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Compare BMW 5 Series E39 Sedan

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Neoscore
67%
Pros
  • Elegant yet sporty exterior design
  • No-BS interior
  • Solidly built
  • Good M52 engine
  • Great aftermarket support
Cons

Variants

520i
520i AT
523i
523i AT
525tds
525tds AT
528i
528i AT
530d
530d AT
535i
535i
535i AT
535i AT
540i
540i AT

Capacity

Cargo Capacity
460 L / 16.2 cu-ft
Coolant Capacity
520i10.5 L / 11.1 qt
520i AT10.5 L / 11.1 qt
523i10.5 L / 11.1 qt
523i AT10.5 L / 11.1 qt
525tds10.0 L / 10.6 qt
525tds AT10.0 L / 10.6 qt
528i10.5 L / 11.1 qt
528i AT10.5 L / 11.1 qt
530d9.2 L / 9.7 qt
530d AT9.2 L / 9.7 qt
535i12.0 L / 12.7 qt
535i AT12.0 L / 12.7 qt
535i12.0 L / 12.7 qt
535i AT12.0 L / 12.7 qt
540i12.0 L / 12.7 qt
540i AT12.0 L / 12.7 qt
Engine Oil Capacity
520i6.5 L / 6.9 qt
520i AT6.5 L / 6.9 qt
523i6.5 L / 6.9 qt
523i AT6.5 L / 6.9 qt
525tds6.8 L / 7.1 qt
525tds AT6.8 L / 7.1 qt
528i6.5 L / 6.9 qt
528i AT6.5 L / 6.9 qt
530d6.5 L / 6.9 qt
530d AT6.5 L / 6.9 qt
535i7.5 L / 7.9 qt
535i AT7.5 L / 7.9 qt
535i7.5 L / 7.9 qt
535i AT7.5 L / 7.9 qt
540i7.5 L / 7.9 qt
540i AT7.5 L / 7.9 qt
Fuel Capacity
70.0 L / 18.5 gal
Passengers
5
Payload
520i510 kg / 1124 lbs
520i AT510 kg / 1124 lbs
523i510 kg / 1124 lbs
523i AT510 kg / 1124 lbs
525tds460 kg / 1014 lbs
525tds AT460 kg / 1014 lbs
528i540 kg / 1190 lbs
528i AT540 kg / 1190 lbs
530d540 kg / 1190 lbs
530d AT540 kg / 1190 lbs
535i490 kg / 1080 lbs
535i540 kg / 1190 lbs
535i AT540 kg / 1190 lbs
540i540 kg / 1190 lbs
540i AT540 kg / 1190 lbs

Chassis

Brakes | Front
520iVentilated discs
520i ATVentilated discs
523iVentilated discs
523i ATVentilated discs
525tdsVentilated discs
525tds ATVentilated discs
528iVentilated discs
528i ATVentilated discs
530dDisc
530d ATDisc
535iVentilated discs
535i ATVentilated discs
535iVentilated discs
535i ATVentilated discs
540iVentilated discs
540i ATVentilated discs
Brakes | Rear
520iDisc
520i ATDisc
523iDisc
523i ATDisc
525tdsDisc
525tds ATDisc
528iDisc
528i ATDisc
530dDisc
530d ATDisc
535iVentilated discs
535i ATVentilated discs
535iDisc
535i ATDisc
540iVentilated discs
540i ATVentilated discs
Power Steering
Hydraulic Steering
Suspension | Front
MacPherson strut
Suspension | Rear
Multi-link
Tire Size
520i205/65 R15
520i AT205/65 R15 V
523i205/65 R15
523i AT205/65 VR15
525tds205/65 R15
525tds AT205/65 R15
528i225/60 R15 W
528i AT225/60 VR15W
530d225/65 R15 W
530d AT225/65 R15W
535i225/50 R15
535i AT225/50 R15
535i225/55 R16 W
535i AT225/55 R16W
540i225/55 R16 W
540i AT225/55 R16W

