Five or Four? - 2011 BMW 528i Long-Term Road Test

2011 BMW 5 Series Long Term Road Test

2011 BMW 528i: Five or Four?

August 12, 2011

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Last night the 528i served as a rather luxurious mule for me and four friends, three of whom were consigned to the back seat. The person in the middle wasn't happy about it, saying that the "hump on the floor and that air-conditioning thing" impeded her legroom and left her feeling cramped and uncomfortable during the 15-minute drive.

She thinks this is a notable shortcoming and says she'd never pay that much money for a sedan that can't comfortably seat three in back.

I responded that people who buy the 5 Series probably do so for reasons that don't include comfortable 5-passenger seating. But now that I've had a chance to think about it, maybe I'm wrong. People choose sedans expecting a certain amount of utility, after all, and maybe there are a fair number of luxury-sedan shoppers in this segment who want a premium car that's an easy fit for five passengers.

What do you think? Is 5-passenger seating an important trait for a sedan in this segment?

And yes, beige is clearly a bad, bad idea when you're talking floor mats.

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor @ 19,040 miles

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