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The Diesel Driver reviews the BMW 535d Sedan

5-series | March 16th, 2011 by 8
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One of the diesel bimmers that we would love to see in the U.S. is the 2011 BMW 535d Sedan. Powered by the same engine …

One of the diesel bimmers that we would love to see in the U.S. is the 2011 BMW 535d Sedan. Powered by the same engine as the one found in the X5d and 335d, the 535d is a model that will certainly complement the 5 Series offerings in North America and could become a best seller for BMW on this side of the ocean. The 3.0 liter turbocharged engine is the only diesel approved by U.S. EPA therefore one of the prime candidate for future diesel offerings.

The Diesel Driver had the opportunity to test drive the new 535d in Europe. Here is an excerpt from their review:

Our dark graphite metallic (sophistograu) 535d sedan, which we picked up a few days prior to our drive, was fully loaded with virtually all of the latest innovations the new 5er Series has to offer. This includes safety features such as the Lane Departure Warning and Active Blind Spot Detection, and the Speed Limit Info, which show up directly on the Head-Up Display. We were also looking forward to seeing the effects of the Dynamic Damper Control and exercising the 8-speed sport automatic gearbox, which, because of its enormous torque, is standard on the 535d.

The Diesel Driver reviews the BMW 535d Sedan….

We crossed the border into Austria near Walserberg shortly after 3 p.m. and continued on the Austrian Autobahn A1 (the German Autobahn A8 terminates at the border) in the direction of Vienna. The A1 is the oldest and most important Autobahn in Austria, connecting the capital city of Vienna on a east-west axis with the cities of Linz and Salzburg. Once in Austria, we took a short detour to enjoy the marvelous scenery of the Mondsee (Moon Lake) area. We also noted the 535d’s fuel consumption. After 174 km (108 miles), the 535d used 8.4 l/100 km (27 mpg). Our average driving speed was 102.6 km/h (63.7 mp/h).

Exactly 4 hours and 52 minutes had passed since we left the Maximiliansstraße in Munich and pulled up at the hotel in Bratislava. We found that the 535d’s fuel economy had improved significantly once we were no longer stuck in traffic as compared to fuel usage for the first portion of the trip, prior to crossing the border. We drove a total of 528 km (328 miles), mostly on German and Austrian Autobahns, and our fuel consumption was an incredible 7.1 l/100 km (34 mpg) – with an average speed of 111 km/h (68.9 mp/h).”

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  • Kramp

    What’s next an Aston Martin DBS pickup?! IWhy can’t they just buy a Holden ute, and leave the poor M3 alone ?

  • Zack Brak

    I think BMW would sell more diesels in the US if they focused more on Fuel Economy instead of HP and torque. This fits into their “softer” image mindset. Bring one of the smaller diesel engines from Europe to the US. The ones that get in the 40-50mpg range. That would get people’s attention. Fuel mileage in the mid to upper 30’s isn’t impressive anymore. The new Hyundai Elantra gets 40mpg on a gas engine.

  • Laszlo

    27-34mpg on the highway ? That is by far not impressive. I was hoping to see a 40mpg average on the highways. Its not bad, but not as impressive as what a 520d did recently on the mixed driving of highway/city – 49mpg.
    The 520d is a great machine, 184HP (or 199HP) is awesome from a 2.0l Td engine and the economy is awesome. On the highway it was constantly doing 50+ mpg and all this with the 8spd auto box.

    this 535D economy might be compromised in order to get brisk acceleration. The 520d isn’t quick off the line but pretty good once running. Not M5 or even 535i territory but definitely a good strong car.

    • wazon8

      Are you sure that you expected 5.88 liter/100km (40mpg) from 3.0 litre diesel delivering close to 300hp with around 6.0 sec. acceleration from 0 – 60 mph? I would call it wishful thinking. I find this car with 8.0litre/100km (30mpg) fuel consumption as really satisfying. This diesel is not only about economy, after all its perfromance is really great.

  • viper

    this is going to be an extremely popular engine in eu.
    my choice for 535d or 540d if there is any.
    bmw has advanced diesel engines , extremely silent , powerful , efficient and fast.

    • wazon8

      Are they supposed to create 540d (with 3.0 litre diesel as in 740d)?

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