The folks over at The Diesel Driver are delivering their final report on the 2011 BMW 535d Sedan. Here is an excerpt from their review which also touches on the controversial electric steering.
“Of course, driving on the open road is where the 5er really shines. While previous generations of the 5 Series were superior to similar vehicles from other automakers, the new 5er has achieved significant further improvements. While I wasn’t a fan of the previous 5er’s active steering, the new version includes rear steering (the rear wheels steer up to 2.5°) that shortens the turning circle and improves high-speed stability.
The 535d comes equipped with a silky-smooth, 3.0-liter twin-turbo I-6 engine which produces 300 hp (220 kW) and 425 pound-feet of torque. This takes the car from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 5.7 seconds, making it actually faster than the lighter and smaller 335d, which needs 6.0 seconds to get to that speed, which is the same for the current gasoline-powered 535i. The previous generation 535d, which was no slouch, needed 6.4 seconds.
The 535d’s optional Dynamic Driving Control allowed me to choose from Comfort, Normal, Sport, and Sport +, thereby selecting settings for the adaptive shocks. The controls vary jounce and rebound characteristics independently and steplessly, as well as throttle response, and active anti-roll bars. I kept the car mostly in sport mode except for some bumpy city streets where the comfort setting absorbed just about all of the potholes and rough pavement. Driving in sport mode made the car feel much smaller and tighter.