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2018 BMW 540i xDrive: Monthly Update for September 2018

by Jonathan Elfalan, Manager, Vehicle Testing

2018 BMW 540i xDrive

Where Did We Drive It?
As the sun starts to set on our time with the 2018 BMW 540i xDrive, it's been a race to hit our goal of 20,000 miles. Desperate to get our odometer moving, our senior manager of vehicle testing operations, Mike Schmidt, grabbed the baton and hit the road before dawn one morning, with the sole purpose of driving until he emptied the tank. Hashtag MVP.

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2018 BMW 540i xDrive: Monthly Update for August 2018

by Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Manager

2018 BMW 540i xDrive

Where Did We Drive It?
We've had the 2018 BMW 540i xDrive in the Edmunds' long-term fleet for nearly a year. And while its time with us hasn't been completely issue-free, we breezed through August without any additional problems. There was even a nice little bump in our average fuel economy.

Last month, Road Test Engineer Calvin Kim made a 16-hour-plus round-trip drive from Los Angeles to Lake Tahoe and was surprised by the range capabilities of this 335-horsepower sport cruiser.

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2018 BMW 540i: Monthly Update for July 2018

by Mark Takahashi, Senior Writer

2018 BMW 540i

Where Did We Drive It?
In addition to its usual commuting duties with fellow editors, I took our 2018 BMW 540i on a quick round trip from L.A. to San Francisco. That gave us a nice 790-mile boost on the odometer. We needed to take it back to the dealer for a repeat warning light, but it seems it's fixed for good now.

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2018 BMW 540i: Monthly Update for June 2018

by Carlos Lago, Manager, Feature Content

2018 BMW 540i

Where Did We Drive It?
Though nearly everyone on staff loves driving our long-term 2018 BMW 540i, the past nine months haven't been issue-free. Weird electrical gremlins have popped up on occasion. And while none have been catastrophic, they do make you wonder what's going on inside the car.

Since we've had the 540i, Apple CarPlay has frozen a few times, and the entire entertainment screen has refused to boot up. This month? The backup camera stopped working, which required a simple restart. More complicated was the "passenger restraint system malfunction" alert that popped up one morning. That warning required a visit to the dealer, which didn't fix the problem.

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2018 BMW 540i xDrive: Monthly Update for May 2018

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Manager of Content Strategy

2018 BMW 540i xDrive

Where Did We Drive It?
We needed to shake up the long-term 2018 BMW 540i xDrive's routine. Too much stop-and-go commuting duty was making it soft. That's why I took it upon myself to get the 540i out on the open road, heading to Arizona at the beginning of May and then to California's Eastern Sierra region at the very end.

Spoiler alert: This 5 Series is an outstanding road-trip companion. Where else can you get 335 remarkably refined horses, 30-plus mpg, 600 miles of highway range and supremely supportive sport seats in a luxurious midsize package? Indeed, it's hard to pinpoint anything that this car doesn't do well. Lexus may have come up with "the relentless pursuit of perfection," but I'd say the current 5 Series embodies that ethos as convincingly as any vehicle on the market today.

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2018 BMW 540i xDrive: Monthly Update for April 2018

by Brent Romans, Senior Editor

2018 BMW 540i xDrive

Where Did We Drive It?
April was a continuation of driving patterns we've established in previous months with our 2018 BMW 540i. Most of us used it for commuting to the office and getting around on the weekends, which racked up about 1,400 miles of driving and helped generate our comments on performance, ride comfort and technology. Overall, I'll just note that from my standpoint our 540i is a winner. It's classy and enjoyable to drive, just as I'd expect a BMW luxury sedan to be.

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2018 BMW 540i xDrive: Monthly Update for March 2018

by Cameron Rogers, Staff Writer

2018 BMW 540i xDrive

Where Did We Drive It?
Even though several members of our editorial, photo, video and social media teams were out of town in March for the New York International Auto Show, our 2018 BMW 540i xDrive didn't stay in the parking garage one single night. Auto show festivities kept our coast-to-coast staff busy and there wasn't much leeway for road trips, so despite its popularity the 540i didn't leave Los Angeles and we only added a little more than 900 miles to the odometer. For those keeping track, that's a little more than halfway to our monthly target of 1,700 miles.

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2018 BMW 540i xDrive: Monthly Update for February 2018

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Manager of Content Strategy

2018 BMW 540i xDrive

Where Did We Drive It?
Our long-term 2018 BMW 540i xDrive had a relatively light month in February. It rolled up about 850 new miles, most of which came courtesy of editor Cameron Rogers on his road trip to Cupertino in Northern California. The logbook continues to swell with praise for the 540i's refinement, swiftness and fuel economy. Yes, fuel economy — given that our Bimmer only needs about 4.5 seconds to reach 60 mph, its parsimony at the pump is downright amazing. More on that below.

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2018 BMW 540i xDrive: Monthly Update for January 2018

by Cameron Rogers, Staff Writer

2018 BMW 540i xDrive

Where Did We Drive It?
January was another busy month for our 2018 BMW 540i. It stuck around town for most of the month, racking up the majority of its 2,079 miles in the early part of the month. I added 800 more miles at the end of January, driving from my home east of downtown L.A. to Cupertino in Northern California, and was surprised by the 540i's excellent fuel economy throughout the trip.

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2018 BMW 540i xDrive: Monthly Update for December 2017

by Brent Romans, Senior Editor

2018 BMW 540i xDrive

Where Did We Drive It?
Our crack Edmunds team logged close to 2,000 miles in our 2018 BMW 540i in December. In addition to our normal commuting, I used the 540i for a Christmas family road trip, plus a blitz up to Northern California to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi with a friend (had I known how the film turned out, I needn't have bothered).

We've got great comments this month on everything from the 540i's technology to its trunk space.

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2018 BMW 540i xDrive: Monthly Update for November 2017

by Abigail Bassett, Senior Director, Video & Social Media

2018 BMW 540i xDrive

Where Did We Drive It?
Last month we picked up our brand-new 2018 BMW 540i xDrive long-termer, courtesy of BMW, and this month we put on a solid 971 miles shuttling between our Santa Monica office and Orange County and Bakersfield. Most of those miles were spent sitting in traffic, but the 2018 BMW 540i xDrive was a pleasure to take on long drives to visit family and friends scattered across the state.

Staff Writer Dan Frio spent a weeklong stretch with the 540i, hustling between Orange County and the office in Santa Monica and logging 526 miles. I spent the remaining 445 miles driving from my home in the South Bay to the office with a quick one-day jaunt to a Thanksgiving dinner in Bakersfield.

The 2018 BMW 540i xDrive is a joy to drive when traffic is moving. Smooth acceleration at speed and a relatively quiet cabin make it fairly easy to converse with a passenger, take a call over the hands-free Bluetooth system or listen to music.

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2018 BMW 540i xDrive - Introduction

by Mark Takahashi, Senior Writer

2018 BMW 540i xDrive

What Did We Get?
Is it possible that middle-child syndrome can apply to the automotive world? Are midrange models overshadowed by their siblings? The BMW 5 Series is in that position, but it's still a star in its own right by offering affluent shoppers exceptional levels of refinement and performance in a spacious sedan.

There's no getting past the fact that most shoppers these days are more interested in crossovers and SUVs, thanks to their elevated ride heights and larger cargo capacities. Yet sedans such as the 5 Series have advantages when it comes to handling, fuel economy, overall performance and maneuverability. Is it enough? We got a 2018 540i xDrive to find out.

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