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The Top Gear car review:BMW 5 Series
For:As ever, the ride/ handling/eco/quality compromise is spot on
Against:Focus has shifted from handling to comfort
What is it?
It’s not quite BMW’s bread-and-butter car – that honour belongs to the hugely popular 3-Series – but the 5-Series is a hugely important car for the Bavarian firm. Weirdly, at one point BMW looked like completely hashing up the 5-Series when it released the 5 GT first, before the saloon. Fortunately, the car-buying public has largely ignored the utterly hideous GT, so all you’ll see on the roads is the saloon – facelifted a while back with new trims and engines, although ‘new styling’ is barely perceptible. Nothing needed changing there, BMW rightly judged.