2020 BMW M5 In-Depth Review From Car and Driver

By Don Jacobs | Posted in BMW on Friday, July 17th, 2020 at 9:00 PM
BMW M5

Car and Driver’s review of the 2020 BMW M5 takes a look at what’s different with this year’s version, pricing, performance, interior, safety and coverage. Link to full article here.

BMW M5

Overview

Don’t call it a comeback. The BMW M5 has been here for years. However, the latest generation is rocking its peers and putting fear in the hearts of other sports sedans. Uncorking 600-plus horsepower from its twin-turbo V-8, the 2020 M5 accelerates with unbridled ferocity. Its standard all-wheel-drive system can even send all that power to the rear wheels for drivers who like to hang out the tail. Indeed, BMW has reinvented an icon that had become almost unrecognizable. While the M5 is still a big luxury sedan loaded with high-tech gadgetry, it now has a maniacal side that lately has been missing from the company’s storied M division.

What’s New for 2020?

For 2020, BMW makes small changes to the M5 lineup that include new standard equipment and a limited-run M5 Edition 35 Years. Every model now comes with a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, real-time traffic info, remote services, and wireless device charging. The U.S. will only get 35 of the awkwardly named M5 Edition 35 Years, which is based on the Competition model and includes unique gold interior trim as well as exclusive Frozen Dark Grey II exterior paint.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

  •  M5: $104,695
  •  M5 Competition: $111,995

Those who want the ultimate 5-series should choose the M5 Competition, which we think is the better M5. That choice requires shelling out an extra $7300 for 17 more horses, specially tuned suspension settings, and some unique styling bits. The upgrades don’t compromise the 5’s ride quality or livability. We’d add the 20-inch wheels (19s are standard) and the Executive package. The latter brings luxuries such as ventilated front seats with massage functions, heated front and rear seats, soft-close doors, four-zone automatic climate control, self-parking assist, and more.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

Sporting a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 with 600 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque, the M5 is mighty quick. At our test track, it launched to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds and snapped off a 10.9-second quarter-mile time at 129 mph; top speed is a governor-limited 163 mph. An even more powerful M5 Competition model is now available and makes 617 horsepower. It proved to be quicker than the regular M5 on a real racetrack at our annual Lightning Lap. The M5 faithful will lament the discontinued manual gearbox and unfamiliar all-wheel-drive system, but this Bimmer has a high-tech drivetrain that can send 100 percent of power to the rear wheels for pure rear-drive personality. Driving enjoyment is maximized here with lively and direct steering, a well-controlled (borderline stiff) ride, and heroic cornering grip. That doesn’t mean the M5 can’t also do duty as a luxury sedan: In Comfort mode, it cruises placidly and the cabin is whisper quiet.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The EPA estimates that the regular M5 and its Competition variant will earn 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. Both figures are worse than the Porsche Panamera Turbo (18 mpg city and 25 highway) and similar to the Mercedes-AMG E63 S sedan (15 mpg city and 25 highway). We tested the M5 Competition on our 200-mile fuel-economy route where it exceeded its government rating by 3, with a result of 24-mpg highway.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

The 2020 M5 has an elegant leather interior with supple and supportive sport seats. The driver’s seating position is optimized for performance-style driving, and BMW hasn’t gone the all-touchscreen route that many of its rivals have, so making changes to the air conditioning or adjusting the radio during driving causes little distraction. There’s also a slew of desirable standard features that include customizable ambient interior lighting, a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, and a power-adjustable steering column. Further options include ventilated front seats with massage functions, heated rear seats, and four-zone automatic climate control. Along with useful interior cubby storage, the M5’s trunk held six carry-on suitcases in our test.

Infotainment and Connectivity

The M5’s large infotainment display runs BMW’s latest iDrive software, sits atop the dash to the right of the driver’s sightlines, and is controlled by a rotary knob on the center console. While Android Auto capability isn’t available, Apple CarPlay integration and a Wi-Fi hotspot are standard. There’s also a 16-speaker, 600-watt Harman/Kardon audio system and wireless device charging on all 2020 models. Those who want even fancier features can opt for the optional rear-seat entertainment system and 16-speaker, 1400-watt Bowers & Wilkins sound system.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

The 2020 M5 hasn’t been crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The sports sedan does offer a wide variety of standard and optional driver-assistance technology. Key safety features include:

  •  Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
  •  Standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
  •  Available adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go technology

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

BMW provides a limited warranty and powertrain protection that aligns with luxury rivals.

