Vehicle Overview
BMW's 5 Series is the automaker's next step up in size and price from BMW's best-selling 3 Series. The top-level 550i is only available as a rear-wheel-drive sedan, unlike other 5 Series that can be had in wagon or all-wheel-drive configurations. The 5 Series competes with luxury sedans like the Audi A6, Lexus GS and Acura RL.

New for 2009
There are minimal changes for 2009. The 5 Series offers a new Google Maps function in navigation-equipped 5 Series; it allows drivers to search through Google Maps for restaurants, gas stations or other businesses.

Exterior
The 5 Series was given a going-over for 2008, when it received minor front, rear and side styling changes.
  • Xenon headlights
  • Adaptive headlights turn in the direction of the steering wheel
  • LED turn signals
  • Front and rear parking sensors with graphic display
  • Metallic paint
  • 17-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Optional 19-inch light-alloy wheels with performance run-flat tires
  • Optional headlight washers
  • Optional Aero package shares many of the same enhancements of the high-performance M5


Interior
Over the past few model updates, the 5 Series has received larger door pockets and increased storage capacity in the center console.
  • Leather trim
  • Power tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Auxiliary input for MP3 player
  • Push-button start
  • Available navigation system with iDrive
  • Available head-up display projects car's speed and navigation directions on windshield
  • Available heated front and rear seats
  • Available HD radio
  • Available active cruise control automatically slows car when approaching a slow-moving car


Under the Hood
While other 5 Series use six-cylinder engines, the 550i uses a 4.8-liter V-8 making 360 horsepower and 360 pounds-feet of torque.
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Available six-speed automatic
  • Rear-wheel drive


Safety
Safety features include:
  • Electronic stability system
  • Antilock brakes
  • Front, side-impact and side curtain airbags standard
  • Rear side-impact airbags optional
  • Lane departure warning system sends vibration through steering wheel when car veers from lane