BMW 5 Series Overview
The 535i is refined and fuel efficient. In our tests, the turbocharged six-cylinder engine delivered smooth and strong acceleration, and its eight-speed automatic shifted imperceptibly. At 23 mpg overall, fuel economy is commendable for such a substantial sedan. While the ride is impressive, handling is disappointing. This is mainly because of the car's vague steering and pronounced understeer at its limits. Interior fit and finish is excellent, but some controls are overcomplicated. Hybrid and diesel models are available. The top-level M5 puts out 560 hp from its 4.4-liter turbocharged V8. Reliability of all versions has been average or better.
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