  •  Limited warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
  •  Powertrain warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
  •  Complimentary scheduled maintenance is covered for 3 years or 36,000 miles

See the BMW M5 at Don Jacobs.

$200 Certificate to Support Local Economy

By Don Jacobs | Posted in News on Thursday, July 2nd, 2020 at 12:41 PM

This July 4th weekend, with the purchase of a vehicle, Don Jacobs will provide a $200 certificate to any Lexington locally-owned business of your choice. Our community has been hit hard over the last few months and this is one way we can team up to assist our business owners, employees and their families. Thank you for helping our Lexington community through this! Contact our Guest Services team to get going with your support.

Top 5 Reasons for Buying Certified Pre-Owned

By Don Jacobs | Posted in Honda on Wednesday, June 24th, 2020 at 2:53 PM
Honda TrueCertified Pre-Owned 2017 CR-V

Ross Taylor (Pre-Owned Sales Manager at Don Jacobs) breaks down 5 great reasons for buying a Honda TrueCertified Pre-Owned vehicle.

Not every vehicle can qualify to be Honda TrueCertified, so that ranks these vehicles the best of most pre-owned vehicles. To be qualified, the vehicle has to pass a 182-point inspection from our certified technicians. This includes a full vehicle pass, checking tires and tread depth, brake condition, and more. Honda supplements the inspection with a 7-year 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, covering the engine, transmission, and axels. Also added is a 12-month 12,000-mile comprehensive warranty, which covers the electronics and non-powertrain. One big advantage with Certified Pre-Owned vehicles is that you typically get preferred rates from lenders. We’d love the opportunity to walk through all your options at Don Jacobs.

See all our Certified Pre-Owned Honda, BMW and Volkswagen here.

Car and Driver’s Compact SUV Battle

By Don Jacobs | Posted in Honda, Reviews, Volkswagen on Monday, May 18th, 2020 at 11:49 PM
Car and Driver Compact SUV Battle

Car and Driver’s Compact SUV Battle took the compact-crossover category and compared the 2020 Honda CR-V and 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan against the Ford Escape, Mazda CX-5, Subaru Forester, and Toyota RAV4. Here’s their review:

Volkswagen Tiguan

Highs: Go-for-it handling, refined engine, generous cargo space.
Lows:
 Cabin might be a little too minimalist for some, hits the bumps harder than most.
Verdict:
 VW finally builds a broad- appeal crossover that also honors the brand’s sporty side.

The Tiguan feels like a GTI for responsible adults. That’s how it managed to claw its way into second place. Of course, it isn’t a GTI—it’s not nearly as quick or as agile as its road-hugging, hot-hatch stablemate. Physical laws haven’t been suspended here. But the Tig does a commendable job of offering both utility and playfulness.

Immediately noticeable are its light, quick steering and nimble, firmly controlled chassis, which encourage you to dig into two-lanes—though it is sometimes stiff-legged on uneven pavement. The engine hums expensively. It was the quietest at wide-open throttle and the most refined of the group.

The Tiguan also lives up to its family responsibilities. It has plenty of rear kneeroom, and only the CR-V hauls more boxes with the rear seat folded. The VW’s leather-covered seats are among the firmest we’ve encountered in a long time, but they’re nonetheless comfortable and supportive. They’re appropriate in an interior that’s so businesslike, it’s almost spartan. Even that starkness adds to the hot-hatch vibe. The infotainment screen is reasonably large and operates in a straightforward manner, and there are volume and tuning knobs for the audio system.

Volkswagen’s journey to understanding American tastes has been bumpy, but it’s definitely on the right road with this latest Tiguan. It’s sized right, dressed for success, and blessed with the driver-friendly DNA of the company’s best cars. That’s why it’s the salutatorian of this class.

