We enjoyed experimenting with the Parking Assist option to parallel or perpendicularly self-park the car. It is always fun to watch computers and sensors park the car for you, but, if you’re in a hurry, we recommend doing it yourself. We also enjoyed showing off the motion gesture capabilities to our passengers. Hover your hand in front of the centre console and move your finger in a small circular clockwise or counter clockwise motion and you can increase or decrease the volume of the radio without touching it. It is a bit of a showstopper, but tough to get accurate incremental volume adjustments. The swiping motions to change audio tracks, end phone calls, etc. works more accurately.
MSRP of our 2018 BMW M550i is $92,250 plus destination charge, fees and taxes, which is still more than $21,000 less expensive than a base M5. Is the M5 the ultimate 5 series? Yes. Is the M550i the almost ultimate 5 series? Absolutely.
From the driver’s perspective, if you’re sitting in traffic and want to listen to some soothing music or make a phone call, the cabin is a very civilized place to be. Speaking of phones, once you drive a car with wireless charging you will never want to be without it again. Gone are the days of low battery anxiety if you are without a charging cable.
Want smooth, sophisticated, civilized comfort? No problem. The M550i delivers.
Want raw, aggressive handling with loud, testosterone-inducing power? No problem! The M550i delivers.
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