The BMW 5 Series is generally seen as the de-facto gold standard when it comes to high performance mid-size luxury sports sedans and now arrives in a new 4 cylinder version to join the 6 cylinder andV8 engined versions. A hybrid version is on the cards, whilst for now there is conventional rear wheel drive orx Drive All-Wheel drive formats in the model lineup.
A bit bigger than its predecessor, the 2012 5-Series look leaner, yet more squat and aggressive, with larger “twin-kidney” grilles than the older model.
BMW interiors are superb and of extremely high quality and the 5 Series does not disappoint with its rich leather interior and excellent detailing.
The list of standard and optional equipment is very comprehensive. Options feature the Premium Package ($3,900) Including Automatic Trunk with Smart Opener, Comfort Access, Rear view Camera Through Loading System, Lumbar Support, Dakota Leather. Premium Sound Package ($1,200) Including: SIRIUS Satellite Radio Tuner, HiFi Sound System Professional. The Technology Package ($1,900) including: High-Beam Assistant, Lane Departure Warning Active Blind Spot Detection, Surround View (includes Top & Side View Cameras). Stand Alone Options included heated Rear Seats ($550).
BMW performance fans will no doubt take their pick from an array “M” accessories including the M Sport Package ($3,500) comprising Sport Automatic Transmission, Fine line Anthracite Trim, M Sport Package, Comfort Seats, Aluminum Hexagon Trim, 18” M wheel, A/S RFT tire, M Rear Spoiler. Navigation Package ($2,000) Including: BMW On-Board Navigation Voice Recognition, BMW Apps ($300) Including: Smartphone Integration and BMW Apps.
Technically the BMW 528i xDrive as tested was equipped with a 4-cylinder 528i BMW Twin Power Turbo inline-4 of 2.0liter displacement and connected to a twin-scroll turbocharger, the four cylinder. Horsepower is a not too shabby 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Peak power develops from 1,250 rpm all the way to 4,800 rpm. Add the new 8-speedautobox gearbox and the four cylinder 528i delivers a starling 100 km/h in only seven seconds. All this from a two liter engine!
Opt for the BMW’s xDrive AWD system and you get a slightly slower acceleration time, but gains with extra traction and superb handling ,However higher fuel consumption numbers less than 8 L/100 km.
The BMW bag of tricks to sharpen up, emphasize and provide superb driving enjoyment is much amplified in the 528i. Options include the 528i xDrive Dynamic Driving Control that delivers four different preset driving parameters such as comfort, comfort+, sport and sport+ modes. The electronic wizardry allows a computer to monitor and change throttle response, Steptronic transmission shift points and suspension damping settings to driver preferences.
Opt for the Comfort mode and you gain a more forgiving, softer ride for broken pavement and rough urban road. Find some open highways and the “Sport” mode buttons up the suspension for tighter, slicker, more responsive highway performance.
The xDrive system is well worth the extra cash in my opinion despite as light weight penalty. This is no economy car of course with BMW 528i’sdelivering a combined 5.9-litres-per-100-kilometres highway rating. However there is an EcoPower mode which aids in fuel economy. BMW is known for its superb six-cylinder engines, however the four- cylinder 5Series proves BMW is an excellent alternative. Impressively agile, stable and refined this new 5-Series sedan is without a doubt still the best-handling, best-riding and most comfortable car in its class
2012 BMW528i xDrive priced from $56,900 – $70,250