Car of the Year 2010 - BMW 535i

Raymond Lai
28 Dec 2010

We reveal's Car of the Year 2010.

Give me a high 5

This is one car that is styled to make its looks grow on you

The latest F10 5 Series doesn't have that ‘wow' factor the previous E60 had when it first appeared on the scene but this is one car that is styled to make its looks grow on you.

At 4999mm in length, the new 5 is significantly longer than its predecessor and almost as long as a standard wheelbase previous generation 7 Series.The new car somehow looks familiar and you'd swear that you've seen it somewhere before and to a certain extent, you're not wrong - the F10 has strong resemblances and overtures to the current generation E90 3 Series and the F02 7 Series. The front apes the latter's oversized and upright double kidney grille but on the 5 Series, the grille somehow manages to look better proportioned than the gargantuan and somewhat vulgar looking one on the 7. The bonnet though, looks a tad over styled thanks to its myriad of bulges and creases.

Viewed side on, the 5 looks especially handsome and well-proportioned thanks to its relatively long bonnet and the creases on the doors and wings. In true BMW fashion, the Hofmeister kink is present. Compared to Chris Bangle's controversial E60, the Adrian van Hooydonk penned F10 looks a tad somber and perhaps conservative for some but there's no denying its well-balanced proportions and elegant looks. This is probably one of the main reasons why the 5 has been such a big hit with executive car buyers since its launch back in May.

For now, the new 5 is available with two engine variants - a 204bhp 2.5-litre 523i and the range topping turbocharged 535i. Both engines are BMW's famed straight-six units.



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