The new BMW 5 Series is 'raising the stakes' in a high value game of executive saloon poker. This magnificent beast is a considerable improvement on its already excellent predecessor and wades into battle with guaranteed pocket aces. So, let's consider why this prestigious machine is so appealing.
Now, it goes without saying that the driving experience is exemplary. The 5 Series feels more nimble than a tiger and it has tremendous traction and body control. The ride is also smoother than a championship winning 'royal flush', so passengers could be forgiven for confusing it with the more expensive 7 Series. These handling characteristics can be fine-tuned via the optional dynamic control system. Settings are normal, comfort, sport, and the attention grabbing sport+.
One of the most versatile engines is the 2.0-litre diesel. Okay, on these terms this may sound like the poker equivalent of a high-card 3, but it is both powerful and frugal. This 181bhp unit propels the 5 Series to 60mph in 7.8 seconds, averages 57mpg, and has emissions of only 129g/km. Alternatively, power obsessed card sharks can race to sixty in only 4.8 seconds courtesy of the 4.4-litre 401bhp V8.
Further 5 Series plus points include the generous interior space, stunning styling, and the kind of build quality that should ensure it lasts until you win a dozen poker titles. Standard equipment includes the 7” colour screen, cruise control, bluetooth, and parking sensors in case you struggle to, well - park. The 530d also gets standard metallic paint and the 550i has eight-speed transmission and four-zone climate control.
According to Motoring.co.uk's database, prices for the new BMW 5 Series saloon range from £28,045 - £55,650. Clearly that is a fair chunk of stake money, so let's get back to the poker table and win some tournaments.