2015 BMW 535d

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Key Specs

of the 2015 BMW 535d. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    30 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    255-hp, 3.0-liter I-6 (diesel)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Performance
  • Cabin materials
  • Fuel efficiency
  • Myriad configurations

The Bad

  • Price of Gran Turismo version
  • Smallish cabin

Notable Features of the 2015 BMW 535d

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

2015 BMW 535d Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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 for the 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 built on the 7 Series sedan platform. There's also a high-performance M5 sport sedan and an ActiveHybrid 5, which are covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.


(Skip to details on the: 5 Series Gran Turismo)
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
  • 17-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
  • Ten-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...
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 for the 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 built on the 7 Series sedan platform. There's also a high-performance M5 sport sedan and an ActiveHybrid 5, which are covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.


(Skip to details on the: 5 Series Gran Turismo)
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
  • 17-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
  • Ten-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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Latest 2015 535d Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(5.0)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

38 MPG Highway and Plenty of Torque

by Robert from Arlington, Virginia on September 12, 2018

The 535dx is a great highway cruiser, and decent for around-town trips. A family hauler for sure, but also in M Sport clothing a surprisingly agile and capable performance sedan. Sad to see the diesel ... Read full review

(5.0)

BMW 535D

by Maggie from Saint Petersburg on July 29, 2018

I have owned and driven several BMWs, but this one is my favorite. Diesel makes it affordable, and at the same time drives as a regular car, very powerful and fast, and I feel save in it. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2015 BMW 535d currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2015 BMW 535d Base

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

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
poor
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.

Manufacturer Warranties

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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 warranty

    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 535d 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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