Construction

Body Style
4-door Sedan

Dimensions

Ground Clearance
120 mm / 4.7 in
Size | Height
1435 mm / 56.5 in
Size | Length
4775 mm / 188.0 in
Size | Width
1800 mm / 70.9 in
Track Width | Front
520i1516.0 mm / 59.7 in
520i AT1516.0 mm / 59.7 in
523i1516.0 mm / 59.7 in
523i AT1516.0 mm / 59.7 in
525tds1516.0 mm / 59.7 in
525tds AT1516.0 mm / 59.7 in
528i1512.0 mm / 59.5 in
528i AT1512.0 mm / 59.5 in
530d1512.0 mm / 59.5 in
530d AT1512.0 mm / 59.5 in
535i1515.0 mm / 59.6 in
535i AT1515.0 mm / 59.6 in
535i1512.0 mm / 59.5 in
535i AT1512.0 mm / 59.5 in
540i1512.0 mm / 59.5 in
540i AT1512.0 mm / 59.5 in
Track Width | Rear
520i1530.0 mm / 60.2 in
520i AT1530.0 mm / 60.2 in
523i1530.0 mm / 60.2 in
523i AT1530.0 mm / 60.2 in
525tds1530.0 mm / 60.2 in
525tds AT1530.0 mm / 60.2 in
528i1526.0 mm / 60.1 in
528i AT1526.0 mm / 60.1 in
530d1526.0 mm / 60.1 in
530d AT1526.0 mm / 60.1 in
535i1526.0 mm / 60.1 in
535i AT1526.0 mm / 60.1 in
535i1526.0 mm / 60.1 in
535i AT1526.0 mm / 60.1 in
540i1526.0 mm / 60.1 in
540i AT1526.0 mm / 60.1 in
Weight
520i1470.0 kg / 3240.8 lbs
520i AT1470.0 kg / 3240.8 lbs
523i1475.0 kg / 3251.8 lbs
523i AT1475.0 kg / 3251.8 lbs
525tds1555.0 kg / 3428.2 lbs
525tds AT1555.0 kg / 3428.2 lbs
528i1500.0 kg / 3306.9 lbs
528i AT1500.0 kg / 3306.9 lbs
530d1575.0 kg / 3472.3 lbs
530d AT1575.0 kg / 3472.3 lbs
535i1615.0 kg / 3560.5 lbs
535i1610.0 kg / 3549.4 lbs
535i AT1610.0 kg / 3549.4 lbs
540i1630.0 kg / 3593.5 lbs
540i AT1630.0 kg / 3593.5 lbs
Wheel Size
520i15 in
520i AT15 in
523i15 in
523i AT15 in
525tds15 in
525tds AT15 in
528i15 in
528i AT15 in
530d15 in
530d AT15 in
535i15 in
535i AT15 in
535i16 in
535i AT16 in
540i16 in
540i AT16 in
Wheelbase
2830 mm / 111.4 in

