BMW 535 xi Sports Wagon review

12 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on BMW 535 xi Sports Wagon review
BMW 535

xi Sports Wagon review

By Arehart (


to a merry mix-up of car swapping and a schedule with zero room, what was intended to be a BMW 535 became a 535 xi Sports Wagon. there’s no arguing when any BMW up at your door freshly and its petrol needle hovering the full mark. After the requisite loan papers, a on the keyfob raised the power and automatically retracted the cargo

After throwing in my already bags, another button on the closed it and returned the cover to its position. While power are nothing new, the automatically cargo cover is a slick and well-executed.

Once strapped into the seat that includes an adjustable upper backrest, I was off to I figured out i-Drive on the fly and programmed the computer and navigation system at before jumping onto to heading west out of Detroit.

volume kept my speed to a relaxed 75 mph and the active cruise used radar to keep an eye on vehicles ahead. It ever so reduced my speed automatically approaching a slower car or truck. The is so seamless that you forget doing its job until you realize you are no getting closer to the vehicle in of you and a quick glance at the speedometer you your speed is reduced.

Once clear of slower power flows so smooth and you forget the 535 xi is a turbo. Make twin-turbo. You might hear a of turbocharged-induced whistle at full but there are otherwise no obvious of forced induction, no rush of as the tachometer needle sweeps the upper revs, nor is there a boost gauge.

The 3.0-liter pumps out 300 horsepower and is matched to a transmission that delivers upshifts and quick downshifts. changes are abrupt after a start-up but smooth once the warms up. The powertrain combo an impressive 25 mpg in highway driving and 23 mpg overall driving during its of service, with roughly a of those miles slogging daily commuting traffic.

The 3.0-liter unit pumps out 300 and is matched to a six-speed transmission delivers smooth upshifts and downshifts. The powertrain combo an impressive 25 mpg in highway driving and 23 mpg overall.

Some of that was avoidable if I’d listened to the navigation that detected a jam-up and suggested a different route. it pays to listen to a disembodied, female voice that you what to do.

BMW 535

Another high-tech packed into the 5-series was vision that easily out everything that gives off Images are clear and easily but because the display is in a separate above the center stack, not as useful as it would be if it were of the heads-up display.

In very un-BMW-like fashion, the low oil light illuminated just engine shut-off on more one occasion. Opening the hood to the oil is a never-ending search for a non-existent Flipping through the owner’s reveals that i-Drive is the all knowing omniscient of engine and indicated the oil level was fine.

But how can one tell the level of such a fluid and why would a warning contradict i-Drive?

Though i-Drive reduces the of switches needed to perform functions, it takes more to go through menus and figure out you need to be in the system. The argument can be that learning comes regular use through ownership but are functions you would need occasionally that will a refresher course on how to access.

The was an admirable road-trip ally on speed, comfort, room and the German driving dynamic. The of all-wheel drive further its sense of road-holding security in the weather. The use of turbochargers is an excellent to the power-versus-fuel economy compromise. In trim, the 535 xi Sports Wagon at $54,400.

Our car was loaded with an arsenal of and techno options and packages vaulted the price to $70,555.

surprising that BMW incorporated the “wagon” into the model considering that it feels a sport sedan with more room. The sensibility of may be a sticking point with buyers but for overall capability of a vehicle that provides of space without the drawbacks of an this BMW is a great choice.

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