Buying Guide

2011 BMW 5-Series

Fair Market Price $17,359 528 i Sedan
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EPA MPG:

22 City / 32 Hwy

Safety (NHTSA):

★★★★★

Horse Power:

240 @ 6600

The BMW 5 Series offers a high level of power, performance and comfort just like the smaller 3 Series. The main difference you will find in the 5 Series models form BMW is more interior room and passenger capacity. The 5 Series can comfortable seat passengers in the front and back seats simultaneously with plenty of leg room to spare. These slightly larger BMW’s offer even more power than the 3 Series and can come equipped with engines boasting up to 500 HP like in the M5’s V-10.

There are many different body styles to choose from in this class of BMW too, you will find hatchbacks, coupes and sedans in the 5 Series family. Each offering slightly different features, but all come standard with high quality sound systems, luxurious interior design and lavishly equipped. The 5 Series from BMW offers their midsized vehicles and some of the most popular models are part of this elite group. Most vehicles in the 5 Series start in between $40,000 – $50,000. This of course depends on what options you add on after the base prices.

Bodystyles: Sedan, four-door hatchback, wagon
Engines: 3.0L I-6 turbo, 4.4L V-8 twin turbo, 5.0L V-10
Transmissions: 8-speed automatic, 6-speed manual, 6-speed SMG
Models: 535i, 535 GT, 550i, 550 GT, M5

The new BMW 5 Series Sedan is the first car in its segment to feature EPS Electric Power Steering. Steering assistance is provided by an electric motor activated only when assistance is necessary or desired by the driver. The 528i and xDrive all wheel drive variants of all three models will arrive later in the year.

No significant changes to the exterior styling of the 5 Series. Still a clean, modern looking sedan, the massaged sheetmetal gives the new 5 Series a strong, masculine look while maintaining the character the 5 series is known for.

As with all BMWs, the interior focuses on driver comfort, whether it’s a road trip or laps around a track. Seating positions have been improved front and rear, and rear knee-room has increased by half an inch.

The 550i is powered by BMW’s 4.4-liter, 400 horsepower twin-turbocharged, direct injected V-8 engine. Through its unique reverse-flow layout, the 550i’s V-8 engine is able to achieve higher output without correspondingly higher fuel consumption. BMW’s newest gasoline inline-6 engine will be the powerplant for the new 535i Sedan. It features a single, twin-scroll turbocharger and 3.0-liters of displacement.

In the interior, two-stage front airbags, seat-mounted side-impact airbags and curtain-type, front-to-rear head protection are all standard equipment for the 5 Series. The power tilt/telescopic steering column includes a deformation section, improving its ability to protect the driver from structural intrusion into the cabin.

535i: 19-20 mpg city/28-29 mpg highway
535 GT: 22 mpg city/33 mpg highway
550i: 15-17 mpg city/22-25 mpg highway
550 GT: 22 mpg city/33 mpg highway
M5: 11 mpg city/17 mpg highway

  • Great styling
  • Wide engine range
  • Good interior room
  • iDrive, but getting better
  • Hefty price tag

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