True Dual Climate Control - 2011 BMW 528i Long-Term Road Test

2011 BMW 5 Series Long Term Road Test

2011 BMW 528i: True Dual Climate Control

May 10, 2011

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Now this is cool. Lots of cars have dual-zone climate control, but how many have dual fan speeds as well? Our long term 2011 Infiniti M56 doesn't. Sure, the Infiniti's got Forest Air mode (which I've got to admit is better than it sounds -- humidity control is key), but if you want a strong, cold gale at your face and your passenger (usually a girl) wants to bask in weak, warm breath, well, you're out of luck. Not so in the $7-grand-cheaper BMW.

Any of us who've had long-term relations with a significant other who doesn't appreciate having the AC blasted full-steam all the time will find the dual fan speed clutch. I know I did.

Oh, and best of all? The "Automatic climate control with separate left/right temperature and air distribution controls, with automatic air recirculation" is standard.

Mike Magrath, Associate Editor, Inside Line @ 11,020 miles

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