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The new BMW 5 Series is ‘a sweet ride,’ fact. Not our words, but the words of

By David Light (

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Published: Sat 30 Jul 2011, 9:30 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 7:11 AM

IF YOU EVER want affirmation that you’ve made the correct purchase when it comes to your car, to whom do you turn? Your friends can be a little too forgiving, the dealer will say anything you want as long as your cheque clears and your beloved… well he/she will always insist they could have made a wiser choice regardless of what you bring home.

Despite not actually forking out the money for the new BMW 5 series, nor having the opportunity to keep it after the test-drive period, it was with some pride that the second day into the review a little calling card appeared under one of the windscreen wipers stating (verbatim): ‘What a sweet ride! We love your car and so would our members. Why don’t you join us @’ Visiting the website, carbookdubai is a web community for petrol heads to talk about, sell and display their cars. Quite an honour, therefore, for an independent adjudicator to pass favourable judgement on the machine and a resulting feeling that would definitely put any lingering anxiety to bed.

Having said that, if you’ve managed to get your hands on a 5 series, it would only be a very faint voice of concern anyway, because what BMW have done with the latest model is made it positively gorgeous.

In terms of design, the new 5 Series has the longest wheelbase in the segment, a long and sleek engine compartment lid, short overhangs front and rear and a coupe-like roofline. The interior has a stylish and modern design with exciting lines that create a generous and harmonious ambience. High quality materials and superior craftsmanship underline the premium feel.

The new BMW 5 Series is available with a choice of one eight-cylinder and three six-cylinder petrol engines. The top model is the BMW 550i powered by a V8 with BMW TwinPower Turbo featuring High Precision Injection, which produces 407hp.The straight-six with BMW TwinPower Turbo, High Precision Injection and VALVETRONIC in the BMW 535i delivers maximum output of 306 hp; while the two straight-six power deliver 258 hp in the BMW 528i and 204 hp in the BMW 523i.

Some of the wide range of driving and comfort features offered in the new BMW 5 Series include Dynamic Drive Control with four modes: comfort, normal, sport and sport +; comfort start; head-up display; multi-channel audio system, rear seat entertainment; four-zone automatic air conditioning and BMW iDrive control.

BMW ConnectedDrive also offers a range of driver-assist technology functions for enhanced comfort and safety. For the first time the new BMW 5 Series comes with a Parking Assistant, an optional feature that facilitates the process of parking; active cruise control, surround view and rear view camera, lane departure warning, lane change warning and BMW night vision with pedestrian recognition.

All in all this is a top-notch car providing a top-notch drive.

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