Consumer Reviews Summary
7 of 8 (87%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2013 BMW 528 Overview
At the base of the 5-Series range lies the venerable 528, a model with a long record of success for BMW. The 528 is a five-seat, mid-size sedan as it’s always been, but now is turbocharged and fitted with an eight-speed transmission. BMW opted to make no significant changes to the 2013 528, leaving the model lineup at the 528i and 528i xDrive all-wheel drive.
The 5-Series variants all pretty much look the same on the outside. The trademark kidney grille sits upright and is shorter than previous generations. Standard wheels on the 528 are 17-inch alloys, while 18- and 19-inch rims are available. Power sunroof and heated side view mirrors are standard. High-discharge xenon headlights are an option on the 528. BMW Adaptive Brake Lights provide three rows of LEDs; the harder the brakes are applied the more of the array lights up.
The 528 draws breath from a 240-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four cylinder making 260 pounds feet of torque and mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission sending power to either the rear or all four wheels. A start/stop system is standard and aids fuel economy while lowering emissions. Among the options are Active Steering, BMW’s four-wheel steering system, and Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go technology.
Fuel economy in the 528 gets help from stop/start technology and brake regeneration, which captures kinetic energy under braking to charge the vehicle battery. By doing this, less fuel-consuming load is placed on the alternator. The rear-drive 528i gets 24 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, while the AWD 528i xDrive checks in with 22/33 mpg city/highway.
Inside the 528, you’ll find 10-way power adjustable front seats, automatic climate control with BMW’s Black Panel display, power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and iDrive. With the optional navigation system, the display screen is an impressive high-definition 10.2-inches, without it’s 7 inches with 800 x 480 resolution. Options include a head-up display, heated and ventilated front seats and 60/40 folding backseat. The head-up display shows speed and navigation directions, and auto-adjusts brightness.
BMW’s standard complement of safety features includes stability and traction control, antilock brakes with emergency braking assist, front active head restraints, and seat belt load limiters. Six airbags are fitted, including front, front-side impact and side-curtains. Options include active cruise control with collision warning, blind-spot detection, lane departure warning, and night vision with pedestrian detection. Night vision displays on the center console screen or the head-up display. The IIHS named the V-6 RWD 5-series a Top Safety Pick and it earned a five-star overall rating from the NHTSA.