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BMW 5-Series Gas Mileage

While the BMW 5-Series might not come to mind when gas mileage is a prime consideration, a look at the numbers can be an eye-opener. Over the years, the six-cylinder equipped 5-Series’ peak highway mile per gallon (MPG) ratings have hovered in the high twenties to low thirties. It’s about to get better …

2012 BMW 535i

The 2012 BMW 528i demonstrates that fuel efficiency and sporting performance needn’t be mutually exclusive. The 2012 528i includes a host of fuel-efficiency technology, including Auto Stop/Start, Brake Energy Regeneration, low rolling resistance tires, aerodynamic air flap control, eight-speed automatic transmission, and an ECO PRO mode. When compared to the 2011 model, the 2012 delivers 2 MPG more on the highway with a 6.2 second 0-60 MPH time that’s 0.4 seconds faster than the 2011.

BMW 2.0-liter twin-turbo four-cylinder engine BMW splits with tradition in the 2012 model year, replacing the 528i’s naturally-aspirated 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine with a direct-injected twin-scroll turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that delivers a very respectable 240 horsepower (HP) and 260 foot pounds of torque. Despite the 33% drop in displacement, the turbo four cranks out 30% more torque than the inline six, with gas mileage estimates of 23 city MPG / 34 highway and 27 combined.

Although diesel-powered BMWs are quite popular in Europe, we haven’t seen a diesel 5-Series here in the States since 1986. That may change once the company introduces their new tri-turbo 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder diesel engine. A few years back, we had the opportunity to catch a ride in a Euro-spec BMW 535d M Sport and shot this video:

Eight-cylinder equipped 550i and 540i models are noticeably less fuel efficient than the sixes (see chart below). If you’re thinking about purchasing an older 5-Series, keep in mind that most require premium gasoline. This can have a significant impact on your expenses. You can project your yearly, monthly, or weekly fuel expenditure with the MPGomatic gas mileage calculator.

