2009 BMW 5-Series Review

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Whether as a sedan or wagon, the 2009 BMW 5-Series is a distinctly sportier, tech-savvy alternative to luxury rivals—without giving up any comfort.

The 5-Series cars are a joy to drive, though they aren't the best values or more practical vehicles in their segment.

Last year BMW upgraded its engine lineup by adding a twin-turbo, 300-hp six. This year, it's mostly carried over, with few mechanical changes.

Base cars offer a 230-hp, 3.0-liter inline-6, under the 528i badge. The 535i (above) is joined by a 360-hp, V-8-powered 550i. All engines can be coupled to a 6-speed automatic or 6-speed manual. Sport-package cars come with paddle shift controls when they're automatics. All-wheel drive is an option on inline-6 cars.

One of the best 5-Series cars is the 535xiT Sports Wagon. With the same luxury and tech touches as the sedan, the Sports Wagon has the most useful body style, as well as excellent braking and handling and an absorbent ride. The only flaw is standard all-wheel drive that hones off some of the car's steering feel.

In all models, seating is commendable. In front, BMW fits bucket seats that support passengers with firm cushions and a good ride height. The back seat has less space than in some competitive cars, but the seats themselves are cozy.

All 5-Series cars come with the usual airbags and stability control. BMW makes rear-seat side airbags available as an option. That said, the 5-Series hasn't performed very well in crash tests. The NHTSA gave it three stars for driver protection, and the IIHS called its side protection "marginal."

All 5-Series cars come with power features, cruise control, and leather. Options veer strongly into the high-tech lane: there's variable-ratio steering, a head-up display, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, parking sensors, night vision, heated rear seats, and lane-departure warnings. BMW's futzy iDrive interface also comes standard. It's saddled with unintuitive command structures that blemish the high-tech fun.

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July 5, 2016
For 2009 BMW 5-Series

It has and is a great car.

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I have had this car ,since it was new. I would buy another except the new car prices are now out of my budget.
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December 11, 2016
2017 BMW 5-Series 535i Gran Turismo

the car is great

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I have never experienced such a wonderful comfort with a car before and I'm overwhelmed using such a car
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August 22, 2016
2016 BMW 5-Series 4-Door Sedan 535d RWD

Excellent ride, great acceleration for a Diesel.

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We were in the market to replace my wife's 2007 G35 Infinite Sport. We ran into a lot of problems with the add-on packages that did not equal the ones in the G35 Sport. My car is a Jaguar, so one our first... + More »
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February 11, 2016
2015 BMW 5-Series 4-Door Sedan 535i xDrive AWD

As I age I want a more compliant ride with the usual BMW feel-this delivers it to me.

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Almost 12k miles on it now and no real issues. The ride is what I want, and, after pressing the "sport" button each time i start the engine, the responsive gas pedal takes me where i want to go. Once you get... + More »
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November 29, 2015
2015 BMW 5-Series 4-Door Sedan 535i RWD

Nice, but a little dated, it needs a styling and feature upgrade to catch up with Mercedes and Audi.ypur -

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This is my fifth Bimmer and the nicest by far in terms of luxury and quiet cruising. The 300hp, 3L six has been around for quite awhile so it not only gives the owner bullet proof reliability, but performs... + More »
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March 24, 2015
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Awesome driving experience

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Heaven on wheels. Good looks and super reliable. Head turner
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May 18, 2016
2014 BMW 5-Series 4-Door Sedan 535i RWD

A true sports sedan

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My car has the"M" package, sports suspension, wheels and tires, a decent power and torque, very comfortable, excellent choice for long drives. On the exterior it has a beautiful color, it calls Sophisto gray... + More »
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March 11, 2016
2014 BMW 5-Series 4-Door Sedan 535d xDrive AWD

Wonderful, with a few caveats.

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Beautiful and powerful daily driver. My only complaints would be the utterly awful run-flat tires and the fact that changing radio stations via iDrive is a chronic pain. Also the navigation system is in need... + More »
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April 25, 2016
2013 BMW 5-Series 4-Door Sedan 528i xDrive AWD

One Heck of a Nice Car!

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When my husband and I got our BMW three years ago, I was, I admit, a bit intimidated by the great features this car offered, all done with safety in mind but still a challenge for me. The more I drove it... + More »
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April 14, 2016
For 2013 BMW 5-Series

Incredible car, comfortable, powerful and very economic

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This car has the best on road comfort and road holding of all the cars I've ever owned. It has oodles of power on tap and yet in day to day commuting return excellent fuel economy. It is quiet, smooth and... + More »
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