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About the BMW 535

Vehicle Summary

The BMW 5 Series entered its sixth generation of production in 2011, followed by a redesign and release of its seventh generation for the 2017 model year. This midsize luxury sedan boasts powerful engines, a spacious cabin, and available all-wheel drive to deliver a well-rounded and exhilarating ride. 

If you're shopping for a midsize luxury sedan, either of the two 535 trim levels (the 535i and 535d) could be an excellent choice. These trims offer turbocharged V6 engines, plus larger wheels than the 5 Series' base trims. Meanwhile, the interior of the BMW 535 remains spacious and well-appointed, with 14 cubic feet of trunk space on its 2016 model and standard features like a 12-speaker sound system, sunroof, and leather upholstery.

While the 535 trims were rebranded as the 540 beginning with the 2017 model year, you can still find used BMW 535 models at CarMax, so be sure to check out this sedan for yourself.

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Q: Are all BMW 535 models twin-turbo?

A: Yes, all 535 models are powered by twin-turbo engines.

Q: How long is a BMW 535?

A: Length can vary by model year, but the 2015 BMW 535i and 535d trims each measure a total of 193.4 inches in length.

Q: How much horsepower does a BMW 535 have?

A: Horsepower output can vary by trim and model year. However, 2011-2016 535i models put out between 300 hp and 302 hp. Meanwhile, the 2014-2016 535d is rated at 255 hp.

Q: Are all BMW 535 models sedans?

A: Yes, all 535 models are classified as midsize luxury sedans.

BMW 535 Trim Configurations

The BMW 5 Series as a whole is offered in three or four different trim levels (exact trims vary by model year). Two different 535 trims, the 535i and the 535d, are available through the 2016 model year. All come standard with rear-wheel drive, although BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive system is optional.

535i (2011-2016)

The 535i is situated as a mid-tier trim on most model years of the BMW 5 Series' sixth generation (2011-2016). Each model year of the 535i is outfitted with a turbocharged 3.0L V6 engine at 300-302 hp (exact output varies by model year). 

A six-speed manual is also standard through 2015, when the 535i is equipped with a standard eight-speed automatic transmission.

Meanwhile, standard features on the 2016 535i include:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • Leather upholstery
  • Automatic dual-zone climate control
  • 12-speaker sound system
  • Sunroof

535d (2014-2016)

The 535d trim was introduced to the 5 Series line-up for the 2014 model year, featuring a turbocharged 3.0L diesel V6 engine at 225 hp and eight-speed automatic transmission. The 535d boasts the same features as the 535i for each model year, including leather upholstery and 18-inch wheels. This trim can be a great choice if you want a diesel-powered version of the traditional 5 Series.

Reviews for BMW 535

Overall Rating

4.7 out of 5 (15 reviews)

Great price! Complete refresh!

I looked at this car and had one transferred up. Eric, the sales guy, with whom I worked, tirelessly took notes down and had the car completely brought up to my level of expectation. Buffed out scratches, replaces rotor, replaced air intake. Check it out. This car is nice! This car is NICE


  • Ride and Handling: Hardly anything better, and with three drive modes!
  • Seat Comfort: Let the seats hug you as you hug corners. SWEET!
  • Power: 300HP Twin Turbo! 0-60 in 5.4s. YEP!


  • Cost to Maintain: You will pay for this great machine, but you'l love it!
  • Fuel Economy: Avg. 23 MBG is not great.

- Will Clay, 2012 BMW 535

My first BMW, not my last!!!

The style, ride comfort and great handling, the power, the incredible mileage I get with eco-boost, the reliability, and the quality craftmanship of the interior and exterior are beyond compare. Of the fifteen cars I have owned in the last 30+ years, this is the best.


  • Ride and Handling: Excellent handling all around
  • Fuel Economy: Saves gas using eco-boost
  • Seat Comfort: Great adjustability for my lower back

- Gregory Stout, 2012 BMW 535

Well rounded daily driver, a "Jack of all trades".

This 535GT has proven itself to be the ideal car for my wife and me. Their aren't many of these in the states, but if you are looking at mid-size crossovers and suv markets you should look one of these up. it's basically a 7-series without the bleeding edge tech (and prices to match!) but with the added practicality of a hatchback rear door and a higher seat height for comfort and forward visibility. Decent mileage as well.


  • Seat Comfort: This car is built for long trips, and it accomplishes this objective well. Ingress/egress is the best I've experienced in a sedan, on par with mid size suvs and crossovers.
  • Interior Space: The interior is roomy, sure, but the back seats are truly impressive. More legroom and headroom than most anything short of a limo. Perfect for entertaining friends and clientele.
  • Ride and Handling: BMW's performance spectrum tends to range from barely street legal track cars (M-series) to well proportioned daily driver. The 535 GT is closer to the later. It's a big car with a big engine. Acceleration is effortless across the RPM range.


  • Visibility: Rear visibility is gonna be an issue with any vehicle this shape. Do yourself a favor and shell out for a rear camera. Problem solved.

- Matt Shelton, 2012 BMW 535

This price does not include tax, title, and tags. Additional fees may also apply depending on the state of purchase.