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A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 BMW 5-Series

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BMW has built a reputation for refined engineering, powerful performance and excellent fit and function. That’s exactly what you’ll find with the 2012 BMW 5-Series sedans. Composed and powerful, they provide a range of price points, features and capabilities to suit almost any needs.

Key Features

Where to start with the features on such a richly-endowed line of cars? The 8-speed shiftable automatic transmission is a very nice touch, as are the heated seats and the inclusion of Bluetooth connectivity. Both the driver front and passenger front seats now offer 10-way power adjustments, and the rear seats fold down. The immense navigation screen is both beautiful and easy to use, too.

Changes for 2012

There were several important changes across the 5-Series for the new model year. One of the most important is that the 528i no longer has an inline-6 engine – it’s a turbocharged 4-cylinder. The 528i gains all-wheel drive, and both the 535i and 528i have push-button start systems now. New throttles debuted across the series, as well.

What We Like

We like plenty about the 2012 BMW 5-Series. Let’s start with the power plant in the 528i. Sure, it’s a 4-cylinder, but it has plenty of power and it actually saves you some gas. We love the configurable display in the center stack, and it’s nice to see an automaker take user experience into account when designing the controls.

What Concerns Us

There aren’t too many things that concern us about this high-quality series of cars, although the trunk space is a touch too small for the segment. The only other things that strike us as “off” are the fact that the car feels a little bulkier now, and it’s lost some of its sportiness.

Available Models

There are three trim levels available in the 5-Series, each with its own engine.

  • 528i: 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with 240 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque (23/34 mpg)
  • 535i: 3.0-liter turbocharged straight 6 with 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque (19/29 mpg)
  • 550i: 4.4-liter turbocharged V8 with 400 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque (15/22 mpg).

Major Recalls

No recalls have been issued for the 2012 BMW 5-Series.

Common Issues

There are very few complaints regarding the 2012 BMW 5-Series. Cost is one, but that’s par for the course with European luxury cars. However, the limited trunk space may be at least an inconvenience for many drivers.

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