2014 BMW 5 Series LCI review from Edmunds

by Bimmerfest.com Member - bm323 on June 28, 2013, 12:37 am
2014 BMW 5 series LCI review

Edmunds reviews the 2014 5 Series LCI and lets us know what they think.

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At first glance, you might think that the entire car is unchanged. Spotting a 2014 model-year 5 Series sedan isn't easy at first, but from the front it's identifiable by remodeled lights and a resculpted nose section that mirrors the hooded-eye look of the 3 Series.

The rear bumper is new, too, as are the taillights. The side indicators now live in the mirror housings rather than on the fenders, and some versions flaunt modest dashes of extra brightwork.

The biggest change inside is a switch to flat-screen, reconfigurable gauges. They're red-lit when you select Sport, for instance, while the speedo readout goes digital - and there are some detail decor enhancements. The infotainment system's capabilities can be optionally deepened with an iDrive controller that doubles as a mouse, besides allowing the dictation of texts and e-mails.

The only downside to this latest refresh is its modesty. Anyone hoping for some big changes to the 5 Series this time around will have to wait another couple of years, and BMW doesn't seem too worried about it.
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12 responses to 2014 BMW 5 Series LCI review from Edmunds

Kar Don commented:
June 28, 2013, 6:38 am

this review makes me a lot more excited about the diesel coming to USA.
sb535 commented:
June 28, 2013, 7:01 am

The review makes mention of digital gauges. I know this has been covered but that is an option correct?
sb535 commented:
June 28, 2013, 7:12 am

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The review makes mention of digital gauges. I know this has been covered but that is an option correct?
Sorry it mentions flat screen configurable gauges but I was still under the impression these are optional
bfv commented:
June 28, 2013, 7:12 am

They reviewed European version (digital gauges, rear foglights). Digital gauge is not available for US version.
K-A commented:
June 28, 2013, 8:53 am

The car really looks great in these motion-pics. I know it's essentially the exact same look as the changes are so minimal, but BMW effectively I feel has made it so the M Sport package isn't a "must" in order for the car to have some dynamic flavor on top of what is a purely elegant and sensuously timeless base design. I like that as it means people will be less inclined to check the "M Sport" box if they want a dynamic look as they now have options, thus not diluting the M Sport look too much and adding nice variety on the roads.

I like the line: "You can often tell how successful a model has been when it gets a refresh. If the changes are modest (say, a styling tweak and a modest slug of extra equipment), then the car is probably selling well.

That's the case with the BMW 5 Series sedan. Now in its sixth generation, the latest 5 Series has been the fastest selling yet, with over a million sold worldwide in three years.

hen again, if you see substantial upgrades as part of a refresh, then the manufacturer is likely tackling a few criticisms to give a struggling model a boost. Case in point, the 5 Series GT. Its awkward looks and odd position within the lineup have made it a much slower seller, so it gets a rear-end restyle along with repackaged accommodations."


I've been using the same line when describing how the F10's design (seen as "already perfect enough to not mess with it") facelift compares with the E Class' design (seen as "Ahh! It isn't working, change everything regardless of how it flows!") facelift.

Nice to read about the Diesel but I'm mostly curious to see how the LCI M Sport drives, if it uses the identical "704" suspension that the 2013's got, or if its drive mimics its exterior changes VS the pre-LCI when compared to non-M Sport models (i.e not different at all as the other models were focused on being changed more).
demas commented:
June 28, 2013, 9:10 am

Disappointingly weak in describing changes to the suspension and steering. Sounds like any improvement is subtle.

I wonder if the steering 'improvement' is software based and could be implemented in a pre-LCI.
solstice commented:
June 28, 2013, 2:51 pm

NIce but it is "nearly perfect" as the last funfer lci?
http://www.edmunds.com/bmw/5-series/...oad-test1.html

Maybe it's just the reviewer but the excitement seems, well a bit more muted.
MoldCAD commented:
June 28, 2013, 3:05 pm

As you guys might remember, I'm a big fan of my F10's DDC (EDC in EU). Due to my limited English, I don't quite get the actual meaning of the following excerpt:

"That said, we still consider the optional electronic dampers to be a 5 Series essential for a compliant ride on turbulent terrain, and if you have them it's useful to firm the BMW's body control for seriously hard charges"

Does the reviewer mean the differences between Sport/Comfort settings are more pronounced in the LCI now? Could someone please reword it for me? TIA
miotoo commented:
June 28, 2013, 3:38 pm

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Originally Posted by MoldCAD View Post
As you guys might remember, I'm a big fan of my F10's DDC (EDC in EU). Due to my limited English, I don't quite get the actual meaning of the following excerpt:

"That said, we still consider the optional electronic dampers to be a 5 Series essential for a compliant ride on turbulent terrain, and if you have them it's useful to firm the BMW's body control for seriously hard charges"

Does the reviewer mean the differences between Sport/Comfort settings are more pronounced in the LCI now? Could someone please reword it for me? TIA
As I understand it, the STANDARD suspension has been refined for improved comfort & reduced roll. Nothing to do with the eco/sport Driving Experience Control (DEC) switch or having electronically controlled dampers.

The writer suggests that even with the new refined suspension, opting to buy the Electronic Damper Control (EDC) option is still a highly recommended thing.
Kar Don commented:
June 28, 2013, 3:48 pm

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Originally Posted by MoldCAD View Post
As you guys might remember, I'm a big fan of my F10's DDC (EDC in EU). Due to my limited English, I don't quite get the actual meaning of the following excerpt:

"That said, we still consider the optional electronic dampers to be a 5 Series essential for a compliant ride on turbulent terrain, and if you have them it's useful to firm the BMW's body control for seriously hard charges"

Does the reviewer mean the differences between Sport/Comfort settings are more pronounced in the LCI now? Could someone please reword it for me? TIA
The reviewer finds the EDC car more comfortable on bumpy roads than the standard car. Also likes that you can make the ride firm when driving hard.
mikeriley commented:
June 28, 2013, 5:11 pm

Keep in mind that this is not going to be an unbiased review. Car companies fly journalists to fun locations and treat them like royalty food drink etc at these launches. You will rarely get an accurate review, more like a regurgitation of what the marketing people tell them. Auto journalists are no different than other journalists, pretty biased and easily corrupted.

As excited as I am about getting a review an accurate test will have to wait till state side when nobody is shoving filet and vueve down their throats!
WaxComb commented:
June 28, 2013, 5:58 pm

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Originally Posted by mikeriley View Post
Keep in mind that this is not going to be an unbiased review. Car companies fly journalists to fun locations and treat them like royalty food drink etc at these launches. You will rarely get an accurate review, more like a regurgitation of what the marketing people tell them. Auto journalists are no different than other journalists, pretty biased and easily corrupted.

As excited as I am about getting a review an accurate test will have to wait till state side when nobody is shoving filet and vueve down their throats!
+1 This is why I don't trust "First Drive" reviews.

However, I really enjoy it when I get F10 loaners (528 is fine, but 535 is better) and I can't wait until my car breaks down again for this one. (Kidding... actually I have a 5 series/E class/A6 rental lined up in September in Germany so hopefully it's an LCI F10.)