The BMW nameplate is practically synonymous with luxury sport sedans. And the all-new 2017 BMW 5 Series carries on the Bavarian automaker's longstanding tradition of providing shoppers with a selection of models intended to strike a balance between comfort and performance. The styling of the midsize 5 Series hasn't been radically changed. It remains a sleek design, elegant yet muscular, crafted around a cabin that can seat five with a trunk large enough to hold a fair amount of luggage.
For 2017, the 5 Series grows incrementally larger than the outgoing model but sheds up to 137 pounds, thanks to the use of aluminum, magnesium and high-strength steel construction. There are new available advanced chassis systems with Dynamic Damper Control and active steering — which can be combined with xDrive, BMW's all-wheel-drive system — as well as a host of new driver-assist features. Other changes include technology updates, such as a new iDrive user interface, available gesture control and a head-up display.
Powerplant choices include a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which generates 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque and comes standard in the base 530i, and a 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline six that comes in the 540i and produces 335 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. The high-performance M550i, arriving later, is equipped with a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine that puts out 456 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque. All models are equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
EPA fuel economy figures for the 2017 BMW 5 Series have not yet been released.
Handling has always been a BMW strong suit, and the revamped 5 Series is no exception. The new models ride on revamped suspension, double wishbone in front and five-link in the rear, with electronically controlled antiroll bars. Available multiple drive modes — Adaptive, Comfort, Sport and Eco Pro — allow drivers to alter the suspension settings and other characteristics to match conditions and personal taste. And buyers looking for even better handling can opt for the M Sport suspension package, which adds firmer components, lower ride height, larger wheels and performance tires.
The well-designed, upscale interior of the new 5 Series has been moderately revised. There's still plenty of space for front-seat occupants, and an additional 1.2 inches of legroom has been added to the rear compartment. Power sport bucket seats are standard, and heated and cooled versions with massage are available. A plethora of the latest advanced technology, safety and convenience features are either standard or available.
The base 530i comes extremely well equipped with enough comfort and tech equipment to satisfy many buyers, including dual-zone climate control and adaptive cruise control; although a host of packages and optional accessories are available. Moving up to the 540i brings the higher performance of the turbocharged six-cylinder engine and, BMW says, a zero-to-60-mph time of 4.9 seconds. Whatever your preference, let Edmunds help you find the 2017 BMW 5 Series that best meets your needs.