The Contender - 2011 BMW 528i Long-Term Road Test

2011 BMW 5 Series Long Term Road Test

2011 BMW 528i: The Contender

February 23, 2011

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I'm a card-carrying member of the E-Class fan club. The sedan strikes an ideal luxury-car balance, shielding the driver from plebeian things like rough pavement without leaving him feeling like he's piloting the thing from North Siberia. And I have a soft spot for the 5.5-liter V8, with its flawlessly smooth power delivery.

I never thought I'd find myself switching allegiances, but our 5 Series has me giving it serious thought. For my tastes, it's a bit of a slug in "Normal" mode, but get it in "Sport" and it's ready to dance. True, its growth spurt has robbed it of some of its playfulness, but there's still ample fun to be had. And I love the way the car looks, both inside and out.

Its redesign has left the car feeling more luxury-focused -- which makes it more appropriate for most shoppers in this segment -- but the shift hasn't stripped it of its vitality. The 5 Series played bridesmaid to the E-Class last year in sales. It'll be interesting to see if this new Fiver finds the model a broader audience.

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor @ 9,494 miles

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