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2018 BMW 540i xDrive Long-Term Road Test - Introduction

Edmunds.comEdmunds.com Posts: 10,046
edited October 2017 in BMW
image2018 BMW 540i xDrive Long-Term Road Test - Introduction

The 2018 BMW 5 Series was all-new from top to bottom for 2017, so we added one to our long-term fleet to see if it sets a new standard for midsize luxury sedans.

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Comments

  • "...elevated ride heights and larger cargo capacities." Crossovers have larger cargo capacities because they're hatchbacks, not because they have elevated ride heights. Make the 5-series available as a wagon, with all powertrains - done.

    Americans like crossovers because we are fat and out of shape and can't bend in the middle to get into a lower car.
  • legacygtlegacygt Posts: 599
    About 15-20 years ago, gooseneck trunk hinges were the kiss of death in car reviews. This was particularly true of luxury sedans but came to be true in lesser classes as well. Goosenecks would crush luggage when exposed and eat into cargo room when enclosed (as is the case in the new 5 series). Alternate hinge setups were more complex and expensive but opened up more usable trunk space. So, what happened? Why don't reviews ever mention this anymore? Was there some detente in the industry where journalists agreed to stop mentioning it and car manufacturers all agreed to transition back to goosenecks? Or is there some hidden advantage to goosenecks (beyond the cost savings) that I'm missing?
  • Eh, boring. Another $75k BMW Sedan. Yeah, yeah. You'll love the "handling" and "performance".
  • 5vzfe5vzfe Posts: 161
    “Oh wow ANOTHER Camry? Didn’t we just have one?” - goes out and gets 12th BMW
  • cdb2017cdb2017 Posts: 11
    I do know on my 2018 530e the “gooseneck trunk hinges” don’t go in to the luggage compartment removing Legacygt’s concern. I assume it’s the same on the test vehicle here and the picture bears that out. No intrusion in to the luggage compartment.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 12,055
    I've driven every iteration of the G30 and for me the sweet spot is the RWD M Sport 540i. That said, if I needed a sedan(which I don't, than goodness) I'd get an Executive Package M3 for similar money.

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport; 2014 M235i; 2009 Cooper Clubman; 1999 Wrangler; 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2015 X1 xDrive28i Son's: 2009 328i

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