2014 BMW 550

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Key Specs

of the 2014 BMW 550. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    19-20 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    445-hp, 4.4-liter V-8 (premium)
  • 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
  • Available manual transmission on select models

The Bad

  • Price of Gran Turismo version
  • Smallish cabin

Notable Features of the 2014 BMW 550

  • Updated interior and exterior styling for 2014
  • New diesel-powered version available
  • V-8 engine in 550i sedan now makes 445 hp
  • Sedan or Gran Turismo hatchback
  • Manual or automatic
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive

2014 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), 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 Infiniti M.

The 5 Series lineup includes the Gran Turismo, a tall hatchback built on the 7 Series sedan platform. There's also a high-performance M5 sport sedan, which is covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.

(Skip to details on the: 5 Series Gran Turismo)
New for 2014
The biggest news for 2014 is the addition of an all-new diesel model to the 5 Series lineup. Offered with either rear- or all-wheel drive, the 535d is powered by a turbo-diesel 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that makes 255 horsepower and 413 pounds-feet of torque.
The 550i sedan gains a more powerful V-8 engine that's rated at 445 hp and 480 pounds-feet of torque.

Other improvements to the entire 5 Series lineup - including the Gran Turismo models - include revised front and rear styling, standard adaptive xenon high-intensity-discharge headlamps and an iDrive navigation system with a tracing pad for direct character input. The 5 Series adopts the appearance "Lines" used elsewhere in the BMW lineup and also gains more storage room.

Newly optional features include a rear-seat entertainment system with tablet-style displays, selectable ambient lighting and adaptive LED headlights.
Exterior Highlights

  • Shares platform with th...
Vehicle Overview

The five-seat 5 Series 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 Infiniti M.

The 5 Series lineup includes the Gran Turismo, a tall hatchback built on the 7 Series sedan platform. There's also a high-performance M5 sport sedan, which is covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.

(Skip to details on the: 5 Series Gran Turismo)
New for 2014
The biggest news for 2014 is the addition of an all-new diesel model to the 5 Series lineup. Offered with either rear- or all-wheel drive, the 535d is powered by a turbo-diesel 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that makes 255 horsepower and 413 pounds-feet of torque.
The 550i sedan gains a more powerful V-8 engine that's rated at 445 hp and 480 pounds-feet of torque.

Other improvements to the entire 5 Series lineup - including the Gran Turismo models - include revised front and rear styling, standard adaptive xenon high-intensity-discharge headlamps and an iDrive navigation system with a tracing pad for direct character input. The 5 Series adopts the appearance "Lines" used elsewhere in the BMW lineup and also gains more storage room.

Newly optional features include a rear-seat entertainment system with tablet-style displays, selectable ambient lighting and adaptive LED headlights.
Exterior Highlights

  • Shares platform with the bigger 7 Series sedan
  • Standard adaptive xenon headlamps; full LED headlamps optional 
  • LED taillights 
  • Seventeen-inch alloy wheels (528i)
  • Available 18- and 19-inch rims
  • Standard power sunroof
  • Standard heated side mirrors

Interior Highlights

  • Standard iDrive navigation system with 10.2-inch screen
  • 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 rear-seat entertainment system
  • Available Harman Kardon surround-sound 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)
  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Available Adaptive Drive system includes active roll stabilization, adaptive suspension and customizable settings for the drivetrain and suspension
  • 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 Features

  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Active front head restraints
  • Antilock brakes 
  • Electronic stability system
  • Optional blind spot monitoring system
  • Optional lane departure warning
  • Optional adaptive cruise control with collision warning system

5 Series Gran Turismo
BMW's bigger hatchback version of the 5 Series sedan, dubbed the 5 Series Gran Turismo, is offered in 535i GT and 550i GT trim levels. The Gran Turismo can accommodate four or five depending on the backseat configuration.

  • Slightly more cargo room for 2014
  • Updated exterior design
  • Shares the same engines as the 535i and 550i sedans
  • Standard air suspension and auto-leveling rear suspension 
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Fuel-saving stop-start technology and BMW’s EcoPro system
  • Unique hatchback design with two-way opening, power liftgate 
  • Available M Sport Package and BMW apps
  • 40/20/40-split folding backseat; power-reclining rear seats optional

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Latest 2014 550 Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Perfect car, not the slightest problem of any natu

by Jillie1946 from Boston ma on May 26, 2018

Great ride and Good in snow. Not even one problem and every thing covered by free service. Especially comfortable on long trips which do not seem that long given performance Read full review

(5.0)

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by Buma from 10467 on April 3, 2018

I LOVE IT.... and I will gladly recommend to a frend or to everyone thet loves BMW Nice car , everithing is nice about it..... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2014 BMW 550 currently has 3 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2014 BMW 550 has not been tested.

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