2018 BMW 5 Series

#17
in Midsize sedans
2018 MODEL

$52,400 - $73,400

8.6

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Detailed Review

The 5-series is the newest addition to the BMW's sedan lineup for the year 2018. The sedan is back with some new technology and safety features and an exciting list of drivetrain options to choose from. The 2018 BMW 5-series holds a lot of stakes for the Bavarian automaker due to its midrange position which slots right between the extravagant 7-series and the affordable 3-series.

The traditional BMW 530i carries the same 2-liter engine as the outgoing model. The 540i comes packed with a 3-liter powerful engine and offers a diesel variant too. This year, BMW has introduced a plug-in hybrid 530e trim which has an electric iDrive motor. The new launched M550i tops the chart with a dual-turbocharged V8 engine which brings it a lot closer to the BMW M6.

BMW has gone way ahead with the 2018 5-series when it comes to tech features. It has introduced several fresh features such as the voice recognition system, Apple CarPlay, 3-D simulation and many other semi-autonomous features which poses a real threat to other competitors in the midrange luxury sedan segment including the defending champion Audi A6 which hit the record sales last year.


8.0/10
Features

 

7.9/10
Engine

 

7.9/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.6/10
Interior

 

8.1/10
Exterior

 

10/10
Safety

 
 
 

The traditional BMW 530i carries the same 2-liter engine as the outgoing model. The 540i comes packed with a 3-liter powerful engine and offers a diesel variant too. This year, BMW has introduced a plug-in hybrid 530e trim which has an electric iDrive motor. The new launched M550i tops the chart with a dual-turbocharged V8 engine which brings it a lot closer to the BMW M6.

2018 BMW 5 Series Features

8.0/10

The base 530i variant is packed with a 2-liter inline-4 cylinder turbocharged engine to produce a maximum power of 248 hp. The 540i levels up the game with a few additional standard features and a turbocharged 335-hp 3-liter inline-6 cylinder engine. An option of all-wheel drive(AWD) is offered with the 540i.

The 530e xDrive plug-in hybrid features a 2-liter inline-4 turbocharged engine and an eDrive electric motor to produce a maximum power of 248 hp. The 530e performance variant also offers an option of all-wheel-drive(AWD) for a more exciting ride at cost of efficiency. The top of the range M550i xDrive is powered by the humongous 4.4-litre turbocharged V8 engine that churns out 456 hp. Only the M540 in 2018 BMW 5-series is available with a diesel engine variant.

Trims 530i 530e iPerformance 540i 540d xDrive M550i xDrive
MSRP $52,650 $52,650 $58,200 $62,000 $73,900
Features
  • Leatherette Upholstery
  • 12-Way Power Driver Seat
  • 12-Way Power Passenger Seat
  • Remote Keyless Power Door Lock
  • 12 Speaker Audio System
Same as 530i

Adds to or replaces features offered on 530i:

  • Leather Upholstery
  • 16-Way Power Driver Seat
  • 16-Way Power Passenger Seat
Same as 540i

Adds to or replaces features offered on 540i:

 

  • Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • Front View Camera
  • Extended Cabin Heating/Cooling
  • 20-Way Power Driver Seat
  • 20-Way Power Passenger Seat
  • Driver Seat Thigh Extension
  • Hands-Free Entry
  • 16-Speaker Harman/Kardon Premium Audio System

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Although the 530i provides enough power and comfort, the 540i comes loaded with additional features with a more powerful engine which makes it worth paying a little more money for. No matter which trims you choose but the driver-assist package is surely a must-have which includes the active steering, heated seats, and additional safety features.

2018 BMW 5 Series Engine

7.9/10

"This is a thrilling driver's car. Quiet and composed in town, especially with the Driving Dynamics Control set to Comfort, the 540i flips like a light-switch into teeth-bared mode the moment you start squeezing hard on the gas and getting quick on the wheel." -- Automobile Magazine

Engine and Transmission

BMW has brought up a wide range of engine and drivetrain options to choose from. The 2018 BMW base variant 530i is powered by the 2-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder engine which produces a maximum power of 248 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The transmission duties are carried out by an 8-speed automatic gearbox which is the only option in all variants.

Model BMW 5-series (530i) Volvo S90 (T5 Momentum) Jaguar XF (Base) Audi A6 Premium (2.0 TFSI)
MSRP $52,650 $48,100 $47,775 $49,700
Engine 2.0L TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder 2.0L 16V I4 Turbocharged 2.0L 16V I4 Turbocharged 2.0L TFSI 4-cylinder
Transmission 8-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic 7-Speed Automatic
Power 248 hp 250 hp 247 hp 252 hp
Torque 258 lb-ft 258 lb-ft 269 lb-ft 273 lb-ft

The 2018 BMW 5-series lies at the bottom when it comes to torque and just inches ahead of Jaguar XF in power though it uses an engine of similar size and costs at least 2 grand more than all its competitors.

