BMW 5 Series

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BMW 535i Touring: week with Review
  • Great exterior design; plenty of power; nifty tailgate
  • Expensive when compared with its X5 stable mate; road noise at speed; rarity may compromise resale

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BMW 535i Touring: week with Review

I have a confession to make. I fall into an ever shrinking demographic in our modern Australian society: I love a wagon. I am a ‘wagonista’. I grew up in a time and place where driveways were home to numbers like 504, 245, 740, and 230, and aside from ESP, the coolest badge your dad’s car could have was ‘Vacationer’...

Recent BMW 5 Series News & Reviews
BMW 5 Series: seventh-gen sedan, Touring spied
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BMW 5 Series: seventh-gen sedan, Touring spied

The next-generation BMW 5 Series has been spied in prototype form in both sedan and Touring body styles close to three years out from its anticipated debut. Spotted on the back of a flatbed truck in Germany by CarAdvice's spy photographers, the seventh-generation BMW 5 Series sedan test mule wears heavy camouflage but has a sleeker profile and new flush-mounted exhaust outlets...


BMW 1, 3, 5 Series, X1, X3, Z4 recall: 2893 cars affected in Australia
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BMW 1, 3, 5 Series, X1, X3, Z4 recall: 2893 cars affected in Australia

BMW Australia is recalling 2893 vehicles across six model lines due to a fault that could affect the vehicles' braking performance. Part of a global recall of approximately 176,000 cars, the local recall affects 116 BMW 1 Series hatches; 1985 3 Series sedans, 91 Tourings and nine Gran Turismos; 105 5 Series sedans; 277 X1 models; 283 X3s; and 27 Z4s built between November 1, 2012 and July 31, 2013...


BMW 5 Series Review
Rating: 810 /10
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BMW 5 Series Review

Lightly facelifted after three years on-sale, the 2014 BMW 5 Series has also been loaded-up in a bid to counter its assertively specified arch rivals. As of the end of September, the BMW 5 Series was more than 100 cars behind the Mercedes-Benz E-Class in the sales race, a big gap in what is usually a close-fought battle...

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$79,990 to $159,900

BMW 5 Series: facelifted range launches locally from $79,900
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BMW 5 Series: facelifted range launches locally from $79,900

The updated BMW 5 Series range has officially launched in Australia, offering refreshed styling, enhanced equipment levels, powertrain upgrades and a revised price list. On sale since July, the facelfited BMW 5 Series range – comprising sedan, Touring wagon and Gran Turismo hatch body styles – introduces design tweaks first revealed in May...


BMW 5 Series facelift: pricing and specifications
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BMW 5 Series facelift: pricing and specifications

The updated BMW 5 Series range is now on sale in Australia, offering refreshed styling, enhanced equipment levels, powertrain upgrades and a revised price list. The update introduces the subtle but sophisticated design tweaks revealed in May to all three 5 Series body styles – sedan, Touring wagon and Gran Turismo hatch – headlined by added contour lines around the kidney grille, newly structured lower air intakes, and slimmer, more sharply contoured tail-lights...


BMW 5 Series: new engines, added tech for updated luxury range
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BMW 5 Series: new engines, added tech for updated luxury range

The BMW 5 Series has received revised styling, new engines, enhanced efficiency and added technology as part of its mid-life update. Subtle design tweaks set the upgraded 5 Series apart from the pre-facelift model. Sedan and Touring variants feature added contour lines around the kidney grille and newly structured lower air intakes to match the extra creases and slimmer, more sharply contoured tail-lights...


BMW 5 Series: fresh face for updated luxury range
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BMW 5 Series: fresh face for updated luxury range

The updated BMW 5 Series has been spied during a photo shoot in Europe ahead of its launch later this year. CarAdvice's spy photographers snapped the 5 Series' front-end fully undisguised, giving us our first unhindered look at the styling of the refreshed large luxury sedan...


2013 BMW 520d GT Review
Rating: 810 /10
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2013 BMW 520d GT Review

Driving the entry-level BMW 520d GT, it feels like the Germans have produced a quirky French car. While Mercedes-Benz delivered the swoopy CLS-Class, and Audi followed with its wedgy A7 Sportback, in 2010 BMW created a taller, hatchback version of the 7 Series – same overall length, width and wheelbase – but badged and priced it like a 5 Series...

