Styling Growing On Me, Kind Of - 2011 BMW 528i Long-Term Road Test

2011 BMW 5 Series Long Term Road Test

2011 BMW 528i: Styling Growing On Me, Kind Of

January 28, 2011


When I first saw the newest 5 Series, I thought, well...nothing. It literally left no impression at all. Its design was pretty much featureless, just the usual BMW trademarks and some soft sheetmetal.

Our 528i has changed my opinion a little, but not much. It still doesn't turn heads, but I've seen a few other 5s around and with the right wheels and it improves the overall look quite a bit. And there's something to be said for subtlety when it comes to luxury sedans like this. Sometimes you just want to drive a nice sedan instead of advertising it to everyone around you.

Then again, there are plenty of other sedans that accomplish that already. Not sure BMW needed to become one of them.

Ed Hellwig, Editor, Inside Line

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