Go

2014 BMW 5 Series

Overview
Share this page
Trading in or Selling? Know where you stand with the most up-to-date Kelley Blue Book Value at your fingertips. See your car's value

Buying this car?

2014 BMW 5 Series Review

By

KBB Expert Rating: 8.4

While many cars have longevity, few have consistently shone as brightly as the BMW 5 Series. The 2014 5 Series is no exception, continuing to grow and improve its trade while the competition scrambles to catch up to the previous year’s updates and improvements. The BMW 5 Series for 2014 represents one of the most complete luxury car lines in the industry, offering a base turbocharged sedan, a powerhouse high-performance M version, diesel-powered and V8 models, a hybrid and a somewhat controversially styled Grand Touring wagon/ SUV. Rear-wheel drive (RWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) versions expand your 5 Series choices even further. You won’t find a more complete lineup, not from Lexus or Infiniti or Audi or Cadillac, although the Mercedes-Benz E-Class comes closest.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you like your luxury, performance and technology delved out in equal parts, the 2014 BMW 5 Series won’t disappoint. Contrary to popular belief, the manual transmission is not dead and its presence in the 535i and M5 is another reason true enthusiasts flock to this car.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you’re the type who doesn’t like complexities, either in your car or its pricing structure, the BMW 5 Series will likely have you seeing red. And while a fully-loaded Lexus, Acura or Infiniti remains sensibly priced, a decked out 550i can approach six figures.

What's New for 2014

A diesel sedan is added, while new standard features include xenon adaptive headlights, navigation and BMW Apps. New options include adaptive LED headlights, a rear-seat entertainment system and two new packages: Luxury and Modern. The 550i gains 45 horsepower, but loses its manual transmission.

Driving the 5 Series
Driving Impressions

Whether powered by its rear wheels or all four, the 2014 BMW 5 Series earns its accolades as one of the best driving, best handling cars in the world. BMW’s...

... AWD provides year-round piece of mind, a bonus long denied previous generations powered solely by their rear wheels. Power is in abundant supply regardless of trim. From the base 528i's turbocharged-4 to the twin-turbochargers boosting the diesel and V8 models, there is a 5 Series to match just about every demand and price range – providing your price range starts above $50K. With a 0-60-mph time of 6.2 seconds, the 528i’s performance belies its 4-cylinder powerplant, although its 34-mpg fuel economy rating seems right in line. That said, 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 2014 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.

2014 BMW 5 Series Details
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 BMW 5 Series for 2014, 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 Leatherette seating, which has no place in a $50,000 luxury car.

Exterior

In assessing the 2014 BMW 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 2014 BMW 5 Series includes 10-way power front seats, an 8-speed automatic transmission, run-flat tires, xenon adaptive headlights, navigation 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 2014 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

BMW offers a variety of appealing stand-alone options and packages to enhance the performance and refinement of you 5 Series. 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. Likewise, the new Luxury Line and Modern Line design packages add style elements inside and out. Luxury and convenience options include a full-color head-up display and active front seats designed to help reduce the fatigue and a rear-seat entertainment system with tablet-style displays.

Under the Hood

Variety, thy name is 5 Series. With the introduction of a new turbodiesel, BMW offers a quadruple helping 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. The inline-6 twin-turbocharged diesel delivers V8-like torque with significant fuel economy increases over its gasoline counterparts.

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 (528i)
240 horsepower @ 5,000-6,000 rpm
260 lb-ft of torque @ 1,250-4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/34 mpg (RWD), 22/33 mpg (AWD)

3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 (535i, 535i GT)
300 horsepower @ 5,800 rpm
300 lb-ft of torque @ 1,300-5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/30 (manual, RWD), 20/30 (automatic, RWD), 20/29 (automatic, AWD), 19/28 mpg (GT, RWD), 18/26 mpg (GT, AWD)

3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 hybrid (535 Active Hybrid)
335 horsepower @ 5,800 rpm
300 lb-ft of torque @ 1,300-5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/30 mpg

3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 diesel (535d)
255 horsepower @ 4,000 rpm
413 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500-3,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 26/38 mpg (RWD), 26/37 mpg (AWD)

4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 (550i, 550i GT)
445 horsepower @ 5,500-6,400 rpm
480 lb-ft of torque @ 1,750-4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/25 mpg (RWD), 16/24 mpg (AWD), 16/25 mpg (RWD, GT), 16/24 mpg (AWD, GT)

4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 (M5)
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)

Trading in or Selling? Know where you stand with the most up-to-date Kelley Blue Book Value at your fingertips. See your car's value

Buying this car?

2014 BMW 5 Series Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.3
Out of 10

Based on 116 Ratings for the 2011 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • 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"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

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."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

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."

10 people out of 24 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."

29 people out of 37 found this review helpful

Share this page
Advertisement
Trading in or Selling? Know where you stand with the most up-to-date Kelley Blue Book Value at your fingertips. See your car's value

Buying this car?

Advertisement