2011 BMW 535i Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2011 BMW 5 Series - Road Test Specs

2011 BMW 5 Series Sedan

(3.0L 6-cyl. Turbo AWD 8-speed Automatic)


Year Make Model2011 BMW 5 Series 535i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M)
Vehicle TypeRWD 4dr 5-passenger Sedan
Base MSRP$50,475
Options on test vehicleDark Graphite Metallic ($550); Dynamic Handling Package ($2,700 -- includes Electronic Damping Control variable rate electromagnetic shock absorbers, Active Roll Stabilization [ARS] hydroelectrically actuated stabilizer bars); Sport Package ($2,200 -- inclludes sports leather steering wheel; 19-by-8.5-inch front and 19-by-9-inch rear V-Spoke [style 331] alloy wheels with 245/40R19 front and 275/35R19 rear run-flat performance tires, increased top speed limiter, 20-way [14-way power adjustments, plus 2-way power headrests and 4-way power lumbar support] front power seats, active head restraints for the front seats; memory settings for the front passenger seat, Shadowline exterior window trim ); Dakota Leather ($1,450); Side and Top View Cameras (Late Availability) ($800); Park Distance Control ($750); Sport Automatic Transmission With Shift Paddles ($500 -- eight-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles on the steering wheel); Rearview Camera ($400); iPod & USB Adapter ($400).
As-tested MSRP$60,225
Assembly locationDingolfing, Germany
North American parts content (%)5


ConfigurationFront engine, rear-wheel drive sedan
Engine typeTurbocharged, direct-injected, inline-6, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2,979cc (182 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum, aluminum
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)10.2
Redline, indicated (rpm)7,000 rpm
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)300 @ 5,800
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)300 @ 1,200
Fuel typePremium unleaded (required)
Transmission typeEight-speed automatic with console shifter and steering-mounted paddles with sport/competition modes
Transmission ratios (x:1)I=4.714, II=3.143, III=2.106, IV=1.667, V=1.285, VI=1.0, VII=0.839, VIII=0.667
Final-drive ratio (x:1)3.077


Suspension, frontIndependent multilink with two lower control arms and double ball joints, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric speed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)17.1
Tire make and modelGoodyear Excellence
Tire typeAll-season front and rear
Tire size, frontP245/40R19 94Y
Tire size, rearP275/35R19 96Y
Wheel size, front19-by-8.5 inches
Wheel size, rear19-by-9 inches
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, front13.7-inch two-piece solid steel discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear13.6-inch two-piece ventilated steel discs with single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.3
0-45 mph (sec.)3.9
0-60 mph (sec.)5.9
0-75 mph (sec.)8.6
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.3 @ 95.1
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)5.6
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)2.6
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)4.3
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)6.4
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)9.1
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)14.6 @ 95.7
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)6.0
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)28
60-0 mph (ft.)110
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)64.9
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON62.0
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.84
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.84
Sound level @ idle (dB)42.3
@ Full throttle (dB)73.4
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)67.0
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)1,750

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsWide range of settings means wide range of results from Normal/Drive to Sport+/DSC off. At worst, it stumbles off the line, then gets with the program at 3,000 rpm. At best, it's still not "snappy" off the line but at least the boost is present for a decent run. Very smooth upshifts in every mode but it seemed to delay 1-2 in Sport mode. Hit the traps in 4th gear.
Braking commentsHighly susceptipble to pavement irregularities, hence 10-foot variance in otherwise fade-free runs. Some smoke from front pads but no loss of performance. Anti-dive suspension and lots of rebound damping. Firm pedal.
Handling commentsSkid pad: Hard to balance on the line with assist varying wildly. Requires constant steering with DSC off. With DSC on it requires virtually no steering as throttle was more consistent (clearly managed by ECU). Steering weight was appropriate but utterly lacks feel.

Testing Conditions

Test date8/24/2010
Test locationCalifornia Speedway
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)81.3
Relative humidity (%)31.9
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.7
Wind (mph, direction)2.0, crosswind
Odometer (mi.)1,396
Fuel used for test91-octane gasoline
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)35/38

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)20 city/30 highway/24 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)22.7 combined, 25 best, 20 worst
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)18.5
Driving range (mi.)518

Audio and Advanced Technology

iPod/digital media compatibilityOptional iPod via propietary cable, generic aux jack
Satellite radioOptional Sirius
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard
Navigation systemOptional
Telematics (OnStar, etc.)Standard 48 months trial subscription
Smart entry/StartOptional -- ignition, doors, trunk
Parking aidsOptional parking sonar front and rear
Blind-spot detectionOptional
Adaptive cruise controlOptional
Lane-departure monitoringOptional departure warning
Night VisionOptional

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,056
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)4,080
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)52/48
Length (in.)193.1
Width (in.)73.2
Height (in.)57.6
Wheelbase (in.)116.9
Track, front (in.)63.0
Track, rear (in.)64.1
Turning circle (ft.)39.2
Legroom, front (in.)41.4
Legroom, rear (in.)36.1
Headroom, front (in.)40.5
Headroom, rear (in.)38.3
Shoulder room, front (in.)58.3
Shoulder room, rear (in.)56.2
Seating capacity5
Step-in height, measured (in.)15.5
Trunk volume (cu-ft)14.0
Cargo loading height, measured (in.)27.0
GVWR (lbs.)5,159
Tow capacity, mfr. claim (lbs.)Not Published


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years/50,000 miles
Corrosion12 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance4 years/Unlimited miles
Free scheduled maintenance4 years/50,000 miles

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