Advice needed: Rear room on 328i vs 528i for a growing famiy

Asked by Oct 07, 2007 at 12:21 PM about the BMW 3 Series

Question type: General

Hope this is not too mundane a question. If so, advance apologies. I am downsizing from 2001 Acura MDX SUV and have narrowed down the choices to a 328 and 528.  But we need some advice/opinions from folks who may have gone through some thing similar recently..

Here is the situation.  Wife & I(a family of 4, including 2 boys 10 & 6 years) have driven both the 328i and the 528i and surprise, surprise, like them both. Felt that the 328 drives a bit tighter, gets good mileage whereas 528 is more luxurious and roomy for a $10K premium. Although the 328's rear seat appears to be comfortable enough for the kids right now, we are wondering if the room will become a big concern soon enough that we should consider only a 5 series. I would like to think that some in the forum may have gone through this situation before.

What do you advice? I hope the question is not too vague. Your opinions will be most appreciated.

Thanks in advance.


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I am in that exact situation; however, towards the end of it. If you a re concerned about a growing family… STOP and get the 5 series. Do not even bother with the lame excuse of back seats the 3 series has to offer. The 3 is an absolute thrill to drive but not comfortable. I am currently upgrading from the new 328 model to a 5. Don’t know what 5 but definitely a five. The legroom is not much more, but if you get the 3 you will kick your self for 36 payments. Furthermore, if you don’t kick yourself, your kids in the back seat will, every time they ride! Hope this helps.

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im think touring or x5 with 3rd row seating.3 series is too small for driving peolpe around all the time.or wave goodby to the wife and kids and get a 650.

I have had 5 BMW's the current one is a 5 series. While I enjoy the ride the interior size is disappointing. I am 6 foot 4 250 pounds. My wife is 5 foot 120. When my older son is home,6'5" with and we are in the front our wives ,both 5 foot, they are cramped in the back. We are going back to a 3 series for us and purchased a 7 passenger Land Rover for when the kids come home.

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