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    Ask This About the 2017 BMW 5-Series

    The BMW 5-Series has been hugely successfully, continuously offering unparalleled performance and quality construction year after year. This year a number of improvements have been made to the fully redesigned 2017 BMW 5-Series. Offering improved performance and a ton of new state of the art features, the technologically advanced 5-Seres is bound to impress most drivers. New features like iDrive and Gesture Control make accessing vehicle features easier and more conveniently than ever. And with the 5-Series comes a ton of trim options, so you can choose the perfect 5-Series model for you. Whether you are a current 5-Series owner, or are looking for something new, the 2017 5-Series may be the right choice for you. Ask these questions about the 2017 BMW 5-Series.

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    Which trim offers the best fuel economy?

    The base 530i sedan trim with 20 liter I-4 engine has the best gas mileage, getting 24 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. By contrast the 550i trim gets 15 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.

    What is iDrive?

    iDrive is the BMW's infotainment system. In the redesigned 5-Series, the iDrive has been updated with a new interface. It now includes a 10.2 inch high resolution display with straightforward menu design to control navigation and audio. The system can be controlled via voice recognition, the steering wheel controls or the new iDrive scroll wheel with handwriting recognition feature. Gesture control allows drivers to control the menu through simple hand gestures, so you don't have to physically touch the screen.

    What is the interior cabin like?

    The interior cabin features leatherette upholstery and 16-way power-adjustable seats which are newly featured sport seats. These sport style seats can be upgraded to real leather and 20-way power adjustable seats. Active seats can help prevent fatigue on the road, so drivers are less likely to fall asleep. The interior is pleasantly quiet and is plenty roomy for most passengers. As for trunk space, the 5-Series offers up to 18.7 cubic feet.

    What are the safety ratings?

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has awarded the 5-Series with 5 stars overall. The vehicle performed well in all tests, only getting 4 stars in its frontal crash test. The vehicle has been adequately loaded with air bags and other safety features, and there plenty of additional safety features available for purchase. Active protection package includes pre-collision braking, as well as understeer and oversteer correction.

    What engine options are there?

    The 5-Series offers a number of different engine options. The base trim engine is a 2.0 liter I-4 engine that generates 248 horsepower. The 335 horsepower, 3.0 liter I-6 engine is available in the 540i sedan. The 535i trim features a 300 horsepower, 3.0 liter I-6 engine. The most powerful engine is the 4.4 liter twin turbo V8 feature in the 550i which generates 445 horsepower.

    What is the warranty?

    With a reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, the warranty shouldn't matter too much, but nonetheless, BMW stands by their product, offering a four-year warranty good for up to 50,000 miles. This is typical of most luxury cars in the same class.

    What standard features are included?

    The BMW 5-Series offers a surprising number of features. The 5-Series includes dual-zone climate control, moonroof, USB ports, 12-speaker audio and HD radio. And for the first time adaptive LED headlights and driver drowsiness monitoring is included to help keep sleepy drivers safe.

    What optional features are offered?

    A number of optional features can be purchased in addition to the standard features. Satellite radio, a panoramic sunroof, rear seat entertainment and numerous driver assistant features are offered. While there are typical features like a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring, there are also features like a night vision camera with pedestrian detection and a surround view camera. Some features like the audio system (to a 16-speaker premium audio system) can be upgraded.