BMW have set the standard in high-end sedans for decades. The 3 and 5 Series were (are) the cars by which other car brands sought to emulate and try to beat. But over recent
years there’s been a huge rise in the popularity of SUVs – at the expense of sedans.
So the biggest rival to the latest BMW 5 Series isn’t a similar-sized luxury sedan from a rival manufacturer, but BMW’s own SUV version of the 5 Series. The X5 costs just a couple of thousand Bahrain Dinars extra yet comes equipped with six-cylinder engines, all-wheel drive and newer technology.
So buyers of the 530i have definitely decided they prefer driving a sedan over an SUV. The 530i is a supremely comfortable car with a wonderfully quite interior, and the controls are extremely logical and user-friendly.
Under the bonnet is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Once the 530i badge meant a 3-liter engine, but advanced engine technology has enabled all car brands to build smaller engines that are lighter yet more powerful. This engine produces 185kW of power and 350Nm of torque, which is substantially more power than the older three-liter six-cylinder engines. BMW claims zero-100kph acceleration takes 6.1 seconds.
The eight-speed auto transmission is as smooth as it’s possible for any car to be. That’s unless you put this car into Sport mode and with the paddle-shifts, it becomes quite sporty. The sports suspension also then comes into play, adding to the experience.
The 530i comes with lots of equipment fitted as standard. There’s keyless entry and start, dual-zone climate control, memory function seats, adaptive LED headlights with auto high beam, 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio, auto-dimming mirrors, and 11-colour interior LED lighting.
There is a 12.3-inch digital display and infotainment that occupies a 10.25-
inch screen in the centre console, which has voice, touch and scroll-wheel inputs as well as Bluetooth and USB inputs.
Safety-wise, there are nine airbags, adaptive cruise control with stop-and go function matched to speed-sign recognition, lane-departure warning with lane-keep assist and lane centering, blind-spot monitoring with a side-collision warning, plus front and rear cross-traffic alert.
Another rival to the 5 Series, also from BMW, is the 3 Series which has grown in size and offers an alternative for less price. The 3 Series and X5 have the newer iDrive 7.0 infotainment system, but unless you’re a tech-nerd who insists on the latest just for the sake of it, it doesn’t really matter as the system does everything you need and is better than its nearest rivals for integration and ease of use. Also, the 5 Series has the classiest interior among the options. I very much enjoyed driving this car around different types of roads in Bahrain. The cabin of the 5 Series is a comfortable place to be.
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