Performance

Acceleration | 0 - 100 km/h
520i10.2 sec
520i AT11.5 sec
523i8.5 sec
523i AT9.7 sec
525tds10.4 sec
525tds AT11.0 sec
528i7.5 sec
528i AT8.8 sec
530d8.0 sec
530d AT8.4 sec
535i7.0 sec
535i AT7.7 sec
535i6.9 sec
535i AT6.9 sec
540i6.2 sec
540i AT6.5 sec
Acceleration | 0 - 60 mph
520i9.7 sec
520i AT10.9 sec
523i8.1 sec
523i AT9.2 sec
525tds9.9 sec
525tds AT10.5 sec
528i7.1 sec
528i AT8.4 sec
530d7.6 sec
530d AT8.0 sec
535i6.7 sec
535i AT7.3 sec
535i6.6 sec
535i AT6.6 sec
540i5.9 sec
540i AT6.2 sec
Fuel Economy
520i9.7 L/100km / 24.2 MPG (combined) | 12.6 L/100km / 18.7 MPG (urban) | 6.9 L/100km / 34.1 MPG (highway)
520i AT9.7 L/100km / 24.2 MPG (combined) | 14.5 L/100km / 16.2 MPG (urban) | 7.4 L/100km / 31.8 MPG (highway)
523i13.1 L/100km / 18.0 MPG (urban) | 7.2 L/100km / 32.7 MPG (highway)
523i AT15.0 L/100km / 15.7 MPG (urban) | 7.5 L/100km / 31.4 MPG (highway)
525tds11.5 L/100km / 20.5 MPG (urban) | 6.2 L/100km / 37.9 MPG (highway)
525tds AT13.0 L/100km / 18.1 MPG (urban) | 7.0 L/100km / 33.6 MPG (highway)
528i13.6 L/100km / 17.3 MPG (urban) | 7.2 L/100km / 32.7 MPG (highway)
528i AT15.6 L/100km / 15.1 MPG (urban) | 8.6 L/100km / 27.4 MPG (highway)
530d7.8 L/100km / 30.2 MPG (combined) | 9.8 L/100km / 24.0 MPG (urban) | 5.7 L/100km / 41.3 MPG (highway)
530d AT8.8 L/100km / 26.7 MPG (combined) | 11.7 L/100km / 20.1 MPG (urban) | 6.4 L/100km / 36.8 MPG (highway)
535i10.2 L/100km / 23.1 MPG (combined)
535i16.9 L/100km / 13.9 MPG (urban) | 8.5 L/100km / 27.7 MPG (highway)
535i AT16.9 L/100km / 13.9 MPG (urban) | 8.5 L/100km / 27.7 MPG (highway)
540i17.7 L/100km / 13.3 MPG (urban) | 8.9 L/100km / 26.4 MPG (highway)
540i AT19.9 L/100km / 11.8 MPG (urban) | 9.0 L/100km / 26.1 MPG (highway)
Top Speed
520i220.0 km/h / 136.7 mph
520i AT210.0 km/h / 130.5 mph
523i228.0 km/h / 141.7 mph
523i AT226.0 km/h / 140.4 mph
525tds211.0 km/h / 131.1 mph
525tds AT205.0 km/h / 127.4 mph
528i240.0 km/h / 149.1 mph
528i AT235.0 km/h / 146.0 mph
530d225.0 km/h / 139.8 mph
530d AT225.0 km/h / 139.8 mph
535i247.0 km/h / 153.5 mph
535i AT244.0 km/h / 151.6 mph
535i250.0 km/h / 155.3 mph
535i AT250.0 km/h / 155.3 mph
540i250.0 km/h / 155.3 mph
540i AT250.0 km/h / 155.3 mph

