For 2008, BMW puts its twin turbocharged 3-liter engine in the 5-series. This car is also loaded with most of BMW's latest technology, from HD radio to live traffic reporting. Read full review
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BMW keeps its famed kidney grille intact, and flattens down the front fenders, emphasizing the hood bulge. Read full review
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This powerplant, launched in the 3-series last year, lets BMW compete with the plethora of 3.5-liter V-6 cars. It's a straight six cylinder 3-liter engine with twin-turbochargers, giving it 300 horsepower. Read full review
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The legacy of BMW designer Chris Bangle is evident in the liquid smooth sides of the 535i. Read full review
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The pronounced line along the side of the trunk lid, extending down below the tail-lights, makes an odd wedge shape, as if the back had been cut off, then hastily glued back on. Read full review
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The rear of the 535i is refined, without any overt performance cues. Read full review
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Although the cabin materials are nice and everything is well-fitted, it doesn't feel particularly luxurious. Read full review
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Controls on the three-spoke wheel let you change radio stations or CD tracks, lower and raise the volume, choose modes, and activate voice command. We never could figure out what the diamond-shaped button does. Read full review
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The automatic transmission shifter is fully electronic, and looks like a museum piece. Read full review
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BMW keeps classic analog gauges in the instrument cluster, complete with the traditional instant fuel economy gauge. Read full review
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The iDrive menu fills the wide screen in the dashboard. We all might as well get used to it--iDrive is here to stay. Read full review
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The graphics for route guidance aren't particularly rich, but they are informative. Read full review
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With its new live traffic service, you can look at detailed reports on traffic incidents and slow-downs. Read full review
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Slow traffic is represented as a series of arrows, in the direction of the slow traffic, on the affected road. Read full review
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BMW offers one of the best cell phone integration systems, with complete access to your cell phone's phone book. Read full review
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An HD radio tuner is a $500 option. In our experience, it adds slightly better quality to radio broadcasts. Note the HD symbol at the bottom of the screen. Read full review
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The CD player can handle MP3 CDs, but it doesn't show ID3 tag information, only displaying files and folders. This is a strange oversight. Read full review
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With the equalizer, you can really fine-tune the audio quality. And there are convenient bass and treble controls, as well. Read full review
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The auxiliary audio jack is mounted behind the console, a less-than-convenient spot. Read full review
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The park distance warning gives you a graphic display of obstacles in front and behind the car. Read full review
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