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$90,500

BMW 550i Review
Rating: 810 /10
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BMW 550i Review

Few nameplates say 'executive express' quite as succinctly as the BMW 550i. For years the double-five-zero designation has successfully filled the void between the kinda-quick six-cylinder 5 Series models and the hardcore M5. Priced from $180,000, the BMW 550i costs $50K more than a 535i, and the same amount less than the new M5...

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$180,000

BMW ActiveHybrid 5 here in October; two more hybrids on the way
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BMW ActiveHybrid 5 here in October; two more hybrids on the way

BMW will launch its first hybrid in Australia in October – the BMW ActiveHybrid 5 – and has confirmed two more petrol-electric models based on the 3 Series and 7 Series will follow within six months. CarAdvice broke the story late last year that the ActiveHybrid 5 was headed our way, and BMW Australia has now confirmed the 5 Series-based sedan will be priced from $122,900 before on-road costs when it hits local showrooms in two months' time...


BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo: new base model from $89,900
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BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo: new base model from $89,900

BMW has announced a raft of updated features across its BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo range including the addition of a new base model that drops the entry price to five figures for the first time. The new BMW 520d GT will provide an entry point into the pseudo-SUV line-up, joining the existing BMW 530d GT and BMW 535i GT. The $89,900 BMW 520d GT is powered by a 2...


2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 set for Australia
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2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 set for Australia

BMW is set to launch its first ever hybrid vehicle in Australia, the petrol-electric ActiveHybrid 5. The BMW ActiveHybrid 5 is the German car maker’s first petrol-electric vehicle developed for right-hand drive, following the ActiveHybrid 7 and ActiveHybrid X6 models sold in some left-hand-drive markets such as North America...


2012 BMW 5 Series range updated
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2012 BMW 5 Series range updated

BMW Australia has released details of the upcoming 2012 BMW 5 Series range set for launch in November. The range will see the introduction of the BMW 520i as the entry model ($77,900) with engine and equipment changes to the 528i as well as upgrades for the 535d, 535i and 550i...


2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 'right for Australian market'
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2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 'right for Australian market'

The wraps have come off the BMW ActiveHybrid 5, and although the classy eco-executive has not yet been confirmed for a local launch, BMW Australia says it is something the brand is “looking super closely at”. The BMW ActiveHybrid 5 is a subtle evolution of the ActiveHybrid 5 Concept that debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March...


BMW 5 Series, Citroen DS3 share 2011 Women's World Car of the Year
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BMW 5 Series, Citroen DS3 share 2011 Women's World Car of the Year

The BMW 5 Series and the Citroen DS3 have shared the 2011 Women’s World Car of the Year (WWCOTY) award. Fourteen female motoring journalists from around the world – including Australia’s Liz Swanton – could not split the 5 Series and the DS3 for the Supreme Winner title after marking them against 10 unique criteria...


2012 BMW 5 Series GT M Sport spy shots
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2012 BMW 5 Series GT M Sport spy shots

BMW has been spotted testing the upcoming BMW 5 Series GT M Sport out on public streets. Like all M Sport packages, the car has been dressed up with relatively modest yet sporty details inside and out. The BMW 5 Series GT isn't exactly an attractive, head-turning design to start with; you could say it looks a little bit like a hippopotamus trying to stand up - 0f course, we could be wrong...


BMW 520d Touring Review
Rating: 810 /10
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BMW 520d Touring Review

2011 BMW 520d Touring It doesn’t seem to matter which BMW you get into; diesel, petrol, sedan, wagon, they’re almost always an exciting car to drive. It’s that perfect balance between luxury, technology and sports performance, and very few other car companies do it better than the Bavarian Motor Works. We were supposed to be road testing the 535i Touring with its 3...

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$83,300 to $179,900

BMW 535d M Sport Review
Rating: 810 /10
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BMW 535d M Sport Review

With 'efficiency' proliferating throughout the automotive industry, even into motorsports, we could one day see a seriously fuel-efficient version of the BMW M5. Until then, the closest thing is the fuel-frugal BMW 535d M Sport turbo-diesel. The BMW 5 Series is BMW's second-largest, second-most luxurious model in the company's passenger-car lineup - behind the 7 Series...

