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BUSINESS TRAVEL


BMW puts


intelligence


PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE


safety first


REVIEW:BMW 5 SERIES M SPORT SALOON BY SUE COOKE


Every day around 150 vehicles driven on business crash and each year there are 14,000 road deaths and serious injuries involving people at work, according to IAM RoadSmart. Stress levels among business drivers, who are often required to keep working as they drive, is a contributory human factor and driver training is urged. But technology plays a huge part in keeping drivers safe on the road and the latest BMW 5 series saloon has an extensive suite of driver assistance technologies. Lane Keeping Assistant and Lane Change Assistant


mean that not only does the 5 series reduce the driver’s workload it also takes a notable step towards fully autonomous driving. The seventh-generation saloon won the 2017 What


Car? Car of the Year award along with the Best Luxury Car category and is one of the classiest and most comfortable cars I have driven for a long time. At one point I was so immersed in a cocoon of contentment that I completely missed a turn off which I access every day. But how wonderful that I had to add more miles onto my journey! The new Gesture Control technology is entertaining,


but I’m not sure of the value, as with a wave of a hand in the air you are able to input commands. I also found the huge key fob, which is similar to a computer mouse, cumbersome, but at least it is so big that I could find it easily in my briefcase.


As standard on the BMW 5 Series, the latest generation of the Professional Navigation system boasts a fast start-up, even faster route calculation and more realistic 3D graphics in cities. BMW is now the first carmaker to offer Microsoft Office 365 which uses a secure server connection for exchanging and editing emails, calendar entries and contact details. Other technologies include Remote Control Parking


– as seen first on the new BMW 7 Series – and optional Parking Assistant and Parking Assistant Plus packages, which enable automated parking with the greatest of ease in both parallel parking spaces and perpendicular or angled spaces. Surround View and Remote 3D View give peace of mind to anyone who frequently finds themselves manoeuvring in awkward traffic situations. The new generation of TwinPower Turbo engines


provide impressive performance gains, but also show major advances in reducing fuel consumption and emissions. The 2 litre diesel I road tested was powerful and refined. It’s time to put the record straight on diesels and the latest engines which meet the Euro-6 emissions standard are the cleanest ever, with the culmination of billions of pounds of investment by manufacturers to improve air quality. Approximately 7.9 million BMW 5 series cars have


been sold across the globe so far and for comfort, driving dynamics and the technology which helps to keep drivers safe, the saloon is unsurpassed.


‘The 2 litre diesel I road tested was powerful and refined’


MODEL:BMW 5 series M Sport saloon


PRICE: £39,025 otr ENGINE:520d


PERFORMANCE: 0-62mph in 7.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 146mph


CO2 EMISSIONS: 114 g/km


COMBINED FUEL CONSUMPTION: 65.7 mpg


JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 insight 29 You can follow Sue Cooke


on twitter @cookecars


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