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 BMW 535d is a diesel powered version of the 535 sedan that was released as part of an overall refresh of the 5-Series lineup. The 535d is a new model as of the 2014 model year. The 535d comes standard as a rear-wheel-drive car, although there is also a 535d xDrive model, which features BMW’s all-wheel-drive system.
The 3-liter turbocharged six-cylinder diesel engine in the BMW 535d produces 255 horsepower, thanks in part to what BMW calls its TwinPower Turbo. Even though that name applies to all of BMW’s forced induction powerplants, in the case of the 535d, the boost comes from a single turbo engineered with variable inlet geometry. The engine is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission that features paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel and a manual shift mode, and there is no manual transmission option for the diesel model. The Environmental Protection Agency has rated the 535d’s fuel economy at 25 miles per gallon city, 38 miles per gallon highway, and 30 miles per gallon combined. The rear-wheel-drive version of the BMW 535d is capable of accelerating from 0-60 in 5.6 seconds. Efficiency is maximized thanks to an auto start and stop function that turns off the engine at a stop so fuel is not wasted while the car would otherwise be idling. This system also helps reduce harmful exhaust emissions. The auto start-stop system uses a computer to monitor the car’s battery to determine when the engine is not under load. When appropriate, the engine will automatically stop, and it will start again when the driver provides throttle input, all while monitoring doors and seat belts to ensure passengers are not exiting the vehicle.
The Driving Dynamics Control system in the BMW 535d allows the driver to decide what kind of ride is desired, on the go. There’s a sport driving mode for agile and athletic driving, a sport plus mode that helps the car optimize performance, and a comfort mode that softens everything up to maximize the ride experience for the car’s passengers. The dynamics control system ties in to the active steering, suspension damping, engine control, and transmission to ensure everything works together for the desired ride. Another convenience feature on the BMW 535d is the optional night vision system, which helps drivers see animals, pedestrians, and other obstacles ahead of the vehicle in the dark, thanks to the use of an infrared camera. Standard equipment on the BMW 535d includes 18-inch alloy wheels, anti-lock disc brakes with composite front rotors, dynamic stability control, dynamic traction control, ambient cabin lighting, a power moonroof, adaptive and auto-leveling xenon headlights with built-in LED daytime running lights and corner lights, navigation, Bluetooth wireless integration, a 10-speaker audio system with MP3 and USB integration, keyless entry, keyless ignition, leather upholstery, and 10-way power front seats with driver memory functions.