There have only been a handful of models have maintained such a high level of excellence as the BMW 5 Series. Through the generations, the 5 series has consistently been one of the best automobiles you could buy. Now, the 2011 model year takes its place in the automotive world as the sixth generation. At Peterson BMW of Boise we are excited for the new body style of the 5 series.
Introducing the 2011 BMW 5 series
When it comes to styling, the new 5 series is a tough act to follow. The last generation had a significant change to the 5 Series’ previous evolutionary look, where it sported curves and flourishes that attracted some, but not everyone was a fan. The 2011 5 Series returns to a more conservative appearance, one that shows a more family resemblance to other BMW sedans. Through the changes in the body style, the new 5 remains a very attractive sedan (the wagon has been discontinued for the United States).
Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
The 2011 BMW 5 Series sedan is offered with three available engines that correspond to three trim levels: 528i, 535i and 550i. The 535i and 550i are also offered as “xDrive” or all-wheel-drive.
The 528i exterior:
- comes standard with 17-inch wheels
- rain-sensing wipers
- a sunroof and power
- heated side mirrors.
On the inside you’ll find:
- leatherette upholstery
- eight-way power front seats
- driver memory functions
- dual-zone automatic climate control
- a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
- the iDrive control interface
- BMW Assist
- a 12-speaker CD audio with HD radio.
The 535i is equipped with:
- 18-inch wheels
- adaptive xenon headlights.
The 550i adds :
- leather upholstery
- upgraded front seats
- parking sensors
- auto-dimming mirrors,
- interior ambiance lighting
- a hard-drive-based navigation system with voice controls and real-time traffic.
(These features are also an option on the 528i and 535i.)
Other major options, which may or may not be grouped into other packages, include keyless ignition/entry, a night-vision camera, automatic high-beam headlights, active cruise control, active four-wheel steering (535i and 550i), an automatic parallel-parking system, side view and top-view cameras, a rear-view camera, a premium audio system, an iPod/USB adapter, satellite radio, a rear sunshade, heated and ventilated front seats, rear climate control, a rear-seat entertainment system, a head-up display, a heated steering wheel and smartphone integration. Features courtesy of Edmunds.com.
Interior Design and Special Features
We have heard both driver and passengers comment on the cabin room on the BMW 5 Series. The dash has clean lines thanks to the the standard iDrive interface that eliminates the need for buttons. At first glance the layout is quite similar to that of the 7 Series, with the center display screen. The iDrive controller, is pretty easy to figure out and provides a large amount of customization of the car’s features. As always, navigation is available if it suits your lifestyle. The screen is larger and much better looking than the standard center display. The front seats offer a comfortable ride and provide an impressive amount of adjustability.
We would be happy to go over this vehicle in more detail. Please feel free to visit us at Peterson BMW Boise come by or call us at 888.295.8415.