BMW 540i Review
The 5 Series has been in BMW’s product line for more than four decades. During that time, the luxury car, the choice for business executives who wanted to show a bit of bewilderment, was both an impressive candidate and a somewhat disappointing repeat – however, Fortunately for the Bavarian manufacturer, however, is not equal.
In particular, over the past five years, rivals have begun to widen the gap in performance, technology, design, everything that’s really important, and while the 5 Series is still favored by BMW devotees, it was unable to capture the imagination outside of that circle.
With the new 540i, BMW knows they have to carry their A game. And using 7 Series as inspiration, that’s exactly what it did.
Is there anything interesting about its design? 7/10
At first glance, the new 540i seems almost identical to the car it replaced. Looking twice, however, you’ll soon see the error on your own, with the larger kidney grille with the most obvious automatic shutters in the design changes.
Shutters, which help air move around the car, improve aerodynamics and, with it, efficiency.
LED headlights are wider and bigger than before, while the rearview mirrors too, get a more streamlined look.
The exterior of this new 540i is refined and sleek, self-assured without stage. Interestingly, the metal plate and bottom panel itself show the most interesting design features. The widespread use of aluminum has led to a vehicle weighing 100kg lighter than its predecessor, but stronger and stiffer, resulting in more dynamic, sportier performance.
How realistic is the inner space? 8/10
That the 5 Series enhances its game is evident in the lavish elegance of the interior, in which the smell and feel of cotton nappa leather, beautiful grain of dark walnut wood trim, and finishing layer pottery on the control is just the first of course what is a true feast for the senses.
The seats are luxurious throughout, with all passengers having access to hot seats, while those in the front get additional benefits of massage function. The head and leg room are spacious enough for both adults in the back to get a good stretch.
The rear seat entertainment system, with TV functionality, has my children beside me with excitement and begs us to take the long way home. There are ISOFIX points on the outside seats and top tethering for all three.
At the front, the accommodation is extremely comfortable, the 375-way electronic adjustable seat makes it super easy to find the perfect driving position. You will note the exaggeration of course but the adjustment options are plenty enough to make it feel that way.
There are two cupholders in front of the gear lever, small control box and usable door bins. A wireless charger for your phone is a great reward, but it is hidden almost out of reach, making getting your phone back really a considered task.
The boot, at 520 liters, is a bit bigger, with flat tires now denying the need for a spare. The boot is long and big enough to carry four golf bags in case you’re interested, though the opening itself is a bit narrow.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 7/10
BMW’s iDrive multimedia system, front with a 10.25-inch color touch screen with great graphics, continues to be a convenient unit, improved here by the updated, easy-to-use menu layout. more use. It is operated using the same screen as your personal tablet, by dialing in the center console or via voice commands.
Our test vehicle has an additional gesture control option that allows you, for example, to control the volume by shaking your finger or pointing to the screen to accept an incoming call. It can be fun, of course, but becomes a bit more complicated if you, like me, tend to use your hands a lot in normal conversation.
Bluetooth connectivity, DAB + digital radio, Apple CarPlay, satellite navigation, automatic headlights and wipers as well as keyless start and start, 20-inch alloys and electric glass sunroof Some standard features on this baby. But you still feel for $ 136,900, maybe a little more wow.
Our test vehicle also had a range of extras, including reading lights for individual rear seats ($ 750), Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround sound system ($ 6400), ‘Indulgence Package’ ‘(soft-closing door, massage function, rear-seat entertainment, TV Function) for $ 8000 and the’ Innovation pack ‘$ 1600 (display key, gesture control, magnetic parking far) to indicate a few.
What are the important stats for engine and transmission? 8/10
This 540i is powered by a 3.0-liter, turbocharged, six-cylinder petrol engine paired with a smooth eight-speed automatic transmission. Capacity is 250kW reliably, with the maximum click of 450Nm of torque available at as low as 1320 rpm.
How much fuel does it consume? 7/10
The official BMW 540i figure is 6.7L / 100km for the combined cycle and while we occasionally come in one touch, our output for the week is like 9.8L / 100km.
You will also need more expensive juices and 68 liters of water to fill the jar, but that may not be too high a price to pay.
What does it like to drive? 8/10
So 0-100km / h in 5.1 seconds is certainly nothing to scoff at, but this 540i is positioned as a more luxurious sports product than a screaming speed demon. Even with the ‘M Sport’ package and impressive brakes. And it’s comfortable with that.
This seventh-generation, measured and controlled series offers a comfortable, refined drive whether on short drives or longer commutes. When pushed, it reveals its sporting heart, easily finding the power it needs to accelerate quickly and impressively.
Dynamic damping control and adaptive suspension will change to suit the conditions required to ensure a comfortable, quiet ride. It will even work with the navigation system and the camera to find out what’s needed on the road ahead and adjust accordingly.
The 540i is agile and accurate, cornering with confidence and can quickly shuffle even when you change your mind midway through.
That 540i could be in a hurry if asked to make it all sweeter.
The electric power steering is smoother when bumping, not jerking or jerking, the reverse side is the overall feedback tends to be muted, without clear notice will make this a powerful drive. strong.
Yes, the ‘Sport Plus’ mode will change the mood, giving you more weight control, throttle is more responsive and the gear changes faster, but there’s no red fog to match the device’s changing colors.
But if we’re looking at horses for courses, then the 540i has its intent. Most people, shocked at times, do not want to whip their cars frantically around corners or strike stress at breakneck speeds. Driving power regularly is enough to get racing impulses and put a smile on your face. That 540i could be in a hurry if asked to make it all sweeter.