2015 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive - BMW San Mateo

The 2015 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive is the ultimate luxury sedan. With all-wheel drive and a turbo engine, this midsized four-door is always poised for action. BMW’s legendary emphasis on elegance sweetens the deal with the comforts and features that take a car upscale.

The 5 Series earned a Most Popular Award from Edmunds, which places these cars at the head of a hotly contested class. The BMW exterior is as smart as it is handsome. The adaptive xenon headlamps know where to angle the light. New for 2015, BMW has added LED foglights to the package. Another new 2015 feature is a sport steering wheel that's standard across the lineup.

The 535i sedan is powered by a turbocharged inline-6 engine. An eight-speed automatic transmission helps the 535i zoom from zero to 60 mph in a competitive 5.9 seconds, according to Edmunds test drivers. Fortunately, BMW XDrive is an all-wheel-drive system that works equally well in all weather conditions. It certainly doesn’t get in the way of a spirited ride. BMW drivers enjoy adjustable settings that alter responses for the throttle, steering and transmission. Active steering allows the wheels to turn in different directions when needed. A stop-start system reduces fuel waste during long idles. Fuel economy is 29 mpg highway.*

The dark wood trim, leather upholstery, and soft-touch surfaces combine to create an inviting design. The cabin is packed with comforts like 10-way power seats and a power-adjust steering wheel. Dual automatic climate controls and ambient lighting are standard. This elegant atmosphere is furthered by a quiet, smooth ride. Split-folding rear seats quickly add cargo space. Drivers will appreciate extras such as push button start and a hands-free power trunk.

On the dash, you’ll find a 10.2-inch widescreen display. The iDrive system includes smartphone app integration and Bluetooth streaming audio. The navigation system makes it easy for you to find your way around traffic tie-ups. An intuitive touchpad quickly summons the features that you need. The 10-speaker audio system includes HD radio and a USB port.

The 535i sedan earned the top safety rating when tested by the federal government. Of course, the emphasis is on crash avoidance. Adaptive brake lights get brighter to warn rear traffic of emergency braking. In wet conditions, the system dries the brakes for improved stopping power. If the car strays from its lane, the steering wheel vibrates to warn the driver. The blind spot monitor informs the driver about traffic that’s too close for a safe lane change. In addition, BMW offers many upscale systems including an infrared night-vision display. This lets you see in the dark, ensuring that you’ll avoid large stray dogs, deer and people who may wander into the road. Of course, not all crash avoidance systems are strictly for safety. The automatic parallel-parking system and adaptive cruise control are there to take the stress out of tense driving challenges.

To learn more about the 2015 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive, take a test drive and experience the power of a BMW turbo.

*All vehicle mileage based on 2015 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

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