There's a reason so many people aspire to own a 5 Series, and this car mostly won't disappoint. Handling is taut and agile, though the car 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.
Alerts
There are 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

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.
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.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
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.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

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.
2000
NA
2001
NA
2002
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2003
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2005
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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
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
NA
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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.
2000
NA
2001
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2002
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2005
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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. Head protection air bags and ESC standard from 2000. FCW, AEB, and BSW standard from 2019.
Road Test

There's a reason so many people aspire to own a 5 Series, and this car mostly won't disappoint. Handling is taut and agile, though the car 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 that 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 knob that operates many functions and viewed through a central screen. However, once mastered the logic becomes clear. The electronic shift lever also takes time to learn as it isn't immediately intuitive; it lacks some safeguards to prevent against rollaway should a driver accidentally fail to shift into Park. 

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Rear
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

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.

Read more about extended warranties
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 turbo (300 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 hybrid (335 hp)
  • 4.4-liter V8 turbo (560 hp)
  • 4.4-liter V8 turbo (445 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2016 BMW 5 Series owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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)

"Some hose that takes the urea fluid to the exhaust was leaking"

Anonymous, AB (2016 BMW 5 Series 535d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Diesel Fuel Emission system gave a warning about incompatibility but was replaced/repaired by the dealer. I had a new loaner throughout, no complaints at all :)"

Rahmi K., WA (2016 BMW 5 Series 535d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Fuel cap

"Was not able to open door to gas ; faulty sensor in gas tank which had to be replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2016 BMW 5 Series Hybrid 3.0-L 6 Cyl hybrid)
Fuel injection system

"Fuel Injectors were faulty and had to be replaced. Although they were covered under warranty, I have not seen fuel injectors go bad under 50,000 miles. Did not have any of these issues with our 2005 X5 with 239,000 miles."

Anonymous, VA (2016 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The vehicle broke down while driving on the freeway. The check engine light turned on and the car went into limp mode. I tried to make it to the next exit, but the engine stalled and I pulled over onto the shoulder. The enginer could not be restarted. The vehicle was towed to the nearest dealership by BMW's roadside assistance at no cost. The delearship determined that fuel pump failure caused metal shards to spread throughout the fuel system. The fuel pump, fuel lines and fuel injection system were all replaced under the original warranty."

Anonymous, (2016 BMW 5 Series 535d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Fuel pump

"The vehicle broke down while driving on the freeway. The check engine light turned on and the car went into limp mode. I tried to make it to the next exit, but the engine stalled and I pulled over onto the shoulder. The enginer could not be restarted. The vehicle was towed to the nearest dealership by BMW's roadside assistance at no cost. The delearship determined that fuel pump failure caused metal shards to spread throughout the fuel system. The fuel pump, fuel lines and fuel injection system were all replaced under the original warranty."

Anonymous, (2016 BMW 5 Series 535d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Repeated problems with the fuel sensors. Needed to take the car in for warranty service 3 times in 12 months"

Anonymous, TX (2016 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Integrated sensor in fuel tank failed, requiring replacement of tank. This was covered by warranty but has occurred twice."

Anonymous, CA (2016 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The check engine light came on intermittently and the dealer found that there was a service bulletin on this problem and the sensors were replace under the warranty."

Anonymous, NM (2016 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Problem related to engine control of diesel pollution system."

Thomas F., PA (2016 BMW 5 Series 535d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"rattle in the sunroof; fixed under warranty"

Anonymous, VA (2016 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Trunk does not open all the way"

Anonymous, VA (2016 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Passenger seat squeaks while driving when empty"

Michael A., FL (2016 BMW 5 Series 550i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"Sqeak in the dashboard/console area. It was fixed under the factory warranty"

Anonymous, (2016 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Glove box latch rattles at certain engine frequency"

Anonymous, AR (2016 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Seats and plastic liners in map light component squeak heavily. Certainly it is from wear and tear, however the seat squeaking is the most concerning being only a 4-year old vehicle. Not sure if it is the leatherette vs leather upholstery, but for a vehicle priced at $54K originally, I expected better."

Anonymous, NY (2016 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 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

Body control module

"electric trunk opener intermittently failed. It would only open the trunk part way on these occasions"

Clarence S., CA (2016 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"left brake light always on"

Anonymous, TX (2016 BMW 5 Series 528i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Headlights

"non-visible crack in headlight causing condensation to build up in cool weather. Condensation caused LED halo bulbs to burn out completely. High cost has prevented full OEM replacement."

Anonymous, NY (2016 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"GPS and OFFICE options stopped functioning and in-dash control unit was replaced by Dealer under warranty."

Thomas F., PA (2016 BMW 5 Series 535d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Phone pairing with i-Phones is very unstable. sometimes will work fine, other times not at all or just partially. Dealer unable to repair even after full updates to the BMW modules and several resets of the iPhone."

Anonymous, IA (2016 BMW 5 Series 535d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"In dash entertainment system would cut off when paired with phone Bluetooth. Would cut off every 90 seconds and restart, and continue to do so until I disconnected the Bluetooth."

Anonymous, GA (2016 BMW 5 Series 528i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

"Replaced under factory warranty"

Anonymous, (2016 BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Blower (fan) motor

"Immediately after driving off the lot I noticed the blower fan that activates when the AC is on was unusually loud. I reported it to the BMW dealership, and have taken it to service many times, and they have been unable to diagnose or fix the problem"

Anonymous, CA (2016 BMW 5 Series 528i)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"Driver side rubber molding split and deteriorated further with time"

Anonymous, NY (2016 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"driver door weatherstripping cracked then chipped away"

Anonymous, NY (2016 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Rotors

"Drivers door rubber seal has torn twice. Very costly repair. Disk breaks pulsating from rusty disk. Said to be caused from low mileage and not being hard on the brakes"

Anonymous, FL (2016 BMW 5 Series 535d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"There was an oil leak that was discovered in a routine check and gaskets had to be replaced. Again, under 50,000 miles which was covered under warranty but our 2005 X5 with 239,000 miles never had these issues."

Anonymous, VA (2016 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

"The closing mechanism on the driver's door does not close the door completely. Front"

Michael A., FL (2016 BMW 5 Series 550i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

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.

Engine Major

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

Drive System

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

Exhaust

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

Transmission Minor

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

Engine Cooling

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

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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