Honda CR-V

Highs: Clever storage, roomy cabin, solid driving dynamics.
Lows:
 Quickest but doesn’t feel it, interior lacks deluxe materials, dated infotainment.
Verdict:
 A highly adaptable tool with solid engineering and thoughtful solutions.

Honda is not into change for change’s sake. The current CR-V evolved only modestly from the last generation, so it’s conservative in both its design and execution. “Climbing into the CR-V is like getting into any Honda,” Hoffman said. In other words, it has the basics right but doesn’t brag.

Those essentials begin with comfortable seats and generous second-row kneeroom. A child seat is an easy fit. The CR-V also accommodates the most boxes with the rear seats folded. The cargo floor has two positions, the higher of which enables a flat load floor from the liftgate opening to the front seatbacks (once you’ve folded the second row, of course). The center console has a lot of storage space and can be configured several different ways to best handle your stuff.

The interior’s ambience doesn’t quite match its practicality, though. The materials are handsome but far from upscale, and the design is not bleeding-edge modern. The tablet-like center-stack screen contains Honda’s last-generation infotainment system. It’s fussy and lacks a tuning knob, and the navigation display is small. Plus, the mechanical shifter protruding from the dashboard clacks inexpensively.

But the CR-V is a solid driver. Its 60-mph time of 7.6 seconds is the quickest of the group, but it doesn’t feel it, due at least in part to the slushy response of its CVT. “I was surprised to see it had 190 horsepower,” said Annie White. “It feels sluggish getting up to speed.” Bursts of throttle also result in some moaning under the hood before the engine settles down to a quiet cruise.

Otherwise, the CR-V is a confident, capable over-the-road machine with direct steering and well-damped body motions. It’s rife with good qualities, which makes it feel like a trusted friend. It’s just that the two crossovers that finished ahead of it have those qualities, too, plus a big dollop of driver engagement, something the CR-V simply doesn’t have.

Read the full article here.

PARENTS Magazine’s Best Family Cars of 2020

By Don Jacobs | Posted in Honda, Volkswagen on Tuesday, April 21st, 2020 at 5:36 PM
PARENTS Best Family Cars 2020

This list from PARENTS magazine’s best family cars of 2020 includes a few vehicles from Honda and Volkswagen. The Honda Odyssey, Volkswagen Atlas, Honda Pilot, and Honda Accord Hybrid were judged among others in their category against driveability, car-seat compatibility, and fun extras.

Honda Odyssey

Best for Big Families – Honda Odyssey

$30,790+/19 to 28 mpg
You won’t find a vehicle more versatile for carpooling or chauffeuring around a large squad of your own. It holds up to six car seats if you opt for the EX ($34,790+) or higher trim. Plus, Honda upgraded to an automatic ten-speed transmission for 2020 to give you a smoother ride.

How It Drives
The V-6, 280-horsepower engine goes from 0 to 60 miles per hour in less than seven seconds, the fastest of our winning minivans.

Car-Seat Compatibility
With five sets of lower anchors and a tether for every seat in the second and third rows, you can install your seats wherever you’d like.

Fun Extras
When you don’t have the max number of passengers, you can remove the center seat from the middle row and slide the other two seats together to access the back row easily. If you get the rear-entertainment system on the EX-L ($40,160+), kids can watch a Blu-ray or stream video on a 10-inch screen that pulls down from overhead.

Volkswagen Atlas

Best Value Three-Row SUV – Volkswagen Atlas

$31,545+/20 to 26 mpg
Even with the lowest starting price of our three-row-SUV winners, it offers a generous four-year or 50,000-mile warranty plus two years of free regularly scheduled maintenance.

How It Drives
It feels comfortable, steering and braking with ease. Safety features like automatic headlights and heated side mirrors come standard.

Car-Seat Compatibility
Opt for bench-style seating to fit three narrow car seats or boosters across the second row and two more in the third row. If you’re installing a high-back booster or a forward-facing car seat in the third row, you may need to remove the head restraint to get the correct angle for the seat. (Replace it if you remove the car seat.)

