|Premium midsize car; Built in Germany|
|Good condition price range: $20,100 – $71,700*|
2011 BMW 5-Series Front
2011 BMW 5-Series Rear
2011 BMW 5-Series Interior
2011 BMW 5-Series Rear-2
The redesigned 5-Series maintains its position as the auto world’s sportiest premium-midsize sedan, while becoming somewhat more user-friendly in the bargain. No, it isn’t as roomy as some competitors. When new, too, it could get pricey when equipped with even a partial load of its numerous high-tech options. Secondhand examples with plenty of extras will be relatively costly, too. For those who value the driving experience as much as luxury and creature comforts, on the other hand, BMW’s 5-Series remains a fine value.
BMW redesigned its 5-Series sedan for 2011. Now entering its sixth-generation, this premium-midsize car returned as a four-door sedan. BMW also offered a four-door hatchback body style that the company calls the 5-Series Gran Turismo (see separate report). Six-cylinder and V8 engines were offered, working with rear-wheel drive or BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system. Entry-level 528i models had a 240-horsepower, 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine. The 535i got a 300-horsepower, turbocharged version of the 3.0-liter inline six. Topping the 2011 line, the 550i held a turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 that cranked out 400 horsepower. Rear-drive 535i and 550i models came with a six-speed manual transmission. An eight-speed automatic transmission was optional on those cars and standard on the 528i, as well as the AWD 535i and 550i.
Standard safety features included all-disc antilock braking, traction control, an antiskid system, curtain side airbags, and front side airbags. Blind-spot alert, lane-departure warning, a night-vision camera, and a top-view camera also were available, as was parking assist. BMW’s Dynamic Damping Control adjustable suspension and Driving Dynamics Control, which allows the driver to alter powertrain settings, was optional. Also optional was BMW’s Integral Active Steering, which electronically alters steering response; it can also steer the rear wheels depending on driving conditions. A power tilt/telescopic steering wheel and 10-way power front seats were standard. Among the other available features were a navigation system and head-up display. With its 5-Series, BMW competed against such premium vehicles as the Audi A6, Infiniti M, and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
Several fairly major changes marked the 2012 BMW 5-Series. First, the base 528i model switched from six-cylinder to a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine. In addition, the ultra-high-performance M5 returned as the most powerful production 5-Series ever, unleashing a 560-horsepower rendition of the 4.4-liter V8. Also new for 2012 was the ActiveHybrid 5, a gasoline/electric hybrid. An Executive Package was offered for the M5, and a high-end Bang & Olufsen audio system was an M5-exclusive option. Auto Start/Stop operation became standard for 528i and 535i models.
For 2013, the V8-powered 550i sedan got a boost in projected fuel economy (when equipped with an automatic transmission). Other 5-Series models saw minor trim but otherwise no major changes.
A turbodiesel model was added to the 5-Series range for 2014. Grille and rear-end styling were revised and LED headlights joined the option list.