BMW 5 Series (F10)

BMW 5 Series Sedan ( 2010-2013 )

F10 is the factory internal name of the passenger cars of the BMW 5 - series, which the German automaker BMW introduced on 23 November 2009 at the Olympic Stadium in Munich. The F10 replaced the produced since 2003 Model E60. Launch of the F10 in Europe March 20th 2010. Serial production started on January 7, 2010.

The car is 4 inches longer than its predecessor, the wheelbase is 10 inches longer. On April 10, 2010 Touring mentioned combination variant was presented at the AMI in Leipzig under the internal series designation F11. At the International Motor Show 2011 in Frankfurt, the fifth generation of the BMW M5 was introduced. In July 2013, the F10/11 a facelift has undergone.

Like its predecessor, the F10/11 at the BMW plant Dingolfing is produced. The sedan long version, the F18 is manufactured for China in Shenyang.

  • 5.1 petrol engine
  • 5.2 hybrid
  • 5.3 diesel
  • 5.4 Alpina
  • 7.1 Eight -speed automatic transmission Steptronic
  • 7.2 Double wishbone front suspension
  • 7.3 -wheel steering


The 5 Series is similar to the 7 Series ( F01/F02 series ). The double kidney grille sits in the steep sloping front. Also in the interior the style elements from the 7 Series, such as the arrangement of the navigation screen in towards the driver -oriented cockpit.

The Touring is similar to the B- pillar of the sedan. At the bottom of the D-pillar is the typical BMW Hofmeister kink.


The F10 received on 20 July 2013 facelift, BMW LCI ( Lifecycle Impulse) called.

Here, for the first time known from BMW 1 Series and 3 Lines were introduced, including the so-called Luxury Line and Modern Line. These include certain exterior features (such as trim or line- specific, larger wheels ) as well as certain interior perimeters (eg, wood or leather combinations in certain colors) with a.

Also, an additional charge new full-LED headlamps were introduced, however, the surcharge-requiring up to facelift Xenon headlights were again standard.

The taillights were subtly revised, so at night, the light bars are more pronounced or three-dimensional effect.

Some engines have also been updated, so now each variant fulfills the Euro 6 standard. Therefore accounted for the 530d with a manual transmission and the 530i, have been introduced such as the 520d xDrive.

In addition, was introduced as a new entry-level variant of the 518d. The 2.0 diesel engine develops 105 kW here.


  • The optional Professional navigation system (such as the F01 and the F07 already ) a 10.2 -inch, high-resolution display.
  • From model year 2013 ( Month of September 2012 ) has been enhanced BMW ConnectedDrive with the new live traffic service BMW Real - Time Traffic Information (RTTI ). Requirement is the special equipment Navigation system Professional with integrated Bluetooth mobile phone preparation.
  • The bi- xenon dual headlights contain a daytime running lights with LED technology, and adaptive headlights with light distribution and Bending Lights.

Also there is in a 5 - partly against surcharge - several driver assistance systems such as:

  • Adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go function (automatic acceleration from and deceleration to a stop ) and collision warning with brake
  • Lane change assistant
  • Lane Departure
  • Night vision assistant with pedestrian recognition
  • Head -up display
  • Reversing camera
  • Surround View camera-based detection and display of the road areas beside and behind the vehicle ( top view and rear view camera) as well as area to the right and left of the vehicle front ( Side View ) on the Control Display, cameras laterally in exterior mirrors, trunk lid and front bumper
  • Park Assist, parallel parking supports the direction of travel.

However, Standard driver assistance systems are, for example, already has a speed control with braking function or keyless engine start for all engine variants.

Since the F10 is technically based on the platform of the F01, there are many, partly paid features of this in F10 again, which did not offer the E60 predecessor, including:

  • Black Panel display technology in the instrument cluster / radio / climate control panel
  • Electromechanical parking brake
  • Dynamic Driving Control with the programs Comfort, Normal, Sport and Sport
  • Speed ​​Limit Info, a system for the recognition of road signs. For this purpose, checks a camera street signs with speed limits. These are displayed in the speedometer as well as the Head- Up Display.
  • Lane change assistant
  • Automatic tailgate operation
  • Integral Active Steering
  • Adaptive Drive


The luggage compartment of the F11 holds 560-1670 liters. The rear seat backrest is divided in the ratio 40:20:40, their inclination can be adjusted in seven levels to up to 11 degrees ( optional). The fold the backrest can be carried in the baggage compartment using two control levers. The cargo cover lowered when the tailgate is closed automatically. The separately opening rear window automatically swings upwards at a keystroke. The tailgate can be opened and closed by remote control. In autumn 2011, a device for hands-free opening of the trunk has been introduced. Sensors detect the movement of the foot below the bumper and then activate the automatic opening.


The F10 has a stiffer body than its predecessor, front and side airbags, side curtain head airbags, active head restraints for the driver and passenger. A tire defect indicator is part of the standard specification as optimized for pedestrian protection active bonnet which is raised in an accident in the front section 30 and the rear by 50 millimeters. Standard equipment also includes daytime running lights, fog lights and an adaptive brake light. Even an advanced emergency call system with automatic localization function over ConnectedDrive is available.

