2021 BMW 5 Series

MSRP $54,350 - $59,450

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2021 BMW 5 Series Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 5, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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BMW is synonymous with performance and luxury in the whole industry. For the executive sedan segment, it has been offering the 5 Series for ages and now the seventh-generation 5 Series rolled in 2017 and was a major upgrade in terms of design, technology, driving experience, and of course safety. A recent facelift changed the 5 Series further with a sharper exterior design, new LED headlamps, redesigned bumpers, and better tech inside. 

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Pros

Immaculate driving experience

Dynamic trim line-up

Advanced safety features

Decent fuel economy

Cons

Price proportional to performance

Absence of manual transmission

Limited legroom for rear passengers

What's New?

Facelifted for the 2021 model year with sharper styling elements

Optional 20-inch wheels added to the line-up 

New 12.3 central infotainment system 

Various driver assistance features added to different packages


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$54350

bodystyle

dr Sedan

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$54,350 onwards

530i$56,200 onwards

540i$59,450 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 BMW 5 Series in Almandine Brown Metallic color
Almandine Brown 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

Pricing and Features

8.7

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

7.9

Interior

8.7

Exterior

8.1

Safety

9.9

Competition

9.6

Final Verdict

8.1

8.9

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.9

Overall Rating


The new BMW 5 Series has a starting MSRP of $54,200 for the 530i and the 540i will cost you $59,450. Other than these two trims, the 5 Series also comes in a plug-in hybrid while the enthusiasts can opt for the sportier M550i available, which is reviewed separately. Falling in the luxury mid-size segment, the 5-Series faces stiff competition from fellow Germans - the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the Audi A6 - and the Volvo S90.

2021 BMW 5 Series Sedan front view
2021 BMW 5 Series Sedan rear view

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.9/10
Fuel Economy

8.7/10
Interior

8.1/10
Exterior

9.9/10
Safety

9.6/10
Competition

8.1/10
Final Verdict


2021 BMW 5 Series Features

The 2021 BMW 5 Series is available in 2 trim levels. The base 530i is offered at a competitive price similar to the rivals. Moving on to the 540i, it is powered by an inline 6 cylinder engine to lure enthusiasts. To set the tracks ablaze, you can opt for the V-8 powered M550i trim. There's also a 530e plugin hybrid trim for ones who want both performance and economy. 

Trim

530i 

540i

MSRP (RWD)

$54,200

$59,450

MSRP (AWD

$56,500

$61,750

Key Features

18-inch aluminum wheels

In addition to or replaces 530i trim features with:

 

12.3-inch Central information display

Dakota leather upholstery

 

Heated door mirrors

Leather dashboard

 

Dual-zone air-conditioning

Parking assistant plus

 

Panoramic sunroof

3D surround view

 

12-way power-adjustable front seats

Adaptive suspension

 

Executive package

Run-flat performance tires

To add to this list of amenities, BMW also offers three options namely, Convenience, Premium, and Executive. These packages add on many other features like remote engine start, heated front seats, power tailgate, an upgraded 16-speaker Harman Kardon system, wireless charging, and power sunshades. 

Which trim should you buy?

The 540i trim is the best option to buy. It costs a few thousand bucks more than the base trim but adds much greater value. You get a more powerful inline-6 engine, Dakota leather upholstery, and M sport features as well such as a sports steering wheel and an adaptive sport suspension. This trim also offers 3 optional packages that give a range of flexibility to the buyer to configure their pick from. 

2021 BMW 5 Series Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The base 530i trim of the BMW 5 Series gets a turbocharged 2.0L Inline-4 that churns out 248hp and 258 lb-ft and is coupled to an 8-speed automatic transmission that sends all the output to the rear wheels only as standard. With the 540i, the powertrain is upgraded to a turbocharged 3.0L Inline-6 that bumps up the output to 335hp and 332lb-ft of torque. The bigger engine is no less than the base engine in terms of fuel management and manages to return impressive MPGs despite the power bump. 

2021 BMW 5 Series Sedan engine bay

Models

2021 BMW 5 Series

2021 Mercedes-Benz E Class

2021 Audi A6

2021 Volvo S90

MSRP

$54,200

$54,250

$54,900

$51,550

Engine 

Turbocharged 2.0L Inline-4

Turbocharged 2.0L Inline-4

Turbocharged 2.0L Inline-4

Twin-charged 2.0L Inline-4

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

8-Speed automatic

9-Speed automatic

7-Speed automatic

8-Speed automatic

Power 

248 hp @ 5,200 RPM

255 hp @ 5,800 RPM

248 hp @ 4,300 RPM

316 hp @ 5,700 RPM

Torque 

258 lb-ft @ 1,450 RPM

273 lb-ft @ 1,800 RPM

273 lb-ft @ 1,600 RPM

295 lb-ft @ 2,200 RPM

0-60 MPH (sec)

5.9 

6.1

6.1

5.7

Quarter-mile (sec)

13.8

13.6

13.1

13.3

Top Speed (MPH)

130 

130

130

130

The 5-Series’ base engine is good enough however, the Volvo S90 churns out 316hp for it comes equipped with both a turbocharger and supercharger. The A6 matches the 5-Series in terms of power output but the latter proves to be quicker than all the other Germans to 60 MPH, only to be lagging behind in the quarter-mile. 

How does the 2021 BMW 5 Series handle?

The 2021 BMW 5-Series hides its weight very well and feels super agile by luxury car standards. The driver sits quite low in a sporty position but the view is hindered by a big blindspot caused by the A-pillar. The 8-speed automatic gearbox slushes the gears very smoothly and feels very relaxing in the city. The turