You can often tell how successful a model has been when it gets a refresh. If the changes are modest (say, a styling tweak and a modest slug of extra equipment), then the car is probably selling well.
That's the case with the BMW 5 Series sedan. Now in its sixth generation, the latest 5 Series has been the fastest selling yet, with over a million sold worldwide in three years.
Then again, if you see substantial upgrades as part of a refresh, then the manufacturer is likely tackling a few criticisms to give a struggling model a boost. Case in point, the 5 Series GT. Its awkward looks and odd position within the lineup have made it a much slower seller, so it gets a rear-end restyle along with repackaged accommodations.
U.S.-Bound Diesel Likely to be bigger news than the GT's makeover is that the 5 Series sedan will be available with a diesel engine. Dubbed the 535d, it puts out a stout 254 horsepower and an even stouter 414 pound-feet of torque, enough to deliver a 0-62-mph sprint in an admirably brief 5.3 seconds.
And though BMW has yet to publish mileage figures for the car, you can expect the numbers to come out looking far more impressive than the 535i.
The other major engine development is the arrival of a new version of the 4.4-liter V8 in the 550i. It's now equipped with Valvetronic breathing gear and a twin-scroll turbo, so power climbs from 401 hp to 444 hp to yield an impressive 0-62-mph time of 4.6 seconds. An all-wheel-drive 535d xDrive will be available as well.
The rest of the engines in the range remain largely unchanged.
Torque Storm We enjoyed the mounds of torque delivered by the oil-burning straight-6, finding it far more flexible than expected. To experience the full storm of its 414 lb-ft of torque it's best to switch the eight-speed auto into Manual mode, select 2nd, slow to a 1,000-rpm crawl and crush the accelerator like an unwelcome cockroach.
There's a brief gathering of speed until 1,500 rpm arrives, at which point the BMW hunkers down under the sheer force of torque muscling its way to the rear wheels, the ensuing surge as exciting as anything a gasoline engine can muster 4,000 rpm later.
Still more surprising, if you're used to the historically compact rev ranges of older diesels, is that the thrust keeps on coming through to 5,000 rpm, before petering out over the final few hundred revs. This diesel is memorably quick and better yet, makes a smooth, low, muffled rumble that's just as entertaining as the slightly synthetic-sounding crescendo of the 535i.
Upgraded Suspension The 5's chassis has also seen a light rethink in the form of retuned dampers for improved comfort, quietness and reduced roll, besides some fresh mapping of the electric power steering to sharpen its precision.
These dynamic upgrades are subtly apparent on the admittedly shelf-smooth Bavarian roads we sampled it on. The ride is smoother, the cabin is a little quieter and body sway, never a big issue in a 5 Series, is tightly controlled. The natural balance that comes from this car's rear-drive layout makes it impressively wieldy through curves without feeling nervous.
That said, we still consider the optional electronic dampers to be a 5 Series essential for a compliant ride on turbulent terrain, and if you have them it's useful to firm the BMW's body control for seriously hard charges.
The revised steering feels a little more accurate, too, even if you need the Sport setting for the most consistent, confidence-building rim resistance. This you select via BMW's increasingly familiar "driving experience" rocker switch on the center console. It toggles among the fuel-saving, throttle-dulling, Eco Pro mode and the Comfort+, Comfort, Sport and Sport+ modes, the last of these partly disabling the stability control.
Each setting adjusts the steering feel, throttle sensitivity, transmission and, if they're fitted, the firmness of the electronic dampers. It works to good effect, though you quite often find yourself wanting a combination of softer suspension, say, and a sharper throttle. Configuring these settings individually, Audi-style, would be better.
Modest Styling Changes And at first glance, you might think that the entire car is unchanged. Spotting a 2014 model-year 5 Series sedan isn't easy at first, but from the front it's identifiable by remodeled lights and a resculpted nose section that mirrors the hooded-eye look of the 3 Series.
The rear bumper is new, too, as are the taillights. The side indicators now live in the mirror housings rather than on the fenders, and some versions flaunt modest dashes of extra brightwork.
The biggest change inside is a switch to flat-screen, reconfigurable gauges. They're red-lit when you select Sport, for instance, while the speedo readout goes digital — and there are some detail decor enhancements. The infotainment system's capabilities can be optionally deepened with an iDrive controller that doubles as a mouse, besides allowing the dictation of texts and e-mails.
Later this year there'll be an optional self-parking system requiring no control inputs of any kind, and a traffic jam assistant allowing the 5 Series to steer, accelerate and brake with no intervention from the driver at speeds of up to 19 mph in traffic.
Is It Enough? There's no question, then, that the 5 Series diesel we drove is a very accomplished car. And it was more sporting than you might expect, with the 3.0-liter diesel sounding keener and producing more instant go than the gasoline-powered 535i.
It's fast, quiet, rides well and delivers the effortless journeying that cars like this are supposed to be about. It also has a roomy, beautifully crafted cabin, packed with electronic convenience items if your wallet is fat enough to afford them.
