2011 BMW 528i: How Much Is Good Enough?
March 10, 2011
There's luxury and then there's luxury. I was cruising along, feeling pretty good about life and soaking up all the swanky goodness offered by the 528i. And then I saw this beauty cut in front of me. Suddenly the BMW's leather felt less supple and its wood trim looked less rich.
The Bentley was being driven by a certain rapper known for spending time "in da club" and at "the candy shop." Looked like he was on a test drive, with someone from the dealership riding shotgun. I was tempted to roll down the window and shout: "Hey Fifty, have you taken a look at gas prices lately? Get the 5 Series instead -- it gets better mileage!" He'd have liked that.
I love the high-end look of cars like the 5 Series but obviously something rolling out of a Bentley dealership takes that kind of opulence to a whole new level. Luxury exotics cost a lot more than a run-of-the-mill premium sedan like our BMW. Even if I had enough money to ignite backyard bonfires, though, I'm not sure I'd make the leap from premium to luxury exotic.
How about you -- do you think Bentleys and Aston Martins are worth their price difference relative to the BMWs and Mercedes-Benzes of the world?
Warren Clarke Automotive Content Editor