Child seats can be securely fastened only on the outer seats in the back seat because of the seat shape. There are also Isofix mountings are available. For the front passenger seat, the airbag can be switched off so that there also backward Baby Seats Seats may be secured in airbag is off.


With the launching of six engines were available ( four petrol engines and two diesel engines). In the third quarter of 2010 was followed by a four-cylinder diesel engine (184 hp) 135 kW and a CO2 emission of 132 g / km has. The gasoline engines use fuel High Precision Direct Injection, while the 523i and 528i versions are also equipped with an advanced lean burn mode.

In Touring only two straight-six petrol engines as well as a six-cylinder and a four-cylinder diesel were to launch initially available. In December 2010, the then touring with four diesel ( 520d, 525d, 530d and 535d ) and three petrol variants ( 523i, 528i and 535i ) was offered.

For the model year 2012 accounted for the previous 523i and 528i engine variants. Instead, the 520i, the 528i as a four-cylinder and the 530i was introduced. All diesel engines, with the exception of the 520d, received an overhaul, the 525d is now a doubly turbocharged four- cylinder. Also a particularly economical variant of the 520d was introduced in the 520d "Efficient Dynamics Edition". It features a longer rear axle ratio, low rolling resistance tires and improved aerodynamics, which only 119 g CO2 per km are ejected.


  • Values ​​in [] brackets are for the Touring.



Storage catalyst for the reduction of nitrogen oxides (optional for 530d/serienmäßig for M550d )

  • Values ​​in [] brackets are for the Touring.


  • Values ​​in [] brackets are for the Touring.


Under the marketing concept of BMW EfficientDynamics is a package of various technical measures to reduce fuel consumption, combined. The optional eight-speed automatic available to reduce fuel consumption compared to the conventional six-speed automatic up to six percent. A start-stop function was initially only at the 520d with manual transmission and the 530d xDrive with automatic transmission as standard. From model year 2011/2012 have all models ( with the exception of the 528i xDrive, the 550i and 550i xDrive of ) with both manual transmission and automatic transmission with a standard start - stop function. All engines meet the Euro 5 emissions standard With the diesel models diesel particulate filters are installed. The 530d can get an extra charge storage catalyst to reduce oxides of nitrogen, with the Euro 6 emissions standard is met. However, in its entirety, the curb weight of the car increased by around 180 kilograms.


Eight-speed automatic transmission Steptronic

Upon request, an eight -speed automatic transmission transfers the power. Due to the high spread of gears the speed level and the noise level at high speeds were lowered. Despite the increase from six to eight stages of ZF 8HP automatic transmission was no need for additional components. Weight and dimensions are increased compared to the ZF 6HP - automatic only slightly. The eight-speed automatic has the additional ability to skip gears, so it can turn and has to open only one clutch if the driving situation from eighth to second gear. The gearbox is manufactured by ZF Friedrichshafen.

Double wishbone front suspension

The F10 has, in contrast to its predecessor, no McPherson front axle, but one made ​​of aluminum double-wishbone front axle. This Steering wheel damping and are separated from each other and thus guarantee a prospective lateral forces suspension comfort. Furthermore, the new front suspension improves the contact between the tire and road, which is conducive to the maneuverability.

All-wheel steering

The four-wheel steering ( " Integral Active Steering "), and is fitted to the 7 Series (F01 ), also comes in F10 used. With their help, the driving behavior on the one hand and on the other hand agile safer. At low speeds, the steering wheel when turning kicks the wheels of the rear axle opposite to the front axle by up to 2.5 °. This reduces the turning circle and the vehicle can be moved handy, even when maneuvering in confined spaces (eg in the car park ), the system comes into play. At higher speeds above 50 km / h, the rear wheels and front wheels are turned in the same direction and thus enable a more stable and safe lane changes. In F10 electromechanical power steering is used.

Long version

Exclusively for the Chinese automobile market, a long-wheelbase version of the 5 Series sedan was developed. Here, the wheelbase has been extended by 14 cm. In the rear comfort seats are installed. In addition, some extra facilities are available. The long version is offered with four-cylinder engine as the 520Li, 523Li, 525Li and 528Li. In versions 530Li and 535Li six-cylinder engines were installed.

Concept 5 Series ActiveHybrid

At the International Motor Show 2010 in Geneva BMW has presented a concept of a full hybrid based on the 5 Series. In contrast to the 535i, in which the same straight-six petrol engine is used, the fuel consumption to be reduced by up to 10%. The electric drive is installed between the in-line six cylinder and the automatic transmission and produces an output of 40 kW. The electric motor is connected with an automatic coupling to the gasoline engine. Even a purely electric driving is possible.


On October 1, 2013 BMW has recalled about 176,000 vehicles of the models of the 1 Series, 3 Series and 5- Series, X1 and X3 SUV and Z-4 sports cars worldwide, including 6,000 vehicles in Germany. Affected vehicles built in 2012 and 2013. Reasons for this are problems on the camshaft four-cylinder petrol engines, which can become a possible disruption of oil supply to the vacuum pump to the failure, and thus to the loss of brake power assistance.


  • Auto Bild Design Award 2010
  • Red dot design award 2010
  • Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany in Silver 2011
  • ADAC "Yellow Angel 2011" in the category " favorite car of the Germans"

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