The BMW 5 Series already garnered a reputation for being one of the most unrivaled sports sedans in the world. But making anything great even greater is no easy thing; fortunately, it’s what BMW does best. Its latest achievement, the 2012 BMW 528i Sedan, is proof positive of that.
At a starting MSRP of $46,700*, the BMW 528i is the most affordable 5 Series Sedan. But that doesn’t mean it skimps on anything. In fact, the 528i showcases the newest member of BMW’s engine family—a high-precision, direct-injection 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with TwinPower Turbo technology providing an impressive combination of power and efficiency.
The new turbo-four produces 240 hp—10 more than the outgoing six-cylinder engine— and 260 lb-ft of torque. That power is channeled to the rear axle in the 528i, or to all four wheels as needed in the 528i xDrive (MSRP $49,000), which features BMW’s intelligent all-wheel-drive system.
With the new Auto Start/Stop function and standard eight-speed automatic transmission, the 528i delivers impressive fuel economy ratings of 23 mpg (city) and 34 mpg (highway). In keeping with the nature of the BMW 5 Series, drivers are able to shift manually with the eight-speed automatic transmission, as well as select a dedicated “Sport” mode for quicker shifts.
Inside, the driver and other occupants are lavished with the latest in technology, comfort and entertainment. Standard features include an engine Start/Stop button, Bluetooth®
for hands-free phone connectivity, Dynamic Cruise Control, a leather-wrapped, power tilt/telescopic and multi-function steering wheel, ambient interior lighting, a 12-speaker, 205-watt hi-fi audio system with HD Radio™
, and iPod connectivity. You can even remotely open windows
, and have them automatically close when the door locks are activated from the exterior.
Of course, as with any BMW, the 528i allows for extensive driver personalization. For instance, an optional 600-watt Premium hi-fi system with Dolby Pro Logic sends a rich output to 16 speakers (including subwoofers under each front seat) The standard iDrive display can also show driving directions and Real Time Traffic Information when the hard-drive-based navigation system is ordered. Opting for the BMW Assist™ Convenience plan bolsters the vehicle experience with unlimited Google Maps™ database connectivity for personalized directions.
Cars equipped with Park Distance Control can also use the iDrive to see through the Rear-View Camera. As you might expect from a BMW, the Rear-View Camera system in the 528i is anything but typical. Working with Park Distance Control, this system displays interactive guidelines showing whether the parking space you’ve chosen is adequate for the car. It also displays parking trajectories and turn angles.
Additionally, the 528i and 528i xDrive can be outfitted with the Side and Top View Camera systems. The former uses cameras mounted in the front bumper to show views of what’s coming from either side, which is especially useful coming out of narrow alleyways with limited visibility . Top View uses cameras mounted in each external side view mirror to show a bird’s eye view of the vehicle, making parking in tight spaces a stress-free experience. For added safety, a Lane Departure Warning system can alert drivers when they’re drifting out of their lane, and Active Blind Spot detection flashes a warning signal in the side view mirrors when an approaching car may not being visible.
BMW’s Head-Up Display system helps keep pertinent information in front of the driver without looking away from the road, Also impressive is the BMW Night Vision system, which constantly scans, tracks and analyzes objects ahead. The constant stream of data allows the Pedestrian Detection system to identify a human being, and alert the driver well before the vehicle reaches that spot for safe evening drives.
The list of luxurious features simply goes on and on. Drivers in warm weather climates will appreciate ventilated front seats, available as part of the Luxury Seating Package, just as snow belt dwellers will enjoy the Cold Weather Package with retractable headlight washers, split-folding seats, three-stage heated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel.
Drivers looking to enhance the sportiness of their 528i and 528i xDrive can opt for the Sport Package. 18” wheels, 18-way Multi-Contour front seats, Dynamic Damper Control (which allows the driver to alter the suspension settings electronically), and a three-spoke multi-function sport steering wheel unleash the inner sportiness of the vehicle.
However, just as important as performance is safety. Front and side-impact airbags, a front- and rear-seat Head Protection System and antilock brakes are supplemented with Dynamic Stability Control and Dynamic Traction Control. The 528i xDrive adds standard Hill Descent Control. The standard BMW Assist™ Safety Plan includes Automatic Collision Notification, Emergency Request with alerts, and Enhanced Roadside Assistance services, among other features.
In the event of a crash, a Crash Sensor activates a Battery Safety Terminal disconnection of the alternator, fuel pump and starter from the battery, while automatically unlocking the doors and turning on the hazard and interior lights.
Whether you desire a more luxurious or more performance-focused drive, the 2012 BMW 528i and 528i xDrive Sedan deliver the best behind-the-wheel experience possible. With a new engine, and innovative features not found on competing vehicles, the BMW 5 Series has no trouble maintaining its position as one of the world’s great and unmatched sport sedans.
*MSRP will adjust to $46,900 as of January 1, 2012.