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2014 BMW 5 Series

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2014 BMW 5 Series Review

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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)

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2014 BMW 5 Series Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.3
Out of 10

Based on 111 Ratings for the 2011 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.1/10
    Quality
    8.7/10
  • Reliability
    8.7/10
    Performance
    8.7/10
  • Comfort
    8.8/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

Gorgeous car in excellent condition. Fun to drive

By on Saturday, January 30, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 59,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "fun to drive"

Cons: "I wish it had more power,next time, will get an m4"

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

"Best handling vehicle I ever owned. This vehicle is fully loaded, power everything with sport package run flat 19' wheels,white exterior with black nappa leather interior, 8 speed automatic paddle shifter, navigation, not a ding or scratch, extending warranty that I never used, very reliable, gorgeous car, it's a must see vehicle in excellent condition, i wish it had a little more power, next time i'll get an m4."

I love my car! 2012 525i Xdrive

By on Thursday, December 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 59,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great handling, fast, comfortable"

Cons: "little leg room in rear"

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

"I purchased the vehicle as CPO in November. At this time I do not have to worry when it comes to maintenance since it's covered until 1/17/2018. The driving experience is without question the best. The vehicle handles like a dream. The multiple driving options (ECO, Comfort, and Sports) was a pleasant surprise. I normally drive the car in Comfort mode but I'm glad to have the Sports mode, which turns the vehicle into a monster. Thanks to the Xdrive during a recent down pour I had complete confidence. No more worrying about hydroplaning. Other vehicles were pulling over and I was able to muscle right through the storm with ease. The Stop/Start option is nice but can be annoying so for the most part I disengage it. The interior is beautiful and very comfortable."

2011 Bmw 550xi

By on Wednesday, December 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 43,000

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: "Performance Handling Luxury Comfort Styling"

Cons: "Run-Flat Tires"

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

"Bought this car cpo it was 2 years old with only 18k miles. All i have to say is this car is amazing.I am amazed by the way to car performs and handles its does not feel like a 5thousand lb vehicle. There's nothing quicker off the line then this vehicle with the x-drive. Car is so much fun to drive in sport mode with the m adaptive suspension. I recommend anybody that buys this car to spring for the upgraded suspension its worth every penny. The vehicle hugs the road with no body roll at all. The technology in this car is superb nothing is better IMHO. The only complaint is the run-flat tires they give the vehicle a very harsh ride and a lot of road noise. But once you swap them out for non run-flats the ride is a million times better.This vehicle truly is the Ultimate Driving Machine. Nothing compares to the power performance and luxury this vehicle has. I would recommend this vehicle to everyone!!"

7 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Awesome Vehicle

By on Thursday, November 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

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: "Powerful Ride, unlike any other Hybrid out there."

Cons: "Non yet."

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

"This car has all the bells and whistles. I enjoy driving this car. It has a comfortable ride. I don't usually drive long distance, however, the first time I drove long distance by myself, I had no issues with this car. I was able to drive comfortably without any back or neck issues. The sports mode is amazing. When you need the car to go faster, switching it is simple and then you fly. BMW has gone a long way. The features are priceless.. The support from the local dealership is amazing."

23 people out of 42 found this review helpful

Exelent- BMW USA original Warranty 15 mo @ Service

By on Sunday, October 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 39,864

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "First owener saled to be able to buy a house"

Cons: "2011"

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

"First owner With Original BMW Warranty for 16 bumper to bumper includes full dealer service. Excellent condition with Jet black Exterior and Camel brown interior, everything on it."

7 people out of 21 found this review helpful

Outstanding Driving Machine

By on Monday, October 12, 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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fun to drive"

Cons: "not enough console storage"

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

"My first BMW (535i Xdrive, M Sport Package, ), this car is a BEAST! Absolutely LOVE it. I am a previous owner of the Lexus LS 460, and there is no comparison. I sold the Lexus after one year, and I already know that I will have a hard time buying any other manufacturers vehicle. It's that nice. The varied driving modes are a blast and, as different as night and day. Slip it into EconoPro and you feel like you are driving a luxury sedan, put it into Sports Mode and it's like riding a rocket. Very fun!"

5 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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