Tuesday, September 25, 2007

2008 BMW 5 Series Sports Wagon Review

While the 2008 5 Series Sports Wagon only comes as a single trim level, the 528xi, BMW has never built a more luxurious, better-equipped, or more powerful mid-size wagon. Bumped up to a 300 horsepower inline six-cylinder engine, the 528xi can be outfitted with a standard six-speed manual or optional automatic transmission. BMW has engineered a mechanically superior, esthetically breathtaking, yet practical benchmark for all other wagons to aspire to.

With fully adjustable seating, generous storage compartments, and simulated leather upholstery, the 528xi provides a livable interior with a bounty of ergonomic touches. The driver is treated to numerous programmable features and monitoring systems that are visible at a glance and within fingertip reach. Included in this array are a tire inflation sensor, sub-zero temperature alert, and a cowhide ensconced tiller with multi-function controls.

Drivers will especially like the small touches in their wagon, like the rechargeable flashlight that can be removed, map lights, moonroof, filtered ventilation system, and cargo sub-storage area. The 2008 BMW Series 3 Sports Wagon lives up to its sports designation with the availability of accessory ski, bike, and surfboard rack rails, aerodynamic styling and aggressively enhanced power plant. Enjoyment on the way up to the slopes will be further heightened with your favorite soundtrack played through a 10-speaker audio system, including CD, AM/FM, SIRIUS Satellite Radio capability.

The 2008 BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon is aerodynamically designed to minimize noise and drag, with a beautiful chrome bezel sweeping around the entire side window array. To unify the design, the Sports Wagon has external mirrors that are body-colored to keep the distinctive body lines clean and smooth. For convenience, the rear tailgate window opens separately from the lift-up gate. As expected with such a luxury-laden vehicle, the fuel economy is not especially impressive, with 16 mpg city / 24 mpg hwy.

Engineered with BMW's mythical safety features, the 2008 BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon comes standard with brake lights that intensify with added foot pressure, detectors and sensors for motion, security, and fuel disconnect. Airbags come in full dress uniform in the Sports Wagon, with passenger side and side-curtain airbags, as well as a upper body and head cushioning system. All the safety you expect for yourself is provided for the child passengers as well, with anchors for child-restraint seats.

With all-wheel drive and a battery of technological features, the 2008 5 Series Sports Wagon is a fun-to-drive, practical car that handles well, and performs exquisitely. No other mid-size wagon can compare with the twin-turbo performance characteristics and luxury of the 2008 5 Series Sports Wagon.

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