posted 1 month ago
I have owned this car for 6 years and covered 60k miles so have had ample time to digest its' foibles and strengths. The cars performance is breathtaking from any speed and will give any performance car a run for its money if 'Sport' is selected. It does this in such a composed fashion that a smile grows on your face everytime some speed merchant decides to show his driving skills (or usually not!). The car is serene in normal driving and is a limousine as far as my passengers are concerned, the understated looks magnify the sense of shock at how quick this car can be. I have taken 3 bikes on cycle racks to the Alps with the car fully loaded and it just wafted its' way on each of the 500 mile legs. The only slight downside to the hybrid is the batteries are behind the rear seats in this model so reduces the boot capacity by 25% over a normal 5 series - a minor issue in the 6 years I've had it. Fuel consumption has averaged 39/40 mpg truly incredible for a 3 litre straight 6 petrol engine. I've had no mechanical issues at all and am still in awe of the electronic sofistication of the car even though the technology is now old hat. I will definitely be looking for another hybrid or full electric car in the next 12 months - well done BMW a true driving machine.