2017 BMW 540i xDrive M Sport Test Drive - The quintessential 5 Series
Having driven the excellent BMW 530d xDrive, I was understandably excited at the prospect of getting behind the wheel of another six-cylinder 5 Series — this time, the 540i xDrive.
BMWs and inline six-cylinder gasoline engines are a match made in heaven, and the 540i addresses a rather different crowd than the 530d. While the 3.0-liter oil-burner is arguably the engine that covers all bases, its gasoline counterpart is more specialized — or at least it should be.
It is the powerplant for customers who love both a silent idle and a high redline, who enjoy working for their torque, and who cherish the visceral sound that only a straight-six gasoline unit can produce.
As you can see, I had extremely high expectations from the 540i xDrive. Did Munich's luxury sports sedan meet them? Read on to find out. And check out our video in which we pit the 540i xDrive against its archrival, the Mercedes-Benz E 400 4MATIC.
Photos: Radu Chindriș
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