What happens when you take a sports sedan and add sprinkles of practicality? You get the 2011 BMW 535i GT. This car lets you carve the corners and allows you to transport the kids in comfort..sounds like a winner in our book.

  • 2011 BMW 535i GT
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    Twin Turbocharged Straight 6
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    8 speed automatic
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    Direct Injection
  • Displacement:
    3.0 Liter L
  • 0-60 time:
    6.2 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    150 mph
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Nowadays, the trend has shied away from old time station wagons which are seen as obsolete and as fuel prices continue to be on the rise, the trend is also moving away from SUV’s. So to address these concerns, BMW has defied convention and created the 535i GT which combines most of the features from a SUV along with most of the features from a sedan. This combination forms a vehicle that is like a nice pair of jeans- you can still do hard work in them yet when you go to a nice dinner, the jeans oblige.


2011 BMW 535i GT High Resolution Exterior
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Initially you look at this car and gasp “ What has BMW done?” Walking around the 535i GT and examining it is much like being at an art gallery. As you stroll around this vehicle you notice it sticks up 2 inches higher and about 4 inches lower than a X5 (61.4 inches) and combined with a length of 196 inches, it should make up for any cargo room shortages.
From an aesthetic point of view it’s kind of a mismatch. The long hood and short trunk reminds us of a modern incarnation of the old BMW 2800 sedans from the late 1960’s.
BMW has clearly thought to make this a true grand tourer and drops hints at some of the amenities hidden within, the first of such luxuries that you notice is the two piece panoramic moon roof and invites you to explore it further.


2011 BMW 535i GT Interior
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2011 BMW 535i GT Interior
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The interior is very functional yet inviting like sitting in a opera house, because it’s somewhat somber and classy whilst also being exceedingly comfortable. We love that the layout makes all the major controls on the dashboard within easy reach. The seats also tow the fine line of cushion and support, actually pushing you to make a long road journey. The Idrive control center comes standard with this vehicle and while it has gotten better, it still periodically perplexes us with its interface, sometimes it seems really choppy and out of sync. Other than that minor inconvenience, the standard features such as power seating and parking distance control will make parking at the yacht club that much easier. It will fit in when you park it at the marina because this vehicle has more storage space than most ships. With all the seats up there is a astounding 15.5 cu. ft, then when you drop all the seats for that big delivery, you get an amazing 60 cu. ft of cargo space. One major thing we enjoyed about this car is that it had just enough luxury to justify the price tag but not enough to dilute and/or pollute the driving experience.


2011 BMW 535i GT Drivetrain
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For a large car (4641lbs) the 535i GT handles exceedingly well. This is due, in part, to its near perfect weight distribution (47.3% front, 52.7% rear) as well its suspension. The suspension consists of an aluminum double wishbone unit in the front and an aluminum integral V multi link unit in the back, as well front and rear stabilizer bars. In addition to this, the 535i GT has been endowed with an electronically limited slip differential to ensure maximum grip along the curves in the road. The final piece of the handling puzzle comes the inclusion of 13.7 inch the front and 13.6 inch rotors in the rear that ensure superb handling.

In terms of the power plant, BMW has slotted in the potent twin turbocharged 3.0 liter straight six that produces a robust 300 horsepower and 300 lbs/ft of torque at 1200 rpm. This engine also comes with 4 valves per cylinder as well as variable valve timing. The nice thing is that with the torque being so reachable you don’t have to put the gas pedal through the floor to access this engines potently power reserves. With this engine, the 535i GT can reach 60 mph in a respectable 6.2 seconds and on to a electronically limited 150 mph. Also connected to this engine is a 8 speed automatic with manual and sport drive functions.

We found that when placed on a mountain road the 535i GT handled 98% of them with grace and poise. It only starts to misbehave when you push it beyond the limit which causes you to feel the strong effect of its height and weight.


In the end, we rather like this misfit. This BMW has character and for a daily driver it’s phenomenal. It offers a tasteful if not somewhat more expensive alternative (starts at $56,500) to cars like the Audi A3 or the VW Golf GTI. It also surprised us with its performance, it really likes to move and implores you to find a challenging road. In addition, it also delivers fantastic mileage of 20 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. So you can have fun and save money at the pump as well...What’s not to like about this car?

