Vehicle Overview

The five-seat 5 Series sedan 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 (528i). Competitors include the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A6 and Lexus GS.

The 5 Series lineup also includes the Gran Turismo, a tall hatchback. There's also a high-performance M5 sport sedan and an ActiveHybrid 5, which are covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.


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New for 2015
A sport leather steering wheel, LED fog lights and enhanced Bluetooth with USB smartphone integration are now standard.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.


Exterior Highlights

  • Shares platform with the bigger 7 Series sedan
  • Adaptive xenon high-intensity-discharge headlamps; full LED headlamps available
  • LED taillights and fog lights
  • Seventeen-inch alloy wheels (528i)
  • Available 18- and 19-inch rims
  • Power moonroof
  • Heated side mirrors

Interior Highlights

  • Navigation system with 10.2-inch screen and iDrive controller
  • 10-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 dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system
  • Available Harman Kardon or Bang & Olufsen premium 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)
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Available Adaptive Drive system includes active roll stabilization, adaptive suspension and customizable settings for the drivetrain and suspension
  • Available Active Steering varies the steering ratio for easier turning at low speeds and stable handling at high speeds
  • Available adaptive cruise control includes full stop-and-go capabilities to manage heavy traffic

Safety Features

  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Active front head restraints
  • Available blind spot warning system
  • Available lane departure warning
  • Available backup camera

5 Series Gran Turismo
BMW's hatchback version of the 5 Series sedan, dubbed 5 Series Gran Turismo, is offered in six-cylinder 535i GT and V-8 550i GT form. The Gran Turismo can accommodate up to five people.

What's Special

  • Uses same engines as the 535i and 550i sedans
  • Auto-leveling rear suspension 
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Fuel-saving stop-start technology and BMW’s Eco Pro system
  • Unique hatchback design with two-way opening, power liftgate 
  • Available M Sport Package
  • 40/20/40-split folding backseat

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