BMW 5-Series Gas Mileage: 1978 – 2011

Year Manf. Model Engine Disp. Fuel Trans. City Hwy
2011 BMW 528i 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (S8) Auto 22 32
2011 BMW 535i 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (M6) Manual 19 28
2011 BMW 535i 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (S8) Auto 20 30
2011 BMW 535i Gran Turismo 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (S8) Auto 20 30
2011 BMW 535i xDrive 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (S8) Auto 19 29
2011 BMW 535i xDrive Gran Turismo 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (S8) Auto 19 27
2011 BMW 550i 8 cylinder 4.4 liter P (S8) Auto 17 25
2011 BMW 550i 8 cylinder 4.4 liter P (M6) Manual 15 22
2011 BMW 550i Gran Turismo 8 cylinder 4.4 liter P (S8) Auto 15 22
2011 BMW 550i xDrive 8 cylinder 4.4 liter P (S8) Auto 16 24
2011 BMW 550i xDrive Gran Turismo 8 cylinder 4.4 liter P (S8) Auto 15 22
2010 BMW 528i 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (M6) Manual 18 28
2010 BMW 528i 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (S6) Auto 18 27
2010 BMW 528i xDrive 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (S6) Auto 17 25
2010 BMW 528i xDrive 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (M6) Manual 17 25
2010 BMW 535i 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (M6) Manual 17 26
2010 BMW 535i 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (S6) Auto 17 26
2010 BMW 535i Sport Wagon xDrive 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (S6) Auto 16 24
2010 BMW 535i Sport Wagon xDrive 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (M6) Manual 16 23
2010 BMW 535i xDrive 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (S6) Auto 17 25
2010 BMW 535i xDrive 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (M6) Manual 16 25
2010 BMW 550 GT 8 cylinder 4.4 liter P (S8) Auto 15 21
2010 BMW 550i 8 cylinder 4.8 liter P (S6) Auto 15 23
2010 BMW 550i 8 cylinder 4.8 liter P (M6) Manual 15 22
2009 BMW 528I 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (S6) Auto 18 27
2009 BMW 528I 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (M6) Manual 18 28
2009 BMW 528I XDRIVE 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (S6) Auto 17 25
2009 BMW 528I XDRIVE 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (M6) Manual 17 25
2009 BMW 535I 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (M6) Manual 17 26
2009 BMW 535I 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (S6) Auto 17 26
2009 BMW 535I SPORT WAGON XDRIVE 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (M6) Manual 16 23
2009 BMW 535I SPORT WAGON XDRIVE 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (S6) Auto 16 24
2009 BMW 535I XDRIVE 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (M6) Manual 16 25
2009 BMW 535I XDRIVE 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (S6) Auto 17 25
2009 BMW 550I 8 cylinder 4.8 liter P (M6) Manual 15 22
2009 BMW 550I 8 cylinder 4.8 liter P (S6) Auto 15 23
2008 BMW 528I 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (S6) Auto 18 27
2008 BMW 528I 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (M6) Manual 18 28
2008 BMW 528XI 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (M6) Manual 17 25
2008 BMW 528XI 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (S6) Auto 17 25
2008 BMW 535I 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (S6) Auto 17 26
2008 BMW 535I 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (M6) Manual 17 26
2008 BMW 535XI 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (M6) Manual 16 25
2008 BMW 535XI 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (S6) Auto 17 25
2008 BMW 535XI SPORT WAGON 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (S6) Auto 16 24
2008 BMW 535XI SPORT WAGON 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (M6) Manual 16 23
