2009 BMW 5-Series Wagon Review

Reviewers loved the 2009 BMW 5-Series Sports Wagon’s strong engine. However, there are other wagons that have better fuel economy ratings and safety scores.

Pros & Cons

  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Powerful six-cylinder engine
  • Complicated iDrive multi-media interface system
  • Low fuel economy compared to classmates

Rankings & Research

The 2009 BMW 5-Series Wagon's #9 ranking is based on its score within the 2009 Wagons category. Currently the BMW 5-Series Wagon has a score of 7.9 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 21 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 9.1
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.3
This rating isn’t available yet for the current model year. In the meantime, last year’s rating of 8.9 for safety is being used to calculate this vehicle’s overall score.
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2009 BMW 5-Series Wagon Overview

The 2009 BMW 5-Series Sports Wagon comes standard with all-wheel drive, a six-cylinder engine and a manual transmission. Test drivers said that overall, the 5-Series Sports Wagon is fun to drive. The steering is responsive and they said the 5-Series Wagon can handle corners with ease. The base engine with either the manual or an available automatic transmission gets lower-than-average fuel economy, at 16/23 mpg and 16/24 mpg, respectively.  

Reviewers liked the quality of the 2009 BMW 5-Series Sports Wagon’s interior, but said the back seat isn’t very spacious for three adults. Cargo space is 58.3 cubic feet with the second row down, and there’s 33.6 cubic feet of cargo space with the second row in use. Standard features include a panoramic sunroof, automatic windshield wipers, leatherette upholstery, BMW’s iDrive system, a 10-speaker stereo system with a CD player and a power liftgate. Optional features when it was new include a lane departure warning system, front and rear park assist, active cruise control and a navigation system.  Several reviewers said BMW’s iDrive interface is hard to use.

See the full 2009 BMW 5-Series Wagon specs »

Other Cars to Consider

The 2009 Audi A6 Avant is a great choice for those who want a stellar safety score. Test drivers liked the responsiveness of its transmission, as well as its powerful six-cylinder engine.

Another good choice is the 2009 Volvo XC70 because of its available safety features. The cargo space behind the second row is comparable to the 5-Series Sports Wagon’s.

Compare the 5-Series Sports Wagon to the A6 wagon and XC70 »


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