2009 BMW 5-Series Wagon Performance

#9 out of 15 in 2009 Wagons

$8,706 - $8,706

2009 BMW 5-Series Wagon Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2009 BMW 5-Series Wagon was new.


Performance: 9.1

Critics agree that the BMW 5-Series wagon provides plenty of power and excellent handling dynamics.

  • "The ... BMW 5 Series is an extremely balanced machine that can handle aggressive driving maneuvers on winding back roads as well as it dispatches weekday commutes on crumbling expressways." -- Edmunds

Acceleration and Power

Auto writers appreciate the '09 535i xDrive Sports Wagon's robust powertrain. It features a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that produces 300-horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 300 pound-feet of torque at 1,400 to 5,000 rpm. While a six-speed manual transmission is standard, a STEPTRONIC automatic is optional. According to the EPA, the 5-Series wagon nets a city/highway fuel economy of 16/23 mpg with the manual transmission and 16/24 mpg with the automatic transmission.

  • "[T]he 5 Series' new twin-turbo six-cylinder is the bread and butter of the model's powertrain lineup." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 3-liter, twin-turbo, inline 6 guarantees plenty of zip without lag when leaving the light or pulling out to pass. The guts of a sedan, though not the glitter." -- Chicago Tribune
  • "Once engaged, the six-speed shifts smoothly but prematurely in the name of fuel economy." -- Car and Driver
  • "Manual gearbox provides smooth action." -- Consumer Guide

Handling and Braking

Test drivers report that the BMW 5-Series wagon handles marvelously. Standard features aiding the wagon's performance include stability control, brake fade compensation and traction control.

  • "Load haulers seldom handle this well or are this much fun to drive." -- Car and Driver
  • "The driving experience hasn't changed much, as the 5 Series still has sharper reflexes and more road feel than any other car in its class." -- Edmunds
  • "[T]he Active Suspension behaved transparently (and brilliantly), enabling a smooth ride even over choppy pavement and providing unimaginably tenacious grip in sharp corners." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Braking strong, stable, straight." -- Consumer Guide

All-Wheel Drive

Standard on the 5-Series wagon is BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive system, which leaves test drivers assured in inclement weather.

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