The N20 has even found its way into the for 2012. Unfortunately, at each restart, our 528i shuddered noticeably each time the engine restarted. While its skidpad figure of 0. The ultraquiet 528i registered a 7-series—like 64 decibels at 70 mph and a low 70 dB during full-throttle acceleration. I entered the test of the 528i wondering if a four-cylinder engine was going to cut it in a full-sized, 1,815-kilogram sedan.
Every time I take my baby out for a ride, it makes me feel very exclusive because there is nothing else like it out there - and puts a smile in my face. And more pointedly, is it dynamic enough to…. Glowing tan and matte black contrast handsomely on the dashboard, these surfaces punctuated by elegant swatches of exotic wood. Spend the money—the world just might end this December 21st. Due to insufficient lubrication, the vacuum pump that supplies brake power assistance may fail.
And again I reached for numbers to figure this out. Plus, as an icing on the cake, it comes with many interior toys of the 7 series and. Wishful thinking, but who knows. This reduces the net amount of time that the engine must drive the alternator producing charge. Stomp on the gas in eighth, and the 528i pauses as it considers your request before finally delivering the appropriate cog. Sport+ allows a separate mode that some might appreciate for track driving.
The eight-speed automatic shifts imperceptibly. Here's my advice to fellow SoCal i. The pick up is terrific - and the power is there when you need it - and it is a powerful car. The iDrive controller, thanks to its physical buttons and menu structure, is pretty easy to figure out and provides a large amount of customization of the car's features. In Edmunds performance testing, a rear-drive 535i with the automatic went from zero to 60 mph in 5. I ended up naming my car.
Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? We back and forthed even more. . Active cruise control adjusts speed to maintain safe interval to car ahead, with provision to stop the vehicle completely if required; collision warning indicates an imminent collision, primes the brakes for full stopping power, and will automatically apply the brakes. There's nothing particularly fancy going on, but the overall look of the dash is clean thanks to the standard iDrive interface that eliminates the need for a gaggle of buttons. While the 550i is the obvious choice for real speed, the 528i's strong handling, fine fuel mileage, adequate acceleration and attractive base price will attract many, including us.
The N20 hustled the xDrive equipped tester along in something of a hurry, and it's smooth and potent from just off of idle to redline. The ride is comfortable and steady and the cabin is quiet. Six different two-tone interior color schemes are available, and standard Dakota leather can be replaced by optional, more luxuriant Nappa leather. Rain-sensing wipers, power heated mirrors, and a dual-zone climate control system are all included, even on the base 528i, as is poplar wood trim and a synthetic leatherette upholstery. Active Blind Spot Detection, a Lane Departure Warning system, Xenon Adaptive Headlights with automatic high beams, Active Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go capable of bringing the vehicle to a complete stop for up to three seconds before driver input , and a new second-generation night-vision system with pedestrian detection are all among the available safety-tech extras, and a sonar parking assistant, advanced backup camera, and new night-vision system are among other options.
Now Comes the Real Test This, however, is our first experience with this engine in something large. With four settings-Comfort, Normal, Sport, and Sport+-it affects throttle response, steering assist, and transmission shift points, as well as the performance of these active suspension systems, so there's a dramatic difference in overall feel just from Comfort to Sport. All three had exceptional poise and pace, and some interesting surprises. I quickly found out it lives up to its reputation--the ultimate driving machine! The , Infiniti M, and are all stronger than the 5 in key areas and deserve close consideration. Every 5 Series also receives a recalibrated throttle, correcting the irritating lag that plagued last year's model. Then we can drive it around Europe for a week or so! Rear-wheel-drive models get a standard six-speed manual or an optional eight-speed automatic; all-wheel-drive models are automatic only. This cuts the amount of time the engine must drive the alternator belt, heightening fuel efficiency.
Fire the power through an eight-speed automatic transmission and the 528i hauls off the line and up to speed effortlessly. The seats in back have limousine-style room and a console between them, not to mention flexible cargo space with fold-down second-row seats. When it comes to luxury sport sedans, the 2012 5 Series could be considered the gold standard. Traction on icy surfaces was excellent, and even on Sudbury Ontario's poorly maintained, pothole-ridden roads, the ride stayed composed. Its steering has lost some of the feel we've come to associate with previous 5 Series. Its like this is programmed to fail at 100K.