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2016 BMW 5-Series Review

The 2016 BMW 5 Series has several powerful engines to choose from, as well as excellent fuel economy and a long list of features. However, high ownership costs and below-average safety ratings push it to the second half of the highly competitive luxury midsize car class.

Pros & Cons

  • Range of potent engines
  • Excellent fuel economy estimates
  • Lots of high-tech features
  • Awkwardly shaped trunk in sedan models




Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.5
Safety: 8.9
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2016 BMW 5-Series Overview

Is the 2016 BMW 5 Series a Good Used Car?

There’s a lot to like about the 2016 BMW 5 Series. It’s available as a sedan or hatchback, and it has everything a luxury midsize car buyer could want. This includes a high-end cabin, tons of features, a comfortable ride, and potent powertrains. However, our research shows that the 5 Series loses its value faster than its peers, which lowers its total cost of ownership score.

Why You Can Trust Us

We analyzed 58 BMW 5 Series reviews and included information on safety, reliability, fuel economy, and more to give you a comprehensive overview of the 2016 BMW 5 Series. U.S. News & World Report has been ranking vehicles since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined experience in the automotive industry. To ensure our impartiality, we don’t accept expensive gifts or trips from carmakers or dealers, and an outside team handles our site’s advertising.  

How Much Is the 2016 BMW 5 Series?

You can expect to pay between $27,200 and $52,500 for a used 2016 5 Series, based on almost 350 listings on our site for this vehicle. The average list price is $38,600. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 BMW 5 Series Cost to Own?

A vehicle’s cost goes far beyond its sticker price. Estimated five-year expenses for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2016 5 Series are $32,381, which is high for the 2016 luxury midsize car segment. The 2016 Lexus GS will cost you an estimated $27,930 over five years, the 2016 Audi A6 will cost $26,965, and the 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class will cost $30,302.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New 5 Series?

There is a significant difference between the 2016 5 Series' average price of $38,600 and the 2018 BMW 5 Series' base MSRP of $52,650. The 5 Series was completely redesigned for 2017, making it one of the most technologically advanced cars in the segment. However, the 2018’s base engine only has 8 more horsepower, and the model doesn’t drive any better than the 2016 5 Series. Save money and buy the 2016 5 Series if you can live without available features like rear cross traffic alert and lane keep assist.

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If you want a new car in the 2016 BMW 5 Series’ price range, you may want to consider the luxury small car class. For example, the 2018 Kia Stinger has an MSRP of $31,900, and it is one of the top choices in the segment. Other strong choices include the 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia ($38,195) and the 2018 Audi A4 ($36,000).

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How Reliable Is the 2016 BMW 5 Series?

The 2016 BMW 5 Series has a reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power. This is above average for the industry, but it’s average for the luxury midsize car segment.

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2016 BMW 5 Series Recalls

As of this writing, there are two recalls for the 2016 5 Series. One deals with the seat-mounted air bags; they may not deploy. The other recall involves a bent LATCH anchor that could impair the ability to properly attach a car seat. Make sure these recalls are addressed before you purchase this vehicle.

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Which Model Year of the BMW 5 Series Is Best?

The 2016 5 Series is part of a generation that began in 2011. BMW completely redesigned the 5 Series for 2017. Consider buying a 2014 or 2015 model; they have the same features and powertrain as the 2016 model, but they’ll likely cost you less.

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Which Used BMW 5 Series Model Is Right for Me?

The base BMW 528i is the best value. It has plenty of power from its turbocharged four-cylinder engine, as well as a long list of standard features. These features include dual-zone automatic climate control, a 12-speaker audio system, HD Radio, Bluetooth, and BMW's iDrive infotainment system (which features a 10.2-inch high-resolution display, navigation, a console-mounted control knob, and a touchpad). The 535i and 535d have the same features as the 528i, but they offer different powertrains. The 550i model only adds a few more features, like a Harman Kardon audio system, satellite radio, front and rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera.

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What Does BMW's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

The BMW Certified CPO program is available on vehicles with between 300 and 60,000 miles on the odometer. The program covers buyers for one year with unlimited mileage after the four-year/50,000-mile new-vehicle limited warranty has expired. This warranty can be renewed for a fee, but there is a maximum of five years of coverage. Each BMW must pass a road test and a 196-point inspection before earning CPO status. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available. Restrictions apply on transferring CPO coverage to subsequent owners. Read the BMW warranty page carefully.

BMW has one of the less-attractive CPO programs among luxury car manufacturers, according to our research. You’ll get better warranties from Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and Jaguar.

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How Safe Is the 5 Series?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 5 Series a perfect five-star rating in the side and rollover crash tests. The 5 Series earned four stars in the frontal crash test. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests, the 5 Series got a Good rating (the highest score possible) in four tests, and one Marginal rating for the driver’s side small overlap front crash test. Overall, the 5 Series' safety scores, while good, are a bit lower than many competitors’.

