BMW 5 Series

In published reviews,
critics awarded this
vehicle an average
overall score of:

87
Priced From $47,500
MPG 28.0
Styles Reviewed
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Vehicle's Review History
Average overall score
for this vehicle, by year:
2013 sedans 30
2012 sedans 87
2011 sedans 87
2010 sedans 86
2009 sedans 85
2008 sedans 84

Edmunds.com

07/22/10
2010-07-22
87
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Brent Romans Brent Romans Score Pending 2011 BMW 5 Series Sedan

While just about any luxury sedan shopper will be quite happy with a 2011 BMW 550i, it will likely appeal most to those who prioritize performance or sporty driving dynamics. The strong V8 and athletic handling are the car’s standout attributes.

Fortune

08/24/10
2010-08-24
87
100

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Alex Taylor III Alex Taylor III 7.4 out of 10 2011 BMW 5 Series Sedan

Screw the suspension down two notches to sport, and the car takes on a wholly different character: aggressive, noisy, and fun to drive. That’s what BMW owners are looking for, and the 2011 5-series delivers.

Edmunds.com

09/13/10
2010-09-13
87
100

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Josh Jacquot Josh Jacquot 7.1 out of 10 2011 BMW 5 Series Sedan

At the end of the day, the 2011 BMW 535i might not be as quick as before. But the critical question will be how the 5 measures up to the tasks of daily driving, convenience, over-the-road comfort and moving passengers with grace and style. And using those standards it’s hard to say it’s anything but a wild success.

Edmunds.com

01/13/11
2011-01-13
87
100

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Staff Review Edmunds.com 7.8 out of 10 2011 BMW 5 Series Sedan

The 2011 BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo has created a new luxury niche somewhere between a wagon and a crossover. We’re just not sure who asked for it.

Automobile Magazine

01/21/10
2010-01-21
86
100

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Eric Tingwall Eric Tingwall Score Pending 2011 BMW 5 Series Sedan

The 2011 535i is comfortable for commuting and competent on the track. For that range of capability, the 5-series is a standout in its class and in the entire automotive market.

Detroit Free Press

07/15/10
2010-07-15
86
100

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Mark Phelan Mark Phelan Score Pending 2011 BMW 5 Series Sedan

The 5-series’s clean lines will be a welcome change for everyone who despised BMW’s controversial recent styling. The long, low hood promises power and capability, while the broad grille and wraparound headlights give the front a dynamic look.

CNET.com

07/23/10
2010-07-23
86
100

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Antuan Goodwin Antuan Goodwin 7.2 out of 10 2011 BMW 5 Series Sedan

The 2011 BMW 535i is easily one of the best sport sedans in its class for handling, fit and finish, and prestige, but it doesn’t represent the highest value on the market.

Business Week

09/17/10
2010-09-17
86
100

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Thane Peterson Thane Peterson 7.2 out of 10 2011 BMW 5 Series Sedan

The 535i lingers fondly in my memory. It’s a very sweet car—and a bargain, at least by BMW standards. The 528i costs five grand less, gets 3 mpg better mileage, and is quick enough. However, I just love the extra speed that the 535i offers.

AutoBlog.com

09/24/10
2010-09-24
86
100

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Michael Harley Michael Harley 6.7 out of 10 2011 BMW 5 Series Sedan

The all-new 2011 550i appears to target luxury first, and sport second. It is an impressively engineered machine, an absolute pleasure to drive, but its new focus so changes the product that its mannerisms bear little resemblance to its predecessors.

AutoGuide.com

04/12/11
2011-04-12
86
100

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Shaun Keenan Shaun Keenan Score Pending 2011 BMW 5 Series Sedan

Overall, we’re pretty impressed by the 2011 BMW 550i xDrive. It has excellent driving dynamics and no shortage of comfort, convenience and/or safety features to go on and on about around the water cooler.

AutoGuide.com

07/08/10
2010-07-08
85
100

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Ken Glassman Ken Glassman 7.3 out of 10 2011 BMW 5 Series Sedan

The new 5 Series once again finds the perfect middle-ground between the smaller 3 Series and larger 7 Series. You get plenty of power from the 535i’s engine and excellent handling similar to the smaller 3 Series, yet you can dial up the luxury, technology, and status of the flagship model.

Edmunds.com

04/21/11
2011-04-21
85
100

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Bill Visnic Bill Visnic Score Pending 2011 BMW 5 Series Sedan

The 2011 BMW 528i is the choice for those who prefer a luxury car that transmits the message that serious engineering remains the chief priority. And gone are the oddball styling details.

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