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2013 BMW 5 Series

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2013 BMW 5 Series Review

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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 116 Ratings for the 2011 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.1/10
    Quality
    8.7/10
  • Reliability
    8.6/10
    Performance
    8.7/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

Reliable & immaculate; superior engineering

By on Saturday, July 9, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 63,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Superb workmanship & engineering; built to drive"

Cons: "Luxury car"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

Mint condition

"VIN WBAXH5C53DD111665; Immaculate & garaged; high mileage but all hwy; new windshield & sparkplugs; all service & VIN reports on hand; trouble free and reliable; all-wheel drive w/ adaptive cruise control & traction control system; winter, power & premium packages; luxury drive; new Bridgestone Blizzack tires & roof rack included; rated 22/33 MPG but better w/ Eco Pro feature (brake energy regeneration system); Nav w/ real time traffic; exterior dark graphic metallic II w/ beautiful interior Black Dakota Leather; keyless entry & ignition; satellite radio, hands free info-tainment capability system; premium condition; original MSRP $56,995"

Mint condition

No Regrets

By on Wednesday, July 6, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 31,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fun, tech, good gas mileage, aesthetically nice"

Cons: "none so far. relatively new"

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

"Coming from a volvo background and having driven an E-CLass for a short time, I was skeptical about plunking down my hard earned for a bimmer. I must say that I am more impressed now that I have the car than when I was driving my wife's 3 series or X1. I wanted the play of the 3 series but the "grown-upness" of a larger sedan. I was not disappointed at all. True I can feel some sharp turns due to the run flats but this is the finest modern car I have driven and I recommend getting one if you are able. I opted for the 13 model as it is my favorite body stye since the 2000 era."

Great Cruiser!

By on Wednesday, June 29, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 48,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great road feel, great utility,"

Cons: "2013 Idrive not android friendly"

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

"This car is wonderful. You have to spend more than a few miles in it and it will grow on you instantly. Huge backseat and storage, luxury and comfort for the driver and passenger, perfect for a car seat and road trip, or put the back seats down and use it for utility (just get the rubber trunk mat!) I'm reconfiguring the backseat as a mobile office with laptop tray and great for Real Estate showings and just overall chauffeuring that is pleasant for both driver and passengers. It is a little button heavy with technology but you will get used to it really quick (what newer cars are not these days?)Don't let visual reviews fool you. This is beauty in the eye of the beholder, and from the inside looking out, not from the outside looking in."

Car iss over rated and over priced

By on Friday, May 27, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,900

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Handles well and looks great"

Cons: "user controls etc stink"

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

"I find it to be one of the most user unfriendly cars i have ever owned. The German engineers seem to care less and make no attempt to correct. The car could be great if they listened to the customer once in a while. This is the first and last BMW I would purchase. Back to Lexus for me."

2015 535xi disappoints

By on Saturday, April 23, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 63,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Beautiful Car"

Cons: "Hesitation in acceleration from a complete stop"

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

"This is my first dive into the BMW market and will be my last. The car hesitates when accelerated from a complete stop. I thought there was a problem with the car so I took it back 3 times. They said it was a bad fuel injector and replaced it 3 times (thankfully under warranty) but the hesitation continues. I am nervous about crossing traffic at time because of this hesitation. Very disappointed with this purchase."

9 people out of 23 found this review helpful

Excellent Vehicle, Fun to Drive

By on Thursday, February 11, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 46,900

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Handling is excellent, build is wonderful"

Cons: "No Eyeglass holders AND engine issues"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Overall, this vehicle is fantastic. Great power and phenomenal handling (w/Dynamic suspension package). It's a bit of a gas guzzler but if you're looking at this vehicle, that shouldn't be a concern. One word of caution however... The vehicle has what BMW calls a "customer care package" on this model years engine. In my mind it should be a recall. The failure rate of the fuel injectors is quite high. I've had mine in the shop on four occasions for this reason. For a buyer, the good news is that this knocked the value of the vehicle down a bit so as long as the car got the updated fuel injectors, you would be getting even more car for your money. Be sure and ask if the N63 customer care package was applied to the vehicle or check the BMW history before purchasing."

28 people out of 36 found this review helpful

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