The 528i comes in a single trim level. Despite its "base" designation, the 2-liter four-cylinder powering the 528i is one of the finest engines ever fitted to an entry-level vehicle. It delivers 240 horsepower, 260 pound-feet of torque, and 32 mpg in the EPA's highway cycle.
Standard features include 10-way power front seats, an eight-speed automatic transmission, run-flat tires, xenon adaptive headlights, navigation and BMW's iDrive infotainment system paired to a 10-speaker audio system.
The 528i is packed with a full range of active and passive safety features, including six airbags and adaptive brake lights that become brighter as braking forces increase. BMW Assist gives automatic collision notification, emergency assistance and concierge services.
You'll pay extra, though, for many luxury-car essentials. Unlike competitors in this segment, for instance, neither leather upholstery nor a moonroof is standard in the 528i. Expect an MSRP that exceeds the $49,500 base price by several thousand dollars, even for a moderately optioned car.
These options can be added a la carte, or through popular packages like:
- The Cold Weather Package ($950) adds heated elements to the front seats, steering wheel and rear seats, and includes retractable headlight washers.
- The Luxury Seating Package ($2,400) includes multi-contour seats that are ventilated and active—capable of raising and lowering the seat's surface imperceptibly to reduce fatigue.
- The M-Sport Package ($3,150) adds 18-inch performance wheels and tires, aerodynamic bodywork and a race-inspired M-steering wheel.
- The new Luxury Line ($2,100) and Modern Line ($2,100) design packages add style elements inside and out. Luxury and convenience options include a full-color heads-up display and active front seats designed to help reduce fatigue, and a rear-seat entertainment system with tablet-style displays.