The redesigned 5 Series is more luxurious than ever. Handling lacks the exacting precision the car was once known for, but the impressive BMW earns its place as a top midsized luxury sedan.

The 5 Series manages this feat with the base 2.0-liter, 248-horsepower turbo four-cylinder that comes in the 530i. Power isn’t explosive, but there’s more than enough oomph for merging and passing. The eight-speed automatic is a delight. Its shifts are imperceptible, and the transmission is always perfectly in tune with your foot. At 26 mpg overall, the 530i xDrive tops the segment.

Handling is capable and composed, but the steering is short on feedback; the 5 isn’t as eager through curves as most BMWs. On the other hand, the ride is serene and supple, unfazed by pretty much any potholes on the road. Wind and tire noise are well-muted.

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The cabin is beautifully crafted. Most of the iDrive infotainment system’s idiosyncrasies have been ironed out. But the electronic shift lever isn’t intuitive. The standard front seats are thoroughly relaxing and supportive. The rear seat is accommodating, with decent legroom and headroom, but it’s a bit short on thigh support.

There are many available active safety systems, but it’s disappointing that forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking aren’t standard on a car that starts at $52,195.

Read the complete BMW 5 Series road test.

2017 BMW 530i

HIGHS: Ride, quietness, transmission, seat comfort, fit and finish, fuel economy
LOWS: Some controls may not be intuitive, automatic emergency braking should be standard at this price
POWERTRAIN: 248-hp, 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine; 8-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive
FUEL: 26 mpg
PRICE AS TESTED: $65,210


Editor's Note: This article also appeared in the July 2017 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.