The 2009 BMW 5-Series features styling that may not appeal to everyone, but it’s still elegant.
Edmunds deems the 2009 BMW 5-Series a “wolf in a flamboyant sheep's clothing.” Car and Driver says, “Styling doesn't appeal to all,” and calls it “somewhat controversial.” 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.”
Automedia notes the 5-Series’ “lack of fanciness extends into the interior, with down-to-business seats and familiar BMW gauges.” Motor Trend cuts down the 5-Series’ cabin, calling it “a dark and cold cockpit.” While Kelley Blue Book states "the overall air of firm luxury remains," Edmunds points out that "competitors offer more stylish and less austere environments." ConsumerGuide concludes that the 2009 BMW definitely features "elegant interior décor." Automobile Magazine says “the cabin is handsome but not as elegantly turned out as that of the new E-class.”