Philip Hedderman reviews the BMW 5 series 2010
- 19 September 2010
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Picture the most beautiful woman on the planet.
Take Megan Fox, Penelope Cruz or Eva Mendes …. now try to improve upon them.
Make them even more irresistible, hotter, sexier.
It’s not easy, is it?
That is the exact dilemma put to a group of the best automotive designers and engineers money can buy.
There was one big problem though …. these are German designers and engineers and more often than not you get a lot more than you bargained for.
The results are there for all to see in the new 5 Series, but beauty, my friends, is indeed more than skin deep.
You see, in the case of the fickle world of show business, a plastic surgeon may make you look younger and more vibrant, but he won’t make you a better actress.
Now, if the old 5 were a fairytale it could only be the ugly duckling …. which blossomed into a beautiful swan and there the romance began, well for me, anyway.
The E60, made between 2003 and 2010, had what a very dear friend calls the ”sexy/ugly thing going on” which is based on the philosophy that not all beautiful women are sexy …. and not all sexy women are beautiful.
It was a curious looking creature, not very inviting, but when you climbed into the cockpit and fired her up ….. hmmm sheer driving pleasure.
It was that perfect balance of fine handling unstoppable power, torque and unrivalled drive which won over all of its critics, with some conceding that the look will even grow on you.
The exact same applies here, except in reverse.
Despite the ergonomics boffin droning on about how sexier, younger and dynamic they made it, Cupid didn’t strike and I wasn’t all woosy and faint.
In fact, I think its too conservative and they’ve played it too safe this time round.
So I may have been a tad disappointed by the look, but would the same apply in the saddle.
How could it?
Its older brother was perfection so how could they possibly improve it?
They just made it bigger, quicker and more economical.
Take the 530D which churns out a whopping 245bhp, has CO2 omissions of 160g/km and returns over 40mpg.
Thanks to the stop start technology (borrowed from the Mini range) the 523i has the same green credentials of 160g/km and 204bhp.
But their secret weapon is the not so humble 520D which has Irish drivers queueing around the block with the lure of 184bhp, CO2s of 132grammes (£156 road tax) and a jaw dropping 50mpg.
Couple that with their most advanced 8 speed automatic gearbox and supension technologies – taken from the 7series, throw in a few goodies like Parking Assistant which parks for you, Surround View, collision warning (which automatically brakes in an emergency)
Lane Change Warning and Head-Up Display and the job is Oxo.
It’s not hard to fathom that this luxury saloon is the single biggest selling model in Ireland today.
Pound for pound this BMW is, if you’ll excuse the plug, the ‘Ultimate Driving Machine’.
If my analogy about Chris Bangle (designer of the last E60 5 series) and the sexy ugly thing working in reverse proves correct then it is love at first sight.
If that doesn’t get the heart racing then the price tag of under €41,750 (check this) will.
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