I finally had an opportunity to drive one of the new 5 series a few days ago. The look was really beginning to appeal to me, and was intitially truely thinking about the possibility of owning one. So anyways, it was a 530i (non-sport) automatic. As I said I liked the exterior, and upon entry into the interior, I began to like it as well (strictly looks). Most things seemed to be well placed, and the quality seemed present. The center console however no longer favors the driver :thumbdwn: . The i-drive seemed easy to use. I spent about 5-10 minutes going through it before driving, and it seemed logical enough, I didn't even have to look in the manual :thumbup: . The multimedia screen however, I don't really like, it detracts from the interior in terms of appearance :thumbdwn: . I was able to take the car out by myself, so I headed towards some local twisties to wring it out. First the good news, the power felt nice, and handling was accurate, and body roll was minimal. I can only assume it would be better w/the sports package. But the bad news is it seemed like the car could have done it with out me, like it was driving itself. There was such a detached feeling, it was almost unnerving. Rearward visibility was rather poor as well, whether looking over my shoulder to the backseat windows, or out the back mirror. I drive was easy to use while driving, actually I liked it alot, my hand fell quickly to it, and it did not detract from the road to much. Over all, it is a very good car, excellent perhaps, if you want a solid fast, comfortable car to get from a-b. For driving pleasure, you'll be greatly dissapointed. Perhaps the sport versions are better, but I wouldn't guess by much. By contrast I remember when I drove my 1st e39, which also happened to be the first bmw I ever drove, it was so involving, so immediate and direct. It was directly responsible for me purchasing my 323. The new five could be directly responsible for making buy something else besides a bmw, or perhaps I'll just buy an e39. I give on a enthusiasts scale 2 out 5 stars.