- Midsize luxury sedan
- Offered in rear-wheel drive (535i) and all-wheel drive (535xi)
- Small updates for 2015, including a new steering wheel and upgraded Bluetooth
The 2015 BMW 535 offers a solid mix of luxury and performance, doubling as a comfortable cruiser with some acumen to offer on twisty roads as well.
Updates are light for 2015, there is a new sport steering wheel and updated Bluetooth technology inside, while on the outside LED fog lights are now standard as well. Up front, BMW’s signature kidney grille sits low above the front bumper, flanked by standard adaptive xenon headlights. Standard exterior features include a power moonroof, 18-inch wheels, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.
The 535 is the middle member of the 5-Series, slotting in above the 528 and below the 550, and it gets the middle engine of the lineup as well. Under the hood is a 300-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter straight six-cylinder that makes 300 pounds-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic is the only transmission option. 535i models are rear-wheel drive, with the all-wheel drive equipped 535xi also available. Fuel economy estimates are 22/33 mpg city/highway for 535i models and 20/29 mpg for the 535xi.
Inside, the 535 is well equipped and comfortable, with plenty of technology on tap and a long list of standard features. Dakota leather upholstery, powered front seats, USB port, BMW’s iDrive infotainment system, navigation, dual-zone automatic climate control, and HD radio come on every 535. Also included is a mammoth 10.2-inch high resolution screen that tops the center console. Options include a head-up display, heated/ventilated front seats, and a rear entertainment system with two screens (one behind each front seat).
Standard safety features include six airbags, antilock brakes, electronic stability control, BMW Assist eCall, and BMW Remote Services. Assist eCall includes an SOS button and automatic collision notifications, while Remote Services ties into an app on your smartphone and offers stolen vehicle recovery and other features like remote door unlocking. Curiously, a rearview camera is optional, a surprising omission for a car in this price range. A blind spot warning system and lane departure warnings are also available.