2009 BMW 5-Series Performance

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Performance

The 2009 BMW 5-Series thrills with its turbocharged six and great road manners; the other engine options are almost obsolete in comparison. All-wheel drive is an option on the 528xi and 535xi 6-cylinder models.

With its twin-turbo inline-6, this 2009 BMW is, in fact, "the most powerful wagon"ever offered by BMW in America, Car and Driver says. Kelley Blue Book says the 6-cylinders are "just a couple ticks slower than the V8,"and Car and Driver says the new inline-6 "renders the V-8 obsolete."

The 2009 BMW 5-Series has some brilliant engine options and smart-shifting transmissions, but its optional active steering is a blemish on otherwise world-class dynamics.

A 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic can be paired with each engine. The automatic has four different drive modes, reports the Washington Post, including one that allows manual shifting via paddles. Kelley Blue Book loved the "faster shifting automatic."

Car and Driver prefers the inline-6; it says the V-8 "feels surprisingly ponderous."Sources agree the Sports Wagon has all the sedan's handling goodness as well as refinement. Edmunds reports that this BMW wagon has "exceptional ride and handling dynamics."

Gas mileage hits EPA ratings of 17 mpg city and 27 mpg highway for the wagon. Across all cars, it ranges from 15/22 mpg for the 550i manual to 18/28 mpg for the 528i manual.

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