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BMW 535xi Sedan

BMW 535xi Sedan

BMW 535xi Sedan

BMW 535xi Sedan

It’s not an overstatement to say that the BMW 5 Series sets the standard for premium sport sedans and up until the current generation, wagons, too. Introduced in the United States for 1972, the midsize 5 Series has long offered a near-perfect blend of performance, luxury and interior room.

Most BMW 5 Series cars you’ll come across new or used are rear-wheel drive; however, all-wheel drive has been optional in recent years. Most 5s also have an inline six-cylinder engine, though BMW has offered V8 versions since 1994 and the current generation uses turbocharging on all but the base engine.

When people ask us to recommend luxury cars, BMW’s 5 Series is invariably high on the list. Wealthier shoppers may gravitate toward the newer models loaded with technology, but older 5 Series cars can be just as satisfying to drive and own.

Current 5 Series

The BMW 5 Series was completely redesigned for 2011. Unlike past versions, only a sedan is available, as the wagon has been replaced in North America by the 5 Series GT (discussed in a separate review).

The base 528i features a 3.0-liter inline-6 good for 240 horsepower and 230 pound-feet of torque. Stepping up to the 535i gets you a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 that produces 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque — this is definitely the just-right choice for most. Finally, the 550i has a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 that produces 400 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque. Each model comes standard with rear-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission. An eight-speed automatic is optional and all-wheel drive should be a late-model-year introduction.

Source: edmunds

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