2006 BMW 525

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12 reviews
Available Price Range $5,427-$12,731 Trims2 Combined MPG 23-25 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2006 BMW 525

Our Take

BMW launched a slightly larger fifth-generation 5 Series midsize sedan for 2004. Trunk capacity and backseat space increased. A new weight-saving, all-aluminum front-end structure was used.Three 5 ... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Complex iDrive controls
  • Somewhat controversial styling
  • Wet-weather traction with RWD
  • Seat comfort, especially in back

Notable Features

  • New 215-hp, 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder
  • RWD or AWD
  • iDrive control system
  • Luxury amenities
  • Distinctive appearance


Consumer Reviews

4.6 out of 5

Based on 12 reviews

BMW 525i 2007 Sedan- Very Well Made Car

by Car Enthusiast from Houston, Texas on May 29, 2006

We love the car. I bought for my wife and she loves it. Very solid and tight fit. Car is fast and we love the I-Drive system. I do wish it was a little bigger but could not afford the 745I. This car h... Read Full Review

2 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on BMW 525 i

Head Restraints and Seats
Moderate overlap front

IIHS Ratings

Based on BMW 525 i

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
Overall Rear
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry

Moderate overlap front

Left Leg/Foot
Overall Front
Right Leg/Foot
Structure/safety cage
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.


There are currently 2 recalls for this car.

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