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By Cars.com Staff
June 25, 2013
The five-seat 5 Series is offered with a twin-turbo V-8 (550i), a single-turbo six-cylinder (535i), a turbo-diesel six-cylinder (535d) and a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder for the 528i. Competitors include the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A6 and Infiniti M.
The 5 Series lineup includes the Gran Turismo, a tall hatchback built on the 7 Series sedan platform. There's also a high-performance M5 sport sedan, which is covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.
(Skip to details on the: 5 Series Gran Turismo) New for 2014 The biggest news for 2014 is the addition of an all-new diesel model to the 5 Series lineup. Offered with either rear- or all-wheel drive, the 535d is powered by a turbo-diesel 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that makes 255 horsepower and 413 pounds-feet of torque. The 550i sedan gains a more powerful V-8 engine that's rated at 445 hp and 480 pounds-feet of torque.
Other improvements to the entire 5 Series lineup - including the Gran Turismo models - include revised front and rear styling, standard adaptive xenon high-intensity-discharge headlamps and an iDrive navigation system with a tracing pad for direct character input. The 5 Series adopts the appearance "Lines" used elsewhere in the BMW lineup and also gains more storage room.
Newly optional features include a rear-seat entertainment system with tablet-style displays, selectable ambient lighting and adaptive LED headlights. Exterior Highlights
Shares platform with the bigger 7 Series sedan
Standard adaptive xenon headlamps; full LED headlamps optional
Seventeen-inch alloy wheels (528i)
Available 18- and 19-inch rims
Standard power sunroof
Standard heated side mirrors
Standard iDrive navigation system with 10.2-inch screen
Ten-way power front seats
Automatic dual-zone air conditioning
Power tilt/telescoping steering wheel
Available head-up display
Available heated and ventilated front seats
Available rear-seat entertainment system
Available Harman Kardon surround-sound stereo
Under the Hood
Turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder makes 240 hp (528i)
Turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder makes 300 hp (535i)
Turbo-diesel 3.0-liter six-cylinder makes 255 hp (535d)
Twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 makes 445 hp (550i)
Available all-wheel drive
Available Adaptive Drive system includes active roll stabilization, adaptive suspension and customizable settings for the drivetrain and suspension
Optional Active Steering varies the steering ratio to render easier turning at low speeds and stable handling at high speeds
Optional adaptive cruise control includes full stop-and-go capabilities to manage heavy traffic
Side-impact airbags for the front seats
Side curtain airbags
Active front head restraints
Electronic stability system
Optional blind spot monitoring system
Optional lane departure warning
Optional adaptive cruise control with collision warning system
5 Series Gran Turismo BMW's bigger hatchback version of the 5 Series sedan, dubbed the 5 Series Gran Turismo, is offered in 535i GT and 550i GT trim levels. The Gran Turismo can accommodate four or five depending on the backseat configuration.
Slightly more cargo room for 2014
Updated exterior design
Shares the same engines as the 535i and 550i sedans
Standard air suspension and auto-leveling rear suspension
Rear- or all-wheel drive
Eight-speed automatic transmission
Fuel-saving stop-start technology and BMW’s EcoPro system
Unique hatchback design with two-way opening, power liftgate