The sweet sport

This 5 Se­ries stands for fru­gal­ity and fun

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Car News -

VALUE

The start­ing point for the 528i is $98,200. That’s about $3000 more than a Mercedes-benz E250, while the same money will buy an Audi A6 with a 2.8-litre V6 en­gine and all­wheel drive.

Stan­dard gear on thebmw (and not found on the 520i) runs from bi-xenon head­lights to in­ter­net con­nec­tiv­ity when the car is stopped, a sat­nav sys­tem with a 10-inch dis­play, pow­ered front seats, a heads-up dis­play and 18-inch al­loy rims.

TECH­NOL­OGY

An eight-speed au­to­matic is teamed with idle stop-start and brake en­ergy re­cov­ery to min­imise fuel use and the new di­rect-in­jec­tion turbo en­gine is still more than ca­pa­ble of shift­ing what is a sub­stan­tial chunk of car.

A ‘‘ Driv­ing Ex­pe­ri­ence Con­trol’’ dial on the cen­tre

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