Review BMW 535i
For the man who designed it, the current BMW 5 Series has marked a high point in his thinking about cars. He took BMW in a new direction and shocked observers with a radical redrawing of the larger 7 Series, then pushing the boundaries with the Z4 sports car. But the five that appeared seven years ago were advanced.
The 5 Series series uses a kind of convex and concave that no other vehicle out there approaches, ‘he said, referring to the characteristic curves of style called flames. If I were asked what was the best car on the road right now, from any car manufacturer, I’d say 5 Series. ”
It was four years ago and the designer, Chris bangle, visited Australia to defend his approach. It needs protection because BMW’s studio chief has been doing what brand loyalists everywhere do what he did. They even went so far as to set up a website to vent.
After more than a decade at the top, bangle left the company a year ago and his designs are being replaced. The 7 Series launched last year gave up radicalism for something more conservative, while the latest Z4 developed previous designs to make it appealing, rather than challenging.
However, cars with some kind of flame emerge everywhere because those ideas, in one form or another, have influenced almost every car during the past decade. It is an important point whether bangle is the initiator of this style or merely its senior priest. Like other designers, car designers tend to move mass in one direction.
However, the sharp creases along the sides of the car and the recessed sections of the doors, to cite two examples of style, have become the everyday language of sheet metal. That’s one reason, as its guardians point out, the Series 5 Series still looks modern. That’s why the new one, on sale next month, has several recognizable bangle components, including a prominent wrinkle along its ribs. In car design, the model of the last decade has not been replaced by anything else.
As with previous versions of the 5 Series – this is the sixth generation – the new version is BMW’s core model that must function as a traditional family car in one of its final product lines and be a Other performance sedans. . Spy footage of the new M5, the fast-paced version, has been circulated on the web.
In this respect, it has something in common with the Holden Commodores and the Ford Falcons built here. And, like them, it is being taken over by the popularity of SUVs. BMW’s big luxury off-road, the X5, has outsold the equivalent of at least two to one each year here since it was launched. Despite the boom in the vehicle market and the way luxury imports are getting better and better, sales of the five cars remain unchanged.
The new one, which will go on sale next month, is unlikely to change that though – dollars for dollars – it moves toolbars in terms of equipment, safety and efficiency compared to the current car. The trend toward SUVs appears unstoppable.
Unlike bangle cars, this generation has very few components that attract attention and most of the technology has appeared elsewhere. However, it is important that, unlike the bangle car, it delivers on the badge promise. This is no longer art for art.
The price of excess is a design that fails at many levels. On the outside, the fancy curves of the bangle have created some successful features – such as the eagle eye headlights – but the obsession with complex surfaces makes the car look bouncy.
It also lacks overall cohesion. The bonnet, cabin and rear may have been painted by three different studios. The new car is bigger but doesn’t look at it. The surface is tauter and the ratio is more harmonious. The drooping face of the bangle car has been replaced by something more alert.
Inside, the bangle 5 broke all the rules in BMW’s book. Chief among them is the abandonment of the cockpit-style thinking that has become a feature of the BMW cabin, where the center console faces the driver. Instead, it alienates the driver with all panel surfaces sloping down and going. Thanks to this, some controls are difficult to operate and even door handles are placed awkwardly. BMW’s rivals are cock-a-hoop.
Using the horrible first-generation iDrive control system, fragile plastic and almost no storage points for phones, wallets, etc. and it doesn’t matter how good the driver is. I hate to be in round 5.
With the new car, it returned to normal operation. The materials are better, with pleasing aluminum accents on the wood trim and more flexible plastic for buttons and knobs. The control positions are meaningful and angular so that drivers can see them. There are even a few places to store things. Welcome home.