The BMW 535 is a sedan in the German auto manufacturer’s 5-Series executive car lineup. BMW introduced the 5-Series in 1972, and as of 2013, the 5-Series is in its sixth generation. It is BMW’s second most popular series of vehicles, after the entry level 3-Series, and it is sold throughout the world.
The E12 generation, which is the first generation of the 5-Series, was produced from 1972 until 1981, and the BMW 535i of that generation is considered the predecessor to the BMW M5 performance sedan. The E60 generation 535i, which was manufactured from 2003 until 2010 and was the best selling generation of the 5-Series to date, was the first BMW 5-Series vehicle to feature a turbocharged gasoline engine.
The current generation of the BMW 5-Series is also available in 535i trim, as well as 528i, 550i, and the ActiveHybrid 5. The 5-Series is available with xDrive, which is BMW’s optional all-wheel-drive system. The latest BMW 535i comes standard with 17-inch aluminum wheels fitted with run-flat tires, automatic adaptive xenon head lamps surrounded by LED running lights, and fog lights. Buyers opting for an xDrive version of the 535i will find their vehicle comes upgraded to 18-inch wheels. The 535i’s interior features leather upholstery and wood trim, 10-way power front seats equipped with a memory function, dual zone automatic climate control, keyless entry and push button start, ambient cabin lighting, a power trunk opener with optional hands-free trunk operation, and a power sunroof. The standard audio system is 180 watts and incorporates Bluetooth wireless connectivity, HD radio, and 10 speakers. Buyers can upgrade to a premium 1200-watt Bang & Olufsen audio system. BMW’s iDrive driver information system features a color in-dash display screen, and buyers can upgrade to a navigation system with real-time traffic information. An optional cold weather package will add heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and washers for the headlights. The driver assistance package adds a reverse camera, front and rear park assistance, blind spot detection, and side-view and top-view cameras. Lane departure warning and speed limit warnings can be added to the driver assistance package, as well as an optional night vision system. The final tier of optional trim upgrades is the BMW Individual Composition program, which equips the 535i with 19-inch wheels, exclusive exterior trim, an Alcantara headliner, premium leather, and exclusive cabin trim selections.
The BMW 535i features a turbocharged 3-liter six-cylinder engine that produces 300 horsepower, mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional eight-speed automatic. The automatic transmission becomes standard on xDrive models, however. Drivability can be enhanced with the dynamic handling package, featuring adaptive drive with dynamic damping control and active roll stabilization. The M Sport package is also available on non-xDrive models, which provides larger wheels, performance tires, and exclusive M Sport aesthetic components such as a steering wheel and body kit. The M Sport version of the 535i is also tuned for a higher top speed. A BMW 535i with a manual transmission achieves Environmental Protection Agency fuel economy ratings of 20 miles per gallon city, 30 miles per gallon highway, and 24 combined. Opting for the automatic transmission shaves one mile per gallon off the combined rating, while the xDrive all-wheel-drive 535i actually gains one mile per gallon in the city. The BMW 535i also features six air bags, traction control, stability control, hill start assist, and ventilated anti-lock disc brakes.