The Diesel Driver reviews one of 5 Series models we would like to see available in the US: the 2011 BMW 535d, either in sedan or wagon bodystyle.
“The 2011 BMW 535d is the flagship diesel-powered sedan in the sixth generation of BMW’s vaunted 5er Reihe (5er Series), code-named F10. The 5er Series is very important to BMW as it accounts for a major portion of the company’s profits. Indeed, at the company’s 2010 annual shareholders meeting , Norbert Reithofer, BMW’s Vorstandvorsitzender (CEO), commented that that the 5er Series is a “key driver of sales, image and profit for the BMW Group.” He also mentioned that BMW has “received considerably more orders than planned” for the 5er Series.
The straight-six that powers the 535d Touring manages to conjure up 300 hp thanks to BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, yet it is remarkably efficient and eco-friendly. While it can get from 0-100 km/h in 5.7 seconds, it uses only 5.3 l/100 km on the highway (44.4 mpg) and 8.1 l/100 km in the city (29 mpg) and its CO2 emissions are only 165 g per kilometer.
BMW offered me the best of both worlds with a new 535d Touring. I was to be the first U.S. journalist to drive the new 535d so I was very much looking forward to the trip. I planned to spend a week with the car, starting in Munich, driving to Burghausen and Ach in Austria and, later on, to the Bavarian Alps, before returning to Munich.
The Touring is as aggressively elegant as the sedan. To quote BMW chief designer Adrian von Hooydonk, “The 5-series is designed to express autobahn speed even when standing still.” The multiple contours on sculpted hood make people contemplate whether they are concave or convex (they are both).”