2014 BMW 5-Series | new car review

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 by
2014 BMW 5-Series
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AEDAED 190,000 - 350,000
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  • Exterior
    Editor: 60%
  • Interior
    Editor: 85%
  • Quality
    Editor: 85%
  • Features
    Editor: 90%
  • Performance
    Editor: 80%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 75%

Review Summary:

Slotted between the smaller 3-Series and flagship 7-Series, the 5-Series takes the best of both world’s and is available in two body styles, a Sedan and Gran Turismo.

Pros

Interior quality
Engine choices
Features

Cons

Price
Exterior design

Looks

When the predecessor to the current model reached the end of its life cycle in 2010, the sixth generation 5-Series emerged in 2011 with an improved suspension setup, a driver oriented centre console and significant improvements in its styling. Four years on, the 2014 model looks identical to the 2011 model with chrome outlines around the fog lamp housings, a prominent indent in the centre of the hood, and LED tail lamps. With straighter lines on the hood and pronounced headlights to accompany, the Gran Turismo does look a lot nicer though – from the front at least.

2014 BMW 5-Series exterior collage

Feels

Along the dashboard, centre console and door panels, there is a generous splash of wood trim coupled with an abundance of leather and other soft touch materials. The 5-Series boasts an impressive list of standard features including a multifunction leather wrapped steering wheel and a 6.5 inch colour display across the range. For those who are able to get over the rather bubble-y figure of the Gran Turismo, an increased 102 mm in wheelbase and 97mm in height over the Sedan results in better leg and head room for rear passengers.

2014 BMW 5-Series interior

Engineering

With the 2014 BMW 5-Series packing in a Traffic Jam Assistant that controls the car at speeds of up to 40 km/h and even brakes once the desired distance with the car ahead has been reached, getting agitated in traffic jams is soon going to be a thing of the past. The 2014 5-Series is also available with Night Vision that utilizes a thermal image camera placed in the radiator grille that detects people and animals from 300 meters away and relays these images onto the Control Display in the centre of the dashboard.

2014 BMW 5-Series night vision

What’s on offer?

With numerous engines on offer, the 5-Series caters to both, the fuel savers and the power hungry. The smallest engine in the line-up is the 2.0 litre 4 cylinder unit fitted in the 520i that puts out 184 horsepower and 270 Nm of torque and boasts a lousy 0 – 100km/h time of 7.9 seconds. On the other hand, the largest engine is the 4.4 litre V8 put in the M5 that sends 560 horsepower and 680 Nm of torque to the rear wheels and propels the 5-Series from 0 – 100km/h in 4.3 seconds!

Summing it…

The 5-Series is BMW’s answer to buyers in the Mid-size Luxury segment. With a price tag ranging from AED 190,000 to AED 620,000, the price does seem steep; and if you’re one to pay close attention to the exterior of your car, you know the Mercedes-Benz E-Class has the edge.

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