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Likes;

- Engine
- Handling & Ride Quality Balance 
- Gearbox
- Feature Packed 

Dislikes;

- Front Looks (I thought this would grow on me slowly but sadly this new front end looks good with the M Sport variant only) 
- 530d pricing in India is too steep & no availability as its apparently sold out. 
- Even with the increase in overall dimensions the Rear is still not exactly spacious. 
 

 

Key Observations & Highlights; 


- Externally the new 5 series has majorly 3 highlighting features which include the Headlights integrating into the grille with the presence of air flaps on the kidney grille. Secondly on the side profile the Air breather which is an air 'outlet' behind the front wheel well which diverts the air flowing into wheel well in a very controlled manner to reduce the turbulence in the wheel well, all of this resulting in a reduction of drag & fuel consumption & finally the Trunk as for the 1st time the trunk is made entirely of aluminium which it wasnt in the F10 (nor any other previous generations), and by this BMW achieved a weight reduction of 4.2Kgs just by the trunk.
- Dimensionally the new G30 is 44mm longer, 8mm wider & 15mm taller than the outgoing F10 model. The wheelbase has also increased by 7mm. 
- However, the use of die-cast aluminium & light weight construction technique the G30 is aprox 46kgs lighter than the previous gen 5 series (F10). 
- There is no 'Carbon Core' use in the construction of the G30 like we see in the G11/12 7'er. 
- The Hofmeister kink is more accentuated for the G30. 
- Interestingly there are some changes in the G30's wheel PCD which is now 5x112 as against F10's 5x120. Also the Wheel hubs dimension has changed to 66.5mm for the G30 as against 72.5mm of the F10. 
- The interiors are a definite step forward. Simply LOVED the iDrive, HUD (has a 70% larger projection surface) & all the gadgetry. 
- The door pockets could have been larger & also the cup holders were a bit small. 
- The AC was disappointing i somehow feel the blower speed was responsible for this. 
- Cabin insulation seems an improvement as BMW seemed to have added a layer of insulation in the headliner as well now which makes the cabin a lot quieter compared to the previous model. 
- They have also changed the setting of the Start stop system, for example if i am in comfort mode and i turn off the start stop fuel saving system and change the mode to ecopro for sometime where this system is ON but again when i go back comfort the car remembers i had turned off the system & remains off in comfort till you turn it back on. This is a big improvement as in F10 & or even the F30 this was irritating & i know some people who permanently coded it off permanently too, hence this was a good improvisation by BMW. 
- This 520d engine is codenamed the B47 & it makes aprox 187hp & 400 NM of torque. 0-100 km/h sprint is done in 7.7 seconds & has a top speed of 238 km/h.  
- Gearbox is the same 8 speed ZF, absolutely no complaints with this one.

 

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On 19 November 2017 at 11:10 AM, vikky1971 said:

@F30 perfect review of BMW 520d. The video was great. What we have in India, referring to BMW X5, does it come with any hybrid feature? 

Thanks Vikky. 

Well, the only hybrid BMW launched other than the i8 was the 'Active Hybrid' 7 series. 

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