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2016 BMW 550 Information

2016 BMW 550 Information

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
The 2016 BMW 5 Series is a five-passenger four-door sedan available in four trim levels that correspond with different engines: 528i, 535i, 535d and 550i. You may see the term xDrive applied to their names, which indicates that the car has all-wheel drive. There are also ActiveHybrid5 and variations that are reviewed separately, as is the hatchback. The BMW 528i comes standard with 17-inch wheels, driver-selectable vehicle settings (altering steering, transmission response and throttle calibration), automatic and adaptive xenon headlights, LED accent lights, LED foglights, power-folding and auto-dimming heated mirrors, automatic wipers, a sunroof, cruise control, dual-zone automatic cruise control, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, 10-way power front seats with four-way power lumbar adjustment and driver memory functions, a 60/40-split folding rear seat and SensaTec premium vinyl upholstery. Standard technology features include the iDrive interface (knob/button controller and 10. 2-inch display), a navigation system, voice controls, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, BMW emergency services, and a 12-speaker sound system with a CD player, HD radio, an auxiliary audio jack, a USB port, a media player interface and 20GB of digital music storage. There's plenty of legroom and plenty of gizmos available for rear passengers. Besides their more powerful engines, the 535i and 535d add 18-inch wheels and leather upholstery. The 550i adds a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, a power trunk lid, keyless ignition and entry, 14-way multicontour front seats, passenger memory functions, satellite radio and a 16-speaker sound system. There are several packages available throughout the 5 Series lineup. The Premium package (all but 550i) adds keyless ignition and entry, satellite radio and, on the 528i, leather upholstery. The Cold Weather package adds heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel and retractable headlight washers. The Lighting package adds adaptive LED headlights and automatic high beams. If you opt for the Luxury Seating package, you'll get ventilated front seats with a quasi-massage function and the 550i's 14-way multicontour adjustments. The Driver Assistance package (all but 550i) adds a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, a head-up display and an enhanced instrument cluster. Those items are also included in the Driver Assistance Plus package that adds side- and top-view cameras and a variety of accident avoidance technologies detailed in the below Safety section. The Dynamic Handling package (all but 528i) adds an enhanced, adaptive suspension for improved ride and handling. There is also the BMW Individual Composition option (all but 528i) that opens the door to a variety of distinctive interior leather colors and trims. Individual options include (if not standard on an upper trim) the rearview camera, top- and side-view cameras, front and rear parking sensors, night vision driver assistance, an automatic parallel parking system, the power trunk lid, soft-close doors, power rear sunshades and manual rear side sunshades, a dual-screen rear seat entertainment system, the Harman Kardon sound system and a 16-speaker sound system.


Also available is, which provides the rear wheels with the ability to turn for improved stability and maneuverability. Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options The 2016 BMW 5 Series is a five-passenger four-door sedan available in four trim levels that correspond with different engines: 528i, 535i, 535d and 550i. You may see the term xDrive applied to their names, which indicates that the car has all-wheel drive. There are also ActiveHybrid5 and variations that are reviewed separately, as is the hatchback. The BMW 528i comes standard with 17-inch wheels, driver-selectable vehicle settings (altering steering, transmission response and throttle calibration), automatic and adaptive xenon headlights, LED accent lights, LED foglights, power-folding and auto-dimming heated mirrors, automatic wipers, a sunroof, cruise control, dual-zone automatic cruise control, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, 10-way power front seats with four-way power lumbar adjustment and driver memory functions, a 60/40-split folding rear seat and SensaTec premium vinyl upholstery. Standard technology features include the iDrive interface (knob/button controller and 10. 2-inch display), a navigation system, voice controls, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, BMW emergency services, and a 12-speaker sound system with a CD player, HD radio, an auxiliary audio jack, a USB port, a media player interface and 20GB of digital music storage. There's plenty of legroom and plenty of gizmos available for rear passengers. Besides their more powerful engines, the 535i and 535d add 18-inch wheels and leather upholstery. The 550i adds a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, a power trunk lid, keyless ignition and entry, 14-way multicontour front seats, passenger memory functions, satellite radio and a 16-speaker sound system. There are several packages available throughout the 5 Series lineup. The Premium package (all but 550i) adds keyless ignition and entry, satellite radio and, on the 528i, leather upholstery. The Cold Weather package adds heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel and retractable headlight washers. The Lighting package adds adaptive LED headlights and automatic high beams. If you opt for the Luxury Seating package, you'll get ventilated front seats with a quasi-massage function and the 550i's 14-way multicontour adjustments. The Driver Assistance package (all but 550i) adds a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, a head-up display and an enhanced instrument cluster. Those items are also included in the Driver Assistance Plus package that adds side- and top-view cameras and a variety of accident avoidance technologies detailed in the below Safety section. The Dynamic Handling package (all but 528i) adds an enhanced, adaptive suspension for improved ride and handling.