2008 BMW 550I 8 cylinder 4.8 liter P (S6) Auto 15 23
2008 BMW 550I 8 cylinder 4.8 liter P (M6) Manual 15 22
2007 BMW 525I 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (S6) Auto 21 30
2007 BMW 525I 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (M6) Manual 20 30
2007 BMW 525XI 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (S6) Auto 20 27
2007 BMW 525XI 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (M6) Manual 19 28
2007 BMW 530I 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (M6) Manual 20 30
2007 BMW 530I 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (S6) Auto 21 30
2007 BMW 530I 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (S6) Auto 19 27
2007 BMW 530XI 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (S6) Auto 20 27
2007 BMW 530XI 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (M6) Manual 19 28
2007 BMW 530XI SPORT WAGON 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (M6) Manual 19 28
2007 BMW 530XI SPORT WAGON 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (S6) Auto 20 27
2007 BMW 550I 8 cylinder 4.8 liter P (S6) Auto 17 25
2007 BMW 550I 8 cylinder 4.8 liter P (S6) Auto 16 22
2007 BMW 550I 8 cylinder 4.8 liter P (M6) Manual 17 24
2006 BMW 525I 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (M6) Manual 20 30
2006 BMW 525I 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (S6) Auto 21 29
2006 BMW 525XI 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (S6) Auto 20 27
2006 BMW 525XI 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (M6) Manual 19 28
2006 BMW 530I 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (M6) Manual 20 30
2006 BMW 530I 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (S6) Auto 21 29
2006 BMW 530I 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (S6) Auto 19 27
2006 BMW 530XI 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (M6) Manual 19 28
2006 BMW 530XI 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (S6) Auto 20 27
2006 BMW 530XI SPORT WAGON 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (M6) Manual 19 28
2006 BMW 530XI SPORT WAGON 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (S6) Auto 20 27
2006 BMW 550I 8 cylinder 4.8 liter P (M6) Manual 15 23
2006 BMW 550I 8 cylinder 4.8 liter P (S6) Auto 17 25
2006 BMW 550I 8 cylinder 4.8 liter P (S6) Auto 16 22
2005 BMW 525I 6 cylinder 2.5 liter P (S6) Auto 19 28
2005 BMW 525I 6 cylinder 2.5 liter P (M6) Manual 19 28
2005 BMW 530I 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (S6) Auto 20 29
2005 BMW 530I 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (M6) Manual 20 30
2005 BMW 530I 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (S6) Auto 19 29
2005 BMW 545I 8 cylinder 4.4 liter P (S6) Auto 16 24
2005 BMW 545I 8 cylinder 4.4 liter P (S6) Auto 18 26
2005 BMW 545I 8 cylinder 4.4 liter P (M6) Manual 17 25
2004 BMW 525I 6 cylinder 2.5 liter P (S6) Auto 19 28
2004 BMW 525I 6 cylinder 2.5 liter P (M6) Manual 19 28
2004 BMW 530I 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (S6) Auto 19 29
2004 BMW 530I 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (S6) Auto 20 29
2004 BMW 530I 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (M6) Manual 20 30
2004 BMW 545I 8 cylinder 4.4 liter P (S6) Auto 18 26
2004 BMW 545I 8 cylinder 4.4 liter P (M6) Manual 17 25
2004 BMW 545I 8 cylinder 4.4 liter P (S6) Auto 16 24
2003 BMW 525I 6 cylinder 2.5 liter P (M5) Manual 20 29
2003 BMW 525I 6 cylinder 2.5 liter P (L5) Auto 20 28
2003 BMW 525I SPORT WAGON 6 cylinder 2.5 liter P (L5) Auto 19 26
2003 BMW 525I SPORT WAGON 6 cylinder 2.5 liter P (M5) Manual 19 26
2003 BMW 530I 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (M5) Manual 21 30
2003 BMW 530I 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (L5) Auto 19 27
2003 BMW 540I 8 cylinder 4.4 liter P (S5) Auto 17 21
2003 BMW 540I 8 cylinder 4.4 liter P (M6) Manual 15 23
