The 2017 5 Series is the hottest thing BMW has on the market these days. The Bavarians are offering its luxury sedan in 530i, 540i, 530e, and M550i versions – and we are all waiting for the next generation M5 to arrive.
It’s also one of the most technologically advanced vehicles on the market – aside from the semi-autonomous functions and the improved infotainment system, the car benefits from a number of safety and assist systems, including Frontal Collision Warning with City Collision Mitigation. This system earned the model six points in IHHS’ front collision prevention test, helping it get Top Safety Pick+ rating.
The vehicle is also praised for its body, roof, and structure design, boosting its performance in the small overlap front crash test. For example, the driver space faces only five inches of maximum intrusion at the footrest in frontal collision, showing a low risk of any significant injuries in a real-world crash.
Nearly all categories tested by the organization are covered by the 5 Series with “Good” rating, with the only exception being the child seat anchors ease of use rated as “Acceptable.” The model recently received the maximum of five stars from the EuroNCAP.
Available with a starting price of $52,195 in the United States, the new 5 Series is based on the modular CLAR platform and uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine in its base 530i variant. It’s good for 248 horsepower (185 kilowatts) and 258 pound-feet (349.8 Newton-meters) of torque, helping the car accelerate to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in 6.0 seconds or in 5.8 seconds with the marque’s xDrive AWD system.
Gallery: 2017 BMW 5 Series: First Drive
The M550i xDrive is still the quickest and most powerful of the family, until the new M5 arrives. It is powered by a biturbo 4.4-liter V8, which in this specification pumps out 456 hp at 5,500 rpm and a peak torque of 480 lb-ft. Less than four seconds are needed for the 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) sprint.
As for the range-topper, the M5, it will most likely debut in Frankfurt this year, where it will bring the first-ever M xDrive system. It will allow the high-performance sedan to switch between AWD and RWD at any time at the touch of a button.
Gallery: 2017 BMW 5 Series IIHS test
Today the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2017 BMW 5 Series a “Top Safety Pick +”, continuing the company’s long-standing commitment to offering class-leading safety. The seventh generation BMW 5 Series qualified for the “TSP+” thanks to its performance in five different crash tests – small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints. Receiving the Institute’s highest rating, for an optional front crash prevention system with ‘Superior’ rating, as well as the ‘Good’ rating for headlights.
The latest generation BMW 5 Series is praised by the IIHS for its body and structure design, boosting its performance in the small overlap front crash test. Results from the test indicate that the driver space is well maintained with only 5 inches of maximum intrusion at the footrest, showing a low risk of any significant injuries in a real-world crash of the same severity. Additionally, the 5 Series available Frontal Collision Warning with either City Collision Mitigation or with Extended Collision Mitigation earn “Superior” ratings in front crash prevention, both avoiding collisions during testing at 12 mph and 25 mph.
All in all, the 2017 BMW 5 Series builds on the success of the previous generation by incorporating a roomier interior, greater efficiency and technology on the forefront of innovation. The 5 Series has been entirely newly developed allowing for a significant weight reduction of up to 137 lbs. State of the art chassis systems which include Dynamic Damper Control with Adaptive Mode and Integral Active Steering, BMW’s intelligent all-wheel drive system, Advanced Driver Assistant Systems and Parking Assistance Systems. High-level of standard safety features include BMW Assist eCall, BMW TeleService, Dynamic Stability Control, Brake Dry Assist, Cornering Brake Control and Dynamic Traction Control. Optional features such as Blind Spot Detection, Daytime Pedestrian Protection, Lane Departure Warning, Speed Limit Info, Cross-traffic alert, Active Cruise Control w/Stop & Go, Active Lane Keeping Assistant w/side collision avoidance, Traffic Jam Assistant, and Evasion Aid are also available. The BMW 5 Series is the most innovative 5 Series to date clearing the way towards semi-automated driving.