2014 BMW 535 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.
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.
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 come standard with the 535. 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, with 18- and 19-inch rims available. Power sunroof and heated side mirrors call come standard.
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, and power tilt/telescoping steering wheel. Optional features include head-up display, heated and ventilated front seats, and 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. Additional options include Active Steering varies the steering ratio to render easier turning at low speeds and stable handling at high speeds and adaptive cruise control which includes full stop-and-go capabilities to manage heavy traffic.
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, and four-wheel-disc antilock brakes.
*Overview Courtesy of Cars.com