BMW 5 Series Review – Research New & Used BMW 5 Series Models | Edmunds

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It’s not an to say that the BMW 5 Series sets the for premium sport sedans and up the current generation, wagons, Introduced in the United States for the midsize 5 Series has long a near-perfect blend of performance, and interior room.

Most BMW 5 cars you’ll come new or used are rear-wheel drive; all-wheel drive has been in recent years. Most 5s have an inline six-cylinder though BMW has offered V8 versions 1994 and the current generation now a turbocharged four-cylinder as its base When people ask us to recommend cars, BMW’s 5 Series is high on the list.

Wealthier may gravitate toward the newer loaded with technology, but 5 Series cars can be just as to drive and own.

Current 5

Unlike past versions, the BMW 5 is available only as a sedan, the wagon has been replaced in America by the 5 Series GT (discussed in a review). The base 528i a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder produces 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of Stepping up to the 535i gets you a 3.0-liter inline-6 that 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque.

Finally, the 550i has a 4.4-liter V8 that produces 400 hp and 450 lb-ft of Each model comes with rear-wheel drive and a manual transmission. An eight-speed and all-wheel drive are optional.

features include a sunroof, seats, a power tilt-and-telescoping wheel, Bluetooth and a 12-speaker system. Typical luxury (depending on the model) include xenon headlights, parking navigation, night-vision camera, cruise control, an automatic parking system, ventilated seats and heavenly 14-way front seats.

In reviews, found the 5 Series doesn’t the same level of sport zest that the car has traditionally But the upside is that the car is more spacious, efficient and luxurious. For a of buyers in the class, this is the 5 Series to date.

Although may scoff at a four-cylinder luxury the 528i’s engine is superb, strong acceleration and excellent economy. That same of buyers should be more happy sticking with the engine, although the added provided by the 535i and 550i won’t disappoint. Downsides are and really only the lofty and stiff competition prevent the 5 from being an easy

Used BMW 5 Series Models

The BMW 5 Series debuted for 2011. to the previous-generation 5, the current car returns to a conservative appearance, one that a stronger family resemblance to BMW sedans. It is also bigger and while mechanically sharing with the 7 Series. Interior and electronics were also to the latest BMW norm, and the design returned to a more driver-centered layout.

In many ways, the 5 Series represents a visual to the past while carrying on the advancements of the present and future.

For the 528i was rear-wheel-drive only and by a 3.0-liter naturally aspirated that produced 240 hp and 230 lb-ft of Its fuel economy wasn’t as impressive as the turbocharged four-cylinder replaced it. Used buyers of first model year also note that 5 Series engine suffered significant throttle lag that make the car difficult and irritating to

Complaints from consumers and car alike were common.

The fifth-generation 5 Series was produced 2004-’10. On the surface, this 5 incorporated bold styling that departed from traditional styling language over the preceding four Inside, the 5 boasted one of the most and comfortable cabins in its class, when optioned with the multicontour front seats.

were a number of different designations used for this as well as a wagon body For 2004 and ’05, it was offered in sedan form and only rear-wheel drive. There two six-cylinder models, the 184-hp and 225-hp 530i, along a top-line V8 version, the 325-hp Throughout this generation, a manual transmission was standard and a automatic optional. For 2006, the engine and model lineup was

The six-cylinders both displaced 3.0 resulting in a more spirited 525i and a 255-hp 530i. The sedan became the 550i and a 360-hp 4.8-liter V8.

The 5 Series wagon also for 2006. It was offered in a single model and all-wheel drive standard. Additionally, all-wheel became optional for the 530 sedan.

For additional standard equipment was like an auxiliary input and BMW Assist, while new options high-definition radio, BMW’s Vision system and 20-way-adjustable seats.

BMW 5-Series

For 2008, the six-cylinder were replaced. The base was now found in the 528i, which a 3.0-liter 230-hp inline-6. The choice became the 535i its twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-6 for 300 hp. Indeed, we’d argue was the best choice as it offered performance for less money the unchanged 550i.

The xDrive system was now standard on the 528i and sedans, while the wagon only be had in 535i xDrive

Another area a used should note is the system iDrive, which corralled climate, navigation and communication using a central LCD screen and control dial. This was especially cumbersome to use and could seemingly simple tasks a multistep affair. For 2009, the 5 received an updated iDrive knob and menu buttons, but the old menu structure remained the

For 2010, the entire iDrive was updated with the menu of newer BMWs as long as you the navigation system.

This BMW 5 was a well-balanced machine that handle aggressive driving on back roads just as as it dispatched weekday commutes on expressways. The 5’s adeptness at ride comfort and handling borders on the amazing. The steering was sublime, with perfect and a near-telepathic feel — it could be rather stiff in lots.

If you like the styling and irritated by its electronics interface, the 5 is an excellent choice for a used car.

The fourth-generation BMW 5 Series was from 1997-2003. Many consider this the finest era for the BMW 5 as exceptional on-road dynamics, furnishings and unparalleled refinement together in one classically styled Resale value has always high for this generation, so to spend more than you for competitors of similar age.

has been strong as well.

Provided it’s well any car from this generation is your consideration. For 1997 and only sedans were a 528i with a 190-hp inline-6 and a 540i with a 4.4-liter V8. The wagon joined the in 1999 and was available with engine, both of which variable valve timing year. In 2001, the 528i got a new 225-hp 3.0-liter six and became the the 528 wagon was dropped.

BMW also an entry-level 184-hp 525i and wagon to the lineup.

Third-generation BMW 5 cars (1989-’95) are still as well. Although not as perfectly as its successor, this car was highly in its day. If you find one in good you’ll almost certainly it enjoyable to own.

The best were 1994 and ’95 BMW offered V8 power in two 5 Series the 530i sedan and wagon hp) and the 540i sedan (282

If you are looking for older years, our used BMW 5 Series page.

For on past BMW 5 Series models, our BMW 5 Series history page.

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