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MPG: 18 City / 28 Hwy
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Used Car: 2010 BMW 5-Series Review

Review Last Updated: 7/24/12

According to most reviewers, the 2010 BMW 5-Series is a driver’s dream car. It isn’t the most reliable or efficient car in the class, but if you’re looking for a sports sedan that’s exciting to drive, the 5-Series is the class leader.

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Test drivers raved about the 5-Series’ handling capabilities, especially on winding roads, and noted the 5-Series performed equally well on beaten-up streets. Throw in the available all-wheel drive and the 5-Series is nearly unmatched when it comes to handling. The 5-Series has powerful six-cylinder and V8 engine options. Reviewers liked the turbocharged six-cylinder engine in the mid-level 535i, saying that it is quick and fuel-efficient.

The base 528i gets up to 18/28 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class. When it was new, test drivers thought that the base 528i was a bit underpowered for true driving enthusiasts, but would satisfy most others. On the downside, the 5-Series has lower-than-average safety scores and its reliability rating, while decent, is below many rivals’.

When it was new, auto critics were split on the 5-Series’ interior. Some thought it was luxurious and comfortable, but others felt that it couldn’t compete with rivals. Test drivers found that the front seats in the 5-Series were some of the most comfortable on the market. In addition, there is plenty of leg- and headroom inside the 5-Series for back-seat passengers. Most reviewers disliked BMW’s iDrive user interface because they believed it was too complicated to operate.

A sunroof, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, power front seats and a 10-speaker stereo are among the 528i’s standard features. Front and rear parking sensors, heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, push-button start, navigation and an upgraded stereo were available either in packages or as standalone options when the 5-Series was new. The 5-Series received a complete redesign for 2011, so you might want to consider the 2011 model for updated features.    

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Other Cars to Consider

Not many large luxury cars can match the interior refinement of the 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, which is one reason it should be on your list. The E-Class also offers good performance, high safety scores and an excellent reliability rating. However, the 5-Series gets better fuel economy without sacrificing performance. 

The 2010 Lexus GS is a practical luxury sedan that offers steady performance and excellent reliability. While both cars have comparable fuel economy and safety ratings, the GS outshines the 5-Series in terms of reliability.

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