Available active safety features include a rearview camera, side- and top-view parking cameras, a night vision camera with pedestrian detection, front and rear parking sensors, a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic braking.

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2016 BMW 5 Series Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 BMW 5 Series or 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

The competition between the 5 Series and the 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is tight, but the Mercedes pulls out the win. Both models offer comparably upscale cabins and similar powertrain options. The 5 Series can't match the E-Class' higher crash test scores and lower ownership costs, though.

Which Is Better: 2016 BMW 5 Series or 2016 Audi A6?

The 2016 Audi A6 isn't quite as smooth over rough roads as the 5 Series is, but it’s the better buy in nearly every other way. The A6 has nimble handling around corners, and all of its available engines deliver generous power. The Audi earns higher safety scores than the BMW, too. In the cabin, the A6 has lots of state-of-the-art features, including a Wi-Fi hot spot and a navigation system that uses Google Earth satellite images.

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2016 5 Series Performance

How Does the 2016 BMW 5 Series Drive?

The 2016 BMW 5 Series is less a performance car and more a comfortable cruiser – even in Sport mode. Still, every engine delivers good power, and the 5 Series drives nimbly and handles corners with ease. This is especially true of the track-friendly M5, which features a twin-turbocharged V8.

The base 2016 BMW 528i has a turbocharged 240-horsepower four-cylinder engine. The 535i comes with a 300-horsepower, turbocharged six-cylinder engine, and the 535d has a six-cylinder turbodiesel engine that generates 255 horsepower. A twin-turbocharged 445-horsepower V8 engine powers the 550i, and the ActiveHybrid 5 features a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine and an electric motor that together produce 335 horsepower.

An eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard. All-wheel drive is available.

Does the 2016 BMW 5 Series Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 528i gets an EPA-estimated 23 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, which is very good for a luxury midsize car. The 535d earns an even better 26/38 mpg city/highway, while the BMW M5 has the lowest fuel economy rating of the bunch, at 14/20 mpg.

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2016 5 Series Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 5 Series Seat?

Both the 2016 BMW 5 Series sedan and hatchback models seat five. Leatherette upholstery and 10-way power-adjustable front seats are standard, while leather upholstery, 20-way power-adjustable front seats, active front seats that help reduce fatigue, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats are available.

The standard front seats are designed to adapt to a range of body styles and keep the driver comfortable behind the wheel. The rear seats are well-padded and roomy enough for tall passengers.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 BMW 5 Series?

The 2016 BMW 5 Series has two complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in the outboard seats, as well as a middle-seat tether anchor. The 5 Series' setup earned a top rating of Good from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for its ease of use.

2016 BMW 5 Series Features

The base 2016 BMW 528i sedan comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, a 12-speaker audio system, HD Radio, a USB port, and Bluetooth. Also offered is BMW's iDrive infotainment system, which includes a 10.2-inch high-resolution display, navigation, a console-mounted control knob, and a touchpad that recognizes handwritten letters and numbers.

Available features include satellite radio, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system, a 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen surround-sound system, and a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system.

The iDrive infotainment system has sharp graphics and is simple to use. The system’s interface is well-designed and easy to understand, but there is a learning curve that drivers will need to overcome. Some competitors' infotainment systems are more straightforward.

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2016 BMW 5 Series Dimensions

BMW 5 Series Cargo Space

The 2016 BMW 5 Series sedan has 14 cubic feet of trunk space, which is average for an upscale midsize car. Hatchback (Gran Turismo) models have up to 60 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear seats folded, and the ActiveHybrid 5 sedan has 10 cubic feet of space in the trunk.

Sedan models, except the ActiveHybrid 5, come standard with a 60/40-split-folding rear seat; a power trunk lid is available. Gran Turismo models come standard with a 40/20/40-split-folding rear seat and a power liftgate. Both sedan and Gran Turismo models are available with a hands-free trunk lid or liftgate, which opens when you wave your foot under the bumper.

The shape of the sedan’s trunk and lid hinges reduce usable storage space. Moreover, there are few places in the cabin to store small items.

2016 5 Series Length and Weight

The 2016 BMW 5 Series is 16.1 feet long. The Gran Turismo is 16.4 feet long. The 5 Series sedan’s curb weight ranges from 3,814 to 4,431 pounds, depending on the engine. The Gran Turismo’s curb weight ranges from 4,540 to 4,970 pounds. The sedan’s gross vehicle weight ranges from 4,971 to 5,401 pounds, while the Gran Turismo’s ranges from 5,700 to 6,020 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 BMW 5 Series Built?

The 2016 BMW 5 Series was built in Germany, along with the 2016 6 Series and 2016 7 Series.

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