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2013 BMW 535 Overview

At the heart of the 5-Series lineup is the 535, available with rear- or all-wheel drive. New for 2013, the 535 and 550 offer the BMW Individual Composition package, which includes more leather upholstery, Alcantara headliner and 19-inch alloy wheels. The revised navigation system adds weather updates and Google search.

As is the case with most 5-Series sedans, the exterior features are shared (with the exception of the M5 and Gran Turismo models). Standard exterior touches include BMW’s iconic kidney grille, adaptive xenon headlights, triple-row LED taillights and Adaptive Brake Lights, which illuminate more of the lamp as braking force increases. Power sunroof and heated side view mirrors are standard. M Sport Package adds specific 19-inch wheels, aerodynamic kit and a host of metallic paint schemes.

BMW has been among a small number of automakers to continue production of an inline-six cylinder engine. Among the reasons is the design’s smooth delivery of power. Just as the heart of the 3-Series, the 535 runs a 300-horsepower, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six developing 300 pounds-feet of torque. Either an eight-speed automatic or a six-speed manual transmission sends power to the rear wheels, or with the eight-speed, to all four. The company’s Adaptive Drive System with Active Roll Control is optional and works to control body roll, while Dynamic Handling offers a choice of drivetrain and suspension settings to suit the situation.

Rear-drive models of the 535 return the same fuel economy with either transmission, 20 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. With xDrive all-wheel drive, the numbers come in at 21/30 mpg city/highway. Regenerative braking, auto stop/start, and an eco mode contribute to the 535’s fuel economy.

As with the 528, there are standard features including automatic climate control, power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, iDrive and 10-way power front seats. The standard iDrive display at the top of the center stack measures 7 inches with 800x480 resolution. Adding the optional navigation system brings a 10.2-inch high-definition screen. The available head-up display shows speed and other pertinent information; with navigation, it adds directions to the mix. A 60/40 split backseat and heated and cooled front seats are also optional.

Not surprisingly, the 535 includes stability and traction control, antilock brakes with emergency braking assist, seat belt load limiters, and six airbags. Options include active cruise control with collision warning, blind-spot detection, lane departure warning, and night vision with pedestrian detection. Night vision displays on the center console screen or the head-up display. The IIHS named the rear-drive 535 a 2012 Top Safety Pick and it earned a five-star overall rating from the NHTSA.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 20 - 21 MPG
  • Highway: 30 MPG

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Safety Rating

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

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

13 of 14 (92%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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