A new BMW 5 Series review has just popped up on our radar. The UK folks over at Autocar spent some time testing the 2011 BMW 530d, one of the most popular 5 Series model in the British market. While not scoring a full glorious review, the F10 5er is being praised for some of the things we’ve heard before, driving experience, interior design and handling, but according to them, it also lacks some things.
Let’s have a look.
“Whatever you think of the way a new BMW looks and feels, there’s one thing that is virtually guaranteed to impress: the way it goes.
The 530d is no exception. The 3.0-litre diesel’s headline figure of 242bhp is impressive enough on its own but when it’s coupled to nigh on 400lb ft of torque, flat-lining from 1750 through to 3000rpm, one can realistically expect fireworks.
They arrive in the order of a 0-60mph time of 6.5sec, which is the ballpark of those we’ve recorded in Jaguar’s XF ‘S’ diesel and the Mercedes-Benz E350 CDI, and would be faster still were it not for a slippery test surface.
Once away from the line, the turbocharged unit pulls strongly through each gear. Left to its own devices with a strong throttle input, the eight-speed auto will allow the engine to rev out to 4500rpm before slipping through another shift that drops the engine right back into the meat of its ample powerband.
So, strong on performance, but what about refinement? BMW’s preference for straight-six cylinder engines allows it to harness the intrinsic smoothness of a layout whose primary and secondary moments are all in balance, resulting in a motor which spins freely and quietly. The hushed cabin tones are not just down to fine soundproofing, they’re engineered at source.
BMW claims that the 5-series is the most overtly sporting car in this class, and while it does hold an agility advantage over the E-class, it lacks the centre-pivoted, fleet-footed feel of the Jaguar XF.
In this SE spec and without the active chassis, it also rolls more and has looser body control – surprisingly so for anyone coming from the old model. The BMW’s electrically assisted power steering is fine in its own regard (avoid the artificial-feeling Active Steer), but lacks the XF’s fluidity.
Be in no doubt, the F10 5-series is a very accomplished car. Arguably more for the breadth of its abilities than a strength in any single area. Which is saying something, given the margin by which this 530d’s powertrain betters its rivals. But the new 5-series is also refined, spacious, economical and (for the most part) comfortable. If you are looking for an all-rounder, it would be hard not to recommend it.”