In the world of the midsize sport sedan the 2016 BMW 5 Series is likely to be the first most people will think of when it comes to luxury models. The have been many pretenders to its crown over the years and a new-generation is on the near horizon, but the current 5 Series is still a truly formidable proposition that its rivals continue to struggle to compete with. The 2017 BMW 5 Series is the last model year of what is now the sixth-generation of this iconic executive car, and it's now been on the go for more than 40 years after first being produced as long ago as 1972.
The 5 Series is currently available in two body styles, which are the sedan we're so familiar with, but also the Gran Turismo that boasts the kind of fuller legroom that's usually reserved for larger vehicles.
As well as the choice of body styles, the 2016 BMW 5 Series is also available with four different power plants to select from. The first engine is 2.0-liter inline four in the 528i that produces a very useful 240 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. Next up in the family is the 535i and its 3.0-liter inline-six, which is a twin turbo unit that develops 300 horsepower and 300 lb.-ft. of torque. The third and most powerful gasoline model is the 550i, which is a 4.4-liter twin turbo V-8 that puts as much as 445 horsepower and 480 lb.-ft. of torque at your disposal. Last but by no means least, is a twin turbo diesel option in the 535d, which is a 3.0-liter inline-six that puts 255 horsepower and a pretty substantial 413 lb.-ft. of torque under your foot.
All versions of the 5 series, including the diesel, are available with BMW's excellent xDrive all-wheel drive system, and most models offer a choice of a manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Of course, if you describe yourself as a sport sedan then you have to offer performance to back it up, and there are no problems with that regardless of which version of the 2016 BMW 5 Series you go for. The slowest model in the lineup, if you can call it that, is the 528i xDrive that gets you from 0 to 60 in as little as 6.3 seconds. At the other end of the spectrum, the 550i xDrive manages to reach 60 mph from a standing start in an incredibly rapid 4.3 seconds. When you then consider the amount of luxury, features and equipment included in these cars, those really are impressive numbers.
And if you want fuel-efficient, the 5 Series can certainly go there as well. If you want the best fuel economy a gasoline powered 5 Series can deliver, the 528i with the eight-speed automatic transmission gets EPA-estimated ratings of 23 mpg in the city, 34 mpg on the highway and 27 mpg combined.
*All vehicle mileage based on 2017 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.