The redesigned BMW 5series for 2018 is undoubtedly one of the most reliable and efficient car you’ll find in its segment. It comes with a plethora of upscale features such as a comfortable and composed ride, impressive fuel economy ratings and a superb engine lineup, and a bespoke interior packed with high-tech technologies. Its release date should be expected sometime early next year.
A first for the BMW 5 Series include standard Bluetooth and USB functionality, Harman Kardon sound system, black carpeting and interior panels update for beige cabins for improved longevity.
Those following the latest news on the 5 Series rivals could easily brandish the 2018 BMW 5 Series a lame duck due to the glut currently experienced in the segment with more and more brands proving their worth. And yet, not even a tidbit seems behind the times or stale. In a nutshell, the BMW 5 Series is among the latest invigoration from BMW.
The vehicle compares dissimilarly to the prior models before it. It comes with an impeccable interior design, and is big and comfy with more emphasis put on luxury amenities rather than the sporty aspect. It is well suited for those looking for a spacious cabin fitted with every extravagant technology available today, but might be a hard sell for anyone looking for driving enthusiast hellbent on superb handling and steering precision.
True, the segment is chock full of matching or even better alternatives than the 2018 BMW 5 Series, however, depending on your priorities, the new 5 Series still remains an excellent choice for anyone looking for comfort and space. Other alternatives include 2018 Cadillac CTS, 2018 Audi A6, 2018 Jaguar XF, and 2018 Lexus GS 350.
BMW 5 Series – Available Trims
The four-door five passenger 2018 BMW 5 Series sedan is available in a whopping four trims: base 528i, 535i, 535d and top-of-the-line 550i. The “xDrive” connotation which will be used extensively in the review suggests an all-wheel-drive system. The M5 and ActiveHybrid5 variations are covered under a separate review, as is the 2018 BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo hatchback.
Exterior Spy Review & 2018 BMW 5 Series Interior Changes
The base 528i trim is available with auto-dimming heated mirrors, 17” wheels, 10-way power front seats, driver memory functions, adaptive and automatic xenon headlights, driver-selectable vehicle settings, a 60/40-split folding rear seats, automatic wipers, four-way power lumbar, a power telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, automatic cruise control, LED foglights and accent lighting, and exterior heated mirrors.
Standard technology features available for the 5 Series include HD and Satellite radio, a media player interface, Bluetooth audio and phone interface, iDrive interface, 20GB digital music interface, a navigation system, audio jack and voice controls.
The 535i and 535d adds more powerful engines, leather upholstery, and 18” wheels.
The top-of-the-line 2018 BMW 5 Series 550i adds a power trunk lid, satellite radio, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, passenger memory functions, 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, keyless entry and ignition, and 14-way multicontour fore seats.
A variety of optional packages are available across the entire trim lineup. Opting for the Premium package gets you leather upholstery, satellite radio, and keyless entry and ignition. The Cold Weather package adds retractable headlight washers, a steering heated seat, and heated front and rear seats. The Lighting package adds automatic high beams and LED headlights.
The Driver Assistance package comes bundled with an enhanced instrument cluster, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, and a heads-up display.
Engine Specs – 2018 BMW 5 Series
A turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder manual transmission engine rated at 241 horsepower and 260 pounds of torque inspires the 2018 BMW 528i trim. It uses up 6.4 seconds in accelerating from 0-60 mph. Its EPA fuel economy ratings for the rear-wheel-drive stand at 23/34/27 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 22/34/26 mpg with the all-wheel-drive (xDrive).
Next up is a turbocharged 3.0L inline-6 engine good for 300 horsepower and 300 pounds of torque. It powers the 535i trim.
Stepping up the performance to another level is the 535d trim that comes with a 3.0L turbocharged inline-6 engine rated at 255 horsepower and 413 pounds of torque under its hood.
Finally, a turbocharged 4.4L V8 rated at 445 horsepower and 480 pounds of torque powers the top-of-the-line 550i trim.
Price & 2018 BMW 5 Series Wagon Release Date
Its release date should be expected sometime early next year. As for its price, expect to pay an MSRP starting from $62,872.
You can also find the lease details online.