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2009 BMW 535i Sedan Review

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A three-quarter front view of a 2009 BMW 535i Sedan

In short: An elegant performance sedan packed with gizmos.

n inconspicuous yet subtly tasteful exterior conceals the 2009 BMW 535i Sedan, which is quick to reveal both its deftness on serpentine roads and keen sense of urgency when the gas pedal is floored, accelerating the vehicle from 0-60 mph in just 5.6 seconds. This mid-sized luxury sedan offers a roomy interior, and as its steep price tag can certainly attest, a trove of electronic gizmos. The 535i’s creature comforts include leatherette upholstery, ten-way power front seats, Xenon adaptive headlights (with a dynamic auto-leveling and cornering lights function), and a two-way power glass moonroof. Our tester came equipped with the optional sport suspension, multi-contour seats, eighteen-inch wheels, park distance control, navigation system, and iPod and USB adapter. Other options available include heated seats, active cruise control, rear side-impact airbags, and a lane departure warning system.

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Warranty/Service: 4-year/50,000-mile warranty and full maintenance program; 12-year rust perforation warranty; 4-year/unlimited-mile roadside assistance program.

Base Price: $51,100 / As tested: $62,870

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, rear-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

Engine: 3.0-liter, 24-valve DOHC inline turbocharged 6-cylinder with direct injection and variable valve timing
Horsepower: 300 hp @ 5,800 rpm
Torque: 300 lb-ft @ 1,400-5,000 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual

Curb weight:
3660 lbs
Wheelbase: 113.7 in
Length/Width/Height: 191.1/72.757.8 in
Turning circle: n/a

all-wheel ventilated disc with ABS and dynamic brake control
Suspension: aluminum double pivot-type in front; 4-link integral in rear; subframes and anti-roll stabilizer bars in front and rear; twin-tube gas-pressure shock absorbers

Traction: dynamic traction control and dynamic stability control with brake fade compensation, start-off assistant, brake drying and brake stand-by features.

0-60 mph: 5.6 seconds
Top Speed: 150 mph (electronically limited)

EPA City:
17 mpg
EPA Highway: 26 mpg

front-seat front and side-impact airbags; interlocking door-anchoring system; tire pressure monitor system; front and rear-seat head protection system; BMW assist with Bluetooth wireless technology


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PSV052209 (Updated 08/31/10 AR)