Review: all-new 2017 BMW 540i
Look out on the roads, and you won’t need an expert automotive analyst to tell you that the sedan segment – and the midsize luxury sedan segment in which the BMW 540i competes – is shrinking. Particularly in Canada, where half our year involves dealing with snow and ice, customers are increasingly migrating towards SUVs, which with their all-wheel drive, higher ground clearance, and upright seating positions, give a sense of security from – and domination of – the elements. But luxury sedans like the 540i still have their own advantages: higher performance, nimbler handling, better fuel efficiency, and an elegance SUVs can’t yet deliver. Plus, especially from German brands like BMW, they still serve as the launching pad for technology that usually takes a generation to trickle down to four-by-fours.