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John Diether
Automotive Editor - March 13, 2014

Expert Rating

5.0 (Excellent)
26 City / 38 Highway

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2014 BMW 535d OVERVIEW

BMW’s midsize 5 Series gets a midlife freshening for 2014 that includes an all-new model, the turbo- diesel 535d. It’s every bit as refined and accommodating as its stable mates, yet delivers superb fuel economy for a luxury car of its size.

What's New for 2014

The 535d is built around BMW’s new 3-liter twin-turbo six-cylinder diesel engine, which delivers 30 mpg in combined city and highway driving—even with optional all-wheel drive. With 255 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque under its hood, the 535d hits 60 mph in 5.8 seconds and tops out at 130 mph.

The 535d shares in all the 5 Series enhancements for 2014, including smoother front and rear styling, flat-screen gauges, and revised steering and suspension hardware.

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Choosing Your BMW 535d

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The 535d starts at an appropriate level of BMW luxury with leather seating, a driver memory package, dark wood interior trim, HD radio and a sunroof.

BMW also offers the 535d in several optional “lines” that give the car extra character:

  • Luxury: Comes with additional chrome exterior trim, 19-inch multispoke wheels, a sport leather steering wheel, and specific upholstery stitching and accents.
  • Modern: Includes the steering wheel and multispoke wheels above (18- or 19-inch), then adds chrome door handles, matte aluminum grille bars and special upholstery detailing.
  • M Sport: Equips the 535d with a sport-tuned suspension, an aerodynamic body kit, 19-inch double-spoke wheels, an M Sport steering wheel, and exclusive interior accents.
  • Individual Composition: Starts with 19-inch V-spoke wheels, then lets you create your own look with an endless combination of colors, leathers, and interior and exterior accents and trim.

You can order a plethora of options à la carte or grouped into packages such as these:

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  • Dynamic Handling: Provides a special suspension setup that adjusts ride and handling to speed, vehicle load and road conditions.
  • Premium: Adds an automatic open/close trunk lid, keyless access and satellite radio.
  • Luxury Seating: Equips the 535d with ventilated and messaging front seats with 20-way power.
  • Driver Assistance: Includes a rearview camera and head-up display, expanded gauges and parking distance control. A “Plus” version adds side- and top-view cameras, speed limit info and active safety controls.

Choose your BMW 535d >>

CarsDirect Tip

The 535d offers stellar highway range regardless of class or price. It’s 38 mpg highway rating and 18.5-gallon gas tank allow you to travel more than 700 miles without stopping for fuel. Unless you need all-wheel drive, stick with the less complicated rear-wheel drive version.

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