Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, known as BMW has been producing luxury vehicles, motorcycles, engines, and cargo trucks since 1916. BMW is a top-selling luxury brand in every market and is often a symbol of success, making it a great option for business people and families alike. Today, we are going to concentrate on saloons that fit the needs of a growing family and will have their business uses as transportation for clients.
While BMW offers several series of cars that could carry your family anywhere it needed to go as well as pick your clients up from the airport, the two that offer the most legroom and versatility are the 5-series and the 7-series. Let’s have a quick look at the history of each series and a few of their highlights in the hopes that we can help you decide which BMW is best for you. In order to offer a more focused comparison, we are going to concentrate on the 2005 model year of each.
The BMW 5-Series
Theis a mid-sized luxury group that was introduced for the 1972 model year. It replaced the four-door saloons within the BMW New Car series. The 5-series was so named because it was the fifth ”new series” of cars after the Isetta era. It also marked the beginning of the number naming convention that BMW currently uses.
The 5-series is currently in its seventh generation and is BMW’s second-best selling model after the less expensive 3-series; accounting for nearly one-half of BMW’s profit margin as recently as 2010. BMW has sold nearly 8 million units within the 5-series since the inception of the model.
Theis part of the E60 fifth generation of the model. It can be bought as either a four-door saloon or as a five-door estate wagon. BMW offers thirteen engine options around the world, all of which cab be paired to either a six-speed or seven-speed automatic gearbox. The 5-series has a 2,888 mm wheelbase, is 1,846 mm wide, and 4,841 mm long in its saloon form. The estate is 2 mm longer. It is 1,468 mm tall as a saloon, while the estate is 1,491 mm tall.
Depending on which unit you buy within the 5-series, it can be equipped with active cruise control with Stop & Go, heads-up display, a Harman Kardon Logic7 stereo system, Dynamic Stability Control, voice control, adaptive xenon headlamps, BMW’s proprietary Night Vision system, run-flat tyres, Lane Departure, LED rear lights, and a Lane Departure Warning system.
As you can see, the entire BMW 5-series is well appointed and roomy enough for a small family. It also a statement car capable of transporting up to four clients or co-workers.
The BMW 7-Series
The BMW 7-series is a full-sized luxury group that was introduced for the 1977 model year. The 7-series replaced the BMW E3 ”New Six” model. It is currently in its sixth generation. The 7-series is BMW’s flagship model; therefore, it often introduces new technologies and design themes into the all of the BMW production lines.
The 2005 BMW 7-series is part of the E65 fourth generation. The fourth generation can be powered by any of nine Valvtronic engine options. All are either I6, V8, or V12 powerplants that offer superb power and responsiveness. Every engine is paired to a six-speed automatic gearbox. The 7-series was given a facelift for the 2005 model year. The facelift extended the 7-series wheel base to 2,990 mm. Its length became 5,039 mm and its height became 1,491 mm. Other upgrades included the extensive use of genuine wood trim and a departure from BMW’s driver-centric interior focus. Additionally, controls for the power seats were placed on the center console and rear headroom was increased for passenger comfort.
Depending on the unit you buy, the 2005 7-series can be equipped with Active Roll Stabilization, Electronic Damper Control-Continuous, a self-leveling air suspension system, dual climate control, iDrive, dynamic xenon headlamps, Automatic Soft Close door system, an electro-mechanical parking brake, a DVD-based GPS nav system, push-button start, a premium Logic 7 sound system, and Active Cruise Control.
The 2005 BMW 7-series is equipped with many standard options that are only available on the 2005 5-series as an option, if at all. The 7-series is generally acknowledged to be the best saloon that BMW has to offer, making it an outstanding vehicle for long distance trips and client interaction.
Both the 2005 BMW 5-series and the 2005 BMW 7-series are great options for a growing family or a buyer who needs to transport clients in comfort and style. For many, the final choice comes down to budget and the size of their family. The budget-conscious buyer or the buyer who has a small family will prefer the BMW 5-series for its lower price point and smaller dimensions. The BMW 7-series is better suited to a large family, a businessperson who needs to transport multiple clients on a regular basis, or the discerning couple who simply wants to travel in perfect comfort.