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in 2009 Luxury Large Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $16,122 - $22,996
Original MSRP: $45,800 - $60,400
MPG: 18 City / 28 Hwy
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Used Car: 2009 BMW 5-Series Review

Review Last Updated: 7/20/12

Reviewers said the 2009 BMW 5-Series is the car to beat in terms of performance, and it offers a choice of several powerful engines.

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If you’re looking for the quintessential sport sedan, few used cars can match the 2009 BMW 5-Series. However, when it was new, reviewers thought that the base 528i was only powerful enough for the driver who wanted an occasional thrill. Instead, test drivers recommended the more powerful 535i and 550i models, which sport twin-turbo six-cylinder and V8 engines, respectively.

The BMW 528i gets up to 18/28 mpg city/highway, which is a bit above-average for the class. Opting for all-wheel drive or a more powerful engine will result in slightly lower estimates. While the 5-Series is fun on a winding road, reviewers also noted that its suspension is still comfortable and composed over road imperfections.

Inside, reviewers agreed that the 5-Series is nice, though higher-quality interiors can be found in rivals like the 2009 Audi A6 and 2009 Mercedes E-Class. They raved about the 5-Series’ comfortable front seats and spacious back seat. On the other hand, most disliked BMW’s iDrive infotainment system, which takes time to master.

When it was new, some reviewers noted that the base 528i came with fewer standard features than rivals like the Audi A6. The base 528i comes with a sunroof, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, power front seats and a 10-speaker stereo. The 5-series also suffers from below-average safety and reliability ratings in its class, which prevent it from being a top pick as a used car.   

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2009 Audi A6 is one of the few luxury cars that can hang with the 5-Series in terms of performance. The base A6 may lack the 5-Series’ sporting intentions, but reviewers loved the more powerful 3.0T trim, which includes standard all-wheel drive. From a practical standpoint, the A6 also offers better safety and reliability ratings, which may make it a more desirable used car.

The 2009 Mercedes-Benz E-Class offers better safety ratings and a significantly higher reliability score than the 5-Series, which may make it a smarter buy among used luxury sedans. When it was new, reviewers loved the E-Class’ interior and agreed that although it’s not as sporty as the 5-Series, the E-Class still offers well-rounded performance that should please most shoppers.   

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