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Old 31st July 2020, 04:35   #16
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I just love the way you folks walk into a car dealership and buy a car (My wife is Sikh). Its almost like walking into a candy store with your mates. All you do is pick the color of your candy, the flavor and head out. Off course, it is a far more complicated exercise with cars and more so if you are someone who knows exactly what you want.

The W212 is still a beautiful car. A colleague bought a used black E400 (With the updated front end, like yours) earlier this year. Paid ~18 lacs for it which is one heck of a deal. Loads of these in the used market in my part of the world. It is very tempting to buy one. I am little nervous on the upkeep cost of a Mercedes, which seems okay when its regular service. Its only when some critical components need replacement, is when it can pinch.

The interiors of your new BMW seem to stay with the tried and tested design from the older models. The only problem and you've highlighted that, is the limited legroom at the back. I guess when you buy a BMW, the rear seat isn't where you want to be anyway.

Do you know if both the exhaust units are active, all the time?
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Very Informative review np23. If I remember correctly, I was not convinced that someone sells a 530-D with that lovely 6 cylinder and picks the 4 cylinder Petrol, but guess, you are enjoying a lot. I particularly like wheels on your car, very similar to the Exclusive they sell as option on 19 & 20 inches.

One particular thing that I don't like BMW is the Discounts that come at a later date and they even add extra features. I am sure by now, 5 series will have a wireless charging option too. This is opposite to MB which used to launch fully loaded variants at aggressive prices at launch and will escalate.

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I just love the way you folks walk into a car dealership and buy a car All you do is pick the color of your candy, the flavor and head out.
I hear same comments from our Directors.


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Do you know if both the exhaust units are active, all the time?
Beyond a certain temperature. Say, when you start the car in the morning, only one will be active and later on both.

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Old 31st July 2020, 18:23   #18
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Thanks for the lovely review.

First time I hear somebody driving their E and handing the 5 to the chauffeur!

It'll be a while before I warm up to the idea of large luxury barges in petrol guises. Here in India at least.

Perhaps I've been spoiled by having driven some petrol barges with weak bottom end, but in my mind, I imagine the petrol engines spinning a lot more than diesels to get moving, especially in relatively slow traffic. Despite being more fun on the open roads.

However, the fuel economy you mentioned are impressive indeed. I expected something like 4 kmpl. My next car would likely be a petrol hybrid, but that's a discussion for another day.

Also, since you have been in the company of a 5 series and E-class for a few years now, may I ask why cars from the next segment -- in particular the BMW 7 series, or even a Panamera was ruled out?

You did mention your dad owns the previous gen 7, but still, wouldn't a new gen 7 be able to replace both your 5 as well as E?

Wishing you miles and miles of happy motoring!

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First and foremost, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart as you take these beauties on proper road trips unlike 90% of the buyers in India, who use it just for office, show-off or parties and these pretty beasts never leave the city limits.
Thank you, yes I wish more people do the same especially now with them being almost as reliable as the other Asian Cars.


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You forgot to hide the Registration number in this picture. Anyway, I wonder what purpose it serves.
Thank you for pointing out, would request if any moderator could blackout the numbers, even now. Thank you

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Very true. I liked the way you ensured proper documentation of a minor traffic incident. Many don't even know the repurcussions of not following proper legal way.

Great cars and insightful review of BMW vs W212. Thanks
Glad you liked it, I wish people take care of their cars, but at the end realize, though it's justified to be agitated especially on others fault, but whats the end point? Till you are fine, everything else is reparable, complete your records and move on.

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I just love the way you folks walk into a car dealership and buy a car (My wife is Sikh). Its almost like walking into a candy store with your mates. All you do is pick the color of your candy, the flavor and head out. Off course, it is a far more complicated exercise with cars and more so if you are someone who knows exactly what you want.
I plead guilty to that, but I assume as @Turbanator also pointed out, it's more of a cultural thing.

