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We had the opportunity to try out the recently refreshed F10 BMW 528i over the Raya holidays earlier this month. When we say refreshed, it’s in both specs and price – both were updated back in March this year.

The 528i you see here gained a larger set of 19 inch Style 351M alloy wheels, a boot lid spoiler, a sunroof and an updated iDrive system with BMW’s ConnectedDrive with Concierge Service.

At the same time, its price tag was slashed from well over RM417,800 down to RM378,800, thanks to qualifying for EEV incentives for locally assembled cars in Malaysia.

It’s been over six years since the F10 5 Series was first introduced to the world and the facelift model you see here only received minor updates during its mid-cycle update, with only minor revisions to the bumper, headlamps and tail lamps.

Plus points for us – the way the F10 wafts along with near air suspension like refinement in Comfort+ mode thanks to its adaptive dampers yet retains the ability to offer a sporty drive with the switch of a button, and the perfect way the engine matches the eight-speed ZF transmission.

Negatives – despite all the updates and EEV pricing, there’s still no reverse camera, and the interior is starting to look a bit dated now in a world where you have iPad-style screens in the car, both in newer BMWs as well as in competitor models.

And of course, there’s the fact that the G30 5 Series is probably going to look and drive better both on the inside and out. But if you’re in the market for something in this segment right now, the F10 somehow still manages to stay high on the checklist to be considered. Just ask the dealer to retrofit a reverse camera!

UPDATE: BMW is now offering a BMW 528i M Performance Edition, limited to 100 units retailing for RM363,800 OTR without insurance. It adds gloss black kidney grilles, a carbon fibre front splitter, black side skirts with M Performance badging and a carbon fibre bootlid spoiler.