2008 BMW 5-Series Styling

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Styling

The 2008 BMW 5-Series sports a body with avant-garde details that meet with mixed reviews.

BMW designer Chris “Bangle has alienated some hardcore BMW-philes,” Automobile observes, with his new styling themes. The BMW 7-Series was the first example of his dramatically curved theme; this 5-Series plies the same lines and surfaces with a more subdued result. According to Cars.com, “The 5 Series' design was a radical departure for BMW when it debuted in 2003, but its dramatically raked hood and squared off rump are more widely used by many automakers today, meaning the 5 Series now blends fairly well into the flow of traffic.” Still, Car and Driver says, “Styling doesn't appeal to all,” and calls it “somewhat controversial.”

Though it’s been retouched, the 2008 BMW 5-Series still has styling that wanders over the line of artfulness.

Edmunds deems it a “wolf in a flamboyant sheep's clothing,” but changes for the new model year are slight. Automedia reports, “Despite revised front and rear styling, for instance, the 2008 5 Series sedan doesn't look markedly different” from previous years. The slightly updated look for 2008 includes rear LED lights, a new headlight design, a new steering wheel, and revised door panels.

The interior strikes a more traditional path. Automobile says “the new cabin is handsome but not as elegantly turned out as that of the new E-class. Still, its colors, materials, and shapes will appeal to those who favor Barcelona chairs over Barcaloungers.” Automedia notes its “lack of fanciness extends into the interior, with down-to-business seats and familiar BMW gauges.” Motor Trend cuts down the 5-Series’s cabin, calling it “a dark and cold cockpit.”

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