This is my third BMW, and I currently own a 2001 540i that is a great car. This new 2006 530i is an amazing and better car, and I don't understand what the various auto magazines are thinking in their reviews! This car is an outstanding blend of quickness, agility, comfort, build quality, and amazing technical features. The iDrive is actually easy to use and very cool. The sports suspension and seats are more comfortable than past 5 series while handling better, thanks to the active roll bar technology. The 530i engine has solid power with 255 HP and great fuel efficiency - gettng about 30 MPG highway and good economy with stop and go driving.
Sirius satellite radio, good standard stereo, handling/power/fuel efficiency, comfortable and quiet ride, body style, phone system, head up display, I-Drive, build quality, roller blinds, heated seats and steering wheel, improved cup holders, lighter front end/structure, and larger back seat.
Price is high compared to competition, but this is offset by a far superior vehicle and vast improvements over the previous generation 5 Series which was an excellent car.
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