There's a reason so many people aspire to own a BMW 5 Series, and this car won't disappoint. Handling is taut and agile, though the sedan has evolved to focus on luxury and refinement rather than overtly sporty driving. Its steering has lost some of the feel we've come to associate with previous 5 Series. The ride is comfortable and steady and the cabin is quiet.
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Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Side air bags standard in front, available in rear from 2000. Head protection air bags and ESC standard from 2000.
Road Test

There's a reason so many people aspire to own a BMW 5 Series, and this car won't disappoint. Handling is taut and agile, though the sedan has evolved to focus on luxury and refinement rather than overtly sporty driving. Its steering has lost some of the feel we've come to associate with previous 5 Series. The ride is comfortable and steady and the cabin is quiet. Its turbocharged engines are smooth and powerful, whether you opt for the four-cylinder in the 528i or the effortless six-cylinder unit in the 535i we tested. These engines are all super smooth, responsive and fuel-efficient. The eight-speed automatic shifts imperceptibly. Hybrid, diesel, and super-high horsepower M versions are available. All-wheel-drive is optional.

The interior is understated, luxurious and beautifully finished. The seats are comfortable and supportive. Rear-seat room is decent, though not exactly generous. High-tech controls take some getting used to, with a center dial that operates many functions and is monitored through a central screen. However, once mastered, the logic becomes clear.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 7-speed Sequential
  • 8-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (240 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 turbodiesel (255 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 hybrid (335 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 turbo (300 hp)
  • 4.4-liter V8 turbo (445 hp)
  • 4.4-liter V8 turbo (560 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2014 BMW 5 Series owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Pedestrian sensor was not accurate"

Anonymous, NY (2014 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Intermittent Malfunction indication but no obvious failures-cameras still work"

Anonymous, CT (2014 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Back up camera worked intermittently and was related to a faulty camera - occurred shortly after the car was purchased"

Anonymous, MN (2014 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"had side camera fail twice"

Anonymous, MA (2014 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Display screen freezes up

"the screen occasionally freezes upon starting the vehicle and goes blank. When that occurs, the navigation and radio become inoperable"

Anonymous, NJ (2014 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Display screen goes blank

"The navigation system and radio become inoperable"

Anonymous, NJ (2014 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Required replacement by dealer"

Anonymous, PA (2014 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Link to music and audio books works intermittently. It operates correctly only about 50-60% of the time. It is unclear when it will work or not. Very frustrating, and makes me consider a different car"

Bennett G., CA (2014 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"wish there was a way to update the maps database over the air. also, the routing isn't always the best - Waze and google maps is better. also the traffic monitoring is not great"

Anonymous, CA (2014 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"inaccurate guidance, sometimes cannot find locations that I know to exist, using most up-to-date system"

Anonymous, MA (2014 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive Unsure)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"the pairing of the phone for placing and receiving phone calls works fine. the pairing of the phone for audio use and to route sound via an iphone is spotty at best. there are lots of times when i need to re-start my phone, or re-pair it"

Anonymous, CA (2014 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Bluetooth is terrible. It operates intermittently. It appears to drop calls regularly, but most of the time the connection is dropped, and I cannot hear, and nor can the person I am speaking with. It comes back only to drop again. Worst ever"

Bennett G., CA (2014 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"iPhone audio does not remain on bluetooth. Have to switch audio source on the phone to get it to work"

Anonymous, MA (2014 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Radio

"In dash CD player did not work since new. Just did not realize until I tried to use it"

Anonymous, MN (2014 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"little noises all the time"

Anonymous, NJ (2014 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Cracking sound from the rear deck"

Anonymous, KS (2014 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Have been into shop twice, and need to go back again. Still haven't fixed the problem"

Anonymous, CT (2014 BMW 5 Series 528i Unsure)

"Something in the rear passenger side is not secure, which causes a buzz/rattle when applying brakes at 15 mph when while right rear tire going over a road bump"

Penny G., TX (2014 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Steering wheel makes a funny sound when it returns to resting position when the vehicle is switched off. Also there is a noise that comes from the front when the brakes are engaged when parked, but not all the time"

Anonymous, AB (2014 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Wind noise

"the BMW's are not like the ones of 7 years ago, they are cheaper construction"

Anonymous, NJ (2014 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"It "whistles" at 40 mph, and dealer did not fix it"

Thomas H., CA (2014 BMW 5 Series 535d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Air or water leaks

"the back left side door collects water when it rain and when you open the door it release the water by your shoes"

Anonymous, TX (2014 BMW 5 Series 550i xDrive 4.4-L V8 turbo)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"partneeded to be replaced"

Anonymous, NJ (2014 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Fuel gauge/sender

"BACK TO DEALER 6 TIMES THEY SAID SOFTWARE BUT WAS A BAD SENDER"

Anonymous, NJ (2014 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Was fixed under warrantee"

Anonymous, OR (2014 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Had oxygen sensor replaced"

Anonymous, MD (2014 BMW 5 Series 550i xDrive 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"Sensor for the fluid level for diesel emission control"

Russ N., TX (2014 BMW 5 Series 535d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"Probably loss of freon since the AC is luke-cool for 2-3 min. Takes too long for the AC to his cold air. (This is my 5th BMW.)"

Penny G., TX (2014 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Blowing hot air. Repaired under warranty"

Anonymous, NM (2014 BMW 5 Series 535d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
A/C compressor

"compressor failed and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, VT (2014 BMW 5 Series 535d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Condenser replaced under warranty"

Melvyn P., BC (2014 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Cruise control

"Active cruise control cuts our about once/month and gives message that the anti-collision feature is not operative. Seems sensitive to moisture. Doesn't do it on a dealer test drive"

Anonymous, AB (2014 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"1 headlight would not go on due to a computer malfunction or soft ware update; happened twice"

Anonymous, NY (2014 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"There was an onboard computer error with the "adaptive headlights", but the message lasted a week and then disappeared. The headlights are working fine for now"

Anonymous, NY (2014 BMW 5 Series 528i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Premature brake wear

"PRIOR DRIVER MUST HAVE DRIVEN CAR OTHER THAN ROUTINELY"

Anonymous, IL (2014 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Rear Brake Rotors worn out at only 14K miles! Not covered by BMW despite rest of car still under warranty and I replaced them myself"

Chris A., MA (2014 BMW 5 Series 535d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Rotors became warped and grooved and were replaced at 60000 miles"

Patrick O., CA (2014 BMW 5 Series 535d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Faulty transmission was replaced by dealer under warranty"

Anonymous, NY (2014 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint peeled off several places on the steering wheel. We scheduled an appointment for repair, and had to wait over one week to get the car back"

Anonymous, NJ (2014 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Pipes

"Corrosion on the chrome exhaust tips, tips replaced under warranty"

Ellen D., FL (2014 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

"Remote entry has failed to function properly"

Anonymous, FL (2014 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"Pully bolt failed causing belts to fail. Dealer repaired per service bulletin for this issue"

Anonymous, FL (2014 BMW 5 Series 535d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Steering wheel vibration

"vib at 65 - 70 mph. On third visit, replaced and upgraded all tires. Condition os still very slight but tolerable"

Anonymous, CA (2014 BMW 5 Series 535d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

"Foot actuated trunk opener opener fails to work 3 times out of 4. Dealer says need to be in exactly the centre or that sensor must be covered with road slurt. Speedometer reads high by 4 kms at 100 kph and 5 kms at 125 kph. Dealer says thta's with"

Anonymous, AB (2014 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

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