The looks are little changed, but the Five has been tweaked under the skin, too
9 January 2007

It may appear little different to the existing model, with only a few mild exterior tweaks to set it apart, but BMW’s facelifted 5-series includes some significant developments.

Due in the UK this spring, the 5-series gets a new range of six-cylinder petrol engines fitted with BMW’s High Precision Injection direct injection system. The updated engines, which will appear in other BMW models throughout 2007, are more frugal and emit less CO2 than their predecessors.

Other major changes include BMW’s latest six-speed automatic transmission featuring the joystick shifter first seen in the new X5.

On the outside the car has clear headlamp lenses, new grille surrounds, revised air intakes and LED indicators in the tail lamps. Inside, BMW’s design team has added higher quality materials, reworked the door trim and updated the iDrive system with the same software used on the second-generation X5.

Greg Kable

Our Verdict

BMW 5 Series

The BMW 5 Series offers a compelling blend of all-round abilities, but wants specifying carefully

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