Car and Driver drives the new BMW G30 5 Series

5-series, News | November 29th, 2016 by 8
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Through some the windy and scenic roads of Portugal, the folks from Car and Driver were allowed to drive the upcoming BMW G30 5 Series. …

Through some the windy and scenic roads of Portugal, the folks from Car and Driver were allowed to drive the upcoming BMW G30 5 Series. More specifically, the BMW 540i. While they also tested the 530d xDrive, as did all other journalists at the event, we likely won’t be getting the latter model in the US, so C&D focused on the 540i.

The current F10-generation BMW 5 Series is a good car, but it’s one that’s been criticized a bit for being less BMW-y than the models that preceded it. It’s too big, too heavy and a bit too clumsy-footed. It just isn’t the athlete that 5 Series’ of past were. So C&D was hoping that the 540i they tested would bring back that athleticism. So far so good.

C&D echoes a sentiment we’ve felt with BMW’s newer models — the B58 3.0 liter turbocharged I6 is the engine to pick. While it isn’t as powerful as the 4.4 liter twin-turbo V8 in the M550i or as economic as the 2.0 liter turbo-four in the 530i, the 540i’s I6 engine is the Goldilocks engine of the bunch. It’s silky smooth and packs more than enough punch to be exciting and engaging. It also sounds great. It’s my personal favorite engine that BMW currently makes and it’s the one to get in the 5 Series.

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But then engine is only one part of the 540i’s charm. While the new G30-gen 5er looks similar to the car it replaces, it’s a completely new car underneath. The chassis of the G30 is far more playful and lighter on its feet than the F10’s. The steering is also far improved. The 540is C&D tested had BMW’s IAS (Integral Active Steering) and variable ratio steering. Most enthusiasts hate BMW’s variable ratio steering, but BMW’s taken a page out of Porsche’s book with its new version and it’s paid huge dividends. Instead of a planetary gearset in the steering column that would vary the ratio based on several different variables, this system increases steering speed as you add steering lock. So the more you turn the wheel, the faster the ratio gets, just like in modern Porsches. This makes it feel far more accurate and far more dependable, as it does the same thing turn after turn.

With its new steering, chassis and engine, the BMW 540i is far more athletic than the generation of car it replaces and starts to remind C&D of the great 5 Series’ of years gone by. That’s extremely encouraging and makes us start to itch to drive the car ourselves. It may not be the E39 5 Series, but it’s as close as the 5 Series has ever been since.

[Source: Car and Driver]

8 responses to “Car and Driver drives the new BMW G30 5 Series”

  1. Arunabh says:

    i have been through the article the C&D has put about G30 !!!

    To be honest…. those guys aren’t exactly as warmed up to this car as this article suggest.For ex, they said that IAS is better in G30 than in F10 but they are yet to decide whether they will take it over standard steering set up.

    In car entertainnment and connectivity aside, It isnt anything exceptional, the new 5 series, and we should except that.

    Where BMW personally has become a big disappointment for me is the lack of creativity in their cars. It seems as if these guys have literally ran out of ideas to prsesent a successful recipe in more innovative newer forms.

    The good part is that people wont feel sad when this generation will come to halt. (or they may actually, as they might again be anticipating something even more unimaginative. How BMW is currently working, one cant rule out that possibility)

    • Max says:

      Creativity in a 5er? You are kidding, right? No one can take such comments serious.

      This is a f*cking “business athlete”, what fancy stuff do u expect? A big screen like the e-class? Ohhh yeah that is soooo creative, so creative that it is sooo bad to use!

      The 5er is modern and classic in one, its the perfect combination and it drives amazing! Connectivity is without competetion, there is nothing more u want to have in a car like that.
      The i3 is creative, but I believe u would also complain about what do u want?

      • Johan says:

        BMW shouldn’t be Audi…doesn’t make sense in a long term…

      • Arunabh Awasthi says:

        tell me one thing…have you ever heard the term ‘Business athlete’ before this car for any 5 series? Dude, its a marketing gimmick that are mostly done to sway people who haven’t got the opinion of their own. Pl. dont buy into such stuff.

        Go through the first drive reviews of this car. Not only journalists (who at times are too emotionally driven, but not in this case) but most people have also got the same say: THIS CAR LOOKS ALREADY DATED. Probably this is what BMW has decided when the want to make a timeless design, make it look dated from day 1 so it doesn’t have to bother about testing the test of time.

        Lesser brands are putting more crafty and progressive designs out there and this German sedan is going too Asian with its design. (Probably, it has something to do with wooing chinese, :D)

        I too am a (or should i say, was) BMW fan but currently the BMW aren’t the same with whom i fell in love.

  2. Mike Vella says:

    I wonder why we won’t get the 530d? They’ve been selling the 535d in the US.

  3. Crayy Joe says:

    I have polished the Porsche and Jaguar from here, but this time it’s the 2017 BMW 5 Series of the new generation G30. For BMW cars to come back here with the seventh generation car feels a bit like taking Mulligan on the previous model.

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