Business is booming for the UK’s favourite large executive saloon car. The eagerly anticipated launch of the new 507bhp BMW M5 is just a fortnight away, and the recent introduction of the BMW 523i SE, 525i SE, and 530i SE powered by the world’s first magnesium/aluminium alloy engine (the lightest six-cylinder volume production petrol engine in the world) has added a strong argument for petrol power over the recent diesel dominance in the market. Not content with revolutionary new engine technology and Formula One inspired production cars, BMW has also added additional standard specification to the entry-level 5 Series models.
The BMW 5 Series now starts with a standard specification including Park Distance Control (PDC), auto-dimming mirror and 17-inch alloy wheels. The 5 Series range now begins at an on-the-road price of £26,670 for the six-cylinder 523i.
Complementing the practicality of PDC and auto-dimming mirrors, BMW is also introducing a more emotive option that aids driver safety. The 5 Series (and 6 Series) is now able to be retro-fitted with Extended Voice Control (£49.95, excluding fitment), meaning that installed navigation and Bluetooth telephone systems can be operated by voice command via a button on the Multi-function steering wheel.Published 8 May 2005