Pricey prestige cruiser
The entry-level 5-Series is expensive but handsome, writes Stuart Martin
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.
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