2003 BMW 540I 8 cylinder 4.4 liter P (L5) Auto 18 24
2003 BMW 540I SPORT WAGON 8 cylinder 4.4 liter P (S5) Auto 17 21
2002 BMW 525I 6 cylinder 2.5 liter P (M5) Manual 20 29
2002 BMW 525I 6 cylinder 2.5 liter P (S5) Auto 19 27
2002 BMW 525I SPORT WAGON 6 cylinder 2.5 liter P (M5) Manual 19 27
2002 BMW 525I SPORT WAGON 6 cylinder 2.5 liter P (S5) Auto 19 26
2002 BMW 530I 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (L5) Auto 18 26
2002 BMW 530I 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (M5) Manual 21 30
2002 BMW 540I 8 cylinder 4.4 liter P (L5) Auto 18 24
2002 BMW 540I 8 cylinder 4.4 liter P (S5) Auto 15 21
2002 BMW 540I 8 cylinder 4.4 liter P (M6) Manual 15 23
2002 BMW 540I SPORT WAGON 8 cylinder 4.4 liter P (S5) Auto 15 21
2001 BMW 525I 6 cylinder 2.5 liter P (S5) Auto 19 27
2001 BMW 525I 6 cylinder 2.5 liter P (M5) Manual 20 29
2001 BMW 525I SPORT WAGON 6 cylinder 2.5 liter P (S5) Auto 19 26
2001 BMW 525I SPORT WAGON 6 cylinder 2.5 liter P (M5) Manual 19 27
2001 BMW 530I 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (S5) Auto 18 26
2001 BMW 530I 6 cylinder 3.0 liter P (M5) Manual 21 30
2001 BMW 540I 8 cylinder 4.4 liter P (M6) Manual 15 23
2001 BMW 540I 8 cylinder 4.4 liter P (S5) Auto 15 21
2001 BMW 540I 8 cylinder 4.4 liter P (L5) Auto 18 24
2001 BMW 540I SPORT WAGON 8 cylinder 4.4 liter P (S5) Auto 15 21
2000 BMW 528I 6 cylinder 2.8 liter P (L5) Auto 18 26
2000 BMW 528I 6 cylinder 2.8 liter P (M5) Manual 21 29
2000 BMW 528I 6 cylinder 2.8 liter P (L4) Auto 18 26
2000 BMW 528I SPORT WAGON 6 cylinder 2.8 liter P (M5) Manual 18 26
2000 BMW 528I SPORT WAGON 6 cylinder 2.8 liter P (L5) Auto 18 26
2000 BMW 528I SPORT WAGON 6 cylinder 2.8 liter P (L4) Auto 18 26
2000 BMW 540I 8 cylinder 4.4 liter P (M6) Manual 15 23
2000 BMW 540I 8 cylinder 4.4 liter P (L5) Auto 15 21
2000 BMW 540I 8 cylinder 4.4 liter P (L5) Auto 18 24
2000 BMW 540I SPORT WAGON 8 cylinder 4.4 liter P (L5) Auto 15 21
1999 BMW 528I 6 cylinder 2.8 liter R (M5) Manual 20 29
1999 BMW 528I 6 cylinder 2.8 liter R (L4) Auto 18 26
1999 BMW 528I TOURING 6 cylinder 2.8 liter R (M5) Manual 18 26
1999 BMW 528I TOURING 6 cylinder 2.8 liter R (L4) Auto 18 26
1999 BMW 540I 8 cylinder 4.4 liter R (L5) Auto 18 24
1999 BMW 540I 8 cylinder 4.4 liter R (L5) Auto 15 21
1999 BMW 540I 8 cylinder 4.4 liter R (M6) Manual 15 23
1999 BMW 540I TOURING 8 cylinder 4.4 liter R (L5) Auto 15 21
1998 BMW 528I 6 cylinder 2.8 liter R (M5) Manual 20 28
1998 BMW 528I 6 cylinder 2.8 liter R (L4) Auto 18 26
1998 BMW 540I 8 cylinder 4.4 liter R (L5) Auto 18 24
1998 BMW 540I 8 cylinder 4.4 liter R (M6) Manual 15 24
1997 BMW 528i 6 cylinder 2.8 liter P (M5) Manual 20 29
1997 BMW 528i 6 cylinder 2.8 liter P (L4) Auto 19 26
1997 BMW 540i 8 cylinder 4.4 liter P (M6) Manual 15 24
1997 BMW 540i 8 cylinder 4.4 liter P (L5) Auto 18 24
1995 BMW 525i 6 cylinder 2.5 liter P (M5) Manual 19 28
1995 BMW 525i 6 cylinder 2.5 liter P (L4) Auto 18 25
1995 BMW 525i Touring 6 cylinder 2.5 liter P (L4) Auto 18 25
1995 BMW 530i 8 cylinder 3.0 liter P (M5) Manual 16 24
1995 BMW 530i 8 cylinder 3.0 liter P (L5) Auto 17 25
1995 BMW 530i Touring 8 cylinder 3.0 liter P (L5) Auto 17 25
1995 BMW 540i 8 cylinder 4.0 liter P (L5) Auto 17 25
1995 BMW 540i 8 cylinder 4.0 liter P (M6) Manual 14 23
1994 BMW 525i 6 cylinder 2.5 liter P (L4) Auto 18 25
1994 BMW 525i 6 cylinder 2.5 liter P (M5) Manual 19 28
1994 BMW 525i Touring 6 cylinder 2.5 liter P (L4) Auto 18 25
1994 BMW 530i 8 cylinder 3.0 liter P (L5) Auto 16 25
1994 BMW 530i 8 cylinder 3.0 liter P (M5) Manual 16 24
1994 BMW 530i 8 cylinder 3.0 liter P (L5) Auto 17 26
1994 BMW 530i 8 cylinder 3.0 liter P (M5) Manual 16 23
1994 BMW 530i Touring 8 cylinder 3.0 liter P (L5) Auto 16 25
1994 BMW 530i Touring 8 cylinder 3.0 liter P (L5) Auto 17 26
1994 BMW 540i 8 cylinder 4.0 liter P (L5) Auto 16 23