Fun Extras
On the SE and higher ($34,095), each row has its own climate control so kids can crank up or turn down the AC by themselves.

Honda Pilot

Best Quiet Ride – Honda Pilot

$31,650+/20 to 27 mpg
If you like everything about the Honda Odyssey except that it’s a minivan, the Pilot is a great option. On its rear-entertainment system, kids can watch Blu-ray discs or stream video on a screen that pulls down from overhead.

How It Drives
The ride is quiet and smooth. You can opt for a six- or nine-speed transmission, depending on the trim. Consider the nine if you expect to put on a lot of highway miles.

Car-Seat Compatibility
You can fit up to five car seats: three in the second row and two in the third.

Fun Extras
On the EX and higher ($34,790+), the second-row seats will fold and move forward (even with a car seat installed) when you push a button, making it easier to get to the back.

Honda Accord Hybrid

Best Value Hybrid – Honda Accord Hybrid

$25,620+/up to 48 mpg
It costs only $1,750 more than the regular Accord, and you don’t lose any cargo space.

How It Drives
The transition between electric and gas power is seamless.

Car-Seat Compatibility
Three narrow seats fit well. Install a forward-facing car seat or booster on one of the sides rather than the middle.

Read the full article here.

MotorTrend’s 3-Row SUV Comparison

By Don Jacobs | Posted in Reviews on Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 at 8:08 PM
MotorTrend 3 Row Comparison - Honda Pilot

MotorTrend recently took a look at three best-selling 3-row SUVs and compared the 2020 Honda Pilot, 2020 Ford Explorer, and 2020 Toyota Highlander against each other. Under $50,000, these family-sized “trucksters” were judged across four categories: advanced safety features, handling and steering, performance, and interior space. Spoiler: The 2020 Honda Pilot was awarded first place in each category.

Read the full article here.

Advanced Safety Systems

The Honda Pilot Black Edition mimics the loaded, top-tier Elite trim ($49,240) that already includes every available option, and merely adds a triple-black appearance package for an additional $1,500. It too has a comprehensive standard safety suite including six airbags, a rearview camera, blind-spot monitoring, pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, lane keep assist, and road departure mitigation. Perhaps because the company has been working on its Honda Sensing safety suite for at least six years, it just plain works—except for an overly protective automatic braking feature that sent a backpack into the passenger footwell. This occurred because the Pilot’s brake pedal was exceedingly soft and traveled a great distance before truly slowing the SUV. We’ve driven/tested plenty of Pilots, and this appears to be anomalous.

The 2020 Honda Pilot received IIHS’ Good or Superior scores (the highest) in every category but small overlap front collision (passenger-side), headlights (on lower-trim levels), and ease-of-use for the child-seat LATCH system, where it received scores of Average.

Handling and Steering

The Honda, on the other hand, handled the curves and bumps as if its steering and suspension were tuned there. The road isolation and ride qualities are quite good—the best in this group. Besides sharp impacts making their way into the cabin, it simply goes down the road without secondary suspension events, and it never feels big or floaty. We also like the steering very much. It feels the most developed, and naturally so, which is not an easy thing to tune into an electrified system. There’s a fluidity to it, and it feels hydraulic-based. It also has the best-in-test lane-centering system.

Performance

Honda’s SOHC 3.5-liter V-6 is equally ubiquitous within its lineup, and it’s the least powerful engine here. Despite its output specifications, the Pilot impressed us with its broad-band power delivery and we especially loved it when the VTEC kicked in (yo). We and other outlets had previously—and rightfully—criticized the Pilot’s nine-speed automatic, and Honda was apparently listening. It’s been retuned. There’s still some head toss at wide-open throttle, and when left in the default drive mode, it only occasionally was caught napping. We’d call it fixed. Also, Sport drive mode banishes the shift delays. We were a bit shocked that the Pilot was the quickest of the three and not by a little. It was a second or more ahead of the Highlander at any time-to-speed measurement above 60 mph, and about a half-second ahead of the Explorer. It’s called American Honda Motor Company for a reason.

