2010 BMW 5-Series Wagon Review
With the exception of some hard-to-use interior gadgets, critics dig the 2010 BMW 5-Series Wagon -- especially its powerful engine and excellent road performance.
Like few station wagons can, the BMW 535i xDrive Sports Wagon combines power with luxury and utility to create a practical alternative to the SUV. It features a turbocharged, 300-horsepower six cylinder engine; standard all-wheel drive; over 58 cubic-feet of cargo room; and all the luxury people have come to expect from a BMW product. In fact, Left Lane News calls it "the best of all possible worlds..."
Still, critics find that its difficult-to-use iDrive multimedia management system detracts from its appeal. "We've found iDrive cumbersome to use, although it is more sophisticated than the button-heavy layout in older 5 Series cars," writes Edmunds. Otherwise, critics like the 5-Series Wagon's comfortable and spacious interior cabin.
Other Wagons to Consider
Short on cash? Consider the smaller BMW 3-Series Wagon instead. It also features BMW's complicated iDrive system, but otherwise provides many of the same benefits as the 5-Series -- namely superb handling.
The Audi A6 Avant also makes a great choice. Like the BMW 5-Series Wagon, it features a 300-horsepower V6 engine, standard all-wheel drive, complicated multi-media interface system and roughly 58 cubic feet of cargo room. However, it starts at nearly $3,000 less and, to many critics, looks much sleeker.
Details: BMW 5-Series Wagon
Last refreshed in 2008, the 5-Series wagon carries into the 2010 model year unchanged. It will, however, be completely redesigned in 2011. So shoppers dead set on purchasing one may want to wait a bit.
- "The 5-series wagon continues to cater to people who eschew SUV ground clearance and instead seek a sporty, fun-to-drive vehicle with similar utility." -- Car and Driver
- "The BMW 5 Series Wagon delivers an appealing blend of practical attributes with sports-car-like performance and handling." -- Forbes