Acceleration

Despite its poor performance in terms of torque and power, the 2018 BMW 5-series shows top-notch performance in terms of acceleration. The 530i pulls up from 0-60 in just 6 seconds which is fastest among the rivals. Taking advantage of the legacy of lighter craftsmanship that comes with the brand, the 5-series puts up a fabulous figure of 13.5 sec in the quarter-mile mark and is seconds behind the fastest Jaguar XF.

Model BMW 5-series (530i) Volvo S90 (T5 Momentum) Jaguar XF (Base) Audi A6 Premium (2.0 TFSI)
0-60 mph 6.0 sec 6.5 sec 6.2 sec 6.7 sec
Quarter Mile 13.5 sec @ 99.3 mph 15.3 sec @ 101 mph 13.3 sec @ 104 mph 14.7 sec @ 100.8 mph
Engine 2.0L 2.0L 2.0L 2.0L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

6.6 6.5 6.3 6.3

Handling and Ride Quality

The sedan offers snappy handling and shows quick movements even on narrow corners. The steering is amazing but not as responsive as the M6. The sport mode works just fine but the comfort mode feels more premium, matching the luxury of a 7-series sedan. Being a BMW it definitely justifies their signature line- ‘Sheer driving pleasure’.

Braking

The 530i's braking is as smooth as it can get but also powerful when you need it. The car can come to a halt from 60 mph in just 106 ft which is also the best in the segment while the Volvo S90 is a bit lazy hits the bottom of the chart. The ABS helps in maintaining the car’s stability and composure even when one goes hard on the pedal.

Model BMW 5-series (530i) Volvo S90 (T5 Momentum) Jaguar XF (Base) Audi A6 Premium (2.0 TFSI)
60-0 mph 106 120 119 117
Curb Weight (lbs.) 3746 3870 3604 3858
Brake (Front) 11.6 13.6 12.8 13.6
Brake (Rear) 11.7 12.6 12.8 13

2018 BMW 5 Series Fuel Economy

7.9/10

The BMW 530i maintains a combined fuel economy of 29 mpg which helps it share the podium of the table with Audi A6. Despite pretty good economy figures as a whole, the BMW 7-series seem to be a bit thirsty when it comes to city roads.

Model BMW 5-series (530i) Volvo S90 (T5 Momentum) Jaguar XF (Base) Audi A6 Premium (2.0 TFSI)
MPG (City) 24 27 25 25
MPG (Hwy) 34 34 34 34
MPG (Combined) 27 29 28 28

Volvo S90 is the most fuel efficient in the city, while highway economy is the same for all. Audi and Jaguar follow behind, with identical figures. Highway economy figures are the same for all cars here.

2018 BMW 5 Series Interior

8.6/10

"This 2018 BMW 5 Series' elegant dash is covered in SensaTec faux leather or the real thing, has a horizontal layout, and controls for climate and audio are sensibly laid out. A 10.25-inch screen relays navigation, audio, car data and more. The jet-fighter transmission lever looks cool but can be awkward initially." -- Kelley Blue Book

Seating and comfort

The interior of 2018 BMW 5-series is surely exquisite. The dual tone leather and tasteful use of chrome at minute places like air vents and knobs show the carmaker’s focus on luxury. The interior of this sedan is undoubtedly better than its primitive but doesn't hit the 7-series benchmark. The heated armrests in front and rear, ambient carpet lighting and futuristically designed customizable dashboard don't just look amazing but also works fluently with every move of the passenger.

Model BMW 5-series
(530i)
Volvo S90 (T5 Momentum) Jaguar XF (Base) Audi A6 Premium (2.0 TFSI)
Passenger Capacity 5 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (Ft.3) 98.8 101.5 98.2 97.2
Headroom (Front/Rear) (in.) 38.8 / 37.5 37.8/37.8 37.1/37.6 37.2 / 37.8
Legroom (Front/Rear) (in.) 41.4 / 36.5 42.2/40.4 41.5/36.6 41.3 / 37.4
Shoulder Room (Front/Rear) (in.) 57.5 / 55.9 57.5/55.4 56.9/56.4 57.5 / 56.3

The 5-series leads the segment in headroom but its smaller wheelbase as compared to its competitors inhibits ample room in the rear cabin space and drags it down in the chart. The cabin space, ventilation, heated seats, and climate control everything seems perfect for the 2018 5-Series. The cabin is quiet enough unless you're on city roads at peak hours and there's lots of honking noise.

