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2010 BMW 5 Series Wagon

4dr Sports Wgn 535i xDrive AWD

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2010 BMW 5 Series Wagon

Benefits of Driving a 2010 BMW 5 Series Wagon

The 5-Series lineup of models are athletic and surefooted sedans and wagons that also offer a surprising level of comfort inside. Technology is also a strong point in the 5-Series, with performance and safety standouts like Active Steering, Active Roll Stabilization and a night vision system. The 535xi Sport Wagon is a very fashionable and fun-to-drive alternative to a sport-utility vehicle.

What's new for 2010?

For 2010, the BMW 5-Series remains largely unchanged. The Sport package on the 550i has been replaced with the M Sport package, which includes 19' double-spoke wheels, an 'M' steering wheel and anthracite headliner.

Model Strengths

  • Athletic handling
  • superior ride quality
  • powerful and refined engines
  • impressive high-tech features

Model Review

The 5-Series is offered with three different engines--designated by the models 528, 535 and 550. A 230-horsepower, 3.0-liter in-line 6-cylinder engine is standard on 528 models; 535 models get a 300-horsepower, turbocharged 3.0-liter six. A 4.8-liter V-8 engine making 360 horsepower equips the 550. The 528 models are offered with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, as are the 535 models, while the 550 is only available with rear-wheel drive. Each of the models comes with a standard 6-speed manual transmission. A 6-speed automatic transmission with Steptronic shift command is optional.

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2010 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo Road Test

Source: The Car Connection

Editors at TheCarConnection.com drove the new 2010 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo at a European press event to bring you this first drive. Experts from TheCarConnection.com studied the GT's styling, comfort, performance and features to bring you a concise road test, in advance of the vehicle's arrival in the U.S. later this year. Editors also gave a preliminary numeric rating to the GT that will be updated when U.S.-market cars are made available for road testing, and when final pricing and specifications are released by the manufacturer.

High Gear Media accepted travel expenses to attend the first press drive of the 5-Series Gran Turismo.

With the 2010 5-Series Gran Turismo, BMW slices the crossover-wagon-activity vehicle segment into even thinner segments. It's a sedan--and a precursor to a whole new generation of 5-Series sedans, wagons and other new models--but the Gran Turismo has more in common with the BMW X6 than with the current four-door 5-Series sedan. That's largely due to its long wheelbase, a flexible rear hatch that opens like a trunk or like a hatchback, a second row of seats that rivals some airline's first-class accommodations, and a customizable cargo space.

Styling

The striking 5-Series Gran Turismo, abbreviated to "GT" on its tailgate, blends some station-wagon and SUV cues into a shape that's not quite sedan nor crossover--it's most accurately called a fastback, a vehicle description that's all but lost its meaning since the 1970s. In passing, the new GT shares some cues with recent Mazda hatchbacks and the Infiniti M sedans, and it's infused with traditional BMW cues like the twin-grille nose and the "Hoffmeister kink" that links its rear pillar to the car's rear quarters. Though its proportions lean toward those of the BMW X6 sport-ute, the GT sits lower to the ground, and its frameless doors emphasize the long descent of the roofline. Like the X6, it has a thick, tall tail, though here designers visually trim down the rear end's heft with downturned taillamps and chrome details.

Inside, the 5-Series Gran Turismo's  dash and door panels are a great leap ahead of the former 5-Series and even the X6: it reads more cleanly, thanks to simple metallic trim that delineates control areas into logical groups, and plenty of lavish wood and leather that arc and curve to take visual mass out of the cockpit. The gauges are bright and readable, and information and navigation directions are well integrated into LCD readouts placed below the dials. Even with its punctuation mark of a shift lever, the 5-Series Gran Turismo's cabin feels mature, warm and more upscale than ever.

Performance

As usual, the powertrains are the real star in this BMW. The 2010 5-Series Gran Turismo lineup in the U.S. will include the 550i, powered by BMW's 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8, with 400 horsepower, teamed to the new eight-speed automatic transmission, BMW promises 0-60 mph times of 5.4 seconds and a limited top speed of 130 mph in that edition.

