5 Series – it’s all about status

2010-06-12 08:18

BMW’s 5 Series is undoubtedly one of the best cars ever delivered

in any petrolhead’s books.

And while the sixth-generation model is now all grown

up it still delivers driving performance worthy of its heritage.

This model is 50kg lighter than the previous generation, thanks to

the use of aluminium that is five times lighter and steel that is three times


The new range brings with it six models and six engines, and for

the first time it ­features a double wishbone front-axle suspension and an

integrated rear axle as standard.

This technology was previously only found on

the 7 Series model.

Looking under the bonnet, there are two diesel engines in the 520d

and 530d models, and petrol engines in the 523i, 528i, 535i and the

range-topping V8 engine in the 550i.

All models come standard with an

eight-speed automatic gearbox.

As with all the models, the 5 Series is equipped with dynamic

damper control which enables the driver to adjust the ­suspension while moving

at higher speeds.

With the above in mind, the 5 Series tends to look more like a

beefed-up or overgrown latest 3 Series model instead of the car it’s supposed to

be. However, real Beemer fans will think the new car is more elegant and it will

score points for the improvements.

The detractors, on the other hand, will ­argue that the car looks

quite bland and ­offers nothing new except for the enhanced technology.

Just as the Audi’s A4, 6 and 8 models look rather similar, BMW’s 3,

5 and 7 Series share common characteristics when it comes to styling.

 In most

cases the light clusters and names are the only way of telling the models apart.

But knowing BMW enthusiasts, none of the above will matter because most of them

will appreciate the technology that is similar to a 7 Series and the dynamism of

the 3 Series.

Others will buy the car because they can afford it and desire the

status that comes with owning a car like the 5 Series – even if they have no

clue of how to apply the standard goodies the car comes with.

As a reputable car manufacturer, BMW shouldn’t worry what anyone

thinks because they know their car is worthy of it’s R475 000 price tag for the

523i entry-level model and R835?000 for the range-topping 550i.

Among other features, this 5 Series includes night vision and

person recognition, visible in the heads-up display in the windscreen while

driving, a bird’s eye view, and the park ­assistant feature that measures

parking space when driving at 35km/h and can even steer the car into the bay.

 BMW SA’s stock of 400 cars for the first month is already sold out – proof that

the car will sell here.

»?Since 1972, more than 5.5?million 5 Series’ have been sold. And

nearly 40 years down the line, the sedan concept is still considered BMW’s core

model of the brand.


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