BMW 5-Series

Knowing the Luxurious New 2016 BMW 5-Series

Auto & Generals brings you the features, specifications, and everything else you wanted to know about the new 2016 BMW 5-series cars. The curvy and attractive BMW 5-series is known for the luxury and room it offers. Let’s get to know what all this 4-door real-wheel-drive sedan has in store for us. The model under review here is 2016 BMW 5-series 528i Sedan.

BMW 5-Series


The 5-series cars are quick, agile, and more importantly economical when compared to the other Series. The model under review gets a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine producing 240 bhp at 5,000 rpm. There are downsides, however. The steering, at times, feels a little numb and reflexes dull. Operations are pretty smooth and the car is quieter, taking into consideration the diesel engine. Let’s get more out of it.

External and Internal Features

The 2016 BMW 5-series 528i Sedan runs over 190 inches in length, around 73 inches in width, and stands just over 57 inches tall with a wheelbase of 116.9 inches. It weighs over 3,800 lbs and can capacitate 5 fully-grown passengers quite easily. It offers ample room, both inside and trunk.

Some of the noticeable exteriors in 5-series include express open/close sliding & tilting glass 1st row sunroof with power sunshade, power heated auto-dimming side mirrors with power folding, speed-sensitive rain-detecting variable intermittent wipers with heated jets, fully automatic projector beam high intensity low/high beam daytime running auto-leveling directionally adaptive headlamps with delay-off, cornering lights, perimeter/approach lights, and LED brakelights.

As said, inside is spacious and luxurious. Some of the inside features worth mentioning here are power front seats with driver seat memory, BMW online full service internet access, proximity key for push button start only, remote keyless entry with integrated key transmitter, illuminated entry, illuminated ignition switch and panic button, garage door transmitter, cruise control with steering-mounted controls, dual-zone front automatic air conditioning with steering-mounted controls, rear HVAC with separate controls with HVAC including underseat ducts, residual heat recirculation and console ducts, day-night auto-dimming rearview mirror, driver & passenger visor vanity mirrors with driver and passenger illumination, fade-to-off interior lighting, memory settings included for door mirrors, steering wheel and head restraints, FOB controls for trunk, windows and sunroof/convertible roof, integrated navigation system with voice activation, smart device integration, refrigerated box located in the console, power anti-whiplash adjustable front head restraints, engine immobilizer, and four 12V DC power outlets.

Gauges, Entertainment, Etcetera

You get to see a lot of instantaneous data when driving your BMW 5-series. Here are the gauges that include speedometer, odometer, engine coolant temperature, tachometer, trip odometer, trip computer, tracker system, systems monitor, outside temperature gauge, and analog display. Also, when it comes to entertainment and infotainment, the 5-series won’t let you down in any case.

The 2016 BMW 5-series features a Radio with anti-theft AM/FM/CD audio system that includes auto-store, FM diversity antenna system, MP3 capabilities, 10-speaker, multichannel high-fidelity sound system incorporating an analog amplifier with 180-watt output power, 3 tweeters, 5 midrange speakers and one central bass speaker located under each front seat, and HD radio with multicast FM station reception and satellite radio preparation.

Radio comes with seek-scan, clock, speed-compensated volume control, auxiliary audio input jack, steering-wheel controls, voice activation, radio data system, external memory control and 20 GB internal memory, graphic equalizer, audio theft deterrent, wireless streaming, Bluetooth wireless phone connectivity, 1 LCD monitor in the front, and real-time traffic display.

Engine and Performance

The 5-series cars are fast with nice thrust and acceleration. Though quieter than other cars, it can still get noisy for people who love the petrol variants and hate the vibrations and noise of a diesel engine.

The car carries a 2-liter, 4-cylinder engine under its hood producing 240 bhp at 5,000 rpm and maximum torque of 260 lb-ft at 1,450 rpm. The 8-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting mode is standard. The machine can reach from 0 mph to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds, 0 mph to 100 mph in 15.2 seconds, and can attain a governor-limited top speed of 147 mph.

The higher trim, i.e., 550i xDrive Sedan can produce up to 255 hp.

Safety Features

BMW cars are as safe as a car can be. All the top-notch automakers sure that safety is not compromised upon at any stage, and BMW is not any exception.

Some of the safety features you get in your 5-series include 4-wheel disc brakes with 4-wheel ABS, front & rear vented discs, brake assist, hill hold control, electric parking brake, power heated auto-dimming side mirrors, fully automatic projector beam high intensity low/high beam daytime running auto-leveling directionally adaptive headlamps with delay-off, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), ABS & Driveline Traction Control, side impact beams, dual-stage driver & passenger seat-mounted side airbags, BMW Assist eCall Emergency S.O.S., dual-stage driver & passenger front airbags, curtain 1st & 2nd row airbags, and airbag occupancy sensor.

Some of the additional, but optional, safety features include a driver assistance package, rear view camera, park distance control, and night vision with pedestrian detection.

Fuel and Economy

As mentioned before, the 5-series can prove to be pretty economical, especially considering the running cost. Well, the higher economy may very well be because of the diesel engine and fine-tunings with it.

The model under review, i.e., the 528i Sedan has an approximate fuel tank capacity of 18.5 gallons. It has an estimated highway fuel economy of 34 mpg, taking the highway cruising range to nearly 630 miles; now that’s quite a distance covered in one tank full. The in-city fuel economy comes out to be 23 mpg (estimated).

Price and Availability

The 2016 BMW 5-series was a tactile and agile hot rod once, but is more of a roomy, luxury conveyance now, but it is still pretty good. Good news is that the 2016 models of 5-series are available at your nearest BMW dealerships. The 5-series sedan is available in 8 trims. Also available is the 2016 BMW 5-series Gran Turismo and 2016 BMW ActiveHybrid 5.

Call your nearest BMW dealership to check the availability of trim you wish to check out. As far as the prices are concerned, the 2016 5-series ranges from $51,195 to $73,495.

Final Verdict

The 2016 BMW 5-series is quiet, quick, and economical, but if you are a petrol-car lover, you may not like the noise, which, however, is lesser than other diesel engines. Still, you can always check things at your nearest BMW dealerships. We would say that 5-series is slightly on a pricier side as compared to its counterparts in the mid-size luxury car segment. If you are a BMW lover, go for it. Otherwise, you can consider some other mid-size luxury sedans within the same budget.

Some of the brighter and more economical alternatives in this segment can be Audi A6, Cadillac CTS, Mercedes-Benz E-class, Jaguar XF, Lexus GS, Hyundai Genesis, and Infiniti Q70.

We hope you like this review of the 2016 BMW 5-series car. Do not forget to share it with other auto-lovers! Thumbs up and drive safe.

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