Though the 550i GT will be the first to go on sale in late 2009, for this road test, BMW provided GTs equipped with a new 3.0-liter, single-turbo, direct-injection in-line six that arrives in the spring of 2010. It's a further development of the engine found in the X6, and differs from the twin-turbo six in the 3-Series in other ways. BMW says it's the first engine it's built that offers turbocharging, direct injection, and variable valve timing and lift--all of which improve power characteristics and fuel economy. In the 5-Series Gran Turismo, it's easy to see a 0-60 mph time of 7.0 seconds and a top speed of 130 mph. The engine's flexible and gutsy like the turbo six in the 3-Series, and mates seamlessly with the new eight-speed automatic spreading across the BMW lineup. Fuel economy figures haven't been released.

The rear-drive Gran Turismo will also add an all-wheel-drive option in mid-2010; BMW also plans to offer a Sport package that tweaks the top-end speed to 150 mph on the V-8 car.

Underpinning the new car is a multi-link front and rear suspension, with many components made from aluminum to save weight. Active Steering is an option--it uses electronic sensors to determine steering weight and response--and electronic shocks, dubbed Dynamic Damping Control, are as well. A self-leveling feature is incorporated into the rear suspension. Adaptive roll control puts more pressure on anti-roll bars to stiffen lateral response, and finally, Driving Dynamics Control--familiar from the M3 and 7-Series--lets drivers choose settings for throttle, transmission, steering and traction control response.

In more than 150 miles of driving around metropolitan Lisbon, the various electronic systems gave the 5-Series Gran Turismo good ride and handling, with the usual caveats that electronic systems can feel less smooth and overly responsive, compared to conventional shocks and steering. BMW's e-systems seem to have finer tuning than those found in competitive cars. The Comfort mode's ride softens considerably without bounding too much on freeways, though steering response slows too far down. The GT's best in Normal mode unless you're attacking seriously challenging roads, where the Sport mode stiffens the car from rolling too deeply into corners and the steering quickens and stiffens to controllable levels. It's missing the sixth sense that used to link BMW drivers to the road, that seat-of-the-pants feel that electronic controls wipe away completely. But the electronic aids widen up the Gran Turismo's driving palette to suit most drivers and do a technologically amazing job of dialing in steering feedback and ride control 95 percent of the time.

Comfort and Utility

At 196.8 inches long, with a wheelbase of 120.7 inches, the new 5-Series GT sits between the new 2009 BMW 7-Series and the company's lineup of X6 and X5 utility vehicles in overall size. The evocative shape wraps around a flexible interior, with a slightly elevated seating position and a second-row seat that slides on a track to change its position by up to 4 inches, as passenger and cargo needs change. BMW pitches the Gran Turismo as a car for people with occasional needs for cargo space, and more frequent needs to carry adults in first-class accommodations in the back.

On those points, it functions very well, particularly in seat comfort. From the front seats, there's a sense of height that's shared with the X6--the "command" driving position--and a wide range of adjustments to what are already comfortable, well-fitting chairs. The console's narrow enough for driver and front passenger to expand their footprint, and the shoulder and head room are superb. There's enough space to lift an elbow without hitting the other front-seat passenger.

In back, it's even more luxuriant. With the front seats in the rearmost position, the Gran Turismo has as much rear-seat leg room as the 2009 BMW 7-Series, with 15.1 cubic feet of space for luggage remaining in the trunk. With the seat positioned far forward, luggage space increases to 20 cubic feet. The back seats also fold down--nearly but not quite flat--for 58 total cubic feet of stow space, and can fold individually for split cargo/passenger room, so that a back-seat passenger can access the trunk space without leaving the car. A bench seat is standard on cars sold in the U.S., but the Gran Turismo will have an option for a pair of bucket seats separated by a console, and those seats look and feel like the best airline seats you'll find. It's easy to enter and exit the GT, too, since the step-in height is closer to that of an SUV than a sedan.

