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2011 BMW 528i: Road Trip

February 07, 2011


I had the 528i over the weekend, which was a fortuitous selection since I had a family road trip (me, wife, 3-year-old daughter) planned to visit my in-laws. No surprises: the 528i is a great vehicle to have for a 600-mile round trip. Attributes like the quiet and compliant ride, stable handling, comfortable seats, decent-sized trunk and large navigation screen were all appreciated. I also had some fun showing off some the car's luxury features (parking cameras and auto-closing doors, for instance) to my father-in-law.

The biggest drawback on this trip was the mediocre front cupholder design. The two for the center console aren't wide enough to hold larger bottles, and there aren't any bottle holders in the doors. So my wife's larger blue bottle didn't fit and was frequently falling over.

Average fuel economy for the trip was 29.0 mpg.

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Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 8,816 miles

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