BMW unveils new 5-series

WHEN BMW produced its first 5 Series sedan back in 1972 it could not have projected where this model would be in 2010.

WHEN BMW produced its first 5 Series sedan back in 1972 it could not have projected where this model would be in 2010.

Today the 5 Series is one of the most successful models the German giant has produced.

Launched in Cape Town last week, the sixth generation 5 Series lived up to expectations. At first glance it resembles its bigger sibling 7 Series.

A core model for the German brand, the 5 Series offers the agility of a 3 Series and the comfort of the 7 Series.

Driving on the beautiful roads of the Western Cape the new 5 Series felt at ease even on the mountain passes.

The front is intimidating while the rear has beautiful lines that bring out a perfect theme.

Bigger and longer than the outgoing model, the 5-Series offers enough legroom even at the back. The new 5 Series is making its debut with one eight-cylinder and three six-cylinder petrol engines as well as a six-cylinder diesel.

Although we only had two models for the launch, the 530d and 535i, we put to the test - and they passed with flying colours.

My co-driver and I were impressed by the 530d performance. The engine is quiet and smooth almost like a petrol model. The 535i did a good job on open roads - we clocked some high speeds, but it was still willing to go.

Other engine derivatives include 523i and 528i. The 550i will be available from next month and the 520d from August.

The new BMW 5 Series is available with Adaptive Drive encompassing Dynamic Damper Control and Dynamic Drive stability control, as well as BMW's Integral Active Steering.

Pricing:

From R485000 for a base model 520d up to R869000 for a full house model 550i.

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