The 5 Series
has more than a hint of the larger 7 Series
saloon to it. The twin circular headlights (LED units are standard across the range) frame the familiar kidney grille, while alloy wheels – at least 17 inches – are standard across the range.
SE trim is the entry point into the 5 Series, but it’s not exactly a pauper spec. It comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, heated leather front seats, and steering wheel-mounted shift paddles for the automatic gearbox, plus the brilliant iDrive infotainment system that includes sat-nav. Upgrading to M Sport trim gives you bigger alloys, sport seats, and plenty of ‘M’ detailing dotted around the cabin, plus an enhanced body kit. M Sport cars also come on sports suspension, but you can delete this in favour of the standard suspension if you like the looks but prefer a cushier ride.
Every 5 Series also comes with a large 10.2-inch touchscreen, with the infotainment arranged on swipe-able tile shaped menus. When driving, it’s easier and safer to call up the menus via voice control, or use the iDrive rotary dial that sits to the left of the drive selector. There’s also the option of a Microsoft Office 365-compatible system to turn your 5 Series into a leather-lined office on wheels and seamlessly manage even the most hectic work and travel schedule.