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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 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 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 - 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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