Wagon Review: 2010 BMW 5-Series Sports Wagon

August 9, 2010

It's one of the best looking Wagons around--the 2010 BMW 5-Series Sports Wagon simply has stunning exterior features. The blend of sharp and curved edges are what make this wagon turn heads in a crowd. Although the design hasn't changed since 2004, it is still a classic BMW style that will never go out of fashion. However, is it worth the $51,457 price tag?

The 535i xDrive Sports Wagon has an impressive turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that produces 300 horsepower. There is a six-speed manual transmission that comes as standard, but you can also opt for the STEPTRONIC automatic instead. This wagon is far from the stereotypical boring ride some drivers experience with other vehicles of this type. Features like, Brake Fade Compensation, Dynamic Stability Control, and Dynamic Traction Control are what make this one of the best handling wagons available on the market. Not only that, but this latest edition to the 5-Series offers a fun and satisfying ride. According to results by the EPA the wagon gets 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg while on the highway for the standard manual model. There isn't much of a difference with the automatic; it is the same in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. 

Interior wise, the latest BMW wagon has all the quality and fineness you would expect for the price paid. The power seats and power tilt and telescopic steering wheel give the driver the option to make adjustments for a more comfortable position. Reviewers seem to be complaining about the fact that iDrive has to be used for anything other than audio or climate control. They say that the system is far too complicated and if you're not a computer technician, then good luck trying to figure it out. The options and features in the interior are of superior quality and design it just seems to be a chore to operate what should be simple operations.

Wagons should be built for cargo and this one is, it has 33.6 cubic feet with five passengers aboard and over 58 cubic feet with the back seats folded. A great feature is how a section of the cargo floor lifts to expose a divided area to keep packages in place.This latest BMW wagon seems to have everything to keep the average driver smiling from ear to ear. The interior controls are really the vehicles only downfall, but once you master them there really is no fault to find with the 2010 BMW 5-Series Sports Wagon. Is it worth the expense? Only a true BMW lover can answer that question. 

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