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Other optional niceties include automatic parallel parking, in which the car steers itself into a spot…
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The Gran Turismo's cabin provides everything a long hauler would like, from the navigation system with an optional 10-inch screen to a rear seat entertainment system.
…much more intuitive fourth-generation iDrive all-in-one controller, and with its rationalized menu structures and direct-function buttons surrounding the central controller knob…
The fourth-generation iDrive interface has been improved with the addition of separate buttons for main functions, contradicting its original intent.
With the 5-Series, BMW keeps with its reputation for equipping its vehicles very much as luxury cars, but leaving plenty of room for appearance and tech upgrades.
Rain-sensing wipers, power heated mirrors, and a dual-zone climate control system are all included, even on the base 528i, as is poplar wood trim and a synthetic leatherette upholstery. Softer Dakota leather is offered with a Premium Package, while a potentially bewildering list of possible options can bring you anything from upgraded audio, HD radio, heated rear seats, a navigation system, a rear sunshade, or one of many available trims.
Active Blind Spot Detection, a Lane Departure Warning system, Xenon Adaptive Headlights with automatic high beams, Active Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go (capable of bringing the vehicle to a complete stop for up to three seconds before driver input), and a new second-generation night-vision system with pedestrian detection are all among the available safety-tech extras, and a sonar parking assistant, advanced backup camera, and new night-vision system are among other options.
A Sport Package or M Sport Package provide a sport suspension, upgraded wheels and tires, and other extras.
If you have some extra room in the budget, you can equip the 2012 BMW 5-Series with high-tech wizardry found on few other vehicles at any price.