Of course, the diesel model is just one small piece of the larger 5 Series pie. The rest of the lineup will likely attract the bulk of the sales in the U.S., and the minor nips and tucks made to all the models will surely keep them competitive. The only downside to this latest refresh is its modesty. Anyone hoping for some big changes to the 5 Series this time around will have to wait another couple of years, and BMW doesn't seem too worried about it.
Edmunds attended a manufacturer-sponsored event, to which selected members of the press were invited, to facilitate this report.
2014 BMW 5 Series Overview
The 2014 BMW 5 Series is offered in the following submodels: Diesel, Sedan. Available styles include 528i 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 535i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), and 535i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A). 5 Series models are available with a 2.0 l-liter gas engine or a 3.0 l-liter gas engine, with output up to 302 hp, depending on engine type. The 2014 5 Series comes with rear wheel drive or all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed shiftable automatic. The 2014 5 Series comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.
What's a good price on a used 2014 BMW 5 Series?
Save up to $350 on one of 329 used 2014 BMW 5 Seriess for sale at dealerships within 25 miles of Ashburn, Virginia with prices as low as $18995 as of Dec 13, 2017, based on data from 18 dealers and 218 consumer-driven dealer ratings ranging from 1 to 5 out of 5 stars.
Price comparisons for used 2014 BMW 5 Series trim styles:
The 2014 BMW 5 Series 550i xDrive is priced around $37998 with average odometer reading of 17498 miles.
The 2014 BMW 5 Series 528i is priced around $26090 with average odometer reading of 46281 miles.
The 2014 BMW 5 Series 528i xDrive is priced around $25944 with average odometer reading of 46014 miles.
The 2014 BMW 5 Series 535d xDrive is priced around $28998 with average odometer reading of 55041 miles.
The 2014 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive is priced around $30731 with average odometer reading of 34660 miles.
Shop with Edmunds for perks and special offers on used cars, trucks, and SUVs near Ashburn, Virginia. Doing so could save you hundreds or thousands of dollars. Edmunds also provides consumer-driven dealership sales and service reviews to help you make informed decisions about what cars to buy and where to buy them.
Is the 2014 BMW 5 Series a good car? Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2014 BMW 5 Series and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2014 5 Series featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.
Our Review Process All of our reviews are written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.
We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.
How do people like the 2014 BMW 5 Series? Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2014 BMW 5 Series and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2014 5 Series 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2014 5 Series.
Vehicle 535i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
Review Just bought a CPO 3-year old 535i xDrive 4 days ago. It's so much fun to drive! I'm 6'3" and I am very comfortable in the driver's seat; the electrically adjustable seats and steering wheel can accommodate just about anyone. It's got two settings: Sport mode and Comfort mode; I've been driving mostly in Comfort mode. The computer smooths out the whole ride experience. If you switch to Sport mode it's like you're in an M3. Very spunky, tight and...well...sporty. My only complaint is the Navigation system. The computer often can't understand what I'm saying and will try to send me somewhere 1500 miles away like Idaho. My smartphone's navigation is easier to use, so i just use that. Overall, a very nice ride. Go test drive it! You'll like it.
2014 BMW 5 Series inventory listings Shop Edmunds' car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 2014 BMW 5 Series for sale near Ashburn VA. There are currently 165 new and 1164 used and CPO 2014 5 Seriess listed for sale in your area, with list prices as low as 18990 and mileage as low as 9347. Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a car from our massive database to find cheap vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a vehicle you're interested in, check the Carfax and autocheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the 2014 BMW 5 Series. Then select Edmunds special offers, perks, deals, and incentives to contact the dealer of your choice and save up to 350 on a new, used, or CPO 2014 5 Series available from one of 2805 dealerships in your area.
How can Edmunds help? Edmunds has deep data on over 6 million new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles, including rich, trim-level features and specs information like: MSRP, average price paid, warranty information (basic, drivetrain, and maintenance), features (upholstery, bluetooth, navigation, heated seating, cooled seating, cruise control, parking assistance, keyless ignition, satellite radio, folding rears seats ,run flat tires, wheel type, tire size, wheel tire, sunroof, etc.), vehicle specifications (engine cylinder count, drivetrain, engine power, engine torque, engine displacement, transmission), fuel economy (city, highway, combined, fuel capacity, range), vehicle dimensions (length, width, seating capacity, cargo space), car safety, true cost to own. Edmunds also provides tools to allow shopper to compare vehicles to similar models of their choosing by warranty, interior features, exterior features, specifications, fuel economy, vehicle dimensions, consumer rating, edmunds rating, and color
Is the 2014 Bmw 5-series safe? The 2014 Bmw 5-series earned a 5-star overall safety rating from NHTSA and "GOOD" ratings from the IIHS in the following caregories: Side Impact Test, Roof Strength Test, Rear Crash Protection/Head Restraint, Moderate Overlap Front Test Results, and a JD POWER overall quality rating of 3.5 out of 5. Among Edmunds' many tools and resources for finding your perfect car are detailed safety ratings and analysis from NHTSA, IIHS, and JD Power, including overall ratings, frontal barrier crash ratings, side impact tests and crash ratings, rollover test results, roof strength tests, rear crash protection and head restraint ratings, side barrier ratings, combined side barrier and pole ratings, and more.
