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Refreshing or Revolting: 2017 BMW 5 Series Sedan

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 15-10-2016 Kelly Pleskot
2017-BMW-540i-front-three-quarter-in-motion-07.jpg Refreshing or Revolting: 2017 BMW 5 Series Sedan 2017 BMW 540i front three quarter 07 © Motor Trend Staff 2017 BMW 540i front three quarter 07

BMW pulled out all the stops for its seventh-generation 5 Series. Along with improved engines, gesture controls, and semi-autonomous driving features, the 5 Series receives an entirely new design. And admittedly, it doesn't look all that different. The car does take some styling cues from the new 7 Series, however. Does the midsize sedan benefit from a little change, or did it look better before its redesign?

Other sedans in the BMW stable feature a thin chrome-accented surround across the grille, but the 5 Series gets a chunky frame. The sedan's headlights are now attached to the grille unlike on the previous model. A bolder air intake below the grille lends the front end a more athletic look.

There are noticeable changes on the side of the car, too. No longer is there a large cut-out to the left of the side doors. Instead, an inlet is positioned in a diagonal fashion near the front tire. More prominent character lines run across the doors.

In the rear, the first thing you're bound to notice is the new taillights. On the previous model, the taillight design was interrupted by the trunk lid, but now the taillights feature a more cohesive appearance. They are chunkier than before, though, and extend far from the license plate holder to the side of the vehicle. Two large exhaust pipes flank each side of the rear, and there's a new bumper design.

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Inside the cabin, the 2017 BMW 5 Series receives a new dashboard design and gear shift. A new pop-up infotainment screen replaces the built-in unit on the previous model. Standard goodies include sport seats with power adjustable side bolsters, two-zone climate control, ambiance LED lighting, and a 12-speaker sound system.

Do you think the 2017 BMW 5 Series is refreshing or revolting? Let us know in the comments below.

Last week, we took a look at the 2017 Land Rover Discovery, and your opinions were mixed.

"It is a very handsome new SUV, but in no way it seems like what Land Rover Discovery used to stand for, the kind of vehicle you would like to take on a safari or an expedition," noted Beto-Escoto.

Grant Albrecht Goodman also recalled the old Discovery: "It's not as stately as the old one but it's very nice, definitely refreshing. I've always liked how the Discovery had both a simple ruggedness but also a bit of asymmetrical quirkiness to the design. Great looking SUV."

"I like the square off look of the LR4 much better," said SuperCarEnthusiast.

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