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By Cars.com Staff
October 13, 2009
Vehicle Overview BMW's 5 Series is the automaker's next step up in size and price from BMW's best-selling 3 Series. The entry-level 528 is available as a sedan or wagon with a choice of rear- or all-wheel drive (xDrive). The 535 and 550i are covered separately in the Cars.com Research section. The 5 Series competes with luxury sedans like the Audi A6, Lexus GS and Acura RL.
New for 2010 There are no significant changes for 2010.
Exterior The 5 Series received a going-over for 2008, when it received minor exterior styling changes.
LED turn signals
17-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires
Available 18-inch alloy wheels with summer tires
Available headlight washers
Interior Over the past few model updates, the 5 Series has received larger door pockets and more storage capacity in the center console.
Simulated leather seating; available leather trim
Power tilt/telescoping steering wheel
Auxiliary input for MP3 player
Available navigation system with iDrive
Available head-up display projects car's speed and navigation directions on windshield
Available heated front and rear seats
Available HD radio
Under the Hood The 528i received a new engine in 2008 borrowed from the 3 Series. A higher-performance six-cylinder making 300 horsepower comes in the 535i.
230-hp, 3.0-liter six-cylinder with 200 pounds-feet of torque
Six-speed manual transmission
Available six-speed automatic
Rear-wheel drive (528i)
All-wheel drive (528i xDrive)
Safety Safety features include:
Electronic stability control
Front, side-impact and side curtain airbags are standard
Optional rear side-impact airbags
Optional lane departure warning system sends a vibration through the steering wheel if car veers from lane
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