Despite being richly-equipped with all the technical wizardry you could wish for, there is a very simplistic feel to the BMW 5 Series...
Ride and Handling
The BMW 5 Series is an executive model and therefore the benchmark for comfort and driving dynamics is set very high.
It has always scored top marks for its ability on the road, but its reputation for being a tad uncomfortable has been hanging over its head.
Well, that’s all in the past. For the new BMW 5 Series boasts outstanding comfort levels that will put a smile on the face of even the fussiest of critics. BMW has addressed the acoustics, aerodynamics and ride comfort and the new chassis and damper set-up certainly improves the ride quality on uneven surfaces as well as on smoother, resurfaced roads.
The road-holding is near perfect meaning any bend can be attacked with confidence as the 5 Series seems to stick to the Tarmac like glue. The steering is responsive and with the outstanding suspension set-up, all bumps and dips are easily absorbed along the way.
I was also driven a few miles in the car to experience back seat comfort levels and they are outstanding. There is ample space to stretch out and it would certainly be suitable for anyone who needs to work while being chauffeured around.
Ease of Use
Despite being richly-equipped with all the technical wizardry you could wish for, there is a very simplistic feel to the BMW 5 Series. The driver-focused cockpit means every control, dial and read-out is perfectly positioned for ease of use and there is a rich array of techno treats at your disposal.
Most functions on the car are operated via a central dial known as the iDrive system. This is incredibly user-friendly and all the relevant information is displayed clearly on the colour screen which means you are never distracted by looking for fiddly controls and buttons.
Storage options are excellent with a massive boot with a 520-litre capacity along with numerous useful compartments throughout the vehicle. Split-folding rear seats increase the storage capacity even further if required.
Other features worth noting include heated sports seats, automatic stop/start and a choice of driving modes to suit your mood or the conditions.