2014 bmw 5-series 528i 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required) 27 combined MPG 23 city MPG/34 highway MPG
2014 bmw 5-series 535i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required) 24 combined MPG 20 city MPG/30 highway MPG
2014 bmw 5-series 535i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required) 23 combined MPG 20 city MPG/29 highway MPG
What options are available on the 2014 BMW 5 Series?
Available BMW 5 Series 2014 Submodel Types: Sedan, Diesel, M550i xDrive, Wagon, Hybrid
Exterior Colors: Titanium Silver Metallic, Alpine White, Jet Black, Dark Graphite Metallic, Monaco Blue Metallic, Imperial Blue Metallic, Black Sapphire Metallic, Space Gray Metallic, Callisto Grey Metallic, Glacier Silver Metallic, Platinum Gray Metallic, Deep Sea Blue Metallic, Bluestone Metallic, Mediterranean Blue Metallic, Carbon Black Metallic, Amethyst Gray Metallic, Dark Graphite Metallic II, Mineral White Metallic, Titanium Gray Metallic, Cashmere Silver Metallic, Jatoba Brown Metallic, Orient Blue Metallic, Mineral Grey Metallic, Mojave Metallic, Tasman Green Metallic, Deep Green Metallic, Citrin Black Metallic, Jatoba Metallic, Milano Beige Metallic, Platinum Bronze Metallic (Late Availability), Montreal Blue Metallic, Olivin Green Metallic, Oxford Green Metallic, Silver Gray Metallic, Steel Blue Metallic, Sterling Grey Metallic, Aspen Silver Metallic, Atlas Cedar Metallic, Blue Water Metallic, Cashmere Beige Metallic, Champagne Quartz Metallic, Glacier Green Metallic, Mystic Blue Metallic, Platinum Bronze Metallic, Pyrite Brown Metallic, Sterling Gray Metallic
Interior Colors: Black Dakota leather, Black premium leather, Black Nappa premium leather, Beige leatherette, Black Dakota w/Contrast Stitching/Piping leather, Cinnamon Brown Dakota leather, Black leatherette, Gray premium leather, Black Dakota w/Blue Contrast Stitching/Piping leather, Black Dakota w/Exclusive Stitching leather, Cognac Dakota w/Contrast Stitching/Piping leather, Venetian Beige Dakota leather, Black, Canberra Beige/Black Dakota w/Contrast Stitching/Piping leather, Cinnamon Brown leather, Amaro Brown Extended Merino premium leather, Black Nappa w/Contrast Stitching/Piping premium leather, Natural Brown premium leather, Venetian Beige leather, Ivory White/Black Nappa premium leather, Mocha Nappa w/Black premium leather, Cream Beige premium leather, Everest Gray leather, Gray, Mocha w/Black Nappa premium leather, Beige, Everest Gray Dakota leather, Venetian Beige/Black Dakota leather, Canberra Beige/Black SensaTec leatherette, Veneto Beige leatherette, Mocha Nappa w/Contrast Stitching/Piping premium leather, Oyster/Black leather, Oyster and Black Dakota leather, Black SensaTec leatherette, Black leather, Night Blue Dakota w/Contrast Stitching/Piping leather, Venetian Beige Dakota w/Exclusive Stitching leather, Ivory White Nappa w/Black premium leather, Ivory White w/Oyster Nappa premium leather, Silk Gray/Black Extended Merino premium leather, Ivory White Nappa w/Contrast Stitching/Piping premium leather, Oyster and Black Nappa premium leather, Venetian Beige SensaTec leatherette, Ivory White Dakota w/Contrast Stitching/Piping leather, Ivory White Nappa w/Contrast Stitching/Piping and Dark Coffee Dashboard premium leather, Venetian Beige/Black Dakota w/Exclusive Stitching leather, Venetian Beige/Black SensaTec leatherette, Auburn premium leather, Beige premium leather, Individual Platinum Extended Merino premium leather, Nutmeg Extended Merino premium leather, Sand
Popular Features: Alarm, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Auto Climate Control, Automatic Emergency Braking, Aux Audio Inputs, Bluetooth, Fold Flat Rear Seats, Multi-Zone Climate Control, Navigation, Post-collision safety system, Power Driver Seat, Rear Bench Seats, Stability Control, Sunroof/Moonroof, Tire Pressure Warning, Trip Computer, USB Inputs, Upgraded Headlights, AWD/4WD, Electronic Folding Mirrors, Leather Seats, Pre-collision safety system, Back-up camera, Parking sensors, Keyless Entry/Start, Heated seats, Power Liftgate/Trunk, Heads up display, Apple Carplay/Android Auto, Mobile Internet, Upgraded Stereo, 360-degree camera, Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Departure Warning, Cooled Seats, Adaptive Cruise Control, Rear Entertainment System