BMW 5 Series Sedan 528i Luxury Review
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Story and Photos by Jeremy Torr
11 Aug 2015
 

Introduction

We last tested the BMW 528i about three years ago. Since then, it has undergone a series of tweaks and polishes, but you would be hard pressed to tell the new one from the previous model unless you looked closely. Obvious aspects are the funky LED dials, a sport steering wheel, adaptive headlights, rear camera, mirror mounted indicators and the two-stage sunroof. Otherwise, engine, body and overall look stay the same - the 2-litre turbocharged inline four, the 17-inch wheels, and the 245 hp and 350Nm of torque working through the 8-speed automatic transmission.

BMW claims the car will hit 100kph in a little over 6 seconds - again par for the course. Comfort is good, but a bit Teutonic; the seats are wide and firm enough for the heftiest German buttocks but a bit on the slabby side for less ample Asian backsides. The fronts do offer 10-way power adjustment with two memory settings, and the split-fold rear seats give extra room to the boot. Useful because for a large car, the 520 litre space isn't that generous. Overall it's a good, reliable, comfortable and capable BMW saloon. But it now comes with a secret weapon - ConnectedDrive.


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Engine

Engine Capacity 1997cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 10.3:1
Bore x Stroke (84.0 X 90.1 )mm
Power 245bhp @ 5000rpm
Torque 350Nm @ 1250rpm
Power to Weight 137.6 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 6.2s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 250 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 15.4 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 8 -speed Steptronic
Drive Type FR
Steering Electric

Measurements

Body Type Sedan
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4899 x 1860 x 1464) mm
Wheelbase 2968 mm
Kerb Weight 1780 kg
Boot Capacity 520 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 70 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Ventilated Discs