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BMW focused on on reducing weight, adding technology, and reducing cabin noise in the redesigned 2017 5 Series. The result is remarkably satisfying car, but one that is no longer the sporty choice of this class. Instead, it’s very plush, super quiet, finely crafted inside, frugal with fuel, and more user friendly. The all-wheel-drive 530i we tested rides comfortably and handles responsively. Its turbo four-cylinder had ample power and, paired with a smooth eight-speed automatic, delivered an impressive 26 mpg overall. The 540i uses a punchy 335-hp, 3.0-liter turbo six-cylinder that effortlessly delivers power. AWD is available, and standard on the V8-powered M550i. The 530e plug-in hybrid costs just $200 more than the 530i and can go a short distance on electric power alone. Optional active safety systems include forward-collision warning and lane-keep assist.

Road Test

BMW continues to focus on luxury, refinement, fuel efficiency and high tech for most of its models somewhat to the detriment of handling agility. Case in point: the redesigned 2017 5 Series is the most luxurious version ever of BMW's midsized sedan....

Highs

  • Rides comfortably
  • Quiet

Lows

  • Lacks a sporty character

Best Version to Get

Unless you need the extra punch of the six-cylinder 540i, we would opt for the 530i. Most cars will be equipped with the Premium and Cold Weather packages. The 530e is an interesting choice -- it only costs $200 more than the 530i and can travel 15 miles on electric only power. Like the other tri...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Rear
Warranty
  • Basic: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Rust through: 12 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 4 year/unlimited
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (248 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 hybrid (248 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 turbo (335 hp)
  • 4.4-liter V8 turbo (456 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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