Amping up the 5-Series Gran Turismo's usability is a bi-fold tailgate and a low loading height for cargo. The tailgate opens as a conventional trunklid or as a large hatch. The rear seats can be powered forward from trunk-mounted buttons, and the angled cargo dividers behind them can be raised to vertical or folded almost flat ahead. There's also a cargo cover that detaches and stows under the cargo floor. In theory and in practice, the flexible cargo hold probably offers more storage options than many crossover vehicles.

Safety

The current BMW 5-Series has plenty of safety features, but scores a surprisingly low three stars in some side-impact tests. The new 5-Series Gran Turismo likely will perform far better, thanks to a new body structure and standard safety features including front, side and curtain airbags. Also standard: anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control; Brake Standby and Brake Drying, which are said to improve stopping performance; and wheels and tires in 18-, 19-, and 20-inch sizes that can be ordered as run-flat tires. BMW Assist and accident notification hardware is also included.

Safety options will also include night vision, a head-up display, a rearview camera and side-view cameras, dynamic cruise control, park distance control, and adaptive headlights with automatic high beams. Of these, the park-distance control may be the most useful, since the Gran Turismo feels wide like an SUV on narrow streets. High seating and low-step in height create good visibility to most angles.

TheCarConnection.com will re-evaluate the Gran Turismo's safety rating when testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is completed.

Features

Among the 5-Series GT's new features are a revamped iDrive system, which TheCarConnection.com's editors have experienced in the 2009 BMW 7-Series. It's improved and far easier to navigate, and redundant buttons have made the cabin more pleasant to operate. Also standard on the 550i GT will be a panoramic sunroof.

A navigation system is offered, as is a music hard drive and satellite radio. BMW plans to offer a rear-seat entertainment system with twin LCD screens, a luxury rear-seat package with massaging functions built in, along with heating and ventilation; a premium audio package with USB connectivity; soft-closing doors and a power liftgate; and a cold-weather package. Satellite radio will be offered, along with integration kits for smartphones like the iPhone to control audio and phone functions via the GT's iDrive controller and voice-activation interface.

Final specifications on the 5-Series Gran Turismo's standard and optional features is yet to come, as is pricing. TheCarConnection.com will update this review when final information is released.


The Bottom Line:

The 2010 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo hatch-wagon may puzzle some shoppers, but it knows how to entertain on the road and doesn't mind if you bring company.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

Driver Crash Grade
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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Body Side Air Bag Opt
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

HID Headlights Std
Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std
Rain Sensing Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Opt
Handsfree Wireless Std

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Opt
Telematics Std
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BMW Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

Every Certified Pre-Owned BMW comes with a protection plan designed to give you the ultimate peace-of-mind.

All Certified Pre-Owned BMW vehicles are exceptional, as are our two tiers of certification:

-BMW Certified Pre-Owned: Covers you for 2 years/50,000 miles¹ after the expiration of the 4-year/50,000-mile New Vehicle/SAV Limited Warranty for a total of 6 years/100,000 miles¹. This includes 24/7 Roadside Assistance and BMW AssistTM Emergency Call, which includes automatic collision notification, and TeleService

-BMW Certified Pre-Owned Elite: These are newer model year, lower mileage (more than 300 miles but less than 15,001 miles) vehicles. This warranty covers you for 1 year/25,000 miles¹ after the expiration of the 4-year/50,000-mile New Vehicle/SAV Limited Warranty or for a total of 5 years/75,000 miles¹. This includes 5 years of 24/7 Roadside Assistance and BMW AssistTM Emergency Call, which includes automatic collision notification, and TeleService.

Vehicles must pass a rigorous pre-certification inspection conducted by BMW certified technicians.

For complete program details, visit cpo.bmwusa.com.

¹ Whichever comes first
Age/Mileage Eligibility 5 years / 60,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection View & Download the BMW Certified Pre-Owned Inspection Checklist
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $50

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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