2006 BMW 530Xi

At a Glance

Pricing $43,500 - $58,500
Drive Types RWD, AWD
Engines 3.0l I6, 4.8l V8
Transmissions A6, M6
Fuel Economy 15-21 (city), 23-30 (highway)

The mid-sized 5-Series has been criticized for striking out in a new styling direction compared to its conservative predecessor, but sales of the new model have not been affected. A technological tour-de-force, the 5-Series features a host of electronics and electronic driving aids. Three powertrains are offered: a 215-bhp 2.5L inline-6, a 255-bhp 3.0L inline-6, and a 4.8L V8 with 350-bhp. 525xi and 530xi models offer the xDrive all-wheel-drive system found in the X3 and X5. All models are available with a choice of 6-speed manual or automatic. The 530i and 550i sedan customers can also select the 6-speed SMG transmission. The interior is relatively uncluttered given that a large number of functions are located within the iDrive system that dominates the center console. Unlike many of its competitors, the 5-Series emphasizes the "sport" in sport sedan.

What Changed:

2007 5-Series models will include four years of BMW AssistTM. Thermal night vision option is now available. A tire pressure monitor is standard. HD Radio is optional. The Sport package now has 20-way adjustable seats and a new 3-spoke steering wheel.

Model/Trim/Package Engine Original MSRP
550i 4.8l V8 (360-bhp) M6 RWD $58,500
530xi 3.0l I6 (255-bhp) A6 AWD $50,975
530xi 3.0l I6 (255-bhp) M6 AWD $49,700
530i 3.0l I6 (255-bhp) A6 RWD $48,775
530i 3.0l I6 (255-bhp) M6 RWD $47,500
525xi 3.0l I6 (215-bhp) A6 AWD $46,975
525xi 3.0l I6 (215-bhp) M6 AWD $45,700
525i 3.0l I6 (215-bhp) A6 RWD $44,775
525i 3.0l I6 (215-bhp) M6 RWD $43,500
550i 4.8l V8 (360-bhp) A6 RWD $58,500