The sixth generation of the BMW 5 Series – the F10 – debuted in November 2009 as a 2010 model and has been, to-date, the most successful 5 Series ever built. Externally, the car is a more traditional BMWesque design; a far more sober effort after the highly controversial E60.

The F10-generation 5 Series has had its share of mixed reviews since its inception. It’s been revered for its great looks, wonderfully built interior, excellent technology and superb ride quality. However, it’s also been criticized for being too heavy, lacking the sort of driving dynamics 5 Series fans are used to and being uninspiring to drive.

The F10 shares a platform with the BMW F01 7 Series and has been described as a downsized-7 Series in contrast to its E60 predecessor which was regarded as an upsized 3 Series.

While the cabin of the F10 5 Series might not be the sexiest or most interesting, it just feels incredibly well built and luxurious. It’s still a fine interior, even after every competitor has come out with something more modern.

The video below walks us through the history of the F10 5 Series.