on top of the dashboard, with its crisp integrated display dominating the instrumentation. The 8.0-inch LED instrument cluster is new and much needed to replace an obsolete LCD. There’s better app integration, and easy transition between functions.

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