Pricey pres­tige cruiser

The en­try-level 5-Se­ries is ex­pen­sive but hand­some, writes Stu­art Martin

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Road Test -

BACK in the dim, dark past, the BMW 528i was a top-end model — as a car-nut kid I al­ways thought the num­ber se­quence had a nice ring to it.

So when the keys to the en­try-level petrol model was handed over, it was some­thing of a step back in time.

Dressed in im­pe­rial blue metal­lic paint with what BMW de­scribes as Dakota oys­ter leather in­te­rior trim, the new-look Five has emerged from the styling waste­lands and is a nice looker again.

Value

FOR a tickle un­der one hun­dred thou­sand be­fore you get plates and hit the road, the fea­tures list needs to be good— cruise con­trol with brake func­tion, bi-xenon head­lights (adap­tive and high-beam as­sist sys­tems are both op­tional), fog lights, elec­tri­cally ad­justable and heated ex­te­rior mir­rors, elec­tro-chro­matic in­te­rior mir­ror, rain­sens­ing wipers and au­to­matic head­lights are stan­dard fare.

The driver gets head-up dis­play ( which po­lar­is­ing glasses don’t like) and there’s am­bi­ent light­ing, cli­mate con­trol, Blue­tooth phone link, sat­nav and sound sys­tem (with the larger screen that’s part of the Nav­i­ga­tion Sys­tem Pro­fes­sional for an ex­tra $1600) with CD and USB port (which won’t charge an iPhone when hooked up for mu­sic), a multi-func­tion sports leather

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