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01/22/2010    4:00 PM
COMMENTS: 5

Car and Driver magazine has put up their review of the new 5-series straight from Portugal. Read the select quotes below but make sure to follow the link the full article! Indeed, you can take comfort in the fact that the 2011 BMW 5-series looks like the latest 7-series, but it is more tight, dynamic, and alert. The new 5 does a nice job masking its size and mass.

01/22/2010    2:30 PM
COMMENTS: 5

The photography is really nice in this review, and the article is well written. Follow the link below for the full article, or just read the quotes. We’re now officially 37 years beyond the introduction of the first-generation 5 Series and we still havent gotten over it. When were in take-it-easy mode, the new 5 Series feels damned near ideal and not boatlike in the least. Then we punch Sport+ in BMWs Driving Dynamics Control and knock out all the stability control systems when its safe to do so, and the gnarlier spirit of the 2011 BMW 535i glows through the handsomely toned-down interior redesign. Van Hooydonk and his team, like all design squads these days, have had to give paramount … CONTINUED

01/22/2010    12:20 PM
COMMENTS: 2

After the recent press event in Portugal, automotive journalists are wasting no time in giving their impressions of the 535i. So far, its smooth sailing. This time, Road and Track magazine share their thoughts. Below are some select quotes, but follow the links at the bottom of the page for the full article! It takes only a couple laps of Estoril, the famed Iberian circuit that held Formula 1 races in its mid-1980s heyday, to find that the new 6th-generation BMW 535i handles with the precision and fluidity expected from the marque. The small twin turbos of its predecessor are gone, replaced by a somewhat larger twin-scroll unit, but rest assured that lag is all but unnoticeable. Torque is delivered over a … CONTINUED

01/22/2010    11:55 AM
COMMENTS: 4

AutoWeekUSA has done a really nice synopsis of the upcoming F10 535i. Here are some select quotes from the full article which you can read by following the link down below. On the highway, the 535is engine is barley audible at a steady cruise. That’s because BMW geared the eight-speed automatic so high, you rarely need more than 2,000 rpm; the top gear runs a 0.667:1 ratio. The new electro-mechanical steering system with rear-wheel steer makes the 535i even more maneuverable around town than before. With optional adjustable suspension in comfort mode, the low-speed ride is sufficiently supple to soak up broken surfaces with authority. This car is terrifically composed with great stability, a nice tied-down feel and hugely impressive refinement at higher speeds.… CONTINUED

12/08/2009    4:30 PM
COMMENTS: 78

The eternal battle…. Now in its 5th generation the all new F10 5-Series goes head to head with the newly released Mercedes Benz E-Class. These comparisons have always been made, but now with a new sense of speed. Courtesy of the german language magazine http://www.autobild.de we now have a head-to-head photoshoot and comparison of the two cars. In this case, they decided to compare the popular Mercedes Benz E350 CDI vs. BMW 530d. Both cars being elegant yet very powerful diesel powered cars.

Included here is the photo set, but please make sure to read the full writeup @autobild: http://www.autobild.de/artikel/vergl…i_1020073.html

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11/18/2009    2:19 PM
COMMENTS: 13

Fifth Gear reviews the 530d GT and has positive things to say, including that it handles better than some sports cars. See Vicki Butlers review inside.

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09/06/2009    10:25 AM
COMMENTS: 10

Well the car that everyone loves to hate has hit the press circuit and the reviews are starting to roll in. I think I am more maliable then others, and I actually love the styling of the car and from photos the interior oozes high end luxury and quality. So I was sold instantly. The only thing I didnt like was the rear end, but not because I thought it was poorly styled, I just dont like the cross-over shape. But given the cross-over shape, I think BMW did a good job making it look as car like as possible. It came out far better then any other cross-over I can think of (look at the new Honda cross-over or the … CONTINUED