2017 BMW 540i xDrive Sedan Test Drive Review

2017 BMW 540i xDrive Sedan Test Drive Review
- 540i xDrive, the BMW new 5-series is a touch larger in every outside dimension and packed with every imaginable driver-assistance and safety aid, our test car weighed 16 pounds less than the 535i xDrive

- shrewd engineering, more extensive use of aluminum, new front fender vents smooth the air flowing along side surfaces, LED headlights are bigger and brighter, larger kidney grilles now contain movable slats

- electronic controller regulates damper settings corner by corner as well as front and rear anti-roll bar stiffness

- variable-ratio steering with speed-sensitive electric assistance can be coupled with rear-wheel steering

- all-wheel-drive system, with the M Sport package’s lower ride height, improves winter mobility, eliminates wheelspin during launch

- starts at just under $60,000, our test car to $82,360 includes, driver-assistance and collision-avoidance aids tack on $4900, $4200 Bowers & Wilkins 10-channel, 16-speaker, 1400-watt sound system

- M Sport package $3250 includes the adaptive anti-roll bars, dampers, cannot be combined with the $1150 four-wheel steering

- gesture control of infotainment functions ($190), a decklid that opens and closes with the swing of a foot ($600), remote-control automated parking ($750), Apple CarPlay ($300), soft-close doors ($600), and ceramic instead of plastic control knobs ($650)

- larger trunk now swallows four sets of golf clubs, rear legroom is 1.2 inches greater than before

- standard leather seats, M Sport steering wheel is a gold standard for thickness, grip and aesthetics

- adaptive button on the center console automatically cycles chassis settings between Sport and Comfort

- turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six, 335 horsepower, 60 mph in an impressive 4.5 seconds, at higher rev engine sings

- 540i quicker than the Audi A6 3.0T, and Jaguar XF S, slower than the Mercedes-AMG E43

- BMW with its 72-decibel full-throttle noise level is quieter than the Jaguar and the Mercedes but losing to the Audi

- 19-inch Continental all-season run-flat tires, stopping from 70 mph took 169 feet, 0.88-g lateral acceleration

- 540i xDrive’s nose rises on hard acceleration, dips when you lift off the throttle, and drops during forceful braking

- electrically assisted rack and pinion steering system never pesters you with annoying kickback over bumps or textured pavement

- last year BMW sold four times more 5-series sedans in China than it did in the United States

Starting Price $59,745
Vehicle Type 4 door sedan, front engine, all wheel drive
Engine turbocharged, intercooled DOHC 24-valve inline-6, direct fuel injection
Transmission 8-speed automatic, manual shifting mode
Horsepower 335 hp @ 6500 rpm
Torque 332 lb-ft @ 1380 rpm
Displacement 183 cu in, 2998 cc
Wheelbase 117.1 in
Length 194.6 in
Width 73.5 in
Height 58.2 in
Curb weight 4171 lb
Passenger volume 98 cu ft
Cargo volume 19 cu ft
0-60 mph 4.5 sec
0-100 mph 11.0 sec
Top speed 128 mph
Rolling start (5-60 mph) 5.1 sec
Top gear(30-50 mph) 2.8 sec
Top gear(50-70 mph) 3.2 sec
Braking (70-0 mph) 169 ft
Fuel economy (city/highway) 20/29 mpg
C/D observed 21 mpg
Pros strong acceleration, fuel economicy
Cons pricey options, lacks steering feel