2011 BMW 528i: I Like This Car More Than Most
June 06, 2011
Our 528i has caught plenty of flack over the last few months. It's throttle is too touchy, it's not sporty enough, it's boring looking (that was me). I have my issues with it, but after a weekend behind the wheel, I still find this one of the most satisfying sedans in our fleet.
For one, the whole throttle thing doesn't bother me all that much. I think I just adapted to the point where it no longer feels out of the ordinary. It's not an overly powerful car anyway, so I'm generally not expecting a huge rush of immediate power.
I also like the solid feel of our 528i. From its doors to the movement of the shifter to the suspension tuning, it's all very precise and mechanical. And no other car in our fleet feels as planted at 70mph, even the cars with better steering and/or firmer spring setups. No, it's not really sporty in the traditional sense, but this 5 Series doesn't get flustered by much either. It does fine if you throw it into a corner at tire squealing speed, just don't expect to muscle it out of the turn with the throttle.
If it were my choice, I would find a way to get the 535i for the extra power alone, but for the majority of buyers in this category, the smaller engine and tamer tuning would feel just fine.
Ed Hellwig, Editor, Inside Line