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2013 BMW 5 Series

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2013 BMW 5 Series Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 8.5

Vehicles with a production history of more than a few decades typically have a model generation they would rather forget. But, like a perpetual-motion machine, the BMW 5 Series just keeps gaining momentum. To meet the specific demands of the modern car buyer, the 2013 BMW 5 Series offers the most expansive lineup in the nameplate's history. Along with recent additions like the powerful yet fuel-efficient ActiveHybrid 5 and the versatile 5-door Gran Turismo, 2013 marks the highly anticipated debut of the fifth-generation M5 super sedan. In response to the challenges posed by the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A6, Infiniti M and the new Lexus GS, the BMW 5 Series has once again raised the bar to secure its place as the benchmark in the mid-size luxury segment.

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While the majority of its competition tend to lean in a particular direction when it comes to comfort, performance and practicality, the 2013 BMW 5 Series offers equal quantities of all three, even in base form. Additionally, if a third pedal is a requirement in your next luxury-sports sedan, the 5 Series is the only car in the category to offer a manual transmission.

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Compared to the Acura TL and Lexus GS, the pricing structure for the 2013 5 Series is rather complex. Where fully loaded models from Lexus and Acura maintain sensible sticker prices, opting for a 5 Series with all of the trimmings can easily double the base price.

What's New for 2013

For 2013, the new 560-horsepower M5 joins the 5 Series lineup along with a number of minor performance and cosmetic enhancements. Leading the list of changes is a next-generation navigation system with weather forecasts and crowd-sourced traffic information, newly available bespoke features from BMW Individual and a 45-horsepower bump for Gran Turismo variants sporting the twin turbo V8.

Driving the 5 Series

Driving Impressions Regardless of drivetrain – rear-wheel (RWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD) – the 2013 BMW 5 Series family provides a balanced approach to over-the-road performance. And when equipped with AWD, BMW's...

mid-size offering is blessed with "all-weather" performance, going tough when the going gets tough. With your choice of a turbocharged-4, a turbo inline-6 or a pair of twin-turbo V8s, you can truly tailor a BMW 5 Series to your specific performance requirements and, of course, budget. The entry-level 528i is blessed with a surprising amount of urge (0-60 in 6.2 seconds), a modest appetite for fuel (22 mpg city/32 highway) and a throaty – almost lusty – personality on the open road. With that, the sweet spot is probably where the 5 Series began, with a healthy turbo-6 (535i) propelling you at triple-digit speeds (where allowed).

ACTIVE STEERING
The 2013 BMW 5 Series sedan is available with an integral active-steering system that, depending on vehicle speed, aims the rear wheels in the same or opposite direction of the front wheels for improved handling in both low- and high-speed driving conditions.

M SPORT PACKAGE
Designed for those who wish to squeeze every ounce of performance from their 5 Series sedan, the M Sport Package ups the ante with a sport suspension, lightweight 18-inch alloy wheels and a higher electronically limited top speed.

2013 BMW 5 Series Details
2013 BMW 5 Series photo Interior

The 5's interior space has grown slightly over the years, while the overall impression has grown almost exponentially. Already a strong suit, BMW paid special attention to ergonomics in the latest 5 Series, with all displays, knobs and buttons located in the central portion of the cabin. And the choice of interior materials reflects a new maturity on the part of BMW management; considering this is where consumers spend most of their time, the new upgrades are fully appropriate to that. We'd take issue, however, with the standard-spec upholstery; black or beige Leatherette, on a car with a base price of over $48K, stretches – we think – credibility.

Exterior
2013 BMW 5 Series photo

In assessing the 5 Series, it's helpful to have some background. The development of its chassis and body structure was performed in conjunction with the flagship 7 Series. As a result, the 5 is more grown-up, with the longest wheelbase ever to be found on today's 5 Series. The proportions and overall impressions of this current 5 Series aren't radically different from those of its predecessors, but if you liked the smaller footprint of the previous iteration, the new 3 Series might be worth your consideration. In contrast, the 5 Series sedan's architectural limitations make the spacious Gran Turismo variant an enticing proposition for anyone who needs a 5 Series with SUV-like cargo space.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

In sedan or 5-door body style, every 2013 BMW 5 Series includes 10-way power front seats, an 8-speed automatic transmission, run-flat tires, xenon headlights that produce up to three times the light of conventional halogen systems and BMW's iDrive infotainment system paired to a 10-speaker audio system. Unlike the Infiniti M and Acura TL, the 5 Series sedan does not offer leather seating or a moonroof as standard fare. As expected, the 2013 5 Series is packed with a full range of active and passive safety features, including six airbags, adaptive brake lights that become brighter as braking forces increase and BMW Assist with automatic collision notification, emergency assistance and concierge services.

Optional Equipment

Whether you plan to inject an extra measure of performance or refinement into your 5 Series, BMW offers a variety of appealing stand-alone options and packages to do so. On the performance side, Dynamic Damper Control enhances the overall ride quality by automatically adjusting the suspension characteristics according to the current road conditions, while the available M Sport Package adds 18-inch performance wheels and tires, aerodynamic bodywork and a race-inspired M steering wheel. Luxury and convenience options include a full-color head-up display and active front seats designed to help reduce the fatigue associated with long trips by gradually altering the height of the seating surface.

