BMW reworked the current 5-Series-referred to in close-knit BMW-enthusiast circles by its internal designation, the F10-to be more focused on the driver than the prior F60 version. It shows, with a lean, masculine look that really showcases BMW's best sense for classic sport-sedan proportions.
To those BMW fans, it has signaled the brand has ended an era of controversial design, and has moved on to a more straightforward, classic-sport sedan presentation.
While that hasn't changed for 2014-neither has the delightful silhouette and near-perfect stance, thankfully-BMW has given the 5-Series lineup a more 'up front' face, with new lines around the familiar kidney grille, plus a more aggressive-looking lower air intake below. There's also a more dramatic taillamp design, and xenon adaptive headlamps are standard with LED headlamps optional. Also, side indicator lights are now integrated into the exterior mirrors . Inside, there are better coordinated exterior trims, and a refreshed dash appearance with a new iDrive controller and touch pad.
Taking the exterior in with a little more detail, the 5-Series mates a traditional profile with modern details. A strong beltline pulls it all together as it stretches toward the back of the car. The BMW kidney grille sits lower than before, and the changes for 2014 push it visually, if not physically, outward. It's definitely at its most glamorous when flanked by the LED headlamps. With its somewhat curvy hood, swooping-upward taillamp design, and flowing contour lines alongside, the 5-Series very much fits in with the rest of the current 5-Series lineup.The 5-Series makes the most of its ample interior space with a low-set dash and an angled center stack of controls. They add up to a driver-focused cabin that doesn't go full fighter cockpit, rendered bleak with buttons and inscrutable controls. The wide console and basic-black trim can be livened up with wood or leather, and when they are they accent-and don't overwhelm-the clean, simple design. New for the 5-Series range are the Luxury Line and Modern Line trim packages, which join the existing M Sport package. They include more visual touches including unique treatments for items such as the grille and wheels.