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1995 BMW 5-Series

  • 1995 BMW 5-Series 525i Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      28
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      189/184
    • ENGINE
      2.5L I6
    • MSRP
      $36,500
  • 1995 BMW 5-Series 525iT Wagon
    • MAX MPG
      25
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      189/184
    • ENGINE
      2.5L I6
    • MSRP
      $38,900
  • 1995 BMW 5-Series 530i Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      24
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      215/214
    • ENGINE
      3.0L V8
    • MSRP
      $44,400
  • 1995 BMW 5-Series 530iT Wagon
    • MAX MPG
      26
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      215/214
    • ENGINE
      3.0L V8
    • MSRP
      $48,600
  • 1995 BMW 5-Series 540i Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      25
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      282/295
    • ENGINE
      4.0L V8
    • MSRP
      $49,000
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1995 BMW 5-Series Review

A crowd favorite in the midsize luxury market.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 1995 BMW 5-Series is one of the automaker’s mid-tier lines. Its namesake guarantees a solidly-built luxury vehicle. Unlike the 3-Series below it, it doesn't offer a more midrange option. Rather, it offers good performance, a wide variety of standard features, and a comfortable ride. While it's a competitive option, it offers more than enough to justify the higher price tag over the 3-Series. In addition, it's the lowest priced option for a wagon, which is a body design not available on its alter ego.

The 1995 BMW 5-Series is a good model to look at for drivers looking to break into the near-luxury market. The price is noticeably higher than most midrange vehicles, so there is a much bigger jumping point for drivers looking at that market. Regardless of models or option, it always provides a solid luxury vehicle. There are better but more expensive models in the lineup, but it helps diversify the BMW luxury brand and should fit well for some drivers with particular needs and budgets.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan, wagon
Engines: 2.5-liter six-cylinder, 3.0-liter eight-cylinder, 4.0-liter eight-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic, six-speed manual
Models: BMW 525i, BMW 530i, BMW 540i

What's New

The 1995 BMW 5-Series adds some additional options, including anti-roll bars, and a sports suspension. The 540i is now available with a six-speed manual transmission, and the standard tires are less robust than previous years but offer better fuel economy.

Exterior

The 1995 BMW 5-Series is available as a sedan or wagon body style. The 540i is only available as a sedan but the 525i and 530i are available with both body options. Although it's a fairly average-sized vehicle, it is a little smaller than many of its competitors due to many near-luxury cars being exceptionally large vehicles. The classy aesthetic expected from the prestigious automaker graces the outside, making it an attractive vehicle.

Interior

The 1995 BMW 5-Series has a slightly smaller than average interior for a near-luxury vehicle. However, this size difference is pretty negligible, and most drivers are unlikely to see it. Standard equipment include air-conditioning, dual-zone automatic climate control, power heated mirrors, power locks, power windows, power moonroof, power seats, cruise control, AM/FM radio, and a cassette player. Consumers may add on a CD player, CD changer, heated seats, keyless entry, trip computer, anti-theft alarm system, leather seating, or a cellular phone.

Performance & Handling

The 1995 BMW 5-Series has good handling and performance. All engine options provide good acceleration and a solid top speed. The base engine is the same engine used on the higher-end 3-Series models, so drivers can expect any of the models to perform as well, if not better. It also offers good handling and maneuverability, making it an easy vehicle to operate across the board.

Safety

All 1995 BMW 5-Series models get dual-front airbags and four-wheel anti-lock brakes. Traction control is also available as an optional feature, which is somewhat unusual for a 1995 vehicle. Overall, it's slightly ahead of the curve in terms of safety features compared to other 1995 near-luxury models.

EPA Fuel Economy

BMW 5-Series 2.5-liter six-cylinder: 16/23 mpg city/highway
BMW 5-Series 3.0-liter eight-cylinder: 15/23 mpg city/highway
BMW 5-Series 4.0-liter eight-cylinder: 15/23 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Good performance
  • Excellent standard features
  • Attractive styling

You Won't Like

  • BMW 3-Series is cheaper
  • Higher-end BMW models are better but more expensive
  • Weak gas mileage

Sum Up

A crowd favorite in the midsize luxury market.

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