A new BMW 5 Series has been unveiled, leading to a predictable argument among the Auto Trader editorial staff today about whether its conservative new design is an improvement over its divisive predecessor.
The sixth-generation 5 Series harks back to the plainer look of past BMWs. For some BMW devotees this will be a welcome change after the Chris Bangle-designed E60/E61 model.
But not me. I was a big fan of the last BMW’s looks and although I can’t say I dislike the new model, it is rather staid compared to the last car.
Over on the other side of the office Stuart Milne disagrees strongly. He owned an E34 5 Series and was unimpressed by the Bangle-era 5 Series. Dom Sacco offered another vote for the E34.
Hopefully, he’ll take his latest hideous designs with him. BMW’s used to be good looking cars, now they look like they’ve been carved from granite, with a blunt chisel.
I personally think CB has given the best BMWs so far. The current 3 series coupe to me is the perfect car, leave alone best looking BMW in the market. The 5 series brought in a breath of fresh air. Many didnt like it maybe, but still it was innovative. Which is what designers are for. Rather than bringing the same conservative design again in a different package, I certainly like his innovative approach.
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