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2016 BMW 5-series
Select a Different Model (27 Available): 528 i Luxury Line Sedan
MPG (EPA) $ 23 CTY /34 HWY
Safety (NHTSA) 5 Stars
Horsepower 240@5000
Torque 260@1250
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2016 BMW 5 Series MODEL OVERVIEW

New for 2016

All 2016 BMW 5 Series models now come standard with Enhanced USB and Bluetooth. The M5, 535i, 535d, ActiveHybrid5, and 550i sedans now have new 18-inch wheel designs and a new exterior color, Tanzanite Blue Metallic. Satellite radio, a Harman/Kardon audio system, and a power tailgate are now standard on all 550i models. The 5 Series Gran Turismo

Vehicle Summary

The 2016 BMW 5 Series is a midsize luxury car that's available in two body styles, a sedan or a hatchback called the Gran Turismo, and in rear- or all-wheel drive configurations.

Overview

There are six engine choices available in the 2016 5 Series and they are paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. A six-speed manual is offered exclusively on the M5.

Model: 528i, 528i xDrive
Engine and Transmission: turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 - eight-speed automatic
Power: 240 hp/260 lb-ft of torque
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 23/34 mpg city/highway (528i), 22/33 mpg (528i xDrive)

Model: 535i, 535i Gran Turismo, 535i xDrive, 535i Gran Turismo xDrive
Engine and Transmission: turbocharged 3.0-liter I-6 - eight-speed automatic
Power: 300 hp/300 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 20/31 mpg (535i), 20/29 mpg (535i xDrive), 19/28 mpg (535i Gran Turismo), 18/26 mpg (535i Gran Turismo xDrive)

Model: ActiveHybrid 5
Engine and Transmission: turbocharged 3.0-liter hybrid I-6 - eight-speed automatic
Power: 335 hp/330 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 23/30 mpg

Model: 535d, 535d xDrive
Engine and Transmission: turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel I-6 - eight-speed automatic
Power: 255 hp/413 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 26/38 mpg (535d), 26/37 mpg (535d xDrive)

Model: 550i, 550i xDrive, 550i Gran Turismo, 550i Gran Turismo xDrive
Engine and Transmission: twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 - eight-speed automatic
Power: 445 hp/480 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 17/25 mpg (550i), 16/25 mpg (550i xDrive, 550i Gran Turismo), 16/24 mpg (550i Gran Turismo xDrive)

Model: M5
Engine and Transmission: twin—turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 - six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic
Power: 560 hp/500 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 15/22 mpg (manual), 14/20 mpg (automatic)

Trunk space is class competitive at 14 cubic feet that can be expanded via the split-folding rear seats. For more cargo space, consider the 5 Series Gran Turismo, which has 15.5 cubic feet behind the split-folding rear seats and 60 cubic feet with the second row down.

Safety

Standard safety features include dual front, front-side, and side curtain airbags. Active safety and driver aids can be had by adding the Driver Assistance Plus package, which comes with side and top view cameras, adaptive cruise control with stop and go function, blind spot warning, and the Active Driving Assistant, which combines forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, and automatic emergency braking.

Trims, Packages, and What's Standard

Standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, HID headlights, LED fog lights, leatherette upholstery, Bluetooth connectivity, navigation, adaptive brake lights, and a 10-speaker audio system. The 535i, 550i, and M5 come with additional standard features including a Harman/Kardon audio system, leather upholstery, and enhanced USB and Bluetooth. Optional features include night vision, adaptive full LED headlights, a Bang & Olufsen premium audio system, multi-contour seats, and

What We Think

While it's less performance-oriented than it used to be, the 2016 5 Series remains a good choice, offering high levels of comfort. In a 2012 535i First Test review, we said that the car isn't as enjoyable to drive as it used to be because of its 7 Series-based bones, making it heavier than before. As a result, the 5 Series is more comfort-oriented and more of a long distance cruiser with a quiet cabin and smooth ride. In a comparison test that also included the Lexus GS 350, Audi A6, and Infiniti Q70 (formerly known as the M37 and M56), the 535i placed second because of its lack of driving engagement. While it felt substantial and solid on the road, it lacked the fun to drive character and handling of the Lexus GS 350. The diesel-powered 535d provides a great blend of straight-line speed, fuel economy and comfort, as we noted in a 2014 First Test review thanks to its torque-rich powertrain. Additionally, it retains the same levels of refinement found in the gas-powered 5 Series thanks to its quiet cabin.

