Prices start at around £47,000 for the 630i petrol variant, with the pokier 640i derivative (which comes only with xDrive 4WD) priced at around £54,000. The 630d diesel most will want is priced from just over £50,000 in rear-driven form, or at around £53,000 with xDrive 4WD. Think in terms of a premium of around £3,000 over an equivalently-specifed 530d Touring estate and you won't be too far out. As with the 5 Series, only 'SE' and 'M Sport' trims are being offered.
Standard equipment across the range includes automatic climate control and a rear-view camera. Stylish 18-inch light-alloy wheels are standard on 'SE' variants and rims of up to 21 inches in size can be ordered. 'M Sport' models get specific 19-inch light alloy wheels, leather upholstery with exclusive stitching, plus illuminated door sill strips. A thumping 16-speaker 1,400-watt Bowers and Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System can be ordered as option, whilst a panoramic glass roof is standard on 'M Sport' models and optionally available on the 'SE' variants.
Camera-driven safety kit includes the 'Collision and Pedestrian Warning with City Collision Mitigation' autonomous braking system, while the list of options includes an improved version of BMW's 'Active Cruise Control' set-up, along with 'Lane Departure' and 'Lane Change Warning' technology, plus there's a 'Crossing Traffic warning' feature and systems that deal with potential hazards at crossroads, junctions and one-way streets.