High price, dull cabin design, heavy, controls lack feedback
The new-for-2011 BMW 5-Series entered the Middle East market with two inline-6 engines, with more engines on the way later. The base 523i got a 3.0-litre 6-cylinder in 2011, but a new base model, the 520i, was added in 2012 with a lower-tuned turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder and 8-speed auto, replacing the 523i. The 535i has a turbocharged 3.0-litre 6-cylinder, both mated to an 8-speed automatic with paddle-shifters. A 528i model joined the line-up later with yet another naturally-aspirated 3.0-litre 6-cylinder and 8-speed auto, replaced later by a turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder by 2012. The 550i with the 4.4-litre turbocharged V8 and 8-speed auto came closer to 2011. Some of the wide range of sophisticated driving and comfort features offered in the new BMW 5-Series include Dynamic Drive Control with four modes, namely comfort, normal, sport and sport+, as well as Comfort Start, Head-Up Display, Multi-Channel Audio System, Rear Seat Entertainment, Four-Zone Automatic Air Conditioning and BMW iDrive control. BMW ConnectedDrive also offers a unique range of driver-assist technology functions for enhanced comfort and safety. The regular 5-Series can also be had with an M package that adds sports suspension and a body kit. The redesigned BMW 5-Series comes with a Parking Assistant, an optional feature that facilitates the process of parking, as well as Active Cruise Control, Surround View and Rear View Camera, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Warning and BMW Night Vision with pedestrian recognition.
Small eletrical issues, such as wrong warning messages regarding brake-pad life, side-view camera faults, smart keyless entry issues and faulty sensors related to seat safety features. High-pressure fuel pump may need replacing on turbo models. Knocking noise from steering may require replacement of rack and bushings in high-mileage cars.