The high-performance M5 continues to offer great performance but its heavy curb weight of over two tons means it isn't as precise around corners as its predecessor. In a comparison test that also included the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, the M5 lost because it has lost its handling advantage and it doesn't inspire as much driver confidence as the Mercedes. Furthermore, the fact that the 5 Series, the car in which the M5 is based on, shares its platform with luxury barges like the BMW 7 Series and Rolls-Royce Ghost means it feels heavier and less sporty.

Cool Fact

The 5 Series Gran Turismo hatchback tries to blend three body styles into one, a hatchback, crossover, and sedan.

You'll Like:

  • Smooth ride
  • Available diesel power
  • Quiet cabin

You Won't Like:

  • Not that fun to drive
  • M5 isn't as precise as before
  • Heavy curb weight

Key Competitors

--Stefan Ogbac

2016 BMW 5-SERIES SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 2.0 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, Steptronic 8 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode (8HP45)
Trim
528 i Luxury Line Sedan
Class
Luxury Passenger Car
Horsepower
240@5000
Standard MPG
23/34
Body Style
Sedan
Drivetrain
RWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Premium
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail

Cold Weather Package

INCLUDES: Headlight Cleaners; [494] Heated Front Seats; Rear Seats, Heated; Steering Wheel, Heated
$865 $950

Driver Assistance Package

INCLUDES: Instrument Cluster with Extended Contents; Main Dashboard Display; [508] Park Distance Control; [3AG] Rear View Camera
$1640 $1800

Driver Assistance Plus

INCLUDES: Collision Warning System; Lane Departure Warning System; Overtaking Sensor, Active Blind Spot Detection; [5DL] Side and Top View Cameras
$1545 $1700

Lighting Package

INCLUDES: Headlight Control; Headlights, LED; LED Lights
$1730 $1900

Luxury Seating Package

INCLUDES: Driver Seat, Ventilated with Active Massage; Passenger Seat, Ventilated with Active Massage
$2185 $2400

Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 2.0 Liter

Std Std

Transmission, Steptronic 8 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode (8HP45)

Std Std

Exterior Color, Alpine White

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Black Sapphire Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Jet Black

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Space Gray Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Cashmere Silver Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Glacier Silver Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Imperial Blue Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Dark Graphite Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Mineral White Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Mineral Grey Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Jatoba Brown Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Mediterranean Blue Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Azurite Black Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Citrin Black Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Moonstone Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Champagne Quartz Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Tanzanite Blue Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Frozen Bronze Metallic

N/C N/C

Brake Assist System

Std Std

Brake Assist With Preview

Std Std

Cornering Brake Control

Std Std

Electronic Brake Distribution

Std Std

Hand Brake, Electronic

Std Std

Brakes, Power 4 Wheel Disc with 4 Wheel ABS

Std Std

Soft-Close Automatic Doors

$545 $600

ACC Stop & Go + Active Driving Assistant

INCLUDES: Collision Warning System; Cruise/Speed Control, Adaptive; Lane Departure Warning System
$1730 $1900

ACC Stop & Go + Active Driving Assistant

INCLUDES: Collision Warning System; Cruise/Speed Control, Adaptive; Lane Departure Warning System
$1090 $1200

Rear-Seat Entertainment Professional

INCLUDES: Audio Control, Rear Separate; DVD/VCD; Entertainment Display Screen; Remote Control
$2000 $2200

Enhanced USB and Bluetooth Plus Smartphone Integration

INCLUDES: Additional Microphone; Bluetooth Sync for Additional (2nd) Phone; Library Browsing Via Bluetooth; Mobile office - Text Messages, Email, Calendar, Tasks, Contact Photos, Voice Memos; Text To Speech / Speech To Text; Voice Activating System, with Radio Settings, Phone, Navigation System
$180 $200

