The BMW 5 Series has been on sale in the global market since 1972. Every few years the German car maker updates its executive sedan and around the festive season of 2013, BMW has introduced the new facelifted version of the sixth generation model in India.
The new 2014 5 Series is not an all-new car but just an update that retains the novelty factor. Many of the changes made to the design seem to be borrowed from the M5. The front kidney grille and bumper are refreshed and the crease lines on the bonnet have been carved out in a muscular yet artistic way. The BMW logo has been embossed above the front grille close to the front edge of the bonnet. The new headlamps of the 5 Series get Xenon lights as a standard fixture, whereas the adaptive LED package that includes auto-cornering, auto-dimming etc. is available as an optional extra. The air intakes on the front bumper are again newly designed with chrome detailing around the fog lamps giving it a fresh look. The side profile remains the same and there are minor changes to the tail lamp with slimmer L-shaped LED tubes and new flow lines on the rear bumper.
Coming to the interiors, even though not completely revamped, the 2014 BMW 5 Series gets even more subtle changes adding to the overall luxurious feel. The BMW 5 Series is packed with gizmos. The instrument cluster is a multifunctional device combined with a 10.2 inch screen, clearly depicting each feature with various colours and graphics. There are also three modes displayed on the instrument cluster panel - Comfort, ECO PRO and Sport Mode. The BMW Heads-Up display shows appropriate information on the screen exactly in the line of sight of the driver assisting him to concentrate on driving without having to move his head much. The iDrive Touch Controller has an integrated touchpad which helps the user to enter data in his own handwriting. All these instruments are placed amidst high quality materials and are comfortably within the reach of the passenger. The car also boasts of the Harmon Kardon Surround System connected to 16 speakers. Other unique aspects aiding the driver are anti-dazzle high beam assistant and camera systems. The 5 Series has all the important safety features including six airbags, ABS-EBD, ESP among others.
The BMW 5 Series is offered in four variants in India – Modern Line, Luxury Line, Luxury Plus and the M Sport. Apart from the M Sport all the other three variants are powered by the 2.0-litre straight four-cylinder diesel engine with the Modern and Luxury line producing 184bhp of power and 380Nm of torque. The Luxury Plus variant produces 217bhp of power and 450Nm of torque. The much more powerful M Sport variant is powered by the 3.0-litre straight six-cylinder diesel engine and has a power output of 258bhp and 560Nm of torque. All the engines in every variant are mated to a ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox with power driven to the rear wheels.
The BMW 5 Series competes with the Mercedes Benz E-Class, Audi A6 and the Jaguar XF in the executive sedan segment.