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BMW 535i (2011)

by Barry Green,reviewed February 2011

‘New’ is the operative word for BMW’s MY11 535i.

The F10 chassis is new, ditto the more powerful and torquey (225 kW, 400 Nm) 3.0-litre turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine that replaces the previous twin-turbo unit.

A slick shifting eight-speed automatic succeeds the old six-speed box. A choice of Comfort, Normal, Sport and Sport+ settings (which alter the damper firmness, throttle mapping or both) provides the 535i with the wherewithal to deliver the appropriate ride and handling dynamics for whatever occasion.

The interior has also come in for a redesign, creating the impression of airiness and space. Rumble from the run flat tyres is the only distraction.

BMW 535i 2011

For

Comfort and performance

Against

Tyre rumble

Key features

18” alloys, leather, head up display, rear view camera, Xenon headlights, powered front seats with lumbar, bluetooth, premium audio

Safety

Dual front/side/curtain airbags, active front headrests, ABS, EBD, BA, ESC, TCS, tyre pressure indicator

Car Details

Vehicle make BMW
Vehicle model MY11 535i
Vehicle type Large Over $60,000
Year 2011
Price when new $128,900 MLP
Current price range $ - $
ANCAP crash rating
5 out of 5 stars
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Engine 3.0-litre, turbo, inline, 6-cyl

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.