• (4.9) 9 reviews
  • MSRP: $26,553–$45,201
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 19-20
  • Engine: 445-hp, 4.4-liter V-8 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2014 BMW 550

Our Take on the Latest Model 2014 BMW 550

What We Don't Like

  • Price of Gran Turismo version
  • Smallish cabin

Notable Features

  • 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 Reviews

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.

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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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Consumer Reviews

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BMW 5 series: Everything I expected and more

by DocJM from Central CT on November 16, 2017

I recently purchased a 2014 BMW 550i x-drive. The 445hp upgrade from the previous year was impressive. The interior is more than I expected and the I-drive system makes it easy to navigate through t... Read Full Review

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Recalls

There are currently 4 recalls for this car.


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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $2,200 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

48mo/50,000mi

Powertrain

48mo/50,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

48mo/unlimited

Free Scheduled Maintenance

48mo/50,000mi

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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