Powertrain

Drivetrain Layout
Front-engine (longitudinal), Rear-wheel drive
Emission Standard
Euro 3
Engine
520iM52B20
520i ATM52B20
523iM52B25
523i ATM52B25
525tdsM51D25
525tds ATM51D25
528iM52B28
528i ATM52B28
530dM57D30
530d ATM57D30
535iM62B35
535i ATM62B35
535iM62B35
535i ATM62B35
540iM62B44
540i ATM62B44
Engine | Bore
520i80.0 mm / 3.1 in
520i AT80.0 mm / 3.1 in
523i84.0 mm / 3.3 in
523i AT84.0 mm / 3.3 in
525tds80.0 mm / 3.1 in
525tds AT80.0 mm / 3.1 in
528i84.0 mm / 3.3 in
528i AT84.0 mm / 3.3 in
530d84.0 mm / 3.3 in
530d AT84.0 mm / 3.3 in
535i84.0 mm / 3.3 in
535i AT84.0 mm / 3.3 in
535i84.0 mm / 3.3 in
535i AT84.0 mm / 3.3 in
540i92.0 mm / 3.6 in
540i AT92.0 mm / 3.6 in
Engine | Compression Ratio
520i11.0:1
520i AT11.0:1
523i10.5:1
523i AT10.5:1
525tds22.0:1
525tds AT22.0:1
528i10.2:1
528i AT10.2:1
530d18.0:1
530d AT18.0:1
535i10.0:1
535i AT10.0:1
535i10.0:1
535i AT10.0:1
540i10.0:1
540i AT10.0:1
Engine | Displacement
520i2.0 L / 121.5 cu-in / 1991.0 cc
520i AT2.0 L / 121.5 cu-in / 1991.0 cc
523i2.5 L / 152.2 cu-in / 2494.0 cc
523i AT2.5 L / 152.2 cu-in / 2494.0 cc
525tds2.5 L / 152.4 cu-in / 2498.0 cc
525tds AT2.5 L / 152.4 cu-in / 2498.0 cc
528i2.8 L / 170.4 cu-in / 2793.0 cc
528i AT2.8 L / 170.4 cu-in / 2793.0 cc
530d2.9 L / 178.6 cu-in / 2926.0 cc
530d AT2.9 L / 178.6 cu-in / 2926.0 cc
535i3.5 L / 213.5 cu-in / 3498.0 cc
535i AT3.5 L / 213.5 cu-in / 3498.0 cc
535i3.5 L / 213.5 cu-in / 3498.0 cc
535i AT3.5 L / 213.5 cu-in / 3498.0 cc
540i4.4 L / 268.4 cu-in / 4398.0 cc
540i AT4.4 L / 268.4 cu-in / 4398.0 cc
Engine | Power
520i150.0 hp / 111.9 kW @ 5900 rpm
520i AT150.0 hp / 111.9 kW @ 5900 rpm
523i170.0 hp / 126.8 kW @ 5500 rpm
523i AT170.0 hp / 126.8 kW @ 5500 rpm
525tds143.0 hp / 106.6 kW @ 4600 rpm
525tds AT143.0 hp / 106.6 kW @ 4600 rpm
528i193.0 hp / 143.9 kW @ 5500 rpm
528i AT193.0 hp / 143.9 kW @ 5500 rpm
530d184.0 hp / 137.2 kW @ 4000 rpm
530d AT184.0 hp / 137.2 kW @ 4000 rpm
535i235.0 hp / 175.2 kW @ 5700 rpm
535i AT235.0 hp / 175.2 kW @ 5700 rpm
535i245.0 hp / 182.7 kW @ 5800 rpm
535i AT245.0 hp / 182.7 kW @ 5800 rpm
540i286.0 hp / 213.3 kW @ 5400 rpm
540i AT286.0 hp / 213.3 kW @ 5400 rpm
Engine | Specific Output
520i75.3 hp/L / 1.2 hp/cu-in
520i AT75.3 hp/L / 1.2 hp/cu-in
523i68.2 hp/L / 1.1 hp/cu-in
523i AT68.2 hp/L / 1.1 hp/cu-in
525tds57.2 hp/L / 0.9 hp/cu-in
525tds AT57.2 hp/L / 0.9 hp/cu-in
528i69.1 hp/L / 1.1 hp/cu-in
528i AT69.1 hp/L / 1.1 hp/cu-in
530d62.9 hp/L / 1.0 hp/cu-in
530d AT62.9 hp/L / 1.0 hp/cu-in
535i67.2 hp/L / 1.1 hp/cu-in
535i AT67.2 hp/L / 1.1 hp/cu-in
535i70.0 hp/L / 1.1 hp/cu-in
535i AT70.0 hp/L / 1.1 hp/cu-in
540i65.0 hp/L / 1.1 hp/cu-in
540i AT65.0 hp/L / 1.1 hp/cu-in
Engine | Stroke
520i66.0 mm / 2.6 in
520i AT66.0 mm / 2.6 in
523i75.0 mm / 3.0 in
523i AT75.0 mm / 3.0 in
525tds82.8 mm / 3.3 in
525tds AT82.8 mm / 3.3 in
528i84.0 mm / 3.3 in
528i AT84.0 mm / 3.3 in
530d88.0 mm / 3.5 in
530d AT88.0 mm / 3.5 in
535i78.9 mm / 3.1 in
535i AT78.9 mm / 3.1 in
535i78.9 mm / 3.1 in
535i AT78.9 mm / 3.1 in
540i82.7 mm / 3.3 in
540i AT82.7 mm / 3.3 in
Engine | Torque
