Interior is appealing with high quality materials. Smooth, powerful engine and transmission, strong/seamless acceleration from 0 to 130mph, confident handling, great soundproofing, heads up display, B&W entertainment system, comfortable seats, technology and sporty appearance are strong points. Took EU delivery and drove 2,360 miles in Germany, Switzerland, Italy and France. Great ride in all conditions' high speed German autobahn, mountain, city and country roads. Have driven 5,000 miles since returning home. Really like the intelligent cruise control, which regulates speed to maintain safe distance from Car in front. Have owned eight BMW's, including four 5 series. This is the best 5 series BMW I have owned.
I came out of the E class Mercedes Benz (owned two in the last 12 years a 2005 and 2015) both had 302 HP and fully loaded but I have to say the BMW 540i with M package offers way more performance and a more luxurious (I opted for Nappa Leather seats), comfortable and roomier cabin and is a blast to drive. I have all the options I could have had with the Benz but so much more power. The technology is state of the art and user friendly. Expect to pay mid $60k for the 6cyl twin turbo loaded package but worth every penny in my opinion.
The vehicle frequently strays out of lane even when lanes are clearly marked. When the feature is used there is added strain and stress on the driver since there is no predicting when the car will leave the lane to oncoming traffic or obstacles. The manual and videos say system can be used to over 100 mph and in traffic, and will provide a more relaxed and rested experience. DO NOT PURCHASE VEHICLE WITH THIS FEATURE because it is too dangerous to use.
You can read the reviews and the knock is the a loss of "feel of the road". I really don't agree. Car is incredibly quick and responsive and kinda likes to be pushed a bit. Never have a sense of control issue, the car just does everything you tell it to do and does it extremely well. Many have commented it is the most beautiful and comfortable car they have been in. I agree. Have had it a year and zero issues (same as my 2014). Quality level, fit and finish is outstanding. It is quieter than previous 5 Series and I like that. Very smooth ride and mated to the road. Big improvements.......audio controls are vastly improved and imputing an address into the Nav system is down right simple. Display is great, and touch screen easy to use as is IDrive. Got head up display as part of package and love it although you cannot see it if you wear Polarized Glasses. Standard sound system is fine (don't bother with over priced up grade). Self parking is wild.....it works well (but a bit spooky to let go of wheel and let it do it's thing). Biggest complaint is that Blind spot monitoring is not a standard item on a vehicle of this caliber. Come only with expensive upgrade package..........this is dumb. Last negative, forget the Car Play option. Gets confused if you have a number of Bluetooth items coming off your IPhone (Audible, Spotify, Pandora). IPhone works better with it off......wasted $300. Overall on a scale of 1-10, it is a 9.8!!!