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$83,300 to $179,900

BMW 5 and 7 Series to get full LCD instrument display
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BMW 5 and 7 Series to get full LCD instrument display

Autoblog in the US has reported that the next-generation of the BMW 5 Series and the BMW 7 Series will get a new LCD instrument cluster to display gauges. The technology will allow users to select between different layouts and styles. Other companies have been doing it for a while now, the Lexus LFA for one, as well as some Jaguar models and the Mercedes-Benz rivals such as the S-Class...


BMW 5 Series GT a mistake: North America CEO
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BMW 5 Series GT a mistake: North America CEO

The head of BMW North America has labelled the introduction of the BMW 5 Series GT to the US market a disappointment and a mistake. BMW North America CEO, Jim O’Donnell, said he regretted replacing the solid-performing 5 Series wagon with the chunky and unloved 5 Series GT crossover hatchback...


2011 BMW 5 Series Hybrid to be unveiled at Shanghai show
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2011 BMW 5 Series Hybrid to be unveiled at Shanghai show

BMW will unveil the all-new BMW 5 Series Hybrid at this year's Auto Shanghai motor show in April. BMW AG Chairman of the Board of Management, Dr Norbert Reithofer, recently made the announcement at the company's annual accounts press conference. The hybrid will be a plug-in hybrid type and will be built upon the BMW 5 Series long wheelbase platform that is currently on sale in China...


2011 BMW 5 Series Touring arrives in Australia
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2011 BMW 5 Series Touring arrives in Australia

The first examples of the 2011 BMW 5 Series Touring luxury estate have arrived in Australian showrooms. Available at two vastly different specification levels and price points, the fourth-generation 5 Series Touring range includes the entry-level BMW 520d Touring at $92,800 and the BMW 535i Touring, which is priced from $138,900...


BMW 5 Series receives Top Safety Pick from IIHS
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BMW 5 Series receives Top Safety Pick from IIHS

BMW's 5 Series is securing its position as one of the safest cars on sale today, with the US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) today announcing it has awarded the 5 Series its Top Safety Pick. This award acknowledges the best in all categories, with particular attention paid to a roll-over test, where roof strength is measured, along with a simulated side impact from an SUV - done with a 1...


2011 BMW 5 Series and Hyundai Sonata awarded first five star safety by NHTSA
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2011 BMW 5 Series and Hyundai Sonata awarded first five star safety by NHTSA

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has just awarded the first lot of five star safety ratings for a 2011 model year car. And it's the BMW 5 Series and Hyundai Sonata (i45) that has come out on top so far. Crash testing is still in progress as the NHTSA works its way through 24 new passenger cars, 20 SUVs, nine utes and two vans...


BMW 550i GT Review
Rating: 610 /10
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BMW 550i GT Review

The BMW 550i GT is not what you think of when you hear the word 'hatchback'. Model Tested: 2010 BMW 550i GT; 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8; eight-speed automatic hatchback: $192,900, $214,920 as tested...

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$104,100

BMW 5 Series M Sport Package available in Australia
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BMW 5 Series M Sport Package available in Australia

BMW Australia has announced the availability of the M Sport Package for the new BMW 5 Series range. Available across all Sedan and Touring models, the M Sport Package is set to arrive in local showrooms in November. Developed by BMW M GmbH, the package adds sports suspension, a revised aerodynamics package and lightweight 18in double-spoke alloys...


BMW 5 Series Diesel range expands (520d & 535d)
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BMW 5 Series Diesel range expands (520d & 535d)

BMW Australia has today announced the addition of the BMW 520d and 535d diesel variant to its 5 Series lineup. To start the range the BMW 520d retails from $83,300* and features a four-cylinder turbo diesel that outputs 135 kW and 380 Nm of torque. This means a 0-100km/h time of 8.1 seconds whilst using just 5.2 litres of diesel per 100km...


BMW recalls 2010 to 2011 5 Series sedan and Gran Turismo
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BMW recalls 2010 to 2011 5 Series sedan and Gran Turismo

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in America has reported that 6080 BMW 5 Series sedan and Gran Turismo models, built between January 12 and July 1, 2010, have been recalled due to a faulty fuel gauge sensor. The administration says the sensor can become wedged inside the tank, restricted float movement as the fuel level rises and falls...


BMW 5 Series with M Sport Package revealed
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BMW 5 Series with M Sport Package revealed

BMW has showcased the new M Sport Package for its next generation BMW 5 Series sedan and touring models. Comprising a raft of visual changes from the M parts catalogue, the new M Sport Package for the BMW 5 Series also serves to preview the forthcoming BMW M5 super sedan...