520i190 Nm / 140.1 lb-ft @ 4200 rpm
520i AT190 Nm / 140.1 lb-ft @ 4200 rpm
523i245 Nm / 180.7 lb-ft @ 3950 rpm
523i AT245 Nm / 180.7 lb-ft @ 3950 rpm
525tds280 Nm / 206.5 lb-ft @ 2200 rpm
525tds AT280 Nm / 206.5 lb-ft @ 2200 rpm
528i280 Nm / 206.5 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm
528i AT280 Nm / 206.5 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm
530d390 Nm / 287.6 lb-ft @ 1750 rpm
530d AT390 Nm / 287.6 lb-ft @ 1750 rpm
535i320 Nm / 236.0 lb-ft @ 3300 rpm
535i AT320 Nm / 236.0 lb-ft @ 3300 rpm
535i345 Nm / 254.5 lb-ft @ 3800 rpm
535i AT345 Nm / 254.5 lb-ft @ 3800 rpm
540i440 Nm / 324.5 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm
540i AT440 Nm / 324.5 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm
Engine | Type
520iNaturally-aspirated multi-port injected petrol inline-6 DOHC engine with 4 values per cylinder
520i ATNaturally-aspirated multi-port injected petrol inline-6 DOHC engine with 4 values per cylinder
523iNaturally-aspirated multi-port injected petrol inline-6 DOHC engine with 4 values per cylinder
523i ATNaturally-aspirated multi-port injected petrol inline-6 DOHC engine with 4 values per cylinder
525tdsTurbocharged diesel inline-6 engine with 2 values per cylinder
525tds ATTurbocharged diesel inline-6 engine with 2 values per cylinder
528iNaturally-aspirated multi-port injected petrol inline-6 DOHC engine with 4 values per cylinder
528i ATNaturally-aspirated multi-port injected petrol inline-6 DOHC engine with 4 values per cylinder
530dTurbocharged commonrail diesel inline-6 engine with 4 values per cylinder
530d ATTurbocharged commonrail diesel inline-6 engine with 4 values per cylinder
535iNaturally-aspirated multi-port injected petrol V8 DOHC engine with 4 values per cylinder
535i ATNaturally-aspirated multi-port injected petrol V8 DOHC engine with 4 values per cylinder
535iNaturally-aspirated multi-port injected petrol V8 DOHC engine with 4 values per cylinder
535i ATNaturally-aspirated multi-port injected petrol V8 DOHC engine with 4 values per cylinder
540iNaturally-aspirated multi-port injected petrol V8 engine with 4 values per cylinder
540i ATNaturally-aspirated multi-port injected petrol V8 engine with 4 values per cylinder
Transmission | Gears
520i5-speed
520i AT5-speed
523i5-speed
523i AT5-speed
525tds5-speed
525tds AT5-speed
528i5-speed
528i AT5-speed
530d5-speed
530d AT5-speed
535i5-speed
535i AT5-speed
535i5-speed
535i AT5-speed
540i6-speed
540i AT5-speed
Transmission | Type
520iManual
520i ATAutomatic
523iManual
523i ATAutomatic
525tdsManual
525tds ATAutomatic
528iManual
528i ATAutomatic
530dManual
530d ATAutomatic
535iManual
535i ATAutomatic
535iManual
535i ATAutomatic
540iManual
540i ATAutomatic

Production

Availability
520i1995 ~ 1998
520i AT1995 ~ 1998
523i1995 ~ 1998
523i AT1995 ~ 1998
525tds1996 ~ 2000
525tds AT1996 ~ 2000
528i1998 ~ 2000
528i AT1998 ~ 2000
530d1998 ~ 2000
530d AT1998 ~ 2000
535i1996 ~ 1998
535i AT1996 ~ 1998
535i1998 ~ 2000
535i AT1998 ~ 2000
540i1998 ~ 2000
540i AT1998 ~ 2000
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