2016 BMW 535

Change year or car

Change year or car

$55,850

starting MSRP

2016 BMW 535
2016 BMW 535

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Performance
  • Cabin materials
  • Fuel efficiency
  • Myriad configurations

The bad:

  • Price of Gran Turismo version
  • Smallish cabin
  • Marginal rating in IIHS small-overlap crash test

2 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2016 BMW 535 trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Turbo four-, six-cylinder and V-8 gas engines available
  • Turbo-diesel six-cylinder also available
  • Sedan or Gran Turismo hatchback body styles
  • Eight-speed automatic standard
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive

2016 BMW 535 review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

The five-seat 5 Series sedan is offered with a turbocharged V-8 (550i), a 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 model.

(Skip to details on the: 5 Series Gran Turismo, ActiveHybrid 5 and M5)
New for 2016
The 550i sedan gains a standard power trunk lid and Harman Kardon premium stereo.
Significant Standard Features

  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • LED taillights and fog lights
  • Power moonroof
  • Automatic dual-zone air conditioning
  • Power tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Navigation system with 10.2-inch screen and iDrive controller
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Head-up display
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Blind spot warning system
  • Lane departure warning
  • Backup camera
  • Bang & Olufsen sound system
  • Rear-seat entertainment system

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 seat up to five people.
What’s Special

  • Shift paddles now standard
  • Auto-leveling rear suspension 
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Unique hatchback design with two-way opening, power liftgate 
  • 40/20/40-split folding backseat

Back to top
ActiveHybrid 5
The ActiveHybrid 5 can seat up to five people, has a lithium-ion battery pack for its hybrid system and can drive up to 37 mph on electric power alone. It can go from zero to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds, according to the automaker. Competitors include the Infiniti Q70 Hybrid and Lexus GS 450h. Gearshift paddles are now standard for 2016.
What’s Special

  • Turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine and electric motor make 335 horsepower total
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Stop-start technology

Back to top
M5
The five-seat M5 is BMW’s high-performance variant of the 5 Series sedan. It’s powered by a twin-turbo V-8 engine that makes a whopping 560 hp and 500 pounds-feet of torque in its regular form. Offered with a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, the M5 will sprint to 60 mph in the low-4-second range, according to BMW. Competitors include the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG and Audi RS7. A power trunk lid is now standard for 2016 models.
What’s Special

  • Rear spoiler
  • Quad exhaust tips 
  • M blue-painted brake calipers; carbon-ceramic brake system available
  • Available Competition Package increases engine output to 575 hp 
  • Active M rear differential 
  • Adjustable dampers with three modes 
  • Adjustable steering effort 
  • Launch control on models with the dual-clutch transmission

Back to top

Consumer reviews

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

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

First time buying a bmw

So much fun to drive and very smooth. It shifts into gears smoothly. Seats are very comfy . High performance. Perfect for someone looking for a fun yet stylish car .

5.0

Drives smooth

I love the vehicle. It ride smooth and you feel like you are in a race car. I could basically live in that car. It’s a good car

1.9

535i Is Not Exhilarating or a Driver's Car

This car is not nimble, is weak, the power doesn't feel raw, perhaps muted and not enjoyable to rev out. The front interior space is ample yet the back space is cramped in the leg area. The Nappa leather is too soft and my crease easily. The performance isn't there, the car is too heavy. Perhaps look into a 528i as the car has sufficient power and may feel more nimble as it weighs 150-200 pounds less. Don't expect the car to handle wheel, you'll need to use your breaks a lot because the car does not inspire confidence.

See all 28 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by BMW
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
48 months/50,000 miles
Corrosion
144 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
48 months/50,000 miles
Maintenance
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
Powertrain
N/A
Dealer certification required
196-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
View all cpo program details

Have questions about warranties or CPO programs?

Compare the competitors

2015

Audi A6

$44,800

starting MSRP

2017

INFINITI Q70

$50,100

starting MSRP

2015

Audi A8

$77,400

starting MSRP

See all 2016 BMW 535 articles