Combining power, performance, comfort, and stability, the 2009 BMW 535xi features BMW's xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system, which ensures optimal traction on all types of road su...
Combining power, performance, comfort, and stability, the 2009 BMW 535xi features BMW's xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system, which ensures optimal traction on all types of road surfaces. A turbocharged 3.0-liter, direct-injection six-cylinder engine, generating 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque, drives the 535xi, which jumps out from 0 to 60 in 5.6 seconds. The engine mates to either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed Steptronic automatic with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, so drivers can shift manually. Fuel economy numbers for the all-wheel-drive 535xi check in at 16/25 mpg with the manual transmission and 17/25 with the automatic. Dynamic Stability Control, which helps the driver maintain control of the vehicle when a loss of traction occurs, comes standard, while optional features include Active Roll Stabilization, which reduces body roll, and Active Steering, which adjusts the steering ratio to ensure good handling at all speeds. The 535xi sits on 17-inch wheels with all-season tires.
While the 535xi's standard equipment list changes little from the previous year, it ensures passenger comfort with such interior features as leatherette seating, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, a power moonroof, a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, and a power tilt/telescopic steering wheel. Drivers and passengers can also enjoy automatic climate control, Bluetooth wireless technology, and a 10-speaker AM/FM audio system with a CD player and an MP3 input jack. Front side-impact airbags and a front- and rear-seat head-protection system help keep passengers safe, although rear side-impact airbags must be added as an option. Other interior options include heated front and rear seats, a navigation system, and a Park Distance Control system. Exterior features include halogen headlights, foglights, heated power side mirrors, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.