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. The 5 Series competes with luxury sedans like the Audi A6, Lexus GS and Acura RL.

New for 2009
There are minimal changes for 2009. Like other BMWs, the 5 Series offers a Google Maps function in navigation-equipped 5 Series that allows drivers to search for restaurants, gas stations or other businesses.

Exterior
The 5 Series was given a going-over for 2008, when it received minor front, rear and side styling changes.
  • LED turn signals
  • 17-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Available 18-inch alloy wheels with summer-only 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
  • Push-button start
  • 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, while the 550i has a 360-hp V-8.
  • 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
  • Antilock brakes
  • 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