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Modern style meets high mpgs in BMW 535d xDrive (pictures)

BMW gives its 5 Series a diesel engine and all-wheel-drive, creating a car with excellent fuel economy, power, and handling.

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BMW's 5 Series was updated with a new platform in 2010, but the company continues to add features and engine choices.

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As the 535d xDrive, new for the 2014 model year, the car gets a diesel engine and all-wheel drive.

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The 535d xDrive  shows class BMW styling, such as the Hofmeister kink in the side graphic.

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For its diesel engine, BMW includes an emissions cleaning system that uses a fluid called AdBlue.

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Under the hood is an inline 3-liter six-cylinder diesel engine, with a twin-scroll turbocharger.

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The model shows the optional LED headlights.

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BMW keeps its cabin styling simple in this M Sport Line model 535d xDrive.

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Metal trim shows organic curves across the dashboard and door.

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BMW tunes its electric power steering for heft, requiring deliberate input to turn the wheel.

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Paddles behind the wheel activate manual shifts for the eight-speed sport automatic transmission.

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The drive selector sits on the console, next to BMW's latest iDrive controller dial.

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BMW stack the items on its main menu instead of using an icon-based interface.

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A new feature for iDrive, users can trace letters on a touchpad set into the controller dial.

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Navigation maps show excellent and refined detail, with explicit directions on the right.

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The navigation system downloads street views.

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BMW Online includes a number of external data sources downloaded through the car's native connection.

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Integrated Yelp search shows nearby businesses with cumulative ratings.

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With the BMW Connected app running on a connected smartphone, the display shows a Twitter feed.

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An abundance of music sources includes onboard storage, USB drives, iOS devices, HD radio, and a number of music streaming apps.

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