BMW Talks About Its Most Successful 5-Series Ever, The F10

For BMW, launching the sixth-generation F10 5-Series meant dropping the controversial -albeit characterful- design of the E60 and reminding fans about the beautifully-sculpted E39.

The F10 was launched at the end of 2009 as a MY2010 and right off the bat, media and car enthusiasts alike praised the absence of the so-called “Bangle butt” rear styling of its predecessor.

While the F10 still reminded us a little of the E60 with its wide kidney grilles and pronounced Hofmeister kink, styling cues such as the creases on the bonnet and the doors reminded us of other past BMWs.

The interior once again featured a center console slightly angled towards the driver, plus a wide array of gadgets such as the Parking Assistant, Collision Warning with Braking function, Lane Departure Warning, Night Vision and eventually even Traffic Jam Assistant.

Overall, the F10 was safer, smarter, more fuel efficient and faster than the E60, though some people would still argue against the electro-mechanical steering in the former.

The sixth-generation 5er also spawned the controversial F07 5-Series Gran Turismo, which featured a F01 7-Series-derived platform like the F10, but it was very different aesthetically.

Having sold over 2.3 million units, the F10 5-Series remains the most successful 5er to this day.


  • pcurve

    F10 was BMW’s apology letter to E39 fans after E60. Too bad they made the car so big and heavy.

    • MultiKdizzle

      E60 fans are still missing an apology letter after the F10.

      • pcurve

        lol… ouch. It wasn’t my cup of tea, but I did slowly warm up to E60 after a few years.

        • TheHake

          I never like the E60. Still don’t. The E39 was just gorgeous. Sleep and sporty. The E60 looked fat and bloated in comparison.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      It was the apology letter they really didn’t need to send in my opinion.

  • JBsC6

    THE 5 series grand coupe was a beautiful design. Offering good power plants and awd was a big plus for sales as well. It seems the next generation m5 will come with awd as that’s what today’s market requires for any type of sales volume…the weight increase as well as the price increase is minimal and it makes it easier for consumers in all types of climates enjoy their performance vehicles as daily drivers… smart move by BMW following Mercedes with its AMG lineup.

    • MultiKdizzle

      There is no 5 Series Gran Coupe.

  • supermanuel

    I had an E34 for a couple of years back in the day and it was a lovely car to live with and look at. I liked the E39 and I didn’t mind the bangle effort so much. I wonder if BMW have been so badly burned by the E60 experience that they won’t ever do anything brave with the styling of the 5er in future. I hope not.

    • pcurve

      I think big 3 german makers each take turn dishing out bad designs. Benz has been cranking out winning design for the past several years, while BMW and Audi designs have been mostly blahs (in my eyes).

      But I have a feeling next generation Benz won’t look as good as the current one.

      • supermanuel

        It definitely does go in waves pcurve. I’ve had a W124 E300 (fabulous) and recently had a W212 revamp for 2 years, which is probably the best car I’ve ever had. The current one is gorgeous but the E Class has been less successful in styling terms than the 5er. The original W212 was a basket case with those hideous quad headlamps and the ridiculous pontoon detail over the rear wheelarch. The fact that they managed to improve it so dramatically with the revamp is nothing short of a miracle. I recall something about it being the most intensive revamp in automotive history.

        The W210 was pretty ropey too, irrespective of pre or post revamp. I suppose that the E Class is due a duffer next time round then.

        The A6 has consistently been bland hasn’t it? Apart from the surprisingly avant garde C5 which really confirmed Audi’s Bauhaus pretentions, the rest have all been super-safe.

        • Tumbi Mtika

          And expensive too.(Referring to the W212.5)

        • Tumbi Mtika

          The C5 is best A6.

          • Tom

            Your only right
            I have a c5 A6 4.2 V8
            Amazing car over 200,000 miles and runs like new

          • TheHake

            I really like the C7 A6. Pre and post facelift. The post facelift C6 was very nice as well. It still looks good when you see a well maintained one. I never liked the small tail lights of the C5.

      • Tumbi Mtika

        Seeing as the “Panamerica” grille is spreading like a non-controversial or offensive thing that spreads, I can confirm that will be true.

  • people are crazy ,the only bmw 5 series f10 was 5 series grand coupe !

    • TheHake


  • joey

    Not in my country it’s not. I saw a lot of E60s when it was current, it almost was common place. That’s not the case for the F10 it’s not unusual to get through a day without seeing one. I myself am a fan of the E60, though I can’t really say for a fact that it’s aged well.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    But the E60 was good!!! I love the E60. And not just the M5.

    • Ary Wisesa

      Me too. I think it’s the boldest 5 series ever and full with character. And in M5 guise, it’s the best 5 Series ever. That V10 sounds really awesome.

    • TheHake

      But just looks at a E39 M5… DROOL!

  • Tumbi Mtika

    And fattest.

  • Javier Bl

    The most boring one.

  • fabri99

    The E60 was a fantastic car. Bangle was a genius. THE END.

    • TheHake

      Not for everyone. I hated it. Still do.

      • fabri99

        This is not a democracy.

  • KidRed

    What’s ironic is that I was naive to BMW until the E60. That’s when I took notice because I loved the E60. I started becoming a closet BMW fan and started learning more about their models and their history. Then I fell in love with the E39 and began to see what BMW enthusiast hated about the E60. Now I can’t really stand the E60, still loe the E39 but I don’t think the F10 is a good enough apology. It looks bloated. It went squatty like the E39, but not sleek. It didn’t have that aggressive angular stance. Maybe the next model will be closer to the E39? Who knows.

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