2017 BMW 5 Series

Buyer's Guide

2017 is set to be a big year in the midsize luxury segment, with long-awaited arrivals from Volvo and Mercedes-Benz. But the sedan set to make the biggest splash could very well be the all-new 5 Series from BMW.

While the latest 5 doesn’t feature the 7 Series’ cutting-edge carbon core chassis, it is stronger than lighter than the model it replaces. It’s wrapped in wind-cheating sheetmetal, which in its most efficient configuration slips through the air with a drag rating of just 0.22. Active grille shutters come standard to cut back on fuel consumption. Meanwhile, BMW’s engineers have re-jigged the optional rear-wheel steering system and adaptive steering for a more natural feel. M Sport tuned adaptive suspension and upgraded brakes are available for the enthusiast driver.

Though BMW touts itself as the ultimate driving experience, the new 5 edges one step closer to autonomous driving. Adaptive cruise control with stop & go assist, cross-traffic alert, evasion assist, and lane-keeping assist are bundled together in a package costing just $1,000. But where the 5 Series forges ahead is with the availability of the Remote Parking Package ($1,500), which allows the new 5 Series to park itself without the driver being inside the vehicle! The 5 also benefits from the nifty 3D-rendered parking display system which first debuted on the 7 Series, too.

Other advanced technologies can be experienced inside the car, including an infotainment system that can pick up on certain hand gestures, a brand new head-up display system, plus touch-sensitive power seat controls. Apple CarPlay and wireless device charging also join the 5 Series' options list. A headliner with built-in soundproofing creates a cabin that’s perfect for hearing the optional Bowers and Wilkins Diamond sound system, and relaxing in the available massaging front seats. Ornate stitching on the Nappa leather gives the 5 Series the look and feel of a six-figure 7 Series model. Rear passengers are treated to more rear legroom, plus an available high-definition rear-seat entertainment system.

Initially, the 5 Series will be sold in 530i xDrive and 540i xDrive forms. In true BMW fashion, the naming scheme of the 5 Series doesn’t represent displacements in the slightest – the 530i is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder, while the 540i uses a 3.0-litre turbocharged straight six. The 530i develops 248 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, while the 540i makes 335 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. Both engines drive all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Two other 5 Series variants will join the range later in the year.

The 530e plug-in hybrid features a 252-horsepower four-cylinder gasoline engine that’s mated to a 95-horsepower electric motor, which is fueled by a 9.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. On a full charge, the 530e can travel up to an estimated 46 km, and can be driven on electricity at speeds of up to 140 km/h. Unlike the previous 5 Series hybrid, the ActiveHybrid 5, this new model has all-wheel drive.

For those desiring a high-speed experience, there’s the new M550i xDrive, which packs a hefty punch thanks to its 462-horsepower turbo V8 engine. Mated to an eighty-speed automatic and standard all-wheel drive, it can accelerate to 100 km/h in four seconds, which is nearly as quick as the previous M5. The M550i also receives unique appearance package with enlarged front air intakes, Cerium Grey body accents, and unique 19- and 20-inch alloy wheels.

The base price of the 5 Series starts at $61,900, with the 540i xDrive selling for $69,000.

2017 BMW 5 Series Specifications

There are 2 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $61,500 MSRP
9
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
248 hp @5200 rpm
Number of seats 5
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
Body style Sedan
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
4dr Sdn 530i xDrive AWD $61,500 5 Sedan
4dr Sdn 530i xDrive AWD 248 hp @5200 rpm 258 ft-lb @1450 rpm 8-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
4dr Sdn 530i xDrive AWD 194.3" 73.5" 57.7" 117.1"
4dr Sdn 530i xDrive AWD
4dr Sdn 530i xDrive AWD Leather Seats
4dr Sdn 530i xDrive AWD
4dr Sdn 530i xDrive AWD
4dr Sdn 540i xDrive AWD $69,000 5 Sedan
4dr Sdn 540i xDrive AWD 335 hp @5500 rpm 332 ft-lb @1380 rpm 8-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
4dr Sdn 540i xDrive AWD 194.3" 73.5" 57.7" 117.1"
4dr Sdn 540i xDrive AWD
4dr Sdn 540i xDrive AWD Leather Seats
4dr Sdn 540i xDrive AWD
4dr Sdn 540i xDrive AWD

Expert Review Articles

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April 04, 2017
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January 20, 2017
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October 04, 2018
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August 01, 2017
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Owner Reviews: 2017 BMW / 5 Series

Average Rating

2007 BMW 5 Series

Trim: 525I
by GSB-023 on 10-11-2012
Love this car!!
This is one of the many BMW's I have owned and this is the one liked the best. The design and the shape of the car was what got me loving this car. Great handling, sporty, spacious and with all the luxury you expect with a BMW. The car has been exceptionally reliable without any mechanical or electrical issues. Cold weather package makes this care a breeze to drive on the cold days. Heated seats, heated steering wheel, and dual controls for the driver and passenger sides. It has many cool options that I never noticed before. Fuel mileage is also very good.
Overall
5.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

2008 BMW 5 Series

Trim: 530 530D MSport
by SJB1122 on 10-11-2012
Best Car I have owned
My last 4 vehicles have been BMW's and while everyone has been good - this car is just fantastic!

The handling is superb, the acceleration incredible and its wonderfully comfortable in the front and great for the kids in the back.

I just love driving this car, its fun, looks good and answers the bell every time you ask it.

Overall
5.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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2001 BMW 5 Series

Trim: 540I
by Porsche911 on 10-10-2012
Great performance car at good price.
I really love the bmw 540i. Performance is great but you pay with the economy of the vehicle. Exhaust sound is average and really wish they had put in a slip diff like the M5. This car is made for the highway with tons of talk. Long journeys are a breeze and the fuel economy is great if you keep the car in the low rpm range.

The car has been reliable for me but I have had to replace parts on it. I have seen the check engine light a couple of times and have had to buy a new maf and clutch fan.

Overall I am very happy with the car and have no idea what I would replace it with if I had too. For the price you get great performance and luxury.

Overall
3.0
Comfort
3/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
2/5
Interior Design
3/5
Exterior Styling
2/5
Reliability
2/5
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