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2013 BMW 5-Series

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2013 BMW 5-Series Review

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BMW has long been known for offering the automotive world classically engineered and styled German cars. The 2013 BMW 5-Series is no exception. This series of midsize sedans hits the mark in terms of style and performance. Also true to form, BMW has given the consumer plenty of choices in terms of options and trim levels, like their hybrid model, the ActiveHybrid 5. The standard safety features are a comfort to those looking for security along with their performance and handling. From the elegant exterior look of the 5-Series to the comfortable cabin and impressive powertrain choices, this sedan series is worth taking a look at.

New For 2013

There are several changes to the 2013 BMW 5-Series:

  • Improved, recalibrated throttle
  • 528i gets a turbocharged, four-cylinder engine to replace last year's six-cylinder
  • Automated start/stop system on the 538i for improved fuel economy
  • Hands-free system to open trunk becomes standard
  • Optional customizable instrument panel
  • Optional Bang & Olufsen surround-sound system


Just as expected from BMW, the 2013 5-Series is a truly elegant choice for anyone considering a midsize sedan. It is available in trim levels that correspond with the engine type and size. Depending on the trim level, this car is equipped with either 17- or 18-inch wheels. The uniquely designed grille features the traditional BMW logo centered above in addition to the slanted headlights. The overall impression from the front end is power and refinement. Both bumpers are painted to match the body color and sit relatively low to the ground for an almost sports car like appearance. Sleek lines along the sides of the car give the illusion of slightly scoped sides, also adding to the performance car look. The rear end and trunk space appear small from the outside.

Interior & Cargo

The interior of the 2013 BMW 5-Series may not be the most opulent or fancy cabin in this class, but it does offer clean, straight lines that provide a feeling of comfort and user friendly features. Most trim levels in this series are equipped with soft leather seats and plenty of cushioning. The front seats are power adjustable. The dash is outfitted with BMW’s iDrive interface. This feature eliminates the need for buttons and dials all over the control panel, adding to the car’s clean look.

The trunk space for this model is a bit small compared to the others in its class. Buyers can expect about 14 cubic feet of space.


Safety is always important when considering a sedan and the 2013 BMW 5-Series is equipped with several standards sure to please the most safety conscious buyers. This sedan features anti-lock disc brakes, traction and stability control, as well as an emergency communication system. Airbags can be found throughout the cabin. Front seat side airbags and side curtain airbags are standard equipment. Active front head restraints with whiplash protection are also standard in these models.

Several additional options are available for the 5-Series as well. These cars can be equipped with a system to automatically apply the brakes if an accident is detected. The 5-Series safety options also include a night vision system and a pre collision system.

Driving Experience

In short, the 2013 BMW 5-Series gives much of the same excitement and power that people have come to expect from this family of sedans. Even with the base model's four-cylinder engine, the car explodes in terms of power and speed, providing 240 hp and 260 lb-ft torque. It offers a great deal of handling and performance, especially for a sedan. That said, it is important to note that the 5-Series was once a more performance and handling driven series and some of that has been lost in the last couple of years. However, the difference is likely to only be noticed by those sports car fan drivers. Most BMW fans, as well as drivers looking for a spicy sedan, are going to be more than pleased with what the 5-Series has to offer.

For a powerful car, the 5-Series offers decent fuel economy at 24/34 mpg city/highway, 28 mpg combined.

Key Competitors For The 2013 BMW 5-Series

  • Audi A6 2.0T
  • Mercedes Benz E-Class
  • Infiniti M
  • Jaguar XF

See the New 2015 5-Series.

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