Under the Hood

Variety, thy name is 5 Series. With the introduction of a new 4-cylinder turbo, BMW offers a "holy trinity" of turbocharged powertrains. Despite its "base" designation, the 2.0-liter four is one of the finest engines ever fitted to an entry-level vehicle. It delivers 240 horsepower, 260 lb-ft of torque and 32 mpg in the EPA's highway cycle. Perhaps the lack of an available manual transmission with the turbo-4 is a down note, but that absence can't last forever; the rumble for its return starts right now. The turbocharged inline-6 and its more powerful hybrid counterpart have their fans, while the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 and the higher-output M variant seem to maintain the notion that too much power is never enough.

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
240 horsepower @ 5,000-6,000 rpm
260 lb-ft of torque @ 1,250-4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/32 mpg

3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6
300 horsepower @ 5,800 rpm
300 lb-ft of torque @ 1,300-5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/28 mpg (manual, RWD), 20/30 mpg (automatic, RWD), 20/29 mpg (automatic, AWD)

3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 hybrid
335 horsepower @ 5,800 rpm
300 lb-ft of torque @ 1,300-5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/30 mpg

4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8
400 horsepower @ 5,500-6,400 rpm
450 lb-ft of torque @ 1,750-4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/22 mpg (manual, RWD), 17/25 mpg (automatic, RWD), 16/24 mpg (automatic, AWD)

4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8
560 horsepower @ 6,000-7,000 rpm
500 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500-5,750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/22 mpg (manual), 14/20 mpg (automatic)

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2013 BMW 5 Series Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.3
Out of 10

Based on 104 Ratings for the 2011 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    8.0/10
    Quality
    8.7/10
  • Reliability
    8.6/10
    Performance
    8.7/10
  • Comfort
    8.8/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

Best Sport Sedan I have ever owned

By on Friday, August 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Excellent performance, sophisticated styling"

Cons: "Options are a tad pricy"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"With the M Sport package and a Stage 4 Dinan upgrade, this is the most powerful sport sedan I have ever driven. The handling/performance is superb and the appointments are best described as refined. With quality snow tires the AWD is great in the crazy Colorado winters."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Literally best car on the road

By on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 51,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "look. price, handling, EVERYTHING"

Cons: "No button on door(OUtside) to unlock car without key fob in hand."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is without a doubt the best car i have ever owned. i have had infiniti, acura, bentley, mercedes. This 535 puts them all to shame. (Maybe not the bent) lol, BUT I am in love with everything about this car. The handling is impeccable, and driving in foot deep snow upstate was SO easy for this car. i take this car everywhere all the time, it is so easy to drive, easy to put children in the back, fun and sporty. i highly recomend ant one looking for a car that they give this one a chance. not one person in my large family that doesn't LOVE this car :) Oh and cheap to own. nothing eve goes wrong with it!!!"

16 people out of 24 found this review helpful

GREAT CAR

By on Sunday, July 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,876

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "BEST CAR I HAVE EVER DRIVEN!"

Cons: "MORE ROOM THAN THE 5 SERIVES BUT TRUNK SPACE LIMIT"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"A POOR MANS BMW 7 SERIES! SAME WHEEL BASE. LARGER THAN THE REGUALR 5 LOTS MORE REAR LEG ROOM. WE ARE TRADING AS WE NEED A CAR THAT CAN CARRY MORE IN THE HATACH AREA! THINKING OF AN X5"

7 people out of 20 found this review helpful

Handles well...

By on Friday, July 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Very comfortable and handles well."

Cons: "18.5 gallon fuel tank keeps you at the pit stop."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This car handles extremely well in all areas. The safety features are great for a person who spends hours on the road to and from work. Others in the car are comfortable and due to all of the options (this car have them all), this makes the drive more better than most in its class."

15 people out of 30 found this review helpful

A safe, comfortable riding car; I love to drive!

By on Saturday, June 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 34,188

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "fun to drive"

Cons: "tires are too expensive"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"Never buy new, preowned with low mileage is way to go. I love this car. Beautiful body style and will really move! My 3rd BMW and is the ultimate driving machine."

9 people out of 21 found this review helpful

Fantastic! 535 XDrive

By on Tuesday, June 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Luxurious & comfortable, great design & Technology"

Cons: "Pricey, Could use powered rear seats"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Shopped several luxury sedans for a year before buying the 535i Xdrive. Fit, finish and technology integration superb. Smartphone Bluetooth capture is excellent. Although subjective exterior/interior design is superb and is an attention grabber. Driver/passenger seats are great for short and long trips (Audi A6 had hard seats by comparison). The ride is comfortable, luxurious not the athletic 5 Series -Bimmer driving experience of yore but very good! However, watch out you'll be doing 90+ without thinking! Surround cameras are good, although the 360-degree picture isn't uniform-some sectors clearer than others will check that with the dealer. The back seats can be lowered to give you lots of pass through room from the trunk, although raising and lowering the seats is manual, should be powered. XDrive makes a difference and would recommend that no matter where you live- it does rain. Cup holders are located a bit forward, but you get used to that. The BMW maintenance plan makes this the least expensive luxury sedan to maintain across four-year period, do the math and you'll see."

18 people out of 34 found this review helpful

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