2013 BMW 550

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Key Specs

of the 2013 BMW 550. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    17-20 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    400-hp, 4.4-liter V-8 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Performance
  • Cabin materials
  • Fuel efficiency
  • Myriad configurations
  • Available manual transmission on select models

The Bad

  • Price of Gran Turismo version
  • Smallish cabin

Notable Features of the 2013 BMW 550

  • New BMW Individual features
  • More powerful turbo V-8 for 550i Gran Turismo
  • Sedan or Gran Turismo hatchback
  • Manual or automatic
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive

2013 BMW 550 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The five-seat 5 Series is offered with a twin-turbo V-8 (550i), a single-turbo six-cylinder (535i) and a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder for the 528i, with an eight-speed automatic transmission available across the board. Competitors include the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A6 and Infiniti M.

The 5 Series lineup includes the Gran Turismo, a tall hatchback built on the 7 Series sedan platform. There's also an ActiveHybrid 5 model that gets an EPA-estimated 23/30 mpg city/highway; it's covered separately in the Cars.com Research section just like the high-performance M5 sport sedan.

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New for 2013
For 2013, the 535i and 550i can now have the BMW Individual Composition Package, which includes extended leather upholstery, 19-inch alloy wheels, Alcantara headliner material and Shadowline trim. Standalone BMW Individual options include wood inlays on the steering wheel, and unique paint and wood trim. Updates to the navigation system include revised submenus, weather information and optional Google search.
Exterior
The 5 Series shares its platform with the bigger 7 Series sedan. Up front, the car's signature kidney grilles sit low and are upright. Adaptive xenon headlights are optional on the 528i and standard elsewhere. The taillights employ three rows of LED lights, and BMW's Adaptive Brake Lights illuminate a larger section under hard braking. Exterior features include:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels (528i...
Vehicle Overview

The five-seat 5 Series is offered with a twin-turbo V-8 (550i), a single-turbo six-cylinder (535i) and a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder for the 528i, with an eight-speed automatic transmission available across the board. Competitors include the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A6 and Infiniti M.

The 5 Series lineup includes the Gran Turismo, a tall hatchback built on the 7 Series sedan platform. There's also an ActiveHybrid 5 model that gets an EPA-estimated 23/30 mpg city/highway; it's covered separately in the Cars.com Research section just like the high-performance M5 sport sedan.

(Skip to details on the: 5 Series Gran Turismo)
New for 2013
For 2013, the 535i and 550i can now have the BMW Individual Composition Package, which includes extended leather upholstery, 19-inch alloy wheels, Alcantara headliner material and Shadowline trim. Standalone BMW Individual options include wood inlays on the steering wheel, and unique paint and wood trim. Updates to the navigation system include revised submenus, weather information and optional Google search.
Exterior
The 5 Series shares its platform with the bigger 7 Series sedan. Up front, the car's signature kidney grilles sit low and are upright. Adaptive xenon headlights are optional on the 528i and standard elsewhere. The taillights employ three rows of LED lights, and BMW's Adaptive Brake Lights illuminate a larger section under hard braking. Exterior features include:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels (528i)
  • Available 18- and 19-inch rims
  • Standard power sunroof
  • Standard heated side mirrors

Interior
Drawing cues from the 7 Series, the 5 Series' climate-control readouts use BMW's Black Panel technology to appear out of dark panels without the brightened look of traditional electroluminescent displays. Cupholders are in the center console instead of flipping from the dashboard as on the previous generation.

The optional navigation system includes a massive high-resolution 10.2-inch center display. Without navigation, the display still sorts through various audio and setup menus, but it shrinks to a 7-inch display and 800-by-480 pixel resolution. Both setups incorporate BMW's iDrive system. Interior features include:

  • 10-way power front seats
  • Automatic dual-zone air conditioning
  • Power tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Optional head-up display
  • Optional heated and ventilated front seats
  • Optional 60/40-split folding backseat

Under the Hood
The 528i has a 240-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The 535i features a 300-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder and the 550i has a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 that makes 400 hp. All three use an eight-speed automatic transmission; the 535i and 550i also offer a six-speed manual. All three models are available with rear- or xDrive all-wheel drive.

BMW's available Adaptive Drive system includes Active Roll Stabilization, which attempts to actively counter body roll, as well as an adaptive suspension and customizable settings for both the drivetrain and suspension. Mechanical features include:

  • Optional Active Steering varies the steering ratio to render easier turning at low speeds and stable handling at high speeds
  • Optional adaptive cruise control includes full stop-and-go capabilities to manage heavy traffic

Safety
A blind spot monitoring system, a self-parking assist and a lane departure warning system are optional, as is adaptive cruise control with a collision warning system. Standard safety features include:

  • Side curtain airbags
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Active front head restraints
  • Electronic stability system
  • Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes

5 Series Gran Turismo
BMW's hatchback version of the 5 Series, dubbed the 5 Series Gran Turismo (GT), receives a few changes for 2013. The base 535i GT is powered by a 300-hp turbocharged six-cylinder while the 550i gets a power boost for its twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 engine, which now makes 445 hp and 480 pounds-feet of torque. The engine also gets fuel-saving stop-start technology and BMW's Eco Pro system. Both engines team with an eight-speed automatic transmission and are available with rear- or all-wheel drive.

An M Sport Package that includes aero body trim, larger wheels and tires, and other performance enhancements is available. BMW Apps, an application that allows a variety of iPhone applications to run through the iDrive system, is a $250 option.

The Gran Turismo's interior and exterior borrow cues from BMW's 7 Series flagship sedan. With its steeply raked hatch ending in a short, sedanlike trunk, the Gran Turismo measures about 6 inches longer than the 5 Series sedan. The hatch opens in two sections: The entire hatch can be raised, or a section below the rear window opens separately to reveal a trunk behind the rear seats and below a cargo cover. For additional storage capacity, the seats fold in a 40/20/40 split.

The Gran Turismo can accommodate four or five, depending on the backseat configuration. Though it carries the 5 Series name, this model shares as much with the larger 7 Series, and many of its measurements — including all seating dimensions — differ from those of the 5 Series sedan.

The Gran Turismo's interior includes Black Panel gauge and climate displays. The available Value Package includes an updated navigation system, a head-up display and smartphone integration. Back to top


Latest 2013 550 Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.1)
Value For The Money
(4.0)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Almost and M5

by Sean W. from Washington CT on February 16, 2018

Awesome car with Dinan Upgrades. It’s basically an all wheel drive M5 for 1/3 the cost. Purchased at BUL Automotive & Service in Albany. A great owner operated dealership. Read full review

(1.0)

Worst car ever

by Mr.carmack from Houston on December 3, 2017

worst vehicle I've ever owned. The car broke down literally every 3k miles, and to pay to fix it was more expensive than the car was worth. only saving grace about the car is it was fast. very fast, ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 BMW 550 currently has 5 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 BMW 550 i

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

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
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by BMW

Program Benefits

Comprehensive inspection by BMW technician, 24/7 Roadside Assistance, BMW Assist. Exceptional vehicles with exceptional coverage

  • Limited Warranty

    Unlimited Miles for 1-Year

    BMW Certified Pre-Owned: Covers you for unlimited miles for 1-year, after the expiration o f the 4-year / 50,000 mile New Vehicle/SAV Limited Warranty for a total of 5 years with unlimited miles. This includes up to 5 years and unlimited miles of BMW Roadside Assistance and BMW Assist (TM) on many late model BMW vehicles. Additional plans are available to extend your vehicle's coverage for up to a total of 6 years with unlimited miles. See your BMW Center for details.
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a Comprehensive inspection.

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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 550 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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker