Long known as the no-compromise midsize sedan for enthusiasts, the BMW 5 Series blends a near perfect balance of power, driving dynamics, luxury, and -- with the 528i -- fuel efficiency.

Pricing and Equipment

The 2016 BMW 528i is available as a rear- or all-wheel drive four-door sedan powered by a 2-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The 2016 BMW 528i is available in two models:

The nicely equipped base 528i sedan starts at $50,200 and includes SensaTec (high-quality leatherette) upholstery, a nice-sounding audio system, push-button start, 17-inch alloy wheels, BMW’s iDrive system and much more.

The all-wheel drive 528i xDrive sedan starts at $52,500.

Package pricing varies, but highlights include:

  • A Cold Weather Package that includes heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and retractable headlight washers.
  • The Driver Assistance Package with a rearview camera, head-up display, instrument cluster with extended controls, and park distance control.
  • A Harmon Kardon Sound System with a 360-watt amp, five tweeters, five midrange speakers, and two central bass speakers under the front seats.
  • Audiophiles will want to splurge with the Bang & Olufsen Sound System.

Performance Pros

BMW 528

The 528i is powered by a 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. It's surprisingly powerful and efficient, providing excellent acceleration to 60 mph in as little as 6.1 seconds and returning 23 mpg city and 34 mpg highway. The city number dips only slightly to 22 mpg with all-wheel drive.

BMW’s 5 Series is about as legendary as sport sedans get, and the current generation returns to the formula that has made the car so popular: simple, stately exterior styling; a luxurious interior; and excellent performance, both in a straight line and in twists and turns.

The 528i represents the slightest of the 5 Series engines, but the trade-off is excellent fuel economy. Sure, enthusiasts will want to investigate the more powerful -- and pricey -- 535i and 550i, but consumers looking for value and performance will find the 528i to be quite the gem.

Performance Cons

Enthusiasts may not think 240 horsepower is enough for a luxury midsize sedan. They may want to consider a 445-horsepower 550i xDrive that blasts from 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds.

Interior Pros

The 528i’s cabin is an exercise in restrained luxury. BMW takes a content-oriented approach, and form serves function in the most elegant of ways. A low horizontal dash and generous greenhouse give the 528i a roomy, open feeling that is warm and inviting. The fit and finish are of the highest quality.

  • BMW's iDrive is easy to use and the learning curve is slight, especially for today's tech-driven consumers.
  • Cargo space is good and the rear seat is adequate if not generous for adults.

Interior Cons

Like many of today’s popular sport sedans, space in the back seat isn't generous. Adults will want a little more room for longer road trips.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

The ability for a midsize sedan to achieve 34 mpg highway, to fit five adults fairly comfortably, and to have inclement weather-ready all-wheel drive is amazing.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

The required premium fuel does seem to fit the luxurious nature of the BMW, but it also takes away a little of the apparent fuel savings.

The Bottom Line

BMW 528

It is easy to love the 2016 BMW 528i. With a modern exterior that shares subtle hints of the legendary sedan’s past, handling that is more sports car than family sedan, and performance that is not only exciting, but lets you drive past more gas stations than you stop at, the 528i is pretty hard to beat.