There is also the BMW Individual Composition option (all but 528i) that opens the door to a variety of distinctive interior leather colors and trims. Individual options include (if not standard on an upper trim) the rearview camera, top- and side-view cameras, front and rear parking sensors, night vision driver assistance, an automatic parallel parking system, the power trunk lid, soft-close doors, power rear sunshades and manual rear side sunshades, a dual-screen rear seat entertainment system, the Harman Kardon sound system and a 16-speaker sound system. Also available is, which provides the rear wheels with the ability to turn for improved stability and maneuverability. When we pull into our driveways with various test cars every few days, our friendsthe ones who know us well, not the acquaintances who assume were a lieutenant in a drug carteloften pop over to ask about the latest. What are we driving today? asked one friend recently, pacing us into our parking spot. When the answer was a BMW 5-series, she followed us toward the Glacier Silver Metallic car. This ones a diesel, and Before wed said another word, the conversation was over. Oh, I dont like diesel, she said, before she turned and walked away. Just like that. As if the word diesel meant it was carrying the contagion that would zombify her family. Had our pal hung around, she might have been in danger of catching a fever all right, but the one we have for the advantages of diesel engines. The challenges to her prejudice would have started with hearingor rather, not hearingthe nearly racket-free startup of the new 3. 0-liter inline-six turbo-diesel in this 2014 BMW 535d. Admittedly, you can detect mild clatter if you stick your ear or a microphone under the hood or close to the tailpipe. If she did the latter, our dismissive friend might have noticed that the exhaust didnt declare its dieselness, either, and we could have assured her that Dr. Rudolfs compression-ignition device has advanced into the 21st century with variable-vane turbocharging, common-rail direct injection, and urea-based exhaust scrubbing. (Of course, when proselytizing, we dont delve too deeply into the ickier connotations of urea, and besides, the BMW dealer handles refills during oil changes, which are included free for four years or 50,000 miles. ) The 535d operates as smoothly and as cleanly as does any 5er, different only in that it doesnt need many revs to generate thrust, delivering a big fat 413 lb-ft of torque from 1500 to 3000 rpm with a 255-hp peak at 4000 rpm. Its even quiet at wide-open throttle (we measured 72 decibels, quieter than some cars at a steady 70-mph cruise). At the track, the diesel hit 60 mph in 5. 6 seconds, a tick quicker than the we had for a long-term test and as fleet as the model. You wont want to run for ecofriendly pinks, though: The diesel did the quarter-mile in 14. 3 seconds at 97 mph, 0. 3 second and 5 mph behind its 335-hp, electric-assisted doppelgnger.


Outside that fact, though, anyone dropping 60 large on a status sedan while trying to avoid the carbon-emissions guilt trip will find the advantage tilts very strongly toward the oil burner. Our 32-mpg observed fuel economy beats the EPAs combined rating by 2 mpg. The ActiveHybrid 5 returned 22 mpg in our hands, or four lower than its federal combined rating. On a purely financial basis, you might also consider the less expensive, which returned a hybrid-beating 23 mpg in our testing, but youd have to wait an extra 0. 3 second to get to 60 mph versus the 535d. Diesel slappies that we are, we might not have been so quick to tell our friend that diesel fuel was priced a few cents more than premium gasoline at the last station we visited because, well, lots of BMWs want premium, anyway, including the hybrid. And we might not have said anything about how some drivers would want to wear a glove when refueling and be selective about locating filling stationswith a 550-mile range, you can be pickywhere the pavement isnt diesel-soaked by sloppy customers. Its not the cars fault that landscaping companies cant find employees who can keep the nozzle inside a filler neck, is it? Even though were wearing this soft heart for modern diesels right here on our sleeves, it happens that this one cant do anything to assuage our lukewarm regard for the latest 5-series chassis. Its simply not as engaging as those of its predecessors. As equipped here, with efficiency-minded Michelin Primacy rubber on 19-inch rims (245/40 front and 275/35 rear), it cornered at 0. 84 g, exhibiting mild understeer, and stopped from 70 mph in 154 feet. Those are okay numbers for a luxury sedan. Not eyebrow-raising Ultimate Driving Machine numbers, but okay nonetheless. The wheels on our car are part of the M Sport option package ($3150) that includes LED fog lights, aluminum hexagon-patterned interior trim, a coal-colored headliner, a sportier M steering wheel, and an exterior enhanced with an aero kit and darker Shadowline trim. That was the most expensive option on this test car, which didnt dip far into the deep well of BMW extra-cost add-ons and comes standard with enough electronic toys to keep us busy setting and resetting options via the iDrive system, anyway. The $57,525 base price ($5000 lower than the ActiveHybrid 5s) includes the eight-speed automaticno manual shifter is offerednavigation, and phone apps. Our $66,425 test car had the $1900 LED lighting and $1500 Premium packs (power trunklid, satellite radio, and keyless go). This car lacked such amenities as heated seats or the optional safety alarms and alerts that keep you in your lane, monitor your following distance, and call your mother if you cuss out loud. Without those nannies, this BMW is a drivers car in the sense that it is meant to be piloted by someone who still pays attention. If thats you, and if you dont turn your back when you hear the word diesel, a similarly specd 535d is definitely worth investigating.

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