Interior Space

Few automakers are as accomplished at packaging as Honda is. This Pilot was introduced four years ago (witness the foot-actuated parking brake relic) and has received few updates/upgrades, yet it is still at the forefront for cleverness and attention to detail. It’s the small things like articulating multi-position armrests, a DVD/Blu-ray player, a convex mirror to keep an eye on back-seat shenanigans, and a handhold in precisely the right place to exit the third row. Seabaugh summarized our top-trim example: “Upfront you have a commanding view of the road, with comfortable [heated/ventilated leather] bucket seats, [a wireless charging pad], a massive storage cubby, and plenty of cupholders, shelves, and pockets for all of your items strewn throughout the cabin.”

The second row is thoughtfully done, too, with six cupholders, two USB outlets, an A/C output, HVAC controls, an HDMI port, a central entertainment screen, and a center console. It’s quite roomy, with the second most legroom of our trio and the greatest headroom. Like the Explorer, you can enter the third row from between the second-row captain’s chairs or by folding the captain’s chairs with a press of a single button.

The Explorer has but 0.3 inches more legroom in the rear-most seats than the Pilot, but the Honda ties for most headroom and has 3 inches more shoulder room—enough to accommodate a third passenger if needed. Showing its age, however, the Pilot has no USB port in the back, and lowering/raising the third row requires leaning into the cargo bay (possibly soiling your clothes) to reach for a release strap. There’s a good-sized bin under the reversible carpeted/hard plastic cover. Clever.

Read the full article here.

Fun Facts about BMW

By Don Jacobs | Posted in BMW on Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 at 8:05 PM
BMW logo

BMW is an iconic brand, from the recognizable Kidney Grille that has become a signature to their vehicles, the reputation of being Ultimate Driving Machines and the sleek, simple logo they boast. We know a lot about BMW’s at Don Jacobs, but there are a few fun facts we don’t get to share nearly enough!

BMW Logo
Corporate Image is important. And oh boy, does BMW know how to brand. The logo has become a symbol of status, but also luxury over the years. Do you know what it represents? The colors actually are representative of the Bavarian flag in Germany, where the company was founded. BMW actually stands for Bayerische Motoren Werke (or Bavarian Motor Works loosely translated).

BMW Origins
BMW was founded during WWI because Germany was short on planes and parts for planes. After WWI, the Treaty of Versailles actually banned companies in Germany from producing these products. As a result, BMW decided to shift focus to Motorcycles, followed in 1928 by automobiles.

BMW Headquarters
You have to hand it to this manufacturer. They actually designed the BMW headquarters similar to that of a 4-cylinder engine. This is representative of the 4-cylinder heritage of BMW itself. The 4-cycle engines made just about every fuel-efficient vehicle possible!

BMW Ownership
In 1959, with the Cold War resulting in near bankruptcy for the company, Mercedes’ parent company, Daimler-Benz, almost took over BMW. Lucky for the family, who still owns a large part of the company today, they found help from a huge private investor. BMW is now owned by the Quandit family, but the rivalry between BMW and Mercedes can still be felt today as a result!

BMW Other Brands
Automotive manufacturing is a vast landscape. Many people don’t know that BMW actually makes Mini Coopers and Rolls Royce. You heard that right- two of the most famous car brands in Britain are actually made by this German company.

BMW Slogan
The “Ultimate Driving Machine” is a slogan coined and used by BMW for more than 35 years!

Don Jacobs is thrilled to be celebrating 50 years in business this year and our ability to offer BMW is part of our recipe for success. The biggest ingredient is our loyal customers! Come see us today to check out this iconic brand at Don Jacobs BMW.

Volkswagen Atlas: Family Car of the Year

By Don Jacobs | Posted in Reviews, Volkswagen on Tuesday, February 11th, 2020 at 10:00 AM
Volkswagen Atlas

Since its release in 2018, the Volkswagen Atlas has set a precedence in the space, comfort and amenities it offers for an affordable price.  Manufactured in the USA, each model is built at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, TN plant.  The Chattanooga plant is the only automotive manufacturing facility in the world to receive Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Program.  You can go green without a thought with the Atlas.

