2014 BMW 5 Series Review [Video]
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BMW’s highly successful 5 series has undergone something of a revamp for its sixth generation 2014 BMW 5 Series version, and if you are a fully-fledged car enthusiast you might be wondering why this was the case. After all, consumers have for a long time loved this luxury executive car as it is, with its sales figures making it the dominant force in the market sector. Business buyers never stopped to ask why they shouldn’t buy it – they just faithfully kept with it because of the luxurious, prestigious style it offered them. So why the need for change?
Things never stay still in business. Whoever stays still gets left behind. Audi and Jaguar started to produce models of a similar mould, with the A6 and the XF respectively, that would rival BMW’s stranglehold on the market. As a consequence, it forced the German manufacturer’s hand, and for 2010 they created a 5 series that held wider appeal. The changes were fairly subtle rather than glaring; more engine options, more technical equipment, improved efficiency, and a slight restyle. It’s turned out to be BMW’s most successful car of its type. Let’s take a closer look.
Sporty or Luxurious?
The 2014 BMW 5 Series has really set the standard when it comes to driving experience; consumers expect a 5 Series to be luxurious and classy, but another trait of past models is how sporty they are. Here, the Munich engineers have decided to be a bit more realistic with the standard model. Notorious for spending weeks testing it out on the Nurburgring, BMW have seemingly come to realise that most of their clients are the kind of older, more refined business-types who spend a lot of the time on the motorway. For this reason, it’s easy to get the impression that the sixth generation 5 Series has lost a lot of its punch and excitement, trading the thrills and spills for sedateness and comfort.
But this is not the whole story. Implemented in this 2014 BMW 5 Series is a drivers control system. Here, you can choose which operating mode you prefer, ranging from normal and eco to sporty. To really get the best out of this sporty option, you’d need to add in some optional extras. Spending some money on the VDC variable damper control set up, as well as the integral active steering system, will really up the ante here, and you’ll be approaching corners with greater sharpness, accuracy and stability that you’ll invariably feel your adrenaline pumping – just like you’d expect from a 5 Series experience. So, in essence, the best of both worlds are here. You can modify your driving experience so that it is either chilled-out or dynamic. The M5 super saloon version is capable of reaching 62mph in just 4.3 seconds, whilst the more user-friendly 2 litre 4 cylinder 2.0i can get there in 7.9 mph.
BMW are not the kind of car manufacturers who would give their cars a drastic overhaul simply because they’re reaching a certain vintage. Instead, wherever there are changes, they are more subtle, more restrained. There is an increase in size, with an 80mm increase in wheelbase, though this comes at a slight cost to the overall space now available in the boot; at 520 litres it’s smaller than the 5 Series’ close rivals, but the disparity is so marginal that it shouldn’t be a reason to put consumers off. Space has been improved in the rear, with passengers now experiencing more leg and shoulder room. The front continues to look modern and sleek, with the addition of chrome strips surrounding the central control display adding a further touch of refinement and luxury.
The exterior shape looks as good as always, with the Munich giants focusing on a design that always has weight redistribution in mind. For them, a perfect 50/50 weight distribution over the axles is the ideal, and they’ve achieved this here, with the bonnet, doors and front wings fostered from aluminium. There is also the addition of LED head lamps, as well as revamped tail lamps that are now embellished beautifully with slick LED strips. The overall effect is one of luxury and a size that could well outstrip its rivals.
Average 2014 BMW 5 Series prices usually range between £30,000 – £35,000, with the 520 diesel being the most popular choice. Although Volvo offer a slightly cheaper alternative with their S80, their model suffers from being more expensive to run. Audi’s A6 is the nearest competitor to the 5 Series, but BMW here offer a more extensive engine choice, and not only is it more wide-ranging, it’s also very good. Although most of their consumers opt for an automatic gear box, they know that some still prefer manual transmission, and the alternatives they offer are worth checking out.
The 2014 BMW 5 Series is also more efficient than its rivals and cheaper to run. If you spend upwards of £40,000 on a 6 cylinder diesel, your eco-conscience may well suffer eco-ego, as this truly is a statement in BMW’s green credentials. From lightweight engineering, to brake energy regeneration, the 2014 BMW 5 Series has it all when it comes to controlling their emissions. Still, if eco isn’t really your thing, and if you care as much for emissions as you do for how well Greenpeace happens to be doing, the 2014 BMW 5 Series has plenty else to offer. Whether you want a luxurious experience or a sporty one, the 2014 BMW 5 Series models available have got you covered, helping you travel in style with either ferocity or cool, sophisticated calmness.
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