2008 BMW 5 Series Reviews, Ratings & Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value®
$6,761 - $18,116
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
17 City / 27 HWY
Horsepower
230-500
Seats
5
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$6,761 - $18,116
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
17 City / 27 HWY
Horsepower
230-500
Seats
5

Ranks #8 By Owner Reviews

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

You'll Like The 2008 BMW 5 Series If...

The BMW 5 Series earned its deserved reputation as the supreme midsize sport sedan almost on driving dynamics alone. Combined with standout styling, a well-appointed cabin and some of the most sophisticated technologies available in an automobile, the 5 Series offers something for everyone.

BMW 5 Series Models & Trims

528i $7,248 - $9,313*
Horsepower: 230 hp
Engine Type: Gas I6
Standard Seating: Premium Synthetic
Standard Wheels: 17 x 7.5, 18 x 8.0 in. - Alloy
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
528xi $7,354 - $9,483*
Horsepower: 230 hp
Engine Type: Gas I6
Standard Seating: Premium Synthetic
Standard Wheels: 17 x 7.5, 18 x 8.0 in. - Alloy
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
535i $6,761 - $8,682*
Horsepower: 300 hp
Engine Type: Turbocharged Gas I6
Standard Seating: Premium Synthetic
Standard Wheels: 17 x 7.5, 18 x 8.0 in. - Alloy
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
535xi $7,426 - $9,765*
Horsepower: 300 hp
Engine Type: Turbocharged Gas I6
Standard Seating: Premium Synthetic
Standard Wheels: 17 x 7.5, 18 x 8.0 in. - Alloy
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
550i $7,642 - $10,027*
Horsepower: 360 hp
Engine Type: Gas V8
Standard Seating: Leather
Standard Wheels: 17 x 8.0, 18 x 8.0 in. - Alloy
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
M5 $15,205 - $18,116*
Horsepower: 500 hp
Engine Type: Gas V10
Standard Seating: Leather
Standard Wheels: 19 x 8.5 in. - Alloy
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
535xiT $7,593 - $9,980*
Horsepower: 300 hp
Engine Type: Turbocharged Gas I6
Standard Seating: Premium Synthetic
Standard Wheels: 17 x 7.5, 18 x 8.0 in. - Alloy
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning

*Prices are Kelley Blue Book® Fair Market Range

Owner Reviews

4.44

43 Reviews

56% 33% 12% 2 star 0% 1 star 0%

Owner reviews are verified by our team and cannot be altered or removed.

BMW 5-series is timeless.

Have owned for many years and had very few issues. drives as well as it did the first day I owned it. Being an older vehicle, it lacks some common “media” features found in many cars today, but it has Bluetooth, power and heated seats, integrated GPS (but an older version) and all the comfort you would expect with the BMW brand.

- Matt B

I just love how it drives.

Car is pretty nice and comfortable. The vehicle is very roomie and luxurious. When it is newer it is easy to drive. It is a bit harder when the vehicle gets a bit older, it tends to have a lot of problems. It is expensive to fix issues that the vehicle might have. You would have to get a good mechanic to deal with these issues.

- Laura M

BMW535xi. Reliable, handles well all around. Looks beautiful after 10 years.

Very reliable car. Comfortable for long rides. Handles well. Able to reach high speeds easily. Accessories easy to use, including navigation. Is very attractive car. Interior and outer body has held up very well, especially since this is a 10 year old car. Have had only minor service needs in last 10 years.

- Deborah T

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Compare Models & Key Features

Drivers side profile with drivers side door open.
Front angle view.
Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$7,248 - $9,313
$7,354 - $9,483

Horsepower

Horsepower
230 hp
230 hp

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Standard
Standard

Engine Type

Engine Type
3.0L DOHC 24
3.0L DOHC 24
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Standard
Standard

Alarm

Alarm
Standard
Standard

HeadsUp Display

HeadsUp Display
Optional
Optional

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Standard
Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional
Optional

Rain Sensing Wipers

Rain Sensing Wipers
Standard
Standard

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Heated Steering Wheel

Heated Steering Wheel
Optional
Optional

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
Standard
Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Standard
Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
Standard
Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
Standard
Standard

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Standard
Standard

Power Steering

Power Steering
Standard
Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
41.5 in.
41.5 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
39.1 in.
39.1 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
36 in.
36 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
38.1 in.
38.1 in.

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
14 cu. ft.
14 cu. ft.

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Standard
Standard

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Standard
Standard

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Optional
Optional

AUX Input

AUX Input
Standard
Standard

CD Player

CD Player
Standard
Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
Standard
Standard

AC

AC
Standard
Standard

Dual Zone

Dual Zone
Standard
Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Optional
Optional

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Premium Synthetic
Premium Synthetic

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
Standard
Standard

Power Passenger Seat

Power Passenger Seat
Standard
Standard

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Optional
Optional

Heated Rear Seats

Heated Rear Seats
Optional
Optional

Seat Memory

Seat Memory
Standard
Standard

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Optional
Optional

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Optional
Optional
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Folding Mirror

Power Folding Mirror
Optional
Optional

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P245/40WR18
P245/40WR18

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
113.7 in.
113.7 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
37.5 ft.
39 ft.

Length

Length
191.1 in.
191.1 in.

Width

Width
72.7 in.
72.7 in.
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3505 - 3571 .lbs
3770 - 3814 .lbs

Horsepower

Horsepower
230 hp
230 hp

Torque

Torque
200 ft. lbs.
200 ft. lbs.

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
- TBD - .lbs
- TBD - .lbs

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
Standard
Standard

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Standard
Standard

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
Straight 6 Cylinder
Straight 6 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
18.5 gal.
18.5 gal.

Combined

Combined
22 mpg
21 mpg

City

City
17 mpg
17 mpg

Highway

Highway
27 mpg
25 mpg

Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
Optional
Optional
Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Standard
Standard

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
Standard
Standard

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
Standard
Standard

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
Standard
Standard

Stability Control

Stability Control
Standard
Standard

Traction Control

Traction Control
Standard
Standard

HID Headlights

HID Headlights
Optional
Optional

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors
Optional
Optional

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive Cruise Control
Optional
Optional

Night Vision

Night Vision
Optional
Optional

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
Standard
Standard

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Departure Warning
Optional
Optional

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
Standard
Standard

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Side Airbag

Rear Side Airbag
Optional
Optional

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
Standard
Standard

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Overall

  • Front

  • Side

  • Rollover

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

  • Roof Strength

    N/A
  • Driver-side Overlap Front

    N/A

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

JD Power Rating
Not Available

*JD Power Circle Ratings