Additional Microphone

CONTAINED IN: [6NS] Enhanced USB and Bluetooth Plus Smartphone Integration
Grp Grp

Air Conditioning: Dual-zone climate control

Std Std

Apps Control

Std Std

Bluetooth Sync for Additional (2nd) Phone

CONTAINED IN: [6NS] Enhanced USB and Bluetooth Plus Smartphone Integration
Grp Grp

Bluetooth®

Std Std

Cargo Hooks

Std Std

Coming Home Device

Std Std

Connection To External Entertainment Devices

Std Std

Cruise/Speed Control, Adaptive

CONTAINED IN: [5AT] ACC Stop & Go + Active Driving Assistant
Grp Grp

Cruise/Speed Control

Std Std

Door Entry Light

Std Std

Engine Start Button

Std Std

Entertainment Display Screen

CONTAINED IN: [6FH] Rear-Seat Entertainment Professional
Grp Grp

Garage Door Opener

Std Std

Hatch/Trunk Closer, Automatic

Std Std

Internal HD, 200GB Capacity

Std Std

Library Browsing Via Bluetooth

CONTAINED IN: [6NS] Enhanced USB and Bluetooth Plus Smartphone Integration
Grp Grp

Memory Adjustment: Mirror, Steering Wheel

Std Std

Mobile office - Text Messages, Email, Calendar, Tasks, Contact Photos, Voice Memos

CONTAINED IN: [6NS] Enhanced USB and Bluetooth Plus Smartphone Integration
Grp Grp

Multi-Function Display Screen

Std Std

Navigation System, with Internal HD and Traffic Info

Std Std

Power Locks, With Passive Access (Card Key)

Std Std

Power Outlet, 12v

Std Std

Power Trunk/Hatch Pull-Down

Std Std

Power Windows

Std Std

Remote Control

CONTAINED IN: [6FH] Rear-Seat Entertainment Professional
Grp Grp

Telematics

Std Std

Text To Speech / Speech To Text

CONTAINED IN: [6NS] Enhanced USB and Bluetooth Plus Smartphone Integration
Std Std

Trip Computer

Std Std

Trunk Release, Foot Operated

Std Std

Trunk/Hatch Release, Remote

Std Std

Ventilation System

Std Std

Voice Activating System, with Radio Settings, Phone, Navigation System

CONTAINED IN: [6NS] Enhanced USB and Bluetooth Plus Smartphone Integration
Std Std

Cup Holders, Front and Rear

Std Std

Secondary Ventilation Controls

Std Std

Smart Card/Key

Std Std

Axle Ratio, 3.231

Std Std

Brakes, Regenerative

Std Std

Compass

Std Std

Driver Modes: Engine Mapping, Stability Control, Traction Control

Std Std

External Temperature

Std Std

Fuel Tank, 18.5 Gallon

Std Std

Tachometer

Std Std

Traction Control, Electronic

Std Std

Drive: Rear-Wheel Drive

Std Std

Chrome/Bright Trim, Window Surround Bumpers

Std Std

Cornering Lights/Curb Illumination

Std Std

Door Handles (Exterior), Chrome

Std Std

Pop-Up Hood/Bonnet

Std Std

Sunroof, Glass Remote

Std Std

Doors, Front-Hinged Front and Rear

Std Std

Bumpers, Front and Rear

Std Std

Window, Rear

Std Std

Power Rear Sunshade and Rear Side Window Shades

INCLUDES: Blinds, Power Rear; Blinds, Side
$525 $575

Dark Wood Trim

N/C N/C

Ceramic Controls

$590 $650

Armrest, Front Seat Center

Std Std

Console

Std Std

Floor Covering

Std Std

Instrument Cluster with Extended Contents

CONTAINED IN: [ZDA] Driver Assistance Package
Pkg Pkg

Light, Cargo Area

Std Std

Luxury Trim, Wood & Leather On Console And Doors ; Wood/Woodgrain Instrument Panel; Alloy & Leather Shift Knob

