Video: 2011 BMW 535i Review from Consumer Reports

5-series | October 12th, 2010 by 15
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The new 2011 BMW 5 Series made its US debut just a few months ago and recent sales figure and reports from BMW dealerships indicate …

The new 2011 BMW 5 Series made its US debut just a few months ago and recent sales figure and reports from BMW dealerships indicate a strong demand for the new, redesigned 5er.

With a price point at the same level or lower than the previous generation, the F10 5 Series sedan has quickly become a hot commodity for BMW dealerships. While the high-end 550i model leads the sales, our favorite has always been the twin-turbo 3.0 liter 535i model.

The new 535i features the new turbocharged 3.0-liter N55 twin-scroll turbo, and equipped with the new eight-speed automatic, the car weighs 3,880 pounds.The new inline-6 of the BMW 535i features High Precision direct injection, and, for the first time, VALVETRONIC throttle-less intake technology.

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The N55 engine produces 302 horsepower at 5,800-6,400 rpm and 295 pound-feet of torque from 1,200-5,000 rpm. The 2011 BMW 535i runs from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 5.9 seconds.

Overall, the 535i has received positive reviews from most of the automotive journalists, including the now famous Jeremy Clarkson. His verdict: “basically, it’s a very, very good Austin Seven.” In all its fairness, there have been also reports mentioning some quirks found within the car, as seen in our review as well. Most of the negative points were given to the electric steering wheel, lack of connection with the road and driver involvement.

Next in line to review the 5 Series are the folks over at Consumer Reports, the respectable entity that can and has influenced the decision of many buyers, from cars to electronics and other consumer products.

2011 BMW 5 Series Photo Gallery

[Photos by Shawn Molnar ]

15 responses to “Video: 2011 BMW 535i Review from Consumer Reports”

  1. plaxico says:

    It s new and it already looks outdated , like bloated 3er .Sad

  2. plaxico says:

    To be honest I agree with you; the exterior design is incredibly boring but the same is true of all the mid size execs with the exception of the XJ. The A6 is boring and the E Class too fussy. This 5 is too bulbous and hunched. Mind you, the interior is way ahead of the rest of class; so quiet with amazing suspension though admittedly poorer steering than previous.

  3. Babken says:

    Remember this, Mercedes-Benz dreamers: BMW 5 Series was, is and will always be the undisputed best in its segment. In EVERYTHING!

    • Daniel Hoang says:

      The Audi A6 still holds the medal, BMW needs more refinment before taking back the crown. Also Its never in “Everything”, Mercedes will Always be the more luxurious car and Porsche will be more sporty car.BMW is suppose to be the “Perfect Car” which as the Balance of Sport and Luxury like the E39 and E46.

  4. wazon8 says:

    The often I see new 5-er, the more I like it. It’s far from being boring for me and still it has calm design as sedan of this class should have.

  5. Giom says:

    Amaizing how these jurnos gets hung up about technology. If there is no iDrive system in a car, it’s too cluttered. If there is one, it’s too complicated. This guy is particularly anoying with his focus on little things while not mentioning the great things. That, to mee, shouts “I prefere Mercs and Lexus’, and I shouldn’t be a jurno!”.

  6. Sajan says:

    Just Like Jeremy Clarkson said in his review of his 5 series

    ”See the problem here? Cars are now so bloody good and so well thought out that all there is to write about is a dipping bonnet or a crease in the rear wing.

    And when it comes to finding fault? My God, you have to be picky. In the 5-series, I’m reduced to complaining that if I set the steering wheel where I like it, fully back and as high as possible, I can’t see the “range” read-out on the dash. Oh, and the electronic gearlever is a bit of a fiddle. Until you get used to it, which takes about three seconds. ”

  7. Steve says:

    .. But he isn’t though, he hates all BMW’s except this and the 135i. Anyway, get back to being a Renault Fanboy and stop hating on German Precision Flawless Award Winning Revolutionary BMW engineering. Bayerische Moteren Werke will always lead the way no matter what. Great manufactures like Audi and Mercedes will get close, but only BMW truly understand what Automotive Engineering is truly about.

  8. Kelly says:

    And if you want leather, that is an option in a $50,000 car!

  9. Steve says:

    Well I’ve seen a couple of b6 rs4’s withl window winders in the rear. Not sure they have any in the states with winders but over here in the U.K there’s a few models

  10. Bill says:

    Why did BMW make the 550i the exact same as the 750i. What is the added incentive to buy the heavier and more expensive 7 if the 5 is the same – give or take an inch or two. I should trade in my 7 for the 550i. Give me a reason why I should keep it over the 550i.

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