awards12 Jan 2017

The new BMW 5 Series Saloon has been crowned What Car? Car of the Year 2017 at the magazine's annual awards ceremony. The saloon took the top honour, along with title of Best Luxury Car, at the presentation held in Grosvenor House Hotel, London on 11 January.

The new BMW 5 Series Saloon uses the latest BMW technology to create a more refined, lighter, safer and more fuel efficient saloon than ever before. The new generation family of TwinPower Turbo units provide impressive performance gains yet reduced fuel consumption and emissions. Driver assistance technologies, including BMW Lane Keeping Assistant and Lane Change Assistant, mean the new BMW 5 Series Saloon is a significant step closer to fully autonomous driving.

“It’s hard to recall another year with so many exceptional new models vying for our overall Car of the Year award, which makes the BMW 5 Series’ victory all the more impressive,” said Jim Holder, Editorial Director at What Car? “The 520d SE with optional variable dampers is the pick of the 5 Series range. But whichever version you choose, you’ll be getting one of the classiest and most comfortable cars on sale today.”

“For the BMW 5 Series to win the prestigious ‘Car of the Year’ award is an honour and testament to the hard work that goes into producing one of BMW’s core models," said Hildegard Wortmann, BMW Group’s Senior Vice President. "The BMW 5 Series is a brand-shaping saloon and in times of rapid change within the automotive industry we believe the seventh generation model points the way into the future."

In addition to the success of the BMW 5 Series, the BMW i3 94Ah won the title of Best Electric Car in the £20,000-£40,000 category, while the BMW M140i was named Best Hot Hatch in the over £25,000 category.

The BMW 5 Series is now available to order with prices starting from £36,025 OTR.
Find out more here.

Discover what What Car? had to say about their chosen Car of the Year - the BMW 5 Series Saloon - as well as the rest of their winners here.

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