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.