BMW 5 Series 535i 3.0 Review
Perfection upon perfection

Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline
10 Dec 2013

Introduction, Exterior

The launch of the new facelifted E-class in June this year, inevitably led BMW to respond with a quick salvo of their own. In recent months, we’ve seen the Bavarians unleash a slew of new models. Namely the 335i GT, the 435i and now more notably, the mid-life update of the powerful but stately 535i.

We last drove the 535i nearly three years ago when the new F10 5 series was launched. Before we delve into the changes, let’s recap on what we loved about the 5 series.

While it might be larger than the 3 series, it however continues to possess the same (if not better) driving dynamics of the smaller sedan. Albeit in a larger and more comfortable platform. However, the flagship 535i takes it to the next level by combining an already capable chassis with the proven N55 powerplant.



Even by their own admission, BMW has acknowledged that externally the changes aren’t quite as overt as those on the rival E-class. But a keen observer can still pick up a couple of differences from the previous model.

The new car receives subtle contour lines that surround each side of the kidney grille and gives the car a slightly more focused expression.

Like the E-class however, the most notable changes are in the addition of the new LED headlights. Standard on the entire range now, these units are excellent and make the older bi-xenon seem like halogen units.

The lower bumper too has received some nip tuck with redesigned intakes on the lower bumper. Other changes are the addition of indicator lamps that are now incorporated into the side mirrors.

In the rear, the 5 series receives a minor tweak to the taillights that have been upgraded to LEDs. 

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Engine Capacity 2979cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 6
Compression Ratio 10.2:1
Bore x Stroke (89.6 x 84.0)mm
Power 306bhp @ 5800rpm
Torque 400Nm @ 1200rpm
Power to Weight 174.9 bhp per ton


Acceleration 5.7s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 250 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 11.9 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 8 -speed Auto
Drive Type FR
Steering Electric


Body Type Sedan
(L x W x H)
(4907 x 1860 x 1462) mm
Wheelbase 2968 mm
Kerb Weight 1750 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 70 L