Iconic road trips are what gearheads live for. The idea of just
you, your car of choice, a far away destination and as much
time as you need to get there is something majestic in the eyes
of a car enthusiast. However, even for us gearheads, 2000 miles
is rough. Apparently, though, it isn’t so rough in the new
BMW 5 Series.
In a recent article from
Autocar, Matt Prior takes a new G30-generation
BMW 530d xDrive 2000 miles from the southernmost point in
Spain, through Andorra and France, all the way up to Britain.
That’s a long distance to do by car and could be properly
mind-numbing in something less entertaining than the new 5er.
However, BMW’s new 5 Series makes easy work of the long
stretches of road, as well as being smile-inducing during the
Prior explains the shortcomings of BMW’s autonomous driving
aids but claims them to still be useful and stress relieving
over long distances, keeping him more fresh for the more
exciting parts of the road. He also explains that the
effortless torque and quiet power delivery if the 3.0 liter I6
diesel engine works great for just cruising along in 8th gear
while also providing enough grunt to be entertaining during
It’s a good read so I won’t spoil it all for you, as it’s worth
heading over to Autocar and checking it out. However, I can
tell you that Prior seemed impressed by BMW’s latest 5 Series.
While he claims it’s not quite as comfortable as the
Mercedes-Benz E-Class (at least on 20″ wheels and M Sport
suspension) and isn’t quite as sharp as a
Jaguar XF, it’s a damn good all-rounder. Prior finishes the
article by saying “With that kind of drive ahead of you, you
want a world -class car in which to do it, one that is
comfortable, fast, economical, connected and willing to help
you out. The new 5 Series, no question, is precisely that kind
I’m not sure there’s higher praise than that, especially after
a 2000-mile trip.