Who cares if there's a programmable interior ventilation system to cool the cockpit when you're away, a computerized navigation system, or onboard tire-pressure monitoring? Hitting 120 mph in 16. Go ahead, smile big, it's yours. But, 500 years later, the 540i is nowhere near that communicative. Our 530i's Steptronic automatic transmission was excellent. Some might find its button-rich environment a tad busy; and all will agree the cupholders are, at best, nearly useless. The 5 Series sport wagons 525iT and 540iT are fantastic. Exterior Styling changes include a reshaped twin-kidney grille, body-color side moldings, and new headlights, turn signals and front fascia.
Comparative figures for the last 4. There's also instant throttle response: the 530i takes off like a rocket. Having driven the e39 M5, I can't see why people put down the extra cash when you can own the 540 and spend the difference making it faster than its big brother. Their suspensions offer a great balance between controlled ride quality and precise handling, though the sports suspension transmits road imperfections. G30 Is No E39 Tested here is the rear-drive version of the 540i powered by the turbo 3.
While horsepower remains at 282, torque jumps from 295 pound-feet at 4500 rpm to 310 at 3900. At the track, the 540i reached 60 mph in a commendable 4. But there's more to the M5 than sheer speed. To fully appreciate how sharply the luxo-sedan market has changed toward performance, you need only look back five model years. A sport shift program is followed whenever the 528i's transmission selector is in the third gear position, or the 540's lever is in fourth.
The 5 Series body shell is extremely rigid, a plus in terms of both safety and noise reduction. The 525 represents an excellent value and we're eager to test it with the 2. I-4 and V-6 refer to the configuration and number of cylinders. Each model presents a distinct personality and price range, and all are wonderful cars in their own right. Also returning from last year is the high-performance M5 sedan.
It was more recognized back then, not as a luxury car or motorcycle manufacturer, but as an aircraft engine manufacturer. By comparison, a 525i accelerates from 0-60 in 7. Stiffer springs and shock absorbers result in a slightly harsher ride quality, but enthusiasts may find this tradeoff in comfort is more than made up for by driving pleasure. Change Vehicle Change Vehicle Change Vehicle Failed to get data, please try again. Summary Great cars abound in the mid-size sedan segment. This is in addition to anti-lock brakes and an electronic stability program.
. But when the new V-8-powered 540i finally turned up, there were near fisticuffs in the hallways over who would get command of the keys. The bombings and attacks of the Allied forces reduced most of their factories to rubble. Failed to get data, please try again. Our 530i was equipped with this package and it reacted crisply to steering inputs. Safety All models have two-stage front airbags whose deployment force depends on crash severity and whether the occupants are buckled up.
That extra low-end punch allows the new 540i to blast from zero to 60 mph in 6. I can track it one weekend then take the family on a vacation in it the next. Simply put, it's the kind of car that has you checking out the longest route possible to any destination rather than seeking shortcuts. At this point, you're beyond trying to impress anyone else with the M5-specific ultra-supportive bucket seats or titanium interior trim. Data Unavailable Cargo Area Sedan Automatic-540i Sedan Manual Transmission-540i Select Trim to compare. We've tested the 540i in the past and found the 32-valve V8 to be quiet and unobtrusive, making itself heard only when pushed hard. Love may be unchanging, but the world changes around it.
Failed to get data, please try again. More significantly, this new 540i weighs 4071 pounds where equipped with a naturally aspirated 4. Moreover, steering response and feel are spot-on, and the brakes beyond heroic. As for top speed, only the length of road, law enforcement, and the woefully premature speed limiter set at 155 mph can restrict your fun. Sitting a notch below is the 530i powered by a turbocharged 2.
The map lights work very well, but a compass would be useful. Take the time to make sure all the tech nannies are switched to their most irresponsible settings and it gets a little more engaging, but the electrically assisted steering remains Novocain numb. It isn't necessary to drive these cars up Spa's Eau Rouge to appreciate their exemplary handling. But it only takes one drive to convince you beyond the shadow of a doubt: has herewith created the greatest super-sedan of all time. On the other hand, the 540i offers an incredible 324 pounds-feet of torque for brilliant acceleration performance. I've owned this car twice. In relaxed driving situations, the transmission will trot, almost unnoticed, to the highest possible gear to keep revs down and fuel economy up.
The all-wheel-drive version tested earlier did those deeds in 4. Under the Hood The 525i uses a new 184-horsepower 2. But save for those minor points, we found precious little else to criticize on this superb sport sedan. But the F10 was no dainty car. Performance may be the de facto priority in a 540i, but creature comforts hardly have been shortchanged. I have the 6 speed manual transmission and it is fun to drive and sporty yet sleek and classically designed. Data Unavailable Third Shoulder Room in.