I’ve talked it over with friends and colleagues and most of us agree that this generation of the BMW 5 Series is the best looking car in the model’s recent history, but I just couldn’t fall in love with the looks. It’s handsome enough in profile or when viewed from the rear but something about the front end just doesn’t sit right with me. Others have likened the new 5 Series to a scaled-down 7 Series and I’d agree, but to my eye it looks like Bimmer missed the headlights and grille with its design shrink ray. It’s too upright, too bulbous and out of proportion with the rest of the car.
Styling is, of course, subjective but I think that both the Audi A6 and the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class are simply better looking cars. But what matters is most is which car I’d rather drive and the new 2017 BMW 530i sedan has seen some significant upgrades that make it a strong player in this class.
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