And there's a seven-speed automatic to make the most of the big power increase. And three of them really are faster. It's equipped with a high-output aluminum 5. Hall kind of faster horse. The 550i does not suffer from a power shortage.
The 530 sedan and wagon feature a 3. Mercedes powertrain engineers created this additional thrust by more displacement, expanding the V-8's bore by 1. But if the road is gonna throw you some curves, other rides will serve better. A chassis that had seemed competent on less-challenging roads felt a little flaccid in this more demanding environment, and the air-spring suspension simply didn't do a good job of controlling body motions compared with the Bimmer and M45. Less time is spent opening and closing the valves; thus they are effectively open longer, further reducing pumping losses. Variable valve timing on all four cams helps, too. Predictably, the Bimmer was a favorite in the Hocking Hills.
High lateral g and brisk transient response are all very well, but what really matters is a herd of thoroughbred ponies — faster ponies — under the hood of an upscale sedan that looks like an upscale sedan. In the case of the new 530s, this amounts to an impressive 85 hp per liter. So maybe we should just get some of the good stuff out of the way first. Not that there was much that really needed changing on the German automaker's best-looking sedan. It's certainly not a refinement issue. But what's the comparo connection? Hall's advice concerning faster horses, we discovered one big truth: None of these cars will stem the advance of middle age. We found four horses that seem to answer this set of needs very well.
I can not say the same for the 528, 530, 535, or 545, but the 550 is the best of all worlds. It's hard for us to dislike a car that can hurl itself to 60 mph in 4. The wheels are driven with a variable differential lock and a special Dynamic Stability Control program unique to the M5. Yes, we gave the 550i a one-point edge in fun-to-drive, a tribute to its superb competence. The crew was also favorably impressed with the Benz's subdued good looks, inside and out, awarding best-in-test marks in both scoring categories. As a consequence, the M45 dominated in acceleration, as well as other dynamic scoring categories.
The occasional joyous stab at the throttle, sure. The full Terms and Conditions of using this website and database can be found. Predictably, the M45 went from first to last in the sprints -- 0-to-60 in 5. If buying a used one, make sure to get one with the gadgets! The 530i offers two transmission choices beyond the standard six-speed manual. But soul is conspicuous only by its absence here. Switches had a nice feel and were legibly labeled. Thus it runs only as much as needed, consuming a maximum of 200 watts vs.
In the next step, the upper crankcase, consisting of magnesium shell and aluminum insert, is mounted onto the magnesium bedplate from above. Maybe it's not, but we couldn't figure out how to separate the two functions. The power rear-window shade is controlled from a console switch; the side-window shades are easily raised or lowered by rear-seat passengers. The Multi-contour seats also include Active Head Restraints as an additional safety feature. Consequence Should the system fail, in the event of a crash, the front passenger air bag would be deactivated, increasing the risk of personal injury.
Power is transferred to the wheels via a 6 speed manual gearbox. But the Benz drew its sharpest criticisms on the Hocking Hills loop. The composition of this test group is considerably different. And so far I've not had any service problems. Heated rear seats, available for all models in combination with the Cold Weather Package. The 530i also distinguishes itself from the 525i via additional standard equipment. Briefly holds the vehicle when the brakes are released while stopped facing uphill.
The deal breakers had to do with money and a device we unanimously love to hate. Damped lids ease open to reveal small nooks, hinged panels enhance the usefulness of door pockets, variable-transparency glass covers the instruments to keep them legible in all ambient light conditions, and a kilowatt meter replaces the tach -- not particularly useful, but along with the hybrid monitor's graphic display in the center-dash screen, it undoubtedly reinforces the owner's decision to go the gas-electric route. Just a little hedonism — with enough juice under that right-foot faucet to make it interesting. The standard iDrive system has a 6. After the first year of ownership, a subscription fee is required for Sirius service.