STYLING? YOU’RE GOING TO start a BMW story talking about styling?” I can hear the silly side of my brain berating the sensible side. Sensible-side isn’t taking that lying down. “This is a facelift. Face. Lift. Talk about the damn face first,” it fires back. Six more expletive-laden volleys later, they agree to flip a coin. Heads, we talk driving. Tails, we talk styling.
Let’s get right to it then. Upfront, the face has been re-profiled to look a little sleeker. The grille is new — it is now wider and taller (but not disproportionate), while the slats jut out strongly at the top. Meanwhile, the slimmer headlamps give the new 5 a rather serious appearance. As if it’s squinting. And scowling, thanks to that angry M Sport bumper. Adaptive LEDs with matrix tech are standard while this M Sport variant gets the higher-spec Laser Lights, instantly recognisable from the tinge of blue in the headlamp cluster.
In profile, it would be harder to spot the differences, especially on the M Sport because the 18-inch wheels remain the same (19s are an option). The Luxury Line cars do get a new wheel design. Here’s an inconsequential bit of information that only makes headlines here because there’s so little to talk about: the new 5 Series is 27mm longer than the pre-facelift car. Mind you, the wheelbase is identical and this extra length has come from longer overhangs so space inside the cabin hasn’t changed. You’d never notice that from behind the wheel. From the rear, the 5 Series has been sharpened up with new taillamps. And in all honesty, I like the changes. The new 5 looks more brawny which is what you want from your Bimmer but without losing any of the elegance that you’d expect of a car in the segment. Nicely done!
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