Every 5 Series comes with BMW’s range-topping Professional Multimedia system, which brings a whopping 10.2in widescreen, sat-nav, various online services, a DAB radio and even a built-in 20GB hard drive to store your music on.
The screen is touch sensitive, however you can also operate it using the rotary dial and shortcut buttons between the front seats. The latter is much easier (and safer) than using the touchscreen when you’re driving, because you just twist the dial to scroll through the on-screen menus and press it down to make a selection. It helps that the menu system is logical and easy to get the hang of.
On the options list you’ll find wireless mobile phone charging, Microsoft Office Exchange connectivity, a range of increasingly powerful sound systems, a wifi hotspot, a digital TV and Apple Carplay, the latter of which lets you sync up your iPhone and use some of its functions on the move. There’s even a gesture control feature, which lets you operate certain functions using mid-air hand signals. This may sound like a good idea, but it’s far easier to use the physical controls instead.