The Powerhouse
Category: Forbes Life By : Yessar Rosendar Read : 360 Date : Wednesday, August 02, 2017 - 10:25:32




Athletic is one of the words that will come to mind when comparing the new BMW 5-Series to its predecessor. The kidney grill on the front and the air dam is bigger, the bonnet evokes a stronger silhouette, and on the side are short overhangs, with an elongated silhouette and a line that highlights the slightly arched rear wheel panel.

While looking similar to the 7-Series, the new 5-Series is sportier than ever with the hint of the BMW M model. The car’s beauty is not just skin deep, it is also outstanding in performance, comfort and convenience. The new 5-Series is equipped with the latest technologies from BMW, including the latest autonomous driving features.

The new 5-Series is the seventh generation of the model. And the 5-Series is known as one of the most successful executive sedans ever sold with almost eight million units sold worldwide since the first model was launched in 1972. BMW designed the car to be the most innovative sedan in its class. Forbes Indonesia had the chance to sample the car before its local launch this August in a test drive in Tokyo last May, driving from BMW’s Tokyo Bay showroom to the Chiba area.

Tokyo, as one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, is a natural habitat for the car. It is a perfect choice for urban professionals taking daily commutes or spirited drivers on the highway. On hand to sample were two versions: the 530d luxury model with a diesel engine, and the 540i M Sport model with a petrol engine. The latter has a three-liter straight-six turbocharged petrol engine that generates 335 horsepower with 450 Nm of torque. The M Sport model is sportier inside and out, with upgraded brakes.

Getting inside the car, the cabin is even more luxurious than the previous generation with a design similar to the 7-Series. It comes with a high definition 10.2-inch touch screen so that you can pinch to zoom a map during navigation. The 5-Series uses the latest iDrive that is very responsive, with all its signature knobs and buttons, making it one of the most ergonomic and easiest systems to use while driving.

Driving around Tokyo is effortless, as the speed limit can be set directly and easily from the steering wheel. Roaming around the city and highway, the car is quiet and the suspension also felt slightly more comfortable than the previous generation. For entertainment, the car is equipped the optional surround sound system from Bowers & Wilkins with diamond tweeters—available for the first time in the new BMW 5 Series range. A 10-channel amplifier with a total output of 1,400 watts feeds a total of 16 speakers with brushed stainless-steel grilles that illuminate when the system is switched on.

The rear seats feature two optional rear-seat screens (one for each seat) that are independently controlled, high-resolution 10.2-inch screens. Each come with a DVD player, a USB port and a HDMI connector, which is the best features in its class for connectivity while on the go. There’s also an optional massage feature for the rear seats that uses 20 air chambers incorporated into the seat backrest and cushion.

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