Changes are subtle as the BMW 5-Series gets a facelift
SO, they have given the BMW 5-Series a facelift. I was talking to one of the people responsible, and he went into great detail about how they re-engineered the dampers and re-mapped the electric steering. And how did I think they had done?
I looked him in the eyes and said I thought the steering had a better feel to it, but I always thought the suspension was decent and I could not honestly say over good roads if there was a noticeable improvement.
Given that they did not have the new 518d or revised 520d for a drive, I am going to await an Irish test before saying anything more.
It has new front and rear lights, indicators in the door mirrors and a newly hewn nose which echoes the 3-Series.
Levels of equipment are improved and include Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port and xenon headlights.
The ConnectedDrive\infotainment system is better, easier to get around thanks to the i-Drive controller that also acts as a mouse, and facilities for dictating texts and email.
All the engines now comply with the next standard for emissions called Euro6.
The introduction of a new entry-level 141bhp 518d (4.5litres/100km) is big news here, even if its 119g/km emissions are the same as those for the latest 520d which is so green they are dropping the Efficient Dynamics versions.
The tweaks of course extend to the 5-Series Touring, and they have re-designed the rear of the Gran Turismo version; but no matter what they did, they could not improve visibility out of the rear screen. It remains poor. I am not a fan of the GT anyway. I think it is ugly. Many disagree. Mind you, in the 335i petrol under the bonnet, I wasn't too bothered about its visual beauty. Of course, such an engine is irrelevant here.
On-the-road prices for, I stress, the mildly facelifted 5-Series start at €44,230 for the 518d SE, €46,760 for the 520d SE and €59,440 for the Gran Turismo SE.