A little extra tech makes its way into the cabin in the form of mobile-office functioning (with text messaging, email, calendar, tasks, voice memos and photos of contacts available) and in the added ability to link up a second phone with Bluetooth. Some stock wheel designs have been changed. The 550i now has a power trunk lid, satellite radio and a Harman Kardon surround-sound system as standard. The ActiveHybrid 5 gains gearshift paddles as standard, and in the interests of durability, the Venetian Beige upholstery option now comes with black carpeting, door panels and other interior accents.
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Which 550i is the Best?
There really isn't a bad choice; it all boils down to budget and personal preference. The 535d is an obvious pick because of its excellent torque combined with decent economy, but the twin-turbo V8 in the 550i is something else -- and remember that a new generation is scheduled for 2017.
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How Much Does a 2022 BMW 550i Cost?
The 2016 BMW 5 Series sedan comes as a 4-cylinder 528i, 6-cylinder 535i, turbodiesel 535d, V8-powered 550i and ActiveHybrid 5. The high-performance M5 and 5-door Gran Turismo models are reviewed separately. The
528i ($51,195) comes standard with the turbocharged inline-4 engine, 17-inch alloy wheels, adaptive xenon headlamps, LED running lights/fog lights/taillights, a sunroof, power-folding heated side mirrors, an electronic limited-slip differential, leatherette upholstery, 10-way power front seats with lumbar support and driver memory, a power tilt-telescopic steering wheel,
dual-zone automatic climate control, iPod/USB and Bluetooth connectivity, a 12-speaker audio system and the iDrive infotainment system with navigation, 20 gigabytes of digital music storage and a 10.2-in central display screen. The
535i ($56,845) adds a turbocharged inline-6, 18-in wheels and leather upholstery. The
535d ($58,345) runs a turbodiesel inline-6 but is otherwise comparable to the 535i. The
ActiveHybrid 5 ($63,095) is essentially a 535i with an electric propulsion system added to the turbo inline-6, although quad-zone climate control with individual temperature settings also comes as standard. The
550i ($67,295) rocks a twin-turbo V8, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, a hands-free power trunk lid with a foot sensor, keyless entry/push-button starting, a Harman Kardon audio system and 14-way multicontour power front seats with memory settings for the driver and front passenger. All-wheel drive is a $2,300 option on all except the ActiveHybrid 5, which is rear-drive only. Many standard features in the higher trims are available as options on lower trims. There are also numerous packages and individual options, including a head-up display, a night-vision system, automatic parking, an adaptive suspension, rear-wheel steering, a dual-screen rear entertainment system and a 16-speaker/600-watt Bang & Olufsen audio system. The trunk measures 14 cu ft., which is low for a midsize sedan, but it's a usefully deep cargo area. The ActiveHybrid 5, however, only holds 10 cu ft. because of the extra hardware it has to accommodate.
City MPG / Hwy MPG
5 Series 4dr Sdn 550i RWD
$66300 / $61495
8 Cylinder Turbo
17 / 25
8-Speed Shiftable Automatic
Is the 2022 BMW 550i a Safe Car?
The BMW 5 Series comes with 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes and six airbags (front, front-side and full-length side-curtain). The available BMW Assist Safety Plan adds 4 years of emergency roadside services. The Driver Assistance Plus package brings an array of high-tech safety features, including a surround-view camera system, lane-departure warning, a blind spot monitoring system and a collision-detection system with auto-stop capability. In government crash tests, the current 5 Series received a perfect five stars overall, including four stars for frontal impacts and five stars for side impacts. The independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 5 Series its top Good rating except for the small-overlap frontal-offset impact test, where the car earned only the second-lowest Marginal score.
2022 BMW 550i vs the competition
2016 Audi A6 -- The A6 (specifically, the supercharged 3.0T model) can give the 5 Series a run for its money. With its twin-turbocharged V8, the S6 sport sedan is a direct competitor to the 550i.
2016 Cadillac CTS -- The CTS is yet another example of the fantastic alternatives this kind of buyer has.
2016 Jaguar XF -- Representing an all-new generation for 2016, the latest XF is going big with aluminum construction, a supple ride and supercharged engines.
2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class -- The E-Class is always a formidable rival and fabulous choice. An all-new generation debuts for 2017, though, so it's probably best to scope that out before taking the plunge.
2016 Lexus GS -- The standard
V6 in the GS is a beauty, and the range includes the GS 450h
hybrid model that competes with the ActiveHybrid 5.
Used BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe -- Although the Gran Coupe is considerably pricier when new, certified pre-owned examples at BMW dealerships go for 5 Series money. The back seat is smaller, but the styling is a home run.
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