Other luxury manufacturers have switched to V6s because they're easier to package, and they've proven easier to certify for stringent emission standards. Below the doors, the 5 Series side sills have been re-contoured a bit for 2008, apparently to promote a longer, leaner look. This 5 Series sedan is roomier than those built prior to 2004. The company has a real sleeper in the 535i now, but buyers could find a number of better luxury-performance values than the 528i. There's virtually no turbo lag in this engine.
The walnut-colored dark Poplar trim is the most traditional, while the light Popular is almost blond. There are two six-cylinder engines, a V8, and an ultra-high performance V10, manual and automatic transmissions and optional all-wheel drive. Regardless of engine size or equipment level, the 5 Series line delivers lively acceleration, precise handling and outstanding brakes. Performance There are three distinct 5 Series models. However, those who put driving satisfaction first should put the 5 Series near the top of their test-drive list. For 2008, they're now flat in the armrest on the door, rather the above the armrest on the door panel, and sit right at the fingertips when the driver's arm lies on the rest. They include mild exterior revisions, improvements to the interior and a significant power boost for six-cylinder models.
I tested the new 550i with the Sport Package, which adds 19-inch wheels and tires, more aggressive front and rear body panels, and black tailpipes. And free is good, right? The previous models earned top scores in front-end collisions by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, but they were not tested in side collisions. That could simply mean we've grown more familiar with the shape, rather than more appreciative. The 300-hp six-cylinder in the 535i matches some V8s, while the V8-powered 550i delivers true high performance by any definition. The main difference between each is what's under the hood and how it impacts the driving experience.
The 5 mixes comfort, performance, high-tech features and passenger-friendly accommodations in fairly compact package. With all 5 Series models, buyers can now choose either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission for the same price. It also has a few too many lines. The 5 Series has nearly all the bells and whistles, and almost nothing to diminish the driving experience. From a functional view point, it's an effective design.
We notice you're using an ad blocker. The biggest improvement might be the relocated window switches. For 2008, the base 528i gets a horsepower increase that makes it the most powerful entry-level 5 Series ever. All 535s add xenon adaptive headlights. The 5 Series remains a truly sporting sedan that stands out in the fiercely competitive market for mid-sized luxury cars. Over time, increased resistance at the taillight electrical contact points may cause damage to the ground terminal and housing of the connector resulting in an intermittent or permanent loss of functionality of one or more rear lamp functions tail, brake, turn-signal, reverse.
This mid-size luxury sedan remains a true sports sedan in any of its variations, including the 535xi wagon and other models with all-wheel drive. And the mirror adjustor sits just beyond the window switches, rather than further up the panel as before. This car has just about everything you could ask for in a luxury sedan, including the features, comfort and convenience of full-size luxury models, the sporting character of smaller ones, and a good compromise between interior space and physical bulk. Wood now flows from the instrument panel into the door panels, creating a more integrated look. They include mild exterior revisions, improvements to the interior and a significant power boost for six-cylinder models. Features Like many luxury cars in today's market, detailing every feature in the 5 Series would bore most shoppers, but there are some interesting features to note in the 2008 models. The exact text will differ depending on the actual application you have running.
From a stop or a high-speed roll, the 535i delivers as much torque or more than some thirstier V8-powered sedans. The dash center is dominated by a large electronic screen that displays various control functions, system readouts and the navigation map or Night Vision image when the car is so equipped. The 528i is powered by a 230-hp inline-six-cylinder engine. No matter which engine sits under the hood, there's plenty of power to get you up to speed. Three big climate control knobs sit below the display screen, for fan speed, temperature and airflow direction.
Yet the new Stop and Go system works even in heavy traffic, accommodating speeds all the way down to a complete stop, and resuming to the set speed from 0 mph. Looks aside, many buyers will find the five-passenger 5 Series a near-perfect size. Active front head restraints are also standard. The 550i with its V8 engine appeals to those who put a premium on straight-line acceleration and turbine smoothness. The tops are covered in back while the lower portion matches the interior color. But ads are also how we keep the garage doors open and the lights on here at Autoblog - and keep our stories free for you and for everyone. The six-speed Steptronic automatic transmission has been improved as well, and buyers can choose manual or automatic for the same price in all models.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. The 2008 tweaks start in front, where the headlight covers are now completely clear, with chrome surrounds highlighting individual lights inside. Most of the changes don't radically alter this luxury sedan's place in the market, and they likely won't do enough to draw in the uninitiated. If you'd be so kind as to whitelist our site, we promise to keep bringing you great content. Changes for 2008 represent the most significant model-year update since the current 5 Series was launched in 2003. With a new twin-turbo engine, 535i and 535xi Sedans and Sports Wagon are the quickest six-cylinder-powered 5 Series cars yet.
The finish and quality of materials inside have been improved as well. Side curtain airbags are standard. Power delivery in the 535i is very linear, even with the turbochargers, meaning that you'll get the same response and acceleration whether the engine is turning 2500 rpm or 5000 rpm when you step on the gas. Two big ticket options have been added for 2008. There are slight upgrades to trim pieces, more console storage and, yes, even bigger door pockets. The package did alter the look and feel of the car; even though it was painted white, it was the most menacing white vehicle you can imagine.