1993 BMW 525i Touring 6 cylinder 2.5 liter P (L4) Auto 18 25
1993 BMW 535i 6 cylinder 3.4 liter R (M5) Manual 15 23
1993 BMW 535i 6 cylinder 3.4 liter R (L4) Auto 16 22
1992 BMW 535i 6 cylinder 3.4 liter R (M5) Manual 15 23
1992 BMW 535i 6 cylinder 3.4 liter R (L4) Auto 16 22
1991 BMW 525I 6 cylinder 2.5 liter P (L4) Auto 17 25
1991 BMW 525I 6 cylinder 2.5 liter P (M5) Manual 17 25
1991 BMW 535I 6 cylinder 3.4 liter R (M5) Manual 15 23
1991 BMW 535I 6 cylinder 3.4 liter R (L4) Auto 16 21
1990 BMW 525I 6 cylinder 2.5 liter R (M5) Manual 18 25
1990 BMW 525I 6 cylinder 2.5 liter R (L4) Auto 18 23
1990 BMW 535I 6 cylinder 3.4 liter R (L4) Auto 15 21
1990 BMW 535I 6 cylinder 3.4 liter R (M5) Manual 15 23
1989 BMW 525I 6 cylinder 2.5 liter R (M5) Manual 18 24
1989 BMW 525I 6 cylinder 2.5 liter R (L4) Auto 18 23
1989 BMW 535I 6 cylinder 3.4 liter R (L4) Auto 15 21
1989 BMW 535I 6 cylinder 3.4 liter R (M5) Manual 15 23
1989 BMW 535I 6 cylinder 3.4 liter R (L4) Auto 15 19
1988 BMW 5-SERIES 6 cylinder 2.7 liter R (L4) Auto 19 23
1988 BMW 5-SERIES 6 cylinder 2.7 liter R (M5) Manual 19 25
1988 BMW 5-SERIES 6 cylinder 3.4 liter R (L4) Auto 16 21
1988 BMW 5-SERIES 6 cylinder 3.4 liter R (M5) Manual 15 21
1988 BMW 5-SERIES 6 cylinder 3.5 liter P (M5) Manual 10 19
1987 BMW 5-SERIES 6 cylinder 2.7 liter R (L4) Auto 18 24
1987 BMW 5-SERIES 6 cylinder 2.7 liter R (M5) Manual 20 24
1987 BMW 5-SERIES 6 cylinder 3.4 liter R (L4) Auto 16 21
1987 BMW 5-SERIES 6 cylinder 3.4 liter R (M5) Manual 16 22
1986 BMW 5-SERIES 6 cylinder 2.7 liter R (L4) Auto 18 24
1986 BMW 5-SERIES 6 cylinder 2.4 liter D (L4) Auto 23 29
1986 BMW 5-SERIES 6 cylinder 3.4 liter R (M5) Manual 16 22
1986 BMW 5-SERIES 6 cylinder 2.7 liter R (M5) Manual 20 24
1986 BMW 5-SERIES 6 cylinder 3.4 liter R (L4) Auto 16 21
1985 BMW 5-SERIES 6 cylinder   R (M5) Manual 16 22
1985 BMW 5-SERIES 6 cylinder   R (L4) Auto 20 26
1985 BMW 5-SERIES 6 cylinder   D (L4) Auto 24 30
1985 BMW 5-SERIES 6 cylinder   R (L4) Auto 20 26
1985 BMW 5-SERIES 6 cylinder   R (L4) Auto 16 22
1985 BMW 5-SERIES 6 cylinder   R (M5) Manual 16 22
1985 BMW 5-SERIES 6 cylinder   R (L4) Auto 16 22
1985 BMW 5-SERIES 6 cylinder   R (M5) Manual 20 25
1985 BMW 5-SERIES 6 cylinder   D (L4) Auto 24 30
1985 BMW 5-SERIES 6 cylinder   R (M5) Manual 20 25
1984 BMW 5-SERIES 6 cylinder   (A4) Auto 19 31
1984 BMW 5-SERIES 6 cylinder   (A4) Auto 19 31
1984 BMW 5-SERIES 6 cylinder   (A4) Auto 22 33
1984 BMW 5-SERIES 6 cylinder   (A4) Auto 22 33
1983 BMW 528E/533I 6 cylinder     (A3) Auto 20 28
1983 BMW 528E/533I 6 cylinder     (M5) Manual 22 32
1983 BMW 528E/533I 6 cylinder     (M5) Manual 19 29
1983 BMW 528E/533I 6 cylinder     (A3) Auto 18 25
1983 BMW 528E/533I 6 cylinder     (M5) Manual 22 32
1983 BMW 528E/533I 6 cylinder     (A3) Auto 20 28
1983 BMW 528E/533I 6 cylinder     (M5) Manual 19 29
1983 BMW 528E/533I 6 cylinder     (A3) Auto 18 25
1982 BMW 528 E 6 cylinder     (M5) Manual 22 32
1982 BMW 528 E 6 cylinder     (A3) Auto 20 28
1982 BMW 528 E 6 cylinder     (M5) Manual 22 32
1982 BMW 528 E 6 cylinder     (A3) Auto 20 28
1981 BMW 528 I 6 cylinder 2.8 liter   (A3) Auto 18 24
1981 BMW 528 I 6 cylinder 2.8 liter   (A3) Auto 18 24
1981 BMW 528 I 6 cylinder 2.8 liter   (M5) Manual 18 30
1981 BMW 528 I 6 cylinder 2.8 liter   (M5) Manual 18 30
1980 BMW 528 I 6 cylinder 2.8 liter   (A3) Auto 18 24
1980 BMW 528 I 6 cylinder 2.8 liter   (M5) Manual 18 30
1980 BMW 528 I 6 cylinder 2.8 liter   (M5) Manual 18 30
1980 BMW 528 I 6 cylinder 2.8 liter   (A3) Auto 18 24
1979 BMW 528 I 6 cylinder     (A3) Auto 17 24
1979 BMW 528 I 6 cylinder     (M4) Manual 17 26
1979 BMW 528 I 6 cylinder     (M4) Manual 17 26
1979 BMW 528 I 6 cylinder     (A3) Auto 17 24
1978 BMW 530 I 6 cylinder     14 21
1978 BMW 530 I 6 cylinder     14 24
1978 BMW 530 I 6 cylinder     14 18
1978 BMW 530 I 6 cylinder     13 20

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