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2017 BMW 530i sedan: Bimmer's baby 7 Series

The 2017 BMW 530i looks like a smaller 7 Series, but the tech and performance are anything but scaled-down.

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The 2017 BMW 5 Series sedan arrived in our garage looking a lot like a scaled-down 7 Series.

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The two cars are very similarly designed both inside and out.

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The smaller 5 features a smaller engine. The modular-design turbocharged engine displaces just 2.0-liters.

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The 530i still packs a punch with 248-horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque which the 5 Series sends to the rear wheels via an eight-speed steptronic automatic transmission.

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A variety of driving modes allow the pilot to electronically adjust the car's character between Eco Pro efficiency and Sport Plus performance.

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On a tight corner, the 530i feels heavy, but still nimble enough. This large sedan feels better suited to freeways and sweeping country roads where its stability shines.

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This generation is available with a plethora of driver aid features, including cameras covering a 360-degree view around the car, steering that helps keep the car in its lane and headlamps that steer around corners.

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The 5er is more handsome than its been for generations, but something about the front end's proportions just don't sit right with me.

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Look closely and you can see the radar sensors that help power the adaptive cruise control system and the autonomous emergency braking function.

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Going big in the Bimmer is going to cost you. Though the 530i starts at around $52,000, our example packed on nearly $20,000 in option alone.

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