Cargo Volume

The clever design of BMW5-Series manages to make up a huge space for the rear boot. The credit goes to the 40/20/40 split folding rear seats. Despite being smaller in length, this car provides generous 18.7 ft-cube of the cargo space which is great for the segment.

Model BMW 5-series (530i) Volvo S90 (T5 Momentum) Jaguar XF (Base) Audi A6 Premium (2.0 TFSI)
Trunk Vol. (Ft.3) 18.7 13.5 19.1 14.1

Jaguar XF has the largest trunk in the segment, at 19.1 cubic feet. A6 and S90 offer disappointingly small cargo space, much too less to be used for hauling more than two full-sized suitcases.

Infotainment System

The 2018 BMW 530i comes loaded with a 10.2-inch infotainment screen with navigation and BMW's iDrive rotary knob, a touchpad controller with gesture control

  • Bluetooth
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Qi charging station
  • 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system
  • Internet-connected features (stand-alone and/or special BMW apps)
  • Apple CarPlay (Optional add-on)

BMW has gone way ahead with the 2018 5-series when it comes to tech features. It has introduced several fresh features such as the voice recognition system.

2018 BMW 5 Series Exterior

8.1/10

"The 5-Series borrows liberally from the larger 7-Series, but gets its own details. Creases along the doors under the windows and door handles are reserved for the 5-Series alone, and updated LED taillights and chromed exhaust ports finish the 5-Series off in its own way."-The Car Connection

Dimensions and Weight

The 2018 BMW 740i is highest in the segment which gives it a coupe look, making ample headroom in the cabin. The sedan is lighter than its older sibling due to its cutting-edge design featuring high-strength aluminum chassis which gives it unmatched acceleration and handling yet stable and strong build quality.  The BMW 5-Series also offers a decent ground clearance of 6.2 inches.

Model BMW 5-series (530i) Volvo S90 (T5 Momentum) Jaguar XF (Base) Audi A6 Premium (2.0 TFSI)
Curb Weight (lbs.) 3746 3870 3604 3858
Wheelbase (in) 117.1 120.5 116.5 114.6
Length (in) 194.6 200.1 195.0 194.2
Width (in) 73.5 74.0 78.2 73.8
Height (in) 58.2 57.1 58.2 57.8
Ground Clearance (in) 6.2 6.0 4.5 6.6
Track Width – Front (in) 63 63.7 63.2 64.1
Track Width – Rear (in) 63.9 63.7 62.8 63.7

Audi A6 has the largest ground clearance, great for saving the underbelly from scraping at any surface. Offroading isn't in the official description for any, but taking the beaten path won't be too challenging for these cars.

Exterior Features

There are a lot of distinctive features on the outside of the cars. Standard external features include:

  • Adaptive LED headlights with automatic high beams
  • Automatic windshield wipers
  • Remote parking
  • Keyless entry

2018 BMW 5 Series Safety

10/10

The 2018 BMW 5-Series comes with all the essential safety features as per standards. The features include:

  • Front and rear Head Protection System (HPS)
  • 3-point safety belts with force limiters and head restraints at all seating positions
  • Seat-mounted front side-impact airbags
  • LATCH attachments for child-restraint safety installation
  • Driver's and passenger's front airbag supplemental restraint system (SRS)
  • Front safety belts with automatic pretensioners
  • Dusk-Sensing Headlights
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring

2018 BMW 5 Series has earned Top Safety Pick + rating from IIHS which is the best possible rating as of now.

Crashworthiness
Small overlap front driver side Good
Small overlap front Passenger side Good
Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good
Crash Avoidance and Mitigation
Front crash prevention Superior
Headlights Good
Child Seat Anchors (LATCH) Ease of use Acceptable

NHTSA ratings are unavailable for the car.

2018 BMW 5 Series Competition

BMW 5-Series  vs Volvo S90

The Volvo S90 comes loaded with a similar sized engine that produces the same power and torque as that of a BMW's. The Volvo has a better base package than that of BMW's with all the essential features like parking assist, remote locking, and smartphone-integrated infotainment system at a lesser cost than BMW. However, the price difference seems to make sense when we look at the premium styling, handling, comfort, and fuel economy of the 2018 BMW 5-series.

BMW 5-Series  vs Audi A6 L

The Audi A6 L is powered by a 2-liter 4 cylinder engine which produces the best in class power and torque. It also offers a plush and luxurious interior equivalent to the BMW's but 5-series basically one-ups A6 in the driving experience as A6 isn't as responsive as 530i, also the ride quality is quite poor due to larger alloy wheels.

BMW 5-Series vs Jaguar XF

The Jaguar surely is a complete package on its own with a powerful engine, great handling, and spacious trunk but it fails to pose a threat to the more premium, luxurious and sporty BMW 5-series due to its rough ride quality on less-perfect or undulated roads and less available trims and options.

