Great to drive
March 5, 2018
The car has all the bells and whistles.
Pro: More than I can type here.
Excellent design and style.
First, the 530xi performs smoothly on the road. The 4-cyclinder turbo has the pickup of a 6-cyclinder, with the gas savings of a 4-cyclinder. You can hit 80-90 mph and think you are doing 60 mph, even with the heads-up display (HUD) showing the speed.
Second, the Harmon sound system offers beautiful surround sound even at the low setting.
Third, the seats are a bit to get used to but once you have it for a few weeks you realize how comfortable and ergonomic they are.
Fourth, display is awesome, you can see multiple screens from the home view, do a split screen of your favorite view, or just have a full 9-inch view of whatever you desire.
Fifth, the HUD is so clear compared to the 2016 X3. It shifts from amber at night to a bright white for day time viewing. It display the speed you are going against the stated road speed; it shows the navigation route; and it displays entertainment options.
Sixth, the voice control system has dramatically improved, I have a slight dialect so the old system was a challenge, the new system picked up my speech pattern after three tests, now I can input directions, change stations, and make calls without the system asking me to repeat several times.
Seventh, the touch-screen is user friendly. You can swipe left or right to choose any display option available. Still working the bugs out on the ability to wave my hand to turn the volume up or down, but that is not an issue since that can done on the steering wheel.
Con: Just a few.
First, they moved some of the buttons around on the 2018. It is hard to get to the preset buttons if you have a tall drink.
Second, they put Pirelli tires on the 5-series, why I do not know. The 5-series is a luxury vehicle, Pirelli tires are performance tires. The road noise can be somewhat loud.
Third (minor), they took away the electronic leg seat extender. The 2012 528i that I traded up for, had a separate button to adjust the leg seat extender, which for a woman that wears heels was excellent, now I have to adjust manually and sometimes cannot get the correct position because of the variation of slotted positions.
So, even with the CONs I love my choice of the 2018 530xi. Just have to watch those tickets.