Std Std

Main Dashboard Display

CONTAINED IN: [ZDA] Driver Assistance Package
Pkg Pkg

Steering Wheel, Heated

CONTAINED IN: [ZCW] Cold Weather Package
Pkg Pkg

Steering Wheel: Leather-trimmed, tilt telescoping steering wheel

Std Std

Vanity Mirror: Illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirror

Std Std

Dark Red Sycamore Wood Trim

$985 $1080

Piano Finish Black Trim

$985 $1080

BMW Individual Wood Inlay Steering Wheel

$730 $800

Floor Mats

Std Std

Blinds, Power Rear

CONTAINED IN: [416] Power Rear Sunshade and Rear Side Window Shades
Grp Grp

Blinds, Side

CONTAINED IN: [416] Power Rear Sunshade and Rear Side Window Shades
Grp Grp

LED Lights

CONTAINED IN: [ZLP] Lighting Package
Std Std

Reading Lights, Front and Rear

Std Std

Body-color heated driver power door mirrors with turn signals, body-color heated passenger power door mirrors with turn signals

Std Std

Foldable Mirrors

Std Std

Rear View Mirror, Automatic

Std Std

Metallic Paint

$500 $550

Priority 1 Metallic Paint

$1775 $1950

Paint, Black

Std Std

Frozen Bronze Metallic

$3275 $3600

Rear View Camera

INCLUDES: Parking Assistance; Parking Distance Sensors, Rear Camera And Radar CONTAINED IN: [ZDA] Driver Assistance Package
$365 $400

Park Distance Control

INCLUDES: Parking Distance Sensors, Front Park Distance Control (PDC) Radar; Parking Distance Sensors, Rear Park Distance Control (PDC) Radar CONTAINED IN: [ZDA] Driver Assistance Package
$685 $750

Side and Top View Cameras

INCLUDES: Parking Camera, 360 Degrees; Parking Distance Sensors, Front Camera And Radar; Parking Distance Sensors, Side Camera CONTAINED IN: [ZDB] Driver Assistance Plus
$685 $750

Parking Assistant

$455 $500

Night Vision with Pedestrian Detection

INCLUDES: Night Vision; Pedestrian Detection
$2095 $2300

Airbag, Front

Std Std

Airbag, Side Curtain

Std Std

Airbag, Side

Std Std

Airbags, 6

Std Std

Collision Warning System

CONTAINED IN: [5AT] ACC Stop & Go + Active Driving Assistant; [ZDB] Driver Assistance Plus
Pkg Pkg

Dynamic Stability Control (Dsc)

Std Std

Front Fog Lights

Std Std

Glass, Tinted

Std Std

Head Restraints

CONTAINED IN: [456] Multi-Contour Seats
Std Std

Headlight Cleaners

CONTAINED IN: [ZCW] Cold Weather Package
Pkg Pkg

Headlight Control, Speed Dependant Dusk Sensor Active Headlights

Std Std

Headlight Control

CONTAINED IN: [ZLP] Lighting Package
Pkg Pkg

Headlights, Bi-Xenon

Std Std

Headlights, LED

CONTAINED IN: [ZLP] Lighting Package
Pkg Pkg

Heated Washer

Std Std

Hill Holder

Std Std

Isofix Preparation

Std Std

Lane Departure Warning System

CONTAINED IN: [5AT] ACC Stop & Go + Active Driving Assistant; [ZDB] Driver Assistance Plus
Pkg Pkg

