For 2013, the 535i and 550i can now have the BMW Individual Composition Package, which includes extended leather upholstery, 19-inch alloy wheels, Alcantara headliner material and Shadowline trim. New standalone BMW Individual options include wood inlays on the steering wheel, and unique paint and wood trim. Updates to the navigation system include revised submenus, weather information and optional Google search.
The 2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 combines the turbocharged 6-cylinder with a 54-horsepower electric motor to make an impressive combined 335 horsepower. The BMW M5 features a 560-horsepower V8 and is available with a 6-speed manual transmission or 7-speed double-clutch paddle-shifting transmission. The 2013 BMW 550i uses a V8 in the 550i. With minimal frontal overhang and muscular flanks that seem shaped by this car’s dynamic forward thrust, the 5 Series looks like it is always on the move. All three BMW 5 Series sedans are distinguished for their aggressive styling and driving character. The 5 Series models excellent dynamics and agility make them assertively proactive and manageable when faced with the necessity of an emergency avoidance maneuver, making them excellent family sedans.
We stopped by DC’s top BMW dealer – BMW Rockville to take a test drive in a 2013 BMW 550i Sedan. While driving the 550i we found it was highly competent and balanced, with exceptional poise and pace. It was controllable at high levels of acceleration, stopping and cornering well. These BMW models use a superb 8-speed automatic transmission. Because the top two gears are overdrives, keeping freeway revs down, the fuel mileage is helped. Also, the aluminum doors, hood, front side panels and suspension components keep weight down.
While the driving dynamics of BMW models are always impressive, so is the cabin. Step into a 5 Series, and you will find a handsome and contemporary interior. Instrumentation is comprehensive and flawless. Gauges are about perfect to look at and read. Those who see themselves as having reached a certain level of luxury should be satisfied in this stylish cabin. BMW’s fourth-generation iDrive cockpit-management system is much easier to use than previous versions. The 2013 models get further streamlining and simplification to the navigation and infotainment programs.