The 5-Series hasn't changed much since two years ago, when BMW redesigned this model at the heart of its lineup and moved it closer to its sport-sedan roots. The new 5-Series also led a new design direction, moving on from the era of controversial design and to a new kind of straightforward, more upright classic-sport sedan designs.
With more window area and a lower beltline, the 5-Series follows tradition in its profile yet keeps with modern detailing. Perhaps most notable is the strong lower beltline crease that extends all the way to the back. The BMW kidney grille now sits a little lower and more up-front than before, flanked by beautiful new jeweled LED headlamps. There's a good deal of additional expression in other details; the hood is a little curvier, a new taillight design swoops upward at the sides, and the hood itself includes outwardly flowing contour lines.
Inside, the 5-Series is canted toward the driver, but it's not isolated and cockpit-like. It's more open and spacious, with a rather low, horizontal dash layout and pushed-out corners. Major controls and displays are angled six degrees in the direction of the driver. BMW trims out the cabin with rather conservative black plastics, but there's a lot to admire in the clean and simple instrument-panel design.