For those looking for a sporty drive, there’s the 3-Series. For those who need space and luxury, there’s the 7-Series. But for those who want the best of both worlds, there’s the 5-Series. It’s not a world wide best seller for nothing. So has BMW done enough to make the new generation car a worthy contender? Euro-Tech Motors takes a closer look.

BMW 5 Series

This new 5-Series is bigger than the last gen car in all dimensions. It’s longer, wider, taller and even the wheelbase has been lengthened. The front end is dominated by the kidney grille and the headlamps now feature the hexagonal corona rings seen on the company’s latest offerings. On the inside, the new 5-Series is roomier. There’s more head room and shoulder room and there’s more knee-room for the rear passengers. The optional sports seats offer adjustable side support and there’s a built-in massage function too – with eight different settings!

BMW 5 Series

The real change however are the numerous driver assistance systems built into the car. First up is the Active Cruise Control which operates between 0 to 130mph. It’s capable of coming to a standstill in traffic and automatically moving off again when the vehicle in front moves! Heck, it can even detect roundabouts and adjust the acceleration according to traffic.

BMW 5 Series

Next is the optional Driving Assist Plus safety package which includes a host of features. First of these is Lane Keeping Assistant, which pre-empt hazards by automatically applying corrective steering. This happens in three scenarios: when the system detects the car is about to leave the road, driver is about to change lane overlooking a car in the next lane and when system detects danger due to oncoming car. It pretty much means that you have to be a really bad driver to have an accident in the new 5-Series. Another feature is the Lane Departure Warning system which works at speeds between 44 and 130mph. Working with the stereo cameras it actively brings the car back on the road if it begins to veer off!

BMW 5 Series

Apart from these, the Side Collision Warning system warns the driver if a car is encroaching from the side by vibrations through the steering. It also takes evasive action. The next feature is the Lane Change Assistant which, between 44 and 112mph, uses its sensors to see if there’s space available in the next lane and that no car is approaching. If it is clear to pull out, the system automatically assists the lane change maneuver.

BMW 5 Series

Another function, called Evasive Aid, is by far the most amazing. It works at speeds of up to 99mph and supports the driver during fast, evasive maneuvers. If an obstacle appears in front of the car, it helps keep the car steady during sudden direction changes and also checks the amount of space available around the car.

BMW 5 Series

But BMW isn’t done yet. There’s another, most interesting system in the car. It’s called the Steering and lane control assistant, and gives an early glimpse of future automated driving. Featuring high level of automation, it works at speeds up to 130mph and uses smooth steering inputs to keep the car in its own lane. BMW uses new generation image recognition to keep the car in lane, even when the road signages aren’t clear. For example, if there’s road maintenance being carried out, the system can detect the yellow markings, while in heavy traffic, it treats the car ahead as a reference point. Another stress-reducing feature of this is the hands-on-wheel detection, which can identify even a few fingers on the wheel.

Additionally, there’s priority warning that gives visual and audible warnings if the driver fails to note that cars in another road have priority. It primes up the brakes to reduce braking distances if emergency braking is carried out. It uses the stereo cameras to detect if the junction is controlled by traffic lights. The Wrong-way warning detects if the driver is driving the wrong way onto a freeway or a roundabout, or is heading the wrong way down a one-way street.

BMW 5 Series

Also making its way into the new 5-Series is the Remote Control Parking from the bigger 7-Series. It allows those parking spaces to be used where there’s enough space for the car, but not enough for the drive to get out of the car. All one has to do is position the car in front of the parking spot, climb out of the car and maneuver the car using the key! All acceleration and braking are monitored and controlled by the Park Distance Control (PDC), the Parking Assistant and the Surround View sensors, while the engine can be started and switched off remotely!

 

The future is automated indeed!