2017 BMW 5 Series Buyer's Guide

By Jason Allan on March 2, 2017 9:12 AM

Mixing Tech-Savvy Business with Driving Pleasure 

BMW's midsize luxury sedan has a long-time reputation as being the best driver's car in the segment. For 2017, the BMW 5 Series is all-new, with a sharp focus on both driving enthusiasm and modern luxury. While the changes to the styling are fairly conservative, underneath is a larger, lighter-weight sedan, with new engines, plus steering feel and agile handling that contribute to the 5 Series' excellent driving dynamics. It's also loaded with high-tech features, such as gesture control and self-parking, plus no shortage of premium amenities. The previous-generation 5 Series may have lost a step in the face of tough competition, but this leaner, meaner sedan is now ready for a rematch.

Driving It

From our 2017 BMW 5 Series full review: "This German luxury sedan is highly satisfying thanks to great steering feel, a quiet cabin, and the ability to strike a balance between agile handling and overall comfort. Sport and Comfort driving modes optimize the car's chassis and powertrain for the task at hand."

A Handful of Engines

The 2017 BMW 5 Series will initially be offered with a choice of a turbocharged 4-cylinder in the new 530i or an inline 6-cylinder engine, which both use an 8-speed automatic transmission. For those who want V8 power, the 445-horsepower M550i xDrive joins the lineup as a 2018 model. Also coming for 2018 is the 550e plug-in hybrid, as well as the 530e iPerformance hybrid. BMW has not yet announced a new M5.

Build and Price

The 2017 BMW 530i has a starting sticker price of about $52,000, while a loaded BMW 540i xDrive can approach $90,000. How much should you pay for a 5 Series outfitted to your liking? Build and price your own 2017 BMW 5 Series to unlock this week's Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

Flexible Five

In addition to the bread-and-butter sedan version, the 5 Series lineup includes a more versatile wagon/hatchback/crossover-like variant dubbed the 5 Series Gran Turismo. The 2017 model carries over with the previous generation 5 Series' platform and powertrain.

Know Your Options

Long-time 5 Series rivals include the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Audi A6, but the Cadillac CTS has grown into a direct competitor. Just make sure to check out KBB's Midsize Luxury Sedan Buyer's Guide before picking a favorite.


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