What do you think?
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  (762) posted on 01.4.2012

The simple design and the color of its body makes this car stunning. I love the interior features of this 535i GT; I’m so impressed with the luxury and comfortable that it can offer, and I must also say that the spacious interior is very impressive.

  (427) posted on 12.28.2011

Well, the good thing about the BMW is that they doesn’t stick on one line of expertise they try to build a practical car that is needed by the masses. And I would say that I’m impressed with the specification of this car. This is really perfect as a family car.

  (498) posted on 12.19.2011

Well, the good thing about the BMW is that they doesn’t stick on one line of expertise they try to build a practical car that is needed by the masses. And I would say that I’m impressed with the specification of this car. This is really perfect as a family car.

  (402) posted on 12.5.2011

The interior feature of this GT is absolutely so cool on this one, especially the center console of it, and even its dressed-up seats. However, I’m quite not satisfied with its engine output.

  (374) posted on 11.23.2011

GT is one of the best vehicles that BMW would be produced! The luxurious features and concept are really wise! Anyway, I’m also impressed with its speed performance, well for a classy sedan it is already quite impressive.

  (502) posted on 11.23.2011

This vehicle is one of the most luxurious SUV that I saw today, and I am really so impressed with it! Furthermore, as for its engine output, I’m already satisfied with it. It is quite good for this one.

  (530) posted on 11.22.2011

It is maybe a luxury vehicle, and it is really so awesome and striking on that, but I must say that I’m not satisfied at all with its engine output. I just don’t think that it could deliver a nice speed on it.

  (466) posted on 11.21.2011

Expect it also to be too pricey on its market production guys! smiley Anyway, upon looking at the exterior of this GT, I really never anticipate it to have such a luxurious interior, just like what it had now!

  (831) posted on 11.16.2011

Well, GT would really be a complete packaged if it also had an impressive engine. I just truly don’t think that its V6 engine which only had an output of 300 hp is enough for it, to have an awesome speed performance.

  (677) posted on 11.16.2011

I love the functional and inviting interior of this GT! Well, it really justified the price that it had. smiley this one is totally a complete packaged for a luxury sedan.

  (382) posted on 11.13.2011

This GT is one of my favorite BMW vehicles! The interior is really looks so luxurious and comfortable which I love the most on this car, and I’m glad that it also had an impressive speed performance.

  (619) posted on 10.18.2011

The interior touch of this BMW 535i is really striking, it seems so somber, classy and even so comfortable. I can say that I love the over all interior features of this one and as for the looks of it, I can say that simplicity is definitely a beauty. smiley

  (314) posted on 09.14.2011

This car is so simple and the design is so common for us but the important is, it is one of those car that are so reliable on the road and very practical to use in everyday transportation.

  (428) posted on 09.5.2011

I’m impressed with the serene interior of this 535i GT had, so relaxing and refreshing! Well, for me it is totally a complete packaged for me, just have a little disappointment on its engine performance.

  (570) posted on 08.26.2011

I like the decent style in the interior of the car. The car look so elegant on five door. However, too sad that they haven’t boost the performance of the car into an impressive amount of power.

  (594) posted on 08.26.2011

hmm. I wonder if this was one of the i-series vehicle? I find the styling kind of elegant and luxurious. I was captivated with the styling of the car.

  (474) posted on 08.24.2011

I simply love this 535i GT for being such a simple but very luxurious and a classy car. I love the color that they used on it, it emphasized the beauty of this GT.

  (384) posted on 08.16.2011

The simple design and the color of its body makes this car stunning. I love the interior features of this 535i GT, I’m so impressed with the luxury and comfortable that it can offer and I must also say that the spacious interior is so impressive.

  (613) posted on 07.14.2011

The manufacturer has an impressive idea on making it. It looks relaxing inside, very spacious with a big compartment backside. This really fits if you want vacation or either a joy-ride.

  (458) posted on 07.8.2011

I was so impressed with this sports sedan most especially on the interior touches of it. I can really be a true grand tourer with this car, and I can surely get the relaxation that I need. 

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