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2011 BMW 535 Overview

The BMW 5-series line-up undergoes a complete redesign for 2011, and as far as full-size luxury sedans go, the restyled, retooled and efficient 2011 BMW 535i is as good as it gets.

Now in its sixth generation, BMW’s 5 Series still features 528i, 535i and 550i trims.  The wagon model has been discontinued in the United States meaning the 5-series can only be found in sedan form.  For 2011, the 535i gains three inches of length to add to an already spacious vehicle, which BMW says leads the luxury sedan class.  The 535i features a new 3.0-liter, 300-horsepower turbocharged six-cylinder engine, which is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with an optional six-speed manual.  The new engine might produce the same output as the old one, but it increases fuel-efficiency to the tune of 19-20 mpg in the city and 28-29 mpg on the highway.  With the way the 2011 535i is going, it will be hard for the Audi A6, Infiniti M and Mercedes-Benz E-Class to keep up.

If you yearn for a closer, tighter ride, BMW’s Adaptive Drive utilizes Active Roll Stabilization and Dynamic Damping Control, which gives the 535i greater contact with the road when cornering, allowing the 535i to maintain traction through curves. BMW’s Active Steering system adds to the driving experience by adjusting how much the car turns for a given turn of the steering wheel.

After giving the exterior of the 535i a more radical look for the previous generation, BMW has mellowed it out a bit for 2011.  The trademark kidney grille is lower and the eyebrow-laced headlights have been scaled back. Adaptive Xenon headlights are surrounded with LED lighting, while the rear adds LED taillights. These changes make the 5-series look sleeker and more contemporary.

On the inside of the 2011 BMW 535i, you’ll find countless luxurious and technological amenities such as a colossal 10.2-inch center display with 1280-by-480 pixel resolution. The available iDrive system has been updated and works well with the optional navigation system that has been revamped with more shortcut keys, better graphics and improved menu functionality.  10-way power front seats, dark wood trim, HD Radio, a 12-speaker audio system, 2-way power moonroof, and engine start/stop button are standard.  Heated front seats and steering wheel, premium audio system, ambiance lighting, power tailgate, iPod/USB adaptor, and navigation system are available via the different option packages.

When it comes to safety, the 2011 535i has everything you need to keep you and yours safe. Antilock brakes, electronic stability control, front, side-impact and side curtain airbags, hill start assist and hill descent control come standard. Additional safety features include rear side-impact airbags and a lane-departure warning system that alerts you if your car starts to veer from its lane.  Night vision with pedestrian detection, park distance control, a rear-view camera plus an anti-theft alarm, automatic high beams, and BMW Assist (which connects you with roadside assistance) with Bluetooth connectivity are optional.

Ride in style and comfort with the intuitive and efficient 2011 BMW 535i full-size sedan.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 19 MPG
  • Highway: 28 - 29 MPG

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Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety: *****
  • Frontal Crash: ****
  • Side Crash: *****