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Still the ultimate driving machine? BMW i5 long term review | Electrifying

Still the ultimate driving machine? BMW i5 long term review | Electrifying

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Having spent some time in the wilderness, BMW is very much back building electric cars. In a short space of time, BMW has launched its polarising iX range-topping SUV, an posh i7 limo and an entry-level model in the shape of the iX1 SUV. There’s also an favourite, the i4, which has set new standards for premium EVs and showed electric saloons can offer a long electric driving range, but also be fun and engaging to drive.

For BMW the i5 is the big one. Why? It’s simple – the 5 Series is the most important car the Bavarian carmaker builds. It has churned out more than 10 million of them over 50 years, and is very much its all-rounder – the BMW that has to cover all bases and exemplify exactly what the BMW brand is all about.

Just like the i4, the i5 isn’t a bespoke, ground-up electric car. Instead, BMW prefers to build one platform and use it for combustion engined models, hybrids and pure-electrics. BMW’s way of doing things is very different from Audi’s or Mercedes’ as these brands tend to build a separate, bespoke electric version of a model; think Mercedes E-Class and the EQE and you’ll understand what we mean.

In this extended review, Ginny discovers what the i5 is like to live with over a longer period of time. Is it really as good as we first thought?


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