BMW 5 Series 2021 Review: Modernization of the Bavarian Executive Saloon

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BMW 5 Series 2021 Review

BMW 5 Series 2021 Review – Since its introduction in 1972, the BMW 5 Series has been an important part of the Bavarian line-up. Noted, until now it has been present in seven different generations. The seventh generation itself, which went on sale in February 2017, is already three years old and requires an upgrade following its rival, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, which has already presented a facelift.

And on May 26, 2020, BMW introduced a 5 Series facelift that came with various updates in terms of interior, exterior, technology, and most importantly, mild hybrid technology that is now standard in all variants. What changes have been obtained? Check out the review of the BMW 5 Series 2021 compiled by the editor below.

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BMW 5 Series 2021 review

BMW 5 Series 2021 exterior

We start from the outside. The BMW 5 Series 2021 presents a series of updates on the exterior that makes it look more sporty, dynamic and modern.


BMW 5 Series 2021 Review: Front Exterior

Looking at the front, the most obvious changes to the BMW 5 Series 2021 can be seen on the front grille which now looks bigger, with the edge of the grille now integrated.

The light design is also now more dynamic, the model follows modern BMW like the 3 Series G30. But different than belonging to the 3 Series which has a notch at the bottom, the design of the older brother’s lights look more mature with a model that is not adventurous. The lamp specifications themselves are still the same, using LED lights with four LED daytime-running lights (DRL).

Down a little to the bottom, the bumper design looks clean. Not many curves or strokes like the 3 Series, at most only a pair of lines that stretch from the hood to the bumper. If you take the M Sport model like the picture, the bumper consists of three air holes with mesh accents that give the impression of sportiness. However, of the three only the middle part that functions as the air intake.


BMW 5 Series 2021 Review: Side Exterior

Basically, the model that we are discussing here is a facelift model. However, surprisingly the dimensions of the car slightly changed from the pre-facelift model. Now, the BMW 5 Series 2021 has a length of 4,963 mm, 27 mm longer than the pre-facelift model, height of 1,479 mm, also 23 mm higher than the pre-facelift, with the same width.

by design, we don’t find significant changes here. Starting from the side air vents at the bottom of the front fender, unless you choose the variant plug-in hyrbrid, where the charging port is on the front. By default, the BMW 5 Series is equipped with 17-inch rims. However, you can choose 18-20 inch rims as an option.

BMW 5 Series 2021 Review: Rear Exterior

In its release, BMW explained that the back of the 5 Series 2021 comes with a new design that looks more elegant and accentuates the width of the car. But in our opinion, in general the back actually looks more dynamic, modern and sporty.

This is because the design of the new rear lights is used. Still use LED technology with L-shaped pattern, but the effect of the three-dimensional indentation that is present successfully gives the impression of modern, dynamic, and muscular.

If you choose the M Sport package, you will get a fuller rear bumper with an additional diffuser, and a trapezoid-shaped dual exhaust.

BMW 5 Series 2021 interior

Interior of the BMW 5 Series 2021

Different from the exterior that comes with a fresher design, the BMW 5 Series 2021 maintains the pre-facelift model layout. However, there are some new features that give a more modern impression on the car.

Review of the BMW 5 Series 2021: Dashboard & Center Console

BMW still adopts an identical driver-oriented dashboard concept in the 5 Series 2021. Where the multimedia screen is 12.3 inches, and the center console is slightly aimed at the driver.

Moving to the cockpit, you will find the M Sport steering wheel three bars that are quite sporty with multi-touch controls that can control the audio and cruise control functions. Behind him is the paddle switch and the instrument cluster screen with a size of 12.3 inches.

Going down, you will find a car control center that is given black piano finishing. There, there are gear levers, dial-switches to control the head unit, electronic parking brakes, to the driving assistance button.

The entire dashboard and center console look luxurious with quality materials, especially Sensatec which is wrapped around the dashboard, door panel, which is given a dual tone accent that feels luxurious.

BMW 5 Series 2021 Review: Seat

For drivers and front passengers, BMW spoil you with the presence of sports seats wrapped in Sensatec material that has supported the Electric Seat Adjustment, Lumbar Support, and Memory Seat features.

Meanwhile, the rear cabin of the BMW 5 Series 2021 feels quite comfortable with the same Sensatec material as the front seat material. As a note, This car comes with 4-Zone AC settings, which means rear and left rear passengers get the same AC settings as the front.

BMW 5 Series 2021 features

Review of the BMW 5 Series 2021: iDrive7

BMW 5 Series 2021 comes with the latest entertainment system from BMW, iDrive 7, which has two 12.3-inch screens as instrument clusters and head units.

In the iDrive 7 systems, you immediately get the Android Auto and Apple Car Play Smartphone integration features, and the default BMW navigation feature as standard. The operation is also quite pleasant with an intuitive layout, faster response, and better graphics.


BMW 5 Series 2021 Review: Driving features

Having the slogan “Sheer Driving Pleasure”, driving pleasure is clearly the focus of BMW, not least for a 5 Series. Utilizing the Driving Experience Control, you can choose several driving modes that provide different sensations, ranging from ECO Pro, Comfort, Sport, and Adaptive, all of which affect the handling response and performance of the car as needed.

In addition, there are also other driving features such as Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) incl. Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) inches. Brake Assist and Cornering Brake Control (CBC), and others.

BMW 5 Series 2021 operation

For the first time, the BMW 5 Series 2021 comes with mild-hybrid technology in each of its variants. The system consists of a 48V starter-generator connected to a battery that gets power from kinetic energy from braking, and when the accelerator pedal is released.

The power can be used to help the car in acceleration, or reduce gasoline consumption, depending on the mode used. Previously this concept was used in 520d, which reduced fuel consumption by 10%, and made car acceleration even better.

BMW 5 Series 2021 comes in two engine choices, which are divided into three variants. For the 520i and 530i variants use the 1,998cc twin-turbo inline 4-cylinder engine, and the 2,998cc in-line twin-turbo 6-cylinder engine for the 540i variant.

Despite having the same engine specifications, the 520i has a lower performance output, 184 HP in the range of 5,000 – 6,500 rpm and 290 Nm of torque obtained at 1,350 – 4,250 rpm. This figure is clearly smaller than 530i which is powered by 252 HP @ 5,200 – 6,500 rpm and 350 Nm @ 1,450 – 4,800 rpm torque.

Meanwhile, the 540i, which comes with a 2,998cc in-line twin-turbo 6-cylinder engine produces 333 HP at 5,500 to 6,250 rpm, and 450 Nm of torque around the 1,600-4,800 rpm.

This clearly has an impact on car acceleration, where 520i takes 7.9 seconds in the acceleration of 0-100 km / h, with top speeds reaching 237 km / h. Oh yes, this particular variant is only available in the choice of the rear-wheel drive.

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Meanwhile, the 530i only needs 6.4 seconds, and can be 0.1 seconds faster if using the xDrive All-wheel Drive drive system. Whereas the 540i can travel from 0-100 km / h in 5.2 seconds, the incision can be trimmed to 4.9 seconds with xDrive. The car’s top speed is limited to 250 km / hour.

Conclusion of the BMW 5 Series 2021

With this upgrade, obviously we feel that the 5 Series facelift feels more luxurious and premium than before. The new powertrain also provides better fuel efficiency, although it is not impossible to sacrifice the performance and driving characteristics of the previous model. But if you are looking for an Executive Car that is environmentally friendly but has a sporty breath with dynamic control, we feel the BMW 5 Series 2021 could be an option.

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