Those wanting everything a BMW is touted to be—a no-excuses driver’s car with all the amenities and plenty of punch—and preferring diesel power need to go straight to the 5 Series. It’s expensive, and there’s no wagon (BMW says get the similarly powered X5 SUV instead), but there is plenty of room and zoom, plus the inherent fuel efficiency of smooth, six-cylinder diesel power. The competition is going to four cylinders and 40-plus-mpg highway ratings, but for now BMW offers the traditional path to luxury diesel power with six cylinders. There’s little new in the 535d this year—it’s mid-cycle between freshenings—but there’s all the tech and luxury one could ask for on the option sheet…as long as its steep price doesn’t scare you off.
BMW's new 3.0L turbodiesel hooked to the eight-speed ZF may just be one of the finest all-around passenger car powertrain combos in the business." ..."Motor Trend
The gobs of instant grunt mean rolling response on the freeway is impressive, tooâjust wiggle your big toe, and the 535d jumps to attention." ..."Motor Trend