Aspects that I don't like. Even wireless Apple CarPlay is available for this generation, a first ever for the industry. But I hate the electronic shifter in the newer cars. Inside the cockpit of every 5 Series, the iDrive vehicle management system links all the climate, audio and navigation functions through a central screen operated by a console-mounted dial that works much like a computer's mouse. Smarter yet, the transmission itself is masterminded not by the usual mechanical process, but via electrical signals. However, our wagon bettered that 530i in grip 0.
This is controlled not by a conventional gearstick but an electronic selector lever. The bike makes an excellent commuter with a claimed 58 mpg, and easily covers weekend fun-bike duties. The electric gearstick is new although we've seen it before on the X5 , but it's not that clever. I purchased it with 80k miles. Don't buy from the dealer. Very comfortable and smooth on the highway.
The base inline six offers adequate power, while the 255-hp version offers the best compromise between performance and economy. Nice and relaxing to have the moonroof view. The twin turbo engine in the 2010 is a much faster and torquier engine. It's more attractive, the performance and efficiency continue to evolve and that cabin is just a great place to spend a commute with its excellent materials, massage seats and sweet audio system. So what's going to persuade me to trade-in my perfectly good pre-facelift 5-series? Sure, its 0-60 sprint in 6. The 530i is a fine, elegant luxury sedan that commands respect. Vehicles with the Sport package get a new steering wheel design and 20-way adjustable multicontour front seats.
Plus, I have normal tires, not run flats. The top-of-the-line 550i sedan features a 4. Love this car and highly recommend it. In short, the new 5er gets almost all of the new tech goodies from the new 7 Series: New iDrive, new safety tech, new head-up display and a new gesture control system to play around with. It's about time we developed shorthand for handling verities that stem from 50:50 weight distribution and rear-wheel-drive. Shame they're the confusing push-pull sort rather than the M5's more satisfying and more logical one for up a gear, another for down layout. We make every effort to provide you the most accurate, up-to-the-minute information however when you are ready to purchase products or services, it is your responsibility to verify with us that all details listed are accurate.
This is a great car that has class and is not ultra expensive. Twirling a finger in front of the dashboard, for example, raises or lowers the audio volume. Bought it in 2010 as a certified pre-owned. However, this is no canyon carver, it's a grand tourer at best. That said, I'm grateful that it's so much better than it used to be. We also got the optional head-up display, showing vehicle speed as well as cruise-control and navigation info.
The ride, handling and looks beat all the Japanese luxury models in my opinion. The clutch pull is a bit of a reach. But these gains are offset by the complicated iDrive multifunction control system and less-agile handling. I am the 3rd owner of the vehicle. But shoppers might be a bit dismayed upon discovering their Bimmer is a bit, well, sedate.
It is a joy to Drive. The E60's cockpit-rather-than-cabin interior has earned it as many gripes as the body styling. Primary Use: Commuting to work I Will Buy Another Bmw One Day For Sure! As far as quality control, the only niggling gremlins were a false passenger seat-belt alert two software reflashes, and it triggered yet again as we returned the car and the oft-repeated complaint of difficulty in pairing smartphones to the car and its Apple CarPlay system never solved. The large screen also features an exceptional camera system, Apple Car Play, Navigation system, and a Harmon Kardon sound system. I'm not the gentlest driver and tow a 3500 lb trailer with it. The driver and front passenger are well-accommodated and in the rear seats adults can sit with comfort in the two outboard positions.
And the wagon's back seat is much more accommodating than the X5's, for example, despite the identical 45-cubic-foot rating. The knob itself has a touchpad on top that can be used to enter information for quicker response, such as letters and numbers for addresses. While the pull is not heavy, a stock adjustable lever would seem obvious on a bike targeted to newer riders and women. Prices include all applicable rebates. And see that that horizontal chrome bar running between the two foglights? That's pretty strong for a luxury car.
I'd go as far as to say it's one of the strongest until Audi's next generation A6 arrives. It will keep you a safe distance from the car in front of you, when you want the car to change lanes, simply turn your blinker on and it will do it for you. The new one does lots of clever things. The 5 Series felt most in its element on the highway and around sweeping bends where the suspension could showcase its Autobahn-tuned stability. So there is little point buying a replacement very often since they are not reliable.
Primary Use: Commuting to work. Some features can be activated with just gestures in the air. For instance, it took me six weeks of randomly scrolling through the iDrive menus to discover this 530i had massaging front seats—and very good shiatsu ones, at that. Equipping the 5 Series with the V8 turns it into a seriously fast sedan that will outpace many sports cars. I changed the coil packs and spark plugs at 100k miles. Thinking of selling it only because I saw a 2007 650 convertible that I fell in love with.