2007 BMW 525

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2007 BMW 525

Key specs

Base trim shown


The good:

  • Enthusiast-oriented reputation
  • Handling
  • Stability
  • Refinement
  • Ride comfort

The bad:

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

2 trims

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  • i


  • xi


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Notable features

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

2007 BMW 525 review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
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 Series models are available. The 525 is equipped with a 215-horsepower, 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder, and the 530 gets a more powerful 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder. BMW’s V-8-powered 5 Series is known as the 550. Both the 530 and 550 are covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.

For 2007, an auxiliary audio input and tire pressure monitoring system are included. New options include HD Radio, which improves FM and AM signal quality, and BMW Night Vision, which uses a thermal-imaging camera to create an image of what’s ahead on the iDrive system’s screen. Real-time traffic information is included in 525s that have a navigation system.

BMW offers quite an array of optional equipment for the 525, including Active Roll Stabilization, adaptive xenon headlights, run-flat tires, a head-up display and Active Cruise Control. Active Steering is available for rear-wheel-drive 525s.

Short overhangs and what BMW calls “lean-forward dynamics” highlight the 5 Series’ design. Standard tires measure 17 inches in diameter.

A prominent twin-kidney grille provides a connection to BMW tradition. The grille is flanked by quad headlights inside luminous rings and beneath clear covers. The turn signals have clear lenses. Amber LED front parking lights are thin and wedge-shaped. The 525 incorporates BMW’s traditional reverse kink at the rear door windows and the rear end features a high trunk lid. Adaptive brake lights are standard.

Up to five occupants fit inside the 525 sedan. Leatherette upholstery and Dark Poplar wood trim are standard, but leather upholstery is optional. Both front occupants get a 10-way power seat adjustment with driver memory. Options include 20-way power front seats.

A variable warning segment in the tachometer activates at a lower rpm when the engine is cold, and the three-spoke steering wheel holds multifunction controls. Rain-sensing wipers and a 10-speaker CD stereo with twin subwoofers are standard.

First installed in the 7 Series, the iDrive control system uses a 6.5-inch display screen. Either the driver or front passenger can operate the system’s control knob atop the center console.

Under the Hood
The 525 uses a 215-hp, 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder that develops 185 pounds-feet of torque. A rear-wheel-drive 525 equipped with the standard six-speed manual gearbox can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds, while the six-speed Steptronic automatic requires 7.6 seconds. The automatic incorporates Manual and Sport modes.

Antilock brakes, Dynamic Stability Control, side-impact airbags for the front seats, and side curtain airbags are standard. Rear side-impact airbags and active head restraints for the front seats are optional. Active Roll Stabilization is part of the Sport Package, and this technology yields flatter cornering.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior design 4.4
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value for the money 4.0
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 4.3

Most recent consumer reviews


This car is great condition. Will sell fast.

BMW interior, exterior and engine are in great shape. Drive this luxurious car in style and comfort. It has plenty of power and is also economical for a 6 cylinder engine.


Excellent car, very reliable,drives wonderful.

Top of the line, the BMW 5 Series Touring is one of the finest estates around, and not just because of its boot. It's a great choice for keen drivers who need a practical load-lugger, providing agile handling, incredible poise and a range of strong, smooth engines. Every 5 Series Touring also has self-levelling rear suspension to ensure that heavy loads don't affect its road manners.


Great Car for looks and feel

This was my first car and it was purchased used from 1-owner. It was beautiful and handled amazing. I could take instant sharp turns and felt the car hug the ground. It was a smooth ride, handled weather change well (Started a trip in 94° and went to 32° in a day), and had great entertainment features. My only issue with this model (525xi) was the cost of repairs and the lack of value held. Probably would never get a BMW again but it was a great fun car to have!

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by BMW
New car program benefits
48 months/50,000 miles
144 months/unlimited distance
48 months/50,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Certified Pre-Owned Elite with less than 15,000 miles; Certified Pre-Owned with less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
1 year/unlimited miles from expiration of 4-year/50,000-mile new car warranty
Dealer certification required
196-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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