Rain-Sensing Wipers - 2011 BMW 528i Long-Term Road Test

2011 BMW 5 Series Long Term Road Test

2011 BMW 528i: Rain-Sensing Wipers

February 16, 2011

528i_wipers.jpg It was raining this afternoon where I live. I was in the 528i, and at first I just had the wipers set to the first speed. But then I thought to myself: "Shouldn't this thing have automatic wipers?" Well, yes Brent, it does. In fact, they're standard.

As is the case with a lot of newer luxury convenience features, the value of having rain-sensing wipers is debatable. Is it really that much of a mental or physical challenge to adjust the wipers to the speed you want? But nonetheless, this is a luxury sedan, and having the wipers do their thing is kind of a neat feature. And yeah, it worked just fine for the 10 minutes or so I had the automatic mode on.

A description of how rain-sensing wipers work is here.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

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