The year is off to a great start for BMW, with the new 5 Series claiming the New Zealand Motoring Writers’ Guild Car of the Year title, for the third time
Launched in New Zealand six months ago, the new model is the sixth generation of the 5-series line.
The latest iteration of the 5 Series is larger than before, and combines a range of powerful engines with an eight-speed auto transmission powering the rear wheels. Read our review here.
“Coming after an immediate predecessor that attracted controversy on several fronts – notably for its bold styling and complex drive interface – the new F10 variant represents a welcome return to 5-series form by BMW,” said Guild president John Oxley.
The 5 Series beat stiff competition to win the award from the likes of the Audi A5, Hyundai ix35, Jaguar XJ, Kia Sportage, Peugeot 3008, Peugeot RCZ, Porsche Cayenne, Skoda Yeti and Suzuki Kizashi, who were the nine other finalists.
Recent past winners of the title, which is now in its 23nd year, have been the Ford Fiesta (2009), Ford Falcon (2008), Mazda 2 (2007) and Porsche Cayman (2006).
“The new BMW 5 Series is an exceptionally accomplished vehicle, delivering efficiency, power, performance and renowned sheer driving pleasure,” said the Managing Director of BMW Group New Zealand, Mark Gilbert.
“Winning a Car of the Year title such as this provides significant third party endorsement of what we already knew – that the new BMW 5 Series really is the ultimate driving machine.”
The New Zealand Car of the Year is decided annually by members of the New Zealand Motoring Writers' Guild, which includes expert motoring writers and commentators from around the country. In addition to performance and handling, the facets under consideration include the car's suitability for the task for which it was designed, its value for money, ease of operation, aesthetics, fuel economy, build quality, interior appointment and safety.
Other national awards presented to the BMW 5 Series include the National Business Review Supreme Overall award winner for automotive excellence and Autocar Magazine Luxury Car of the Year title.
It was also winner of the Safest Car at the AA Motoring Excellence Awards and the 520d won the large car class in the AA EnergyWise Rally, when it returned a consumption figure of only 5.1 litres per 100km.
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