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2014 BMW 5-Series Review

The 2014 BMW 5 Series offers a relaxing ride – thanks to its smooth suspension and supple seats – and comes with an array of authoritative engines. However, the 5 Series is more about comfort than sport; it isn't the most agile of luxury midsize cars. 

Pros & Cons

  • Strong and efficient diesel model
  • Comfortable and composed ride
  • Straightforward infotainment system
  • Poor fuel economy in hybrid model

New for 2014

  • Diesel-powered 535d debuted
  • Revised exterior styling
  • Navigation became standard
  • 550i received 45-horsepower increase
  • Manual transmission discontinued in 550i




Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.1
Safety: 8.9
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2014 BMW 5-Series Overview

Is the 2014 BMW 5 Series a Good Used Car?

The luxury midsize 2014 BMW 5 Series is like a thoroughbred racehorse: its lineage is impressive, as is its level of sophistication and sleek appearance. If you want the same level of performance as the smaller BMW 3 Series, though, you're looking in the wrong paddock.

The base BMW 528i has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that cranks out a satisfying amount of power. Available powertrains include a turbocharged diesel engine and a hybrid setup that combines a turbocharged gasoline engine with an electric motor. The M5 has a meaty twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine rated at 560 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. Gas mileage in the base model is above average, at 23 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. It’s even better with the turbodiesel 535d, at 26 mpg in the city and 37 on the highway. The ActiveHybrid 5 averages about the same fuel consumption as the base model. The 2014 5 Series comes standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive, and BMW's all-wheel-drive system (xDrive) and a manual transmission are available in some models. The 5 Series' ride is composed and comfortable, though handling isn't as sharp as rivals like the Cadillac CTS.

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There are five exceptionally comfortable seats in the 2014 BMW 5 Series. The seats come with leatherette upholstery (upgraded leather is available), and the front seats have 10-way power adjustments and dual-zone automatic climate control. Both rows are spacious; even a pair of adults can relax in the back seat, thanks to its ample head and legroom. You’ll find full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in the outboard rear seats, as well as a single tether anchor in the middle seat.

The 5 Series has an attractive cabin filled with high-grade materials and luxurious touches, like a moonroof. BMW's iDrive infotainment system has a crisp display and menu settings that are mostly easy to use. Twelve speakers, navigation, and Bluetooth are also standard. Available features include a hands-free power trunk lid, a Harman Kardon or Bang & Olufsen stereo system, and a head-up display.

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Used 2014 BMW 5 Series Prices

On average, you'll pay between $22,100 and $48,000 for a used 2014 BMW 5 Series. The price not only depends on which trim you're shopping for (M5 models, for example, are significantly more expensive), but also on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, and location. 

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How Reliable Is the 2014 BMW 5 Series?

The 5 Series has a reliability score of three out of five circles from J.D. Power and Associates. That's not very competitive for a luxury brand. The Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Lexus GS, and Audi A6 are among the models that best the 5 Series in reliability.

How Safe Is the 5 Series?

The 2014 BMW 5 Series aced almost every Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash test – save one. In the small front overlap test, the BMW earned a third-place Marginal score.

No advanced driver assistance systems are standard, but technology such as a rearview camera, parallel park assist, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and a 360-degree camera are available. The IIHS notes that models outfitted with the available forward collision warning and emergency braking systems offer the Superior level of front crash prevention.

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Should I Consider Another Used 5 Series?

The 2014 model year is part of the 5 Series generation that ran from 2011 through 2016. Trim levels, powertrains, and technology features came and went during these model years. Notable changes for 2014 include the addition of the 535d trim with the turbodiesel engine, an increase in horsepower for the 550i trim, and standard navigation across the board. If these improvements mean little to you, then you may be able to save quite a bit of money by buying an older 5 Series sedan.

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Which Used BMW 5 Series Is Right for Me?

The 5 Series has six different trims (528i, 535i, 535d, 550i, M5, and ActiveHybrid5) and two body styles (the sedan and the hatchback-style Gran Turismo). Each has its own advantages, but the 535i is a favorite. It accelerates faster than the 528i and is less expensive than the 550i or M5. The 2014 535i comes with a 300-horsepower six-cylinder engine, an eight-speed sport automatic transmission with shift paddles, and all-wheel drive.

Certified pre-owned BMWs offer several advantages. The BMW CPO program has three levels based on the vehicle’s age and the number of miles on the odometer: Certified Pre-Owned Elite, Certified Pre-Owned, and Pre-Owned. Each level receives the balance of the original new-car warranty. Certified Pre-Owned Elite vehicles get an additional one-year/25,000-mile warranty, while Certified Pre-Owned models receive an additional two-year/50,000-mile warranty. Pre-Owned BMWs receive no additional coverage. Each BMW undergoes an inspection before earning CPO status. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the BMW warranty page carefully.

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We Did the Research for You: 54 Pieces of Data Analyzed

Our 2014 BMW 5 Series review is not based on our personal opinion. Rather, we pulled together dozens of pieces of information, getting down to finer details like fuel efficiency, legroom, and cargo space. To help you make an informed buying decision, our overview also explains how the 5 Series compares with top rivals.

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2014 BMW 5 Series and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 BMW 5 Series or 2014 BMW 3 Series?

The luxury small 2014 BMW 3 Series is shorter than the 5 Series, but that doesn't make it any less of a car. You get almost the same amount of room for your crew and cargo, as well as a similar list of standard amenities. Many spirited drivers prefer the handling of the 3 Series over its larger kin – the smaller wheelbase imparts more agility – and you still get the pleasure of a robust line of engines. The 3 Series costs around $10,000 less than the 5 Series.

Which Is Better: 2014 BMW 5 Series or 2014 Audi A6?

The 2014 Audi A6 is synonymous with "sports sedan." It offers everything a driving enthusiast yearns for: engines with heart-racing horsepower, crisp handling for excitement on any route, and a handsome cabin that pampers you along the way. If brisk acceleration is what you're after, it's best to steer clear of the A6 base model (or pick the 5 Series instead). Go with the BMW if smooth cruising – not nimble performance – is your cup of tea.

Which Is Better: 2014 BMW 5 Series or 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

When it comes to relaxation and refinement, the BMW 5 Series does well, but the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class does better. Wood and metal trims line its interior, and the seats are upholstered with either leatherette (which looks and feels like the real thing) or actual leather. More safety features come standard with the Mercedes, including forward collision warning and a driver drowsiness monitor. The E-Class is also one of the most reliable used luxury cars.

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