Based on a modular automobile platform upon which the 7 Series (G11) luxury sedan is also built, its body structure is made of a mixture of deep-drawing, multi-phase and ultra-high-strength steels, as well as aluminium. The bonnet, bootlid, roof and doors are constructed from aluminium.
As a result of these and other weight-saving measures, the new 5 Series weighs up to 100 kg less than its predecessor.
The G30 uses a double-wishbone front axle and a five-link rear axle and steel springs are used front and rear in the saloon while the Touring model uses automatic self-levelling rear air suspension.
The G30 is available with an electromechanical four-wheel steering system, which BMW calls Integral Active Steering, and for the first time in a 5 Series, this system is available in conjunction with xDrive.
The front grille is capable of closing and opening its shutters to allow for optimal engine cooling and better aerodynamic flow whenever possible.
The G30 uses BMW’s sixth-generation iDrive vehicle control system, which has been expanded to offer four manual input options, most notably gesture-recognising controls. The electronic architecture has been upgraded to a 48V system in order to allow for the use of a number of autonomous driver assistance systems.
A myriad of drivetrains including petrol, diesel and hybrid are available and the 530i SE Saloon is our first offering.
Propulsion is via the highly-effective 2-litre 4-cylinder TwinPower Turbo engine, which produces 252 hp and 350 Nm, and the famous 8-speed Sport automatic gearbox with Steptronic. Performance-wise, 0-100 km/h is dispatched in 6.2 seconds and top speed is 250 km/h.
In addition to the long list of standard equipment, it also comes with Comfort Package, adpative headlights, soft-close doors and Apple CarPlay preparation.