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BMW 528i Sedan Luxury Line (2014)

by John Ewing,reviewed April 2014

One of the first things you notice when you drive the 528i is how refined and smooth it feels, especially its 2.0-litre, turbo-petrol engine and eight-speed auto.

Accelerate hard and the engine develops a pleasantly purposeful note, otherwise the cabin is a pretty serene environment. And, of course, the advanced standard safety features and creature comforts, improved with the latest 5-series update, befit such civilised transport.

The engine responds strongly, revs cleanly to its red-line, and offers a surprising level of performance given its capacity and the vehicle’s body size. The numbers tell the story, with a diesel-like 350Nm of torque available from a low 1250rpm and spread broadly across the rev range, plus eight gearbox ratios to make best use of the engine’s abilities, while still achieving good fuel economy.

The 528i strikes a sweet balance between firm, yet comfortable, ride quality and highly capable dynamics. Chassis and steering are communicative and responsive, there’s a nice balance to the car, and good grip from the 19” Pirelli P Zero rubber.

The surround-view camera system that provides a bird’s-eye view plus side views from its front-mounted cameras, a reversing camera, plus park sensors fore and aft, all make parking in tighter spots easier. Other driver assistance technologies include lane departure and forward collision warning.

BMW 528i Sedan Luxury Line 2014

For

Refinement, performance, road manners, cheaper price

Against

Options prices, not enough cabin stowage space

Key features

Eight-speed auto, AW19, CC with braking function, power front seats, bluetooth, BMW Professional NAV, Harmon Kardon audio system, 20GB hard drive, DAB+ digital radio, head-up display, leather trim, park distance control, RSW, surround view cameras

Safety

DFSCA, ESC, TC, ABS, EBD, BA, cornering brake control, active front headrests, driving assist

Car Details

Vehicle make BMW
Vehicle model 528i Sedan Luxury Line
Vehicle type Large Over $60,000
Year 2014
Price when new $97,400
Current price range $ - $
ANCAP crash rating
5 out of 5 stars
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Engine 2.0-litre, TwinPower turbo-petrol, 4-cyl
Max power 180kW @ 5000-6500rpm
Max torque 350Nm @ 1250-4800rpm
Acceleration to 100 km/h 6.2 seconds (claimed)
Economy ADR 6.5 litres/100km
Emissions rating
5 out of 5 stars

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.