2018 BMW 5 Series Final Verdict

The 2018 BMW 5-series offers great efficiency along with the effortless handling, impressive driving dynamics, and stout acceleration. The car doesn't feel exceptional and lacks punch on straight highways due to its less powerful engine, however, the luxury of the cabin and sub-autonomous features make up for it. So, if you're looking for a good car around 50 grand and won't mind spending some more money on the lucrative add-on packages.

Pros

Attractive cabin aesthetics and instrument panel

Diverse engine options

Offers good cargo space

Great driving assist system and semi-autonomous features

Cons

Interior color combo not appealing

Cost rises due to advance features

What's New?

Plug-in hybrid variant 530e xDrive is introduced

A more powerful V8 turbocharged variant M550i is also launched

Keyless entry and Watchdog sensors along with some more cabin features


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$52400

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

155 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu. in.

horsepower

180 hp @ 4000 rpm

torque

255 lb.-ft. @ 1800 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

11.8 in. ventilated disc brakes/12.3 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

117.1 in.

length

194.6 in.

width

73.5 in.

height

58.4 in.

curb weight

4266 lbs.

ground clearance

5.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

98.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

14.5 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

NA/29/NA mpg

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

4 years/50000 miles

corrosion warranty

12 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

yes



Styles

 2018 BMW 5 Series in Black Sapphire Metallic color  2018 BMW 5 Series in Azurite Black Metallic color  2018 BMW 5 Series in Atlas Cedar Metallic color  2018 BMW 5 Series in Alpine White color  2018 BMW 5 Series in Almandine Brown Metallic color
Black Sapphire Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine

7.9

Fuel Economy

7.9

Interior

8.6

Exterior

8.1

Safety

10

Comfort

9.0

Driving

9.6

8.6

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 BMW 5 Series 530e iPerformance

530e iPerformance

power
180 hp @ 4000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
N/A

$52,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
530e iPerformance 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) Starting at $52,400 MSRP N/A 180 hp @ 4000 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5   Almandine Brown Metallic
  Alpine White
  Atlas Cedar Metallic
  Azurite Black Metallic
  Black Sapphire Metallic

 2018 BMW 5 Series 530i

530i

power
248 hp @ 5200 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
27 combined

$52,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
530i 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $52,400 MSRP (24/27/34) 248 hp @ 5200 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5   Almandine Brown Metallic
  Alpine White
  Atlas Cedar Metallic
  Azurite Black Metallic
  Black Sapphire Metallic

 2018 BMW 5 Series 530e xDrive iPerformance

530e xDrive iPerformance

power
180 hp @ 4000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
N/A

$54,700


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
530e xDrive iPerformance 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) Starting at $54,700 MSRP N/A 180 hp @ 4000 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5   Almandine Brown Metallic
  Alpine White
  Atlas Cedar Metallic
  Azurite Black Metallic
  Black Sapphire Metallic

 2018 BMW 5 Series 530i xDrive

530i xDrive

power
248 hp @ 5200 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
27 combined

$54,700


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
530i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $54,700 MSRP (23/27/33) 248 hp @ 5200 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5   Almandine Brown Metallic
  Alpine White
  Atlas Cedar Metallic
  Azurite Black Metallic
  Black Sapphire Metallic

 2018 BMW 5 Series 540i

540i

power
335 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
24 combined

$57,700


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
540i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $57,700 MSRP (21/24/30) 335 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3 L, I6, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5   Almandine Brown Metallic
  Alpine White
  Atlas Cedar Metallic
  Azurite Black Metallic
  Black Sapphire Metallic

 2018 BMW 5 Series 540i xDrive

540i xDrive

power
335 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
23 combined

$60,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
540i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $60,000 MSRP (20/23/29) 335 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3 L, I6, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5   Almandine Brown Metallic
  Alpine White
  Atlas Cedar Metallic
  Azurite Black Metallic
  Black Sapphire Metallic

 2018 BMW 5 Series 540d xDrive

540d xDrive

power
261 hp @ 4000 rpm
fuel
Diesel fuel
mpg
30 combined

$62,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
540d xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A) Starting at $62,000 MSRP (26/30/36) 261 hp @ 4000 rpm, 3 L, I6, diesel fuel
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5 NA

 2018 BMW 5 Series M550i xDrive

M550i xDrive

power
456 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
19 combined

$73,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
M550i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $73,400 MSRP (16/19/25) 456 hp @ 5500 rpm, 4.4 L, V8, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5   Almandine Brown Metallic
  Alpine White
  Atlas Cedar Metallic
  Azurite Black Metallic
  Black Sapphire Metallic