Lights, Daytime Running

Std Std

Low Tire Pressure Indicator

Std Std

Night Vision

CONTAINED IN: [6UK] Night Vision with Pedestrian Detection
Grp Grp

Overtaking Sensor, Active Blind Spot Detection

CONTAINED IN: [ZDB] Driver Assistance Plus
Pkg Pkg

Parking Assistance

CONTAINED IN: [3AG] Rear View Camera
Grp Grp

Parking Camera, 360 Degrees

CONTAINED IN: [5DL] Side and Top View Cameras
Grp Grp

Parking Distance Sensors, Front Camera And Radar

CONTAINED IN: [5DL] Side and Top View Cameras
Grp Grp

Parking Distance Sensors, Rear Camera And Radar

CONTAINED IN: [3AG] Rear View Camera
Grp Grp

Parking Distance Sensors, Side Camera

CONTAINED IN: [5DL] Side and Top View Cameras
Grp Grp

Passenger Assist Handles

Std Std

Pedestrian Detection

CONTAINED IN: [6UK] Night Vision with Pedestrian Detection
Grp Grp

Seatbelts, Front

Std Std

Seatbelts, Rear

Std Std

Theft Deterrent System

Std Std

Windshield Wipers, Automatic Intermittent Rain Sensor

Std Std

Windshield, Zone Tinted

Std Std

Parking Distance Sensors, Front Park Distance Control (PDC) Radar

CONTAINED IN: [508] Park Distance Control
Grp Grp

Parking Distance Sensors, Rear Park Distance Control (PDC) Radar

CONTAINED IN: [508] Park Distance Control
Grp Grp

Multi-Contour Seats

INCLUDES: Driver Seat, 18-Way Power Adjustable; Head Restraints; Passenger Seat, 18-Way Power Adjustable with Memory
$1185 $1300

Heated Front Seats

INCLUDES: Driver Seat, Heated; Passenger Seat, Heated CONTAINED IN: [ZCW] Cold Weather Package
$455 $500

Driver Seat, 18-Way Power Adjustable

CONTAINED IN: [456] Multi-Contour Seats
Grp Grp

Driver Seat, Heated

CONTAINED IN: [494] Heated Front Seats
Grp Grp

Driver Seat, Ventilated with Active Massage

CONTAINED IN: [ZLS] Luxury Seating Package
Pkg Pkg

Seat Upholstery, Venetian Beige/Black Dakota Leather W/Exclusive Stitching

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery, Ivory White Nappa Leather W/Black Dashboard

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery, Black Nappa Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery, Mocha Nappa Leather W/Black Dashboard

N/C N/C

Passenger Seat, 18-Way Power Adjustable with Memory

CONTAINED IN: [456] Multi-Contour Seats
Grp Grp

Passenger Seat, Heated

CONTAINED IN: [494] Heated Front Seats
Grp Grp

Passenger Seat, Ventilated with Active Massage

CONTAINED IN: [ZLS] Luxury Seating Package
Pkg Pkg

Rear Seats, Bench Split Folding

Std Std

Rear Seats, Heated

CONTAINED IN: [ZCW] Cold Weather Package
Pkg Pkg

Seat Upholstery, Leather

Std Std

Seating, 5

Std Std

Seats, Dual Front 12-Way Power Bucket with Memory

Std Std

Harman Kardon Surround Sound System

$795 $875

Bang & Olufsen Sound System

$4095 $4500

Audio Control, Rear Separate

CONTAINED IN: [6FH] Rear-Seat Entertainment Professional
Grp Grp

Audio System, AM/FM Radio, MP3/CD Player, Digital/Satellite Radio

Std Std

DVD/VCD

CONTAINED IN: [6FH] Rear-Seat Entertainment Professional
Grp Grp

MP3 Player

Std Std

Remote Audio Controls

Std Std

Antenna

Std Std

Ten Speakers Subwoofer

Std Std

Integral Active Steering

INCLUDES: Dynamic Steering; Power Steering; Steering, 4-Wheel
$1595 $1750

Dynamic Steering

CONTAINED IN: [2VH] Integral Active Steering
Grp Grp

Power Steering

CONTAINED IN: [2VH] Integral Active Steering
Std Std

Steering, 4-Wheel

CONTAINED IN: [2VH] Integral Active Steering
Grp Grp

Suspension, Front Wishbone/Rear Multi-Link w/ Coil Springs

Std Std

Tires, P245/45VR18 All Season BSW Run Flat

Std Std

Wheels, 18" Alloy

Std Std
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
48
Corrosion Warranty Months
144
Powertrain Warranty Miles
50000
Full Warranty Miles
50000
Powertrain Warranty Months
48
Full Warranty Months
48
Roadside Assistance Miles
unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Miles
50000
Roadside Assistance Months
48
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
4
IIHS Front Small Overlap
Marginal
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Overall
5
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
IIHS Roof Strength
Good
NHTSA Rating Rollover
5