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2008 BMW 5-Series Sedan

At a Glance

Pricing $44,300 - $58,500
Drive Types RWD, AWD
Engines 3.0l I6, 4.8l V8
Transmissions A6, M6
Fuel Economy 15-18 (city), 22-28 (highway)

The mid-sized 5-Series has been criticized for striking out in a new styling direction compared to its conservative predecessor, but sales of the new model have not been affected. A technological tour-de-force, the 5-Series features a host of electronics and electronic driving aids. Three engines are offered. 528xi and 535xi models offer the xDrive all-wheel-drive system found in the X3 and X5. All models are available with a choice of 6-speed manual or automatic. The interior is relatively uncluttered given that a large number of functions are located within the iDrive system that dominates the center console. Unlike many of its competitors, the 5-Series emphasizes the "sport" in sport sedan.

What Changed:

The 2008 5 Series features mild exterior and interior updates. The six-cylinder models switch to the latest generation of normally aspirated and turbocharged engines. This results in new 528 and 535 models.

Model/Trim/Package Engine Original MSRP
528i 3.0l I6 (230-bhp) M6 RWD $44,300
528i 3.0l I6 (230-bhp) A6 RWD $44,300
528xi 3.0l I6 (230-bhp) M6 AWD $46,500
528xi 3.0l I6 (230-bhp) A6 AWD $46,500
535i 3.0l I6 (300-bhp) A6 RWD $49,400
535i 3.0l I6 (300-bhp) M6 RWD $49,400
535xi 3.0l I6 (300-bhp) M6 AWD $51,600
535xi 3.0l I6 (300-bhp) A6 AWD $51,600
550i 4.8l V8 (360-bhp) M6 RWD $58,500
550i 4.8l V8 (360-bhp) A6 RWD $58,500