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2016 BMW 535 Gran Turismo

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$25,782 — $41,818 USED
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Hatchback
5 Seats
22-23 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

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(5.0) 1 reviews

The Good

  • Performance
  • Cabin materials
  • Fuel efficiency
  • Myriad configurations

The Bad

  • Price of Gran Turismo version
  • Smallish cabin
  • Sedan's Marginal rating in IIHS small-overlap crash test
2016 BMW 535 Gran Turismo exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2016 BMW 535 Gran Turismo
  • 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

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Our Take

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Vehicle Overview

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

Here's info on the regular 5 Series:
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. There's also a high-performance M5 sport sedan and an ActiveHybrid 5 model.

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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 entertai...
Vehicle Overview

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

Here's info on the regular 5 Series:
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. There's also a high-performance M5 sport sedan and an ActiveHybrid 5 model.

(Skip to details on the: 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

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

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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

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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Exterior Styling
(4.0)
Performance
(4.0)
Interior Design
(5.0)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.0)
(5.0)

Great 5 GT

by Joe from Server, Pa. on March 29, 2017

We bought it because the reviews said it was built on 7 underpinnings, and thus had the same ride. Well, we were thinking about trading in our older 7, and knew how nice the ride was, and once we test ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2016 BMW 535 Gran Turismo currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 BMW 535 Gran Turismo i

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
acceptable

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
acceptable
Overall evaluation
marginal
Retraints and dummy kinematics
good
Structure and safety cage
marginal

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
acceptable
Overall Evaluation
marginal
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
marginal
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by BMW

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    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

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The 535 Gran Turismo received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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