June 18, 2021

2017 BMW 5-series

Once the gold standard for sports sedans, in recent years the BMW 5-series has morphed into more of a luxury cruiser. Technologically advanced and supremely comfortable, the newest 5-series performs well in many categories but lacks the lively handling of BMWs we fondly remember from the past. A strong turbocharged inline-four engine is standard in the 530i, and an even more potent turbocharged inline-six propels the 540i (V-8, hybrid, and diesel options soon will be available, too).

 

What’s New for 2017?

As the beneficiary of a complete redesign for 2017, nearly every element of the 5-series is new. It may not look all that different than before, but it features a new chassis, an overhauled interior, and new engine choices that are both more powerful and more efficient.

 

Trims and Options We’d Choose

The 530i’s turbo inline-four engine provides good power, but we’d splurge for the silky and potent turbo inline-six found in the 540i. The many option packages available for the rear-wheel-drive 540i don’t provide good value. We think it’s smarter instead to add a few stand-alone options, including heated front seats ($500), proximity keyless entry ($650), Apple CarPlay capability ($300), and a rearview camera and parking sensors ($1150). The 540i also comes standard with:

• 16-way power front seats with memory
• LED headlights and fog lights
• 10.2-inch touchscreen with iDrive controller
• Rain-sensing windshield wipers

Our somewhat sparsely equipped 540i comes in at $60,045; an all-wheel-drive 540i xDrive model is available for an additional $2300. If you want any color other than black or white, you’ll pay at least $700 extra.

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