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 current 5 Series is the most luxurious version ever of BMW's midsized sedan. The current 5 is brimming with technology and refinement which makes it remarkably satisfying but it may no longer be among the sportiest choices. Instead, it's plush, quiet, finely crafted inside, frugal with fuel, and user friendly. That makes it score among the top in its class in our road tests.
As is the current norm for this class, BMW uses a four-cylinder turbo engine in its mainstream 5 Series. Our tested 530i is propelled by a 2.0-liter, turbo four-cylinder engine, good for 248 horsepower. The 3.0-liter turbo six-cylinder in the 540i is punchier and feels effortless. Both engines are mated to a super slick eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is optional on almost all versions. There's also a 530e plug-in hybrid version for a modest premium.