|The new 2011 BMW 5-Series really, really impressed me. (Photo: Matthieu Lambert/Auto123.com)|
In my career, I’ve always found a little something that annoyed me about each and every car I drove — until now. With the new 2011 BMW 550i, there is no "Yeah, but…"
As unfathomable as it may sound, this machine literally is flawless.
The redesigned 5-Series builds on the previous two generations, pushing the brand’s design trademarks to a whole new level. This German midsize sedan keeps standing out with sportier lines than most of its rivals, particularly the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, even though the exterior now looks a tad more understated.
A first glance from afar will generate comments like "Nice car!" and that’s about it. However, as soon as you get closer, the magnificent details will take your breath away. I insist that you go check the photo gallery!
A slightly wider, narrower interpretation of the famous double-kidney grille highlights BMW’s new styling direction, which includes the return of the subtle shark nose. The body sides are extensively sculpted yet convey a definite sense of smoothness, while the dynamically-shaped rocker panels make the wheelbase look shorter. The kink at the back of the side glass is a bit less sharp, which increases visibility. Finally, the tail shows more visual restraint and brings the car in line with the flagship 7-Series.
I’ve already stated that BMW interiors are virtually identical; well, the new 5-Series is a carbon copy of its larger sibling. Believe me, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that! The recent gain in width allows generous interior room in a classy layout. The clean, business-like environment during the day turns into a cozy lounge at night, especially with the refreshingly-soft ambient lighting.
|The large dashboard benefits from ideal material selection and exceptional fit and finish. (Photo: Matthieu Lambert/Auto123.com)|