The 2014 BMW 535i is an all-around leader among midsize luxury sedans and gives greater priority to comfort and luxury amenities.
The BMW 535i has a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine rated at 302 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. This is a rear-drive model and comes with an eight-speed automatic. All of this will take you from zero to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds. Fuel economy is 24 mpg combined (20 mpg city/30 mpg highway).
Both driver and passengers will be quite pleased with the cabin, as it's elegant, spacious and comfortable. The cabin is quieter than ever before at highway speeds, while its comfortable ride makes it a natural for long road trips. The instrument panel is an evolution of the twin-dial, analog gauge cluster BMW has been using for decades, but now there's a configurable display between the primary gauges.
Standard equipment includes 18-inch wheels, adjustable driving settings (which alter suspension, steering, throttle and automatic transmission response), adaptive bi-xenon headlights, automatic wipers, heated mirrors, a sunroof, cruise control, auto-dimming mirrors and keyless ignition/entry. Inside you get dual-zone automatic climate control, dark wood trim, ambient lighting, 10-way power front seats (with four-way power lumbar), driver memory functions, split-folding rear seats, leather upholstery and a power tilt-and-telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel. Electronic features include the BMW Assist emergency communications system, the iDrive electronics interface (with smartphone app integration), a navigation system, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and a 10-speaker sound system with a CD player, HD radio, an auxiliary audio jack and an iPod/USB audio interface.
Standard safety equipment for the 2014 BMW 5 Series includes stability and traction control, antilock disc brakes, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and active front head restraints. Also standard is the BMW Assist emergency communications system, which includes automatic crash notification, an emergency response button, remote door unlock and stolen vehicle recovery.
In government crash tests, BMW's midsize luxury sedan earned a top five-star rating for overall performance, with four out of five stars given for overall front-impact protection and five stars for side-impact protection. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing, the 5 Series earned a top rating of "Good" in the moderate-overlap frontal-offset, side-impact and roof-strength crash tests. Its seat/head restraint design was also rated "Good" for whiplash protection in rear impacts.