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The BMW 5-Series is the German automaker's mid-size family of vehicles, a regular rival to the likes of the Audi A6, Cadillac CTS, and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. It's been locked in a duel with the E-Class in particular for decades in sedan form, though it too now comes in wagon variants and as the hatchbacked Gran Turismo.
That stiff competition has forced BMW in the latest 5-Series to turn back the clock on the bloat that's crept in. It's now more in touch with its roots, with more responsive handling than in the previous version, though it's still longer, heavier, and wider than before.
BMW reworked the current 5-Series-referred to in close-knit BMW-enthusiast circles by its internal designation, the F10-to be more focused on the driver than the prior F60 version. It shows, with a lean, masculine look that really showcases BMW's best sense for classic sport-sedan proportions.
To those BMW fans, it has signaled the brand has ended an era of controversial design, and has moved on to a more straightforward, classic-sport sedan presentation.
Engine offerings have changed dramatically for the entire BMW lineup over the past several years. Today, in the 528i, BMW fits a 2.0-liter turbo-4 with 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The sound it emits is somewhat agricultural but it does its job well, too. It's also more frugal than the inline-6 it replaced. Peak torque arrives at a low 1,250 rpm, and BMW pairs it with excellent 8-speed automatic shift programming to make the most of the small-displacement engine.
Inside, you'll find this luxury sedan to be comfortable, quiet, and fitted with some of the best materials in the business. In many cases, it's just as inviting as the 7-Series' interior-at least compared to the affordable end of that luxury flagship. Front seats are as comfortable and supportive as we’ve come to expect from BMW, with extendable lower cushion supports for taller drivers. Even on base models, they're the kind that you could rack hundreds of miles per day in--even with a problematic back.
Backseat space remains one of the few weaknesses. Compare the 5-Series to mainstream models like a Honda Accord, and back-seat space is clearly tighter in this BMW. There's a hard-plastic pocket at the back of the front seats that can compound that feeling of tightness, pushing up against knees; and overall, taller adults are likely to feel a little wedged-in.
The 2014 5-Series includes a full array of airbags. Rear side bags are optional, and the 5-Series has a number of high-tech safety extras. An Active Blind Spot Detection system, a Lane Departure Warning system, Xenon Adaptive Headlights with automatic high beams, and a new second-generation night-vision system with pedestrian detection are all available and might further increase safety.
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