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The W212 is still a beautiful car. A colleague bought a used black E400 (With the updated front end, like yours) earlier this year. Paid ~18 lacs for it which is one heck of a deal. Loads of these in the used market in my part of the world. It is very tempting to buy one. I am little nervous on the upkeep cost of a Mercedes, which seems okay when its regular service. Its only when some critical components need replacement, is when it can pinch.
It's a great pick at that price, is the E400 a V6 or 8?
So far the maintenance in these 5 years has been routine only except for one incident of the thermostat/radiator failing but was replaced under goodwill

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The interiors of your new BMW seem to stay with the tried and tested design from the older models. The only problem and you've highlighted that, is the limited legroom at the back. I guess when you buy a BMW, the rear seat isn't where you want to be anyway.
I agree they are just an evolution of the E60, F10 and now this, but the quality and ergonomics keep on improving with every iteration. Well for me I self drive so the rear legroom can be ignored, but for most the 5 is a chauffeured in the weekdays with the owners taking the wheel over the weekends or evenings, and even in general the legroom is bad for the size of the car.


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Very Informative review np23. If I remember correctly, I was not convinced that someone sells a 530-D with that lovely 6 cylinder and picks the 4 cylinder Petrol, but guess, you are enjoying a lot. I particularly like wheels on your car, very similar to the Exclusive they sell as option on 19 & 20 inches.
You are absolutely correct, I went ahead with this and I am loving it, to me its a more practical engine. Yes these were the sportline variant wheels and you're right when going through one of the international forums, I noticed the same design.

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One particular thing that I don't like BMW is the Discounts that come at a later date and they even add extra features. I am sure by now, 5 series will have a wireless charging option too. This is opposite to MB which used to launch fully loaded variants at aggressive prices at launch and will escalate.
I second that usually with BMW's, but this time they've not followed the trend and instead introduced a more expensive top of the line "M sport" variant with these features, and also introduced a stripped down more basic
"Sport" variant, though I wish they named it something else as it seems similar to the more premium "Sport Line" variant.

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Thanks for the lovely review.

First time I hear somebody driving their E and handing the 5 to the chauffeur!

It'll be a while before I warm up to the idea of large luxury barges in petrol guises. Here in India at least.
I wouldn't have done it with the E60 or now with the G30, but in the F10 Vs W212 LCI era, the latter clearly had the better chassis and was more enjoyable.

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Perhaps I've been spoiled by having driven some petrol barges with weak bottom end, but in my mind, I imagine the petrol engines spinning a lot more than diesels to get moving, especially in relatively slow traffic. Despite being more fun on the open roads.

However, the fuel economy you mentioned are impressive indeed. I expected something like 4 kmpl. My next car would likely be a petrol hybrid, but that's a discussion for another day.
German petrols have come a long way and meet the japs now on Fuel Efficiency, my E90 325i used to give similar FE to waht you have claimed.

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Also, since you have been in the company of a 5 series and E-class for a few years now, may I ask why cars from the next segment -- in particular the BMW 7 series, or even a Panamera was ruled out?

You did mention your dad owns the previous gen 7, but still, wouldn't a new gen 7 be able to replace both your 5 as well as E?

Wishing you miles and miles of happy motoring!
Well I doub't I will in the near future buy a 7 or any car from that segment, I have no need whatsoever. People need to realise a 5 will always be more fun to drive than a 7, and to me someone self driving these full sized cars, looks weird, they are meant to be chauffeured not driven.
If they got the regular wheelbase 7 here, then I could have still considered, though when the LCI came even I got tempted by the super discounts on the Pre LCI 7, but glad I decided against it.

With regards to an upgrade, I might just stick with the next 5, especially if they get the 540i, if not then maybe a few years down I'd consider the 840i, I love the way it looks and feels special, also it's a much better alternate to the 7 for some one who self drives. The Panamera might be considered if Porsche gets their act right in India.
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The brief afternoon shower led to some wonderful lighting so time to notch up the pictures.

The Rear
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The beautiful L shape Tail lamps in all their glory.

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The smoked out sports headlamps in the Sport Line

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My favourite side angle of the G30
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Front overhangs

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Head on

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Notice the sleek and slightly sculpted bonnet, in my opinion this is a major difference from the F10's fatter front end.

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Typical BMW Sharkfin
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In Car remote for tthe back seat occupants, really helpful because of no rear armrest controls.

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Ambient lighting strips along with the Light controls

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Crisp and Functional Rear Camera but no 360 degree on the Sport Line
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Thankfully they've added a much sleeker looking interface for the Map lights and Sunroof panel, note the Ambient Light in there.

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Beautiful 3D displays in the in car navigation:-

CBD Delhi

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New Delhi Railway Station

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The power of seats, the Presidential Compound and the Parliament

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