With all the innovations offered, it’s no surprise that Cars.com has named it the 2020 Family Car of the year!  “The Atlas beat out nominees Ford Expedition and Hyundai Santa Fe for the top honor.  Winning judges with its spacious third row and cargo space, as well as ample room for car seats, hosts of driver-assistance features and Volkswagen’s signature fun-to-drive character.”

Check out the full press release by clicking HERE.

We have several Atlas in stock, so swing by Don Jacobs Volkswagen today.  Buy an Atlas, Go Green and don’t forget to grab a free smile on your way out! 

Stay Safe on the Roads in Winter Weather

By Don Jacobs | Posted in Driving Tips on Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 at 10:01 PM

As temperatures start to drop this winter season, driving may become more hazardous and can tend to be prone to more accidents. Research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports that bad weather and sloppy road conditions are a factor in nearly half a million crashes and more than 2,000 road deaths each winter! If you have to drive in these conditions, here are some general tips to help keep you safe wherever your travels may take you:

  • Only drive when or if necessary. Minimize your time on the road and the unpredictability the conditions lend to roadways. If there is a winter weather system coming through your area soon, prepare by stocking up on supplies beforehand. Avoiding unnecessary risk is always the best bet!
  • Drive slower and avoid stopping when you can. Adjust your speed due to lower traction while on wet or icy roads. Sudden or drastic changes in speed may have adverse effects on your driving, so take your time when choosing to accelerate and decelerate. Slowly roll towards a traffic light or stop sign; you might save yourself from spinning your tires or losing control.
  • Do not use Cruise Control. This is often overlooked, but don’t leave anything out of your own control when you’re dealing with slick roads!
  • Be prepared if you choose to travel.  Keep cold-weather gear in your car, along with food, water and an emergency kit can be huge assets if you get stuck in cold weather conditions.  Keep your exhaust pipe clear of snow, ice, or mud, tie something bright to the vehicle and turn on hazard lights to increase visibility. Finally, conserve your fuel as much as possible!

Before inclement weather conditions arrive, it’s always a good idea to have your vehicle serviced and make some preparations at home. You can read our recommendations here.  Make sure you schedule an appointment with our guest services department at (859) 276-3546 to ensure your vehicle is ready for any adventure you need to tackle.

The Often Overlooked Winter Hazard: Potholes

By Don Jacobs | Posted in Driving Tips on Monday, January 20th, 2020 at 1:21 PM

BUMP!  POP!  BOOM!  You know exactly what that sound means.  Potholes tend to form when moisture collects in small holes and cracks in the road surface. As temperatures rise and fall — as they have this winter — the moisture expands and contracts, ultimately resulting in broken up pavement, which is then continually impacted by the weight of passing cars.

An ever occurring hazard during your commute and travels, potholes wreak havoc not only on America’s roadways, but to driver’s vehicles as well. Often treated as an annoyance instead of a hazard, these craters can take a huge chunk out of your wallet if you’re not careful. AAA reports that damage from potholes reaches $3 billion per year in the United States. Damage includes tires, rims, suspension and even body damage.  Yikes!  What can we do to prevent this happening while we are driving?

Be aware.  Sounds simple right?  But keeping your eyes on the road in front of you, as well as those around you, can help avert a crisis.  If you notice odd driving behavior or swerving from other drivers, know they could be trying to avoid a pothole or other road hazard. Maintaining awareness of your surroundings will allow you to react calmly and safely, avoiding overcorrection. 

If you can’t avoid hitting a pot hole, first make sure you slow down. Keep your tires aligned to drive straight through it rather than turn into it to minimize potential threats.   Speeding or braking hard going over a pothole will expose you to damage that could leave you on the side of the road.  Low speed and control are the two best ways to prevent damage.

Although we want you to get to your destination safely, we realize that at times, potholes can be a frustrating hazard to work through.   If you have damage or a concern, call our Body Shop at 859-260-2624. We look forward to having one of our technicians inspect the damage and guide you through the repair process.  Experience the difference at Don Jacobs.

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