BMW 535i (2010 F10)

Going on sale June 2010, the 535i combines a powerful turbo six-cylinder engine with lots of standard goodies, like iDrive, sat nav, iPod connectivity and xenon headlights.


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In brief

The new BMW 5-Series range, codenamed F10, will be on sale in Australia from June 2010. Initially, three petrol engines will be available: the AU$99,990 straight-six 528i, the AU$128,900 turbo six-cylinder 535i and the AU$178,900 turbo V8 550i. In September they will be joined by an entry-level four-cylinder turbo-diesel AU$83,300 520d.

Standard features across the range include Bluetooth hands-free, USB/iPod connectivity, sat nav, head-up display, bi-xenon headlights (petrol models only), leather, six airbags, stability control, active bonnet pedestrian protection, 18-inch alloy wheels and multi-zone climate control.

Adaptive headlights, 12-speaker hi-fi, voice recognition, radar-guided cruise control and night vision are available as options or standard inclusions in models with a larger engine. All members of the 5-Series family come with the new generation, easy-to-use iDrive system that we first saw on the 3-Series. It allows you to control the entertainment, navigation and car configuration systems via a 7-inch screen (10.2-inch on the 550i).

The 535i's 3-litre straight-six engine is boosted by a turbocharger, pumping out 225kW of power and 400Nm of torque. All this mumbo is sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. When you're not attempting to equal the quoted 6.1-second zero to 100km/h sprint time, you can try getting close to the official 8.4L/100km fuel economy figure.

Outlook

The new 5-Series will only be available in sedan form initially. A 5-Series wagon — Touring in BMW-speak — will join the range later, as will a high performance M5 version.



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laulau
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laulau posted a review   

Are you guys sure it's running on two turbocharger and not a Single"twin scroll" turbocharger?

At least they got the colour of the headlights correct this time, it should be white the first time around but I guess it is better late then never.

Drove it, like it. Doesn't feels as big as it should be. Smooth power delivery. Options can send you broke.

laulau
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laulau posted a review   

The Good:Power delivery, Built, White Xenon

The Bad:Price, No front LED's, options can send you broke

Are you guys sure it is running twin turbochargers and not a single "Twin Scroll" turbocharger?

Looks can be deceiving, best if you drive it and judge it for yourself. For me I manage to take it out for a test drive and it drove beautifully. At least they got it right this time with the headlights being white in colour, grats guys. Last but not least the run flats have been improved significantly compared to previous models.Don't mind the ride but don't like the fact that it has to be replaced with a new tyre and not being able to repair if a nail runs thru it. I paid AUD$450 for my front tyre 2nd day of taking delivery of my 3 series. Just so you know AUD$450 is for per tyre and I am only running on 17". Good luck with your 18" and 19".

Would I recommend it to anyone? That depends if you have spare RM$600,000 or for my case AUD$149,000 (with few options). If the answer is yes then go for it. If looks matter, get a secondhand M3 or perhaps a Nissan GTR35.

Shankar
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Shankar posted a review   

The Good:it was so better than 7 series 730i

The Bad:no bad things

well if you want to look for consumption then why buy BMW why not buy Honda or Toyota. you know it is 3.0 liter with twin turbo supply, it gives 11.654780 km per liter, enough what. you think there's no sports package right well there is like you can change the rims. and if you want any other sports package then go to other accessories shops there you can fit spoilers and skirting for your car. of course the price is high for BMW everyone knows that in the whole wide world. it's a imported car all the way from Germany. The price is exactly RM 598,800. for me it is a reasonable price because it has parking assistance night vision distance shower self opening boot and self closing boot system shows temperature. it shows even like if you put 10 liters now it shows how many km it can go. it;s even got a freaking internet system in it. overtaking system road speed limit and showing your speed in digital as well. So that's why i say that the price is reasonable at RM 598,800.

Peter
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Peter posted a review   

The Good:iDrive System, 8 Speed Auto, Active Steering, Colour Head-up Display

The Bad:No Sports Package

The new 5 series will be high demand, a clone of the new 7 series with just a tinch shorter wheel base. This is quite a deal. Along with the Twin-Turbo 3L engine, will arrive the New M5 in 2012 with torque of 720nm and 430kW. This bmw looks really classy, and with its efficiency will save money in the long time. Though BMW need to improve on their cars wheight, they need to offer more simple engines so a P plater like me is able to drive a simple 530i, looks like im buying a 528i with all the extras!

 

Nash posted a comment   

well here in Malaysia we are paying RM398,800 for the 523i and RM598,800 for the 535i, which equates to ,AUD 137,082.56 and 205,830.08 respectively. We have it worst here, its still cheaper in teh land down under so quit complaining already.

 

An-Phong posted a comment   

The Good:Overall

The Bad:Styling gone backwards, run flat tyres inappropriate for this class and for Australia.

The just superseded 5 Series from 2003-2010 was great looking outside, and it also had a great combination of handling and ride. How did it achieve this, where other's like an E350 Avantgarde, or a Lexus GS300 can not? The answer lies in how smart and detailed you are. You see, both the old E350 and the GS300 tipped the scales at 1650 kg, both were quiet, and both had top 5 star NCAP safety reports. The old 5 Series managed to outhandle both the E350 Avantgarde and the Lexus GS300 because the 530i was only 1550 kg! Thus the 5 Series was much louder on cruising, and in some safety tests, the superseded 5 Series was 2nd rate on safety - this was one of the major complaints with the old 5 Series from 2003-2010. Thus, there is NO God in BMW. It is simply the laws of physics. The new 2010 5 Series is now a whopping 1750 kg, much quieter too, but it will NOT handle as well. When you read about a particular motoring journalist saying that the new 5 Series outhandles the old model, they are simply wrong, and know little about motor cars. The new 5 Series is heavier and more luxurious - a good thing, but unfortunately, it has lost it's lightweight handling [okay in this class of cars], but really sad is that the attractiveness of the old model is gone - the new model rather droopy...

 

Driver posted a comment   

The Good:Engines, Transmissions

The Bad:Price, Run-flat tyres, Korean look styling

BMW used to make beautiful cars with a brilliant ride/handling setup.

Now they are not only ugly, they also have those dreadful run-flat tyres that totally spoil the ride and leave you with no spare - ludicrous in a country the size of Australia.

You are now just paying for a badge.

 

MichaelP1 posted a reply   

Could not agree more on the run-flat tyres. This is a prestige car, with a prestige price and yet suffers tyre roar worse than the cheapest car on the road!

 

pimento posted a comment   

It's neither of these really, it's that the BMWs we get here are built in SA, so the labour costs and whatnot are cheaper than what Ford and Holden can do. What they need is more support from the parent companies in the US to allow their respective platforms to live, thrive and survive. The fact that two world class RWD platforms are being left to die is deplorable.


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  • laulau

    laulau

    Rating8

    "Are you guys sure it's running on two turbocharger and not a Single"twin scroll" turbocharger?

    At least they got the colour of the headlights correct this time, it should be white th..."

  • laulau

    laulau

    Rating8

    "Are you guys sure it is running twin turbochargers and not a single "Twin Scroll" turbocharger?

    Looks can be deceiving, best if you drive it and judge it for yourself. For me I mana..."

  • Shankar

    Shankar

    Rating10

    "well if you want to look for consumption then why buy BMW why not buy Honda or Toyota. you know it is 3.0 liter with twin turbo supply, it gives 11.654780 km per liter, enough what. you think there..."

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