- Diesel variant of the 5-Series
- Adds a few new features for 2015
- Best fuel economy of the 5-Series, 26/38 mpg
The most efficient of the 5-Series models, the 2015 BMW 535d is a luxurious sedan with great fuel economy thanks to its turbo-diesel engine.
On the outside the 535d features standard 18-inch wheels, xenon adaptive headlights, LED running and fog lights, a power moonroof, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. The 5-Series styling is very similar to the smaller 3-Series sedan; when on the road it can be hard to tell the two apart. BMW’s signature kidney grille leads the way up front, while subtle sculpting on the hood and along the sides provide needed definition.
Under the hood is a 255-hp, turbo-diesel 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder that makes 413 pounds-feet of torque and is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 535d is offered in rear- and all-wheel drive variants. Rear-drive models get 26/38 mpg city/highway (subtract one highway mpg for all-wheel drive equipped models). Start-Stop functionality helps to improve fuel economy as well.
For 2015, the 535d adds a new sport leather-wrapped steering wheel and the Bluetooth system has been upgraded as well. The 535d is well-equipped, with power front seats, leather upholstery, navigation, dual-zone automatic climate control, push button start, iDrive, a 10.2-inch screen, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror all coming standard. Also available are heated/ventilated front seats, a rear-seat entertainment system, Bang & Olufsen premium audio, and Nappa leather seating surfaces.
There is also plenty of safety equipment available, both standard and optional. Each 535d comes with six airbags, active front head restraints, antilock brakes, and electronic stability control. A head-up display is optional which helps keep the driver’s eyes and attention on the road. Also available are night vision with pedestrian detection, front/rear parking sensors, a surround view camera system, rearview camera, blind spot warnings, and adaptive cruise control.