You could also spill coffee on the new iDrive controller, which happens to be one of the few changes to the 2009 model. However, this car is quick, tight, beautiful and pure pleasure to drive. However, we were outside the warrantee based upon time since new. Honda and Mazda gave up on their mechanical four-wheel steering technologies because they were expensive, complicated and heavy. Incredibly built and great value!! The overall air of firm luxury remains, although there's a vague starkness not found in Audi or Lexus brands. For 2010 there are only a couple of changes.
It isn't as heavy as its sibling X3 crossover I tested the week prior, and during high-speed driving the steering wheel feels incredibly natural and intuitive — like a good sports car's. Even the ride was more comfortable than you'd expect, and it definitely felt smoother than the last two 5 Series sedans — a 528i and 550i — I've tested. The V8 remains the quintessential power fiend's engine of choice, but it comes with such a heavy price tag that the twin turbo begins to look like the better pick. Those probably include a high level of luxury, features, performance and, yes, some utility thrown in. It may feel strange, but it's stable.
Later the same year, right rear light cluster went out due to corrosion. In a desperate search for the next big thing, product planners continue to push, pull, and bend the metal shapes draped over four wheels. Audi's A6 and Mercedes' E350 compete in terms of utility and price, especially now that the 2009 A6 has upgraded to a new supercharged engine that produces similar power as the 5 Series wagon. The new control display is easier to understand, and the controller offers a more comfortable, intuitive selection and activation of functions with standardized turn, push and tilt motions. Data Unavailable Rear Door Type Data Unavailable Track Width Data Unavailable Wheelbase in. Add in the flat-cornering and controllable ride of the Adaptive Drive package and it will handle any surface.
Safety Standard safety equipment includes stability control, antilock disc brakes, front-seat side airbags and front and rear side curtain airbags. Post-warranty maintenance and repair is expensive, though if maintained well the car continues to excel. Cargo space remains 520 litres. The options and features in the interior are of superior quality and design it just seems to be a chore to operate what should be simple operations. But the car's overcomplicated controls make living with it frustrating. The 5-Series models have a roomy interior, with front seats that are excellent for long trips, enough back seat space for adults and, in sedans, a very roomy trunk.
Rear-seat side airbags are optional. Wagons should be built for cargo and this one is, it has 33. Front and rear crash tests of the sedan received top marks of Good, while side tests produced Marginal ratings, which are second worst. Model overview: The 5-Series is offered with three different engines--designated by the models 528, 535 and 550. The steering wheel is nicely padded and it's heated. In these long-wheelbase luxury saloons, it makes perfect sense. The blend of sharp and curved edges are what make this wagon turn heads in a crowd.
Touring 535i and 520d wagons are expected in October. First is the addition of the newest iDrive system on cars equipped with the available navigation system, and second is the creation of a new M Sport Package that adds an Anthracite headliner, an exterior aerodynamic package with Shadowline trim, and M-specific wheels, door sills, footrest, gearshift lever, and steering wheel. Not only that, but this latest edition to the 5-Series offers a fun and satisfying ride. Radio stations sounded as if someone was gargling when they talked. Data Unavailable Cargo Area Sedan-535i Cargo Volume ft³ Data Unavailable Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down ft³ Data Unavailable Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up ft³ Data Unavailable Trunk Volume ft³ 14. Safety Besides options like lane departure warning, the 5 Series comes equipped with a suite of side curtain airbags and front-seat side-impact airbags. High ownership costs, so don't shy away from maintenance package.
Standard features for the 5-Series Wagon include a panoramic sunroof, power tailgate, 10-speaker stereo system, leatherette upholstery, multi-media interface and automatic windshield wipers. The same goes for the sport wagon and the all-wheel-drive models. Besides, no one really wanted them in sporty cars. If, however, you're shopping the all-wheel-drive 535i xDrive or its competitors — the Audi A6 Avant and Mercedes-Benz E-Class wagon — you clearly have an entirely different set of priorities. When cold the engine was running rough and the check engine light was on. Sure, the 535i xDrive may be frumpy in some regards, but it has elegant lines and a striking profile.
All 535 models add xenon adaptive headlights. They say that the system is far too complicated and if you're not a computer technician, then good luck trying to figure it out. Another performance option is Active Steering, which actually helps steer the car back toward a more stable situation when the electronic stability control intervenes. All three engines come with a standard six-speed manual or an optional a six-speed automatic. If, however, you're shopping the all-wheel-drive 535i xDrive or its competitors — the Audi A6 Avant and Mercedes-Benz E-Class wagon — you clearly have an entirely different set of priorities. The size class for cars is determined by the interior passenger and cargo volumes. NewUsedFilter selectedNewUsedList, null ; newUsedFilter.
Anchored by the 528i, 535i and 550i sedans, the lineup also includes the all-wheel-drive 528xi and 535xi sedans plus a 535xi wagon and 550 Grand Turismo Wagon. TransmissionFilter selectedTransmissionList, transmissionTemplate ; } listingsSearchManager. In the world of luxury station wagons, there isn't much sense in trying to justify the price tag. But the car has been embarrassingly unreliable the 2010 model and the dealership even seems wearied by this year's inconsistencies. But for a station wagon, it's near the top of the heap in terms of cornering and handling. The passenger's cupholder is better-placed, but both move more than you'd like, especially if you have a to-go coffee cup with an open top. A mild makeover in 2008 smoothed out some of the more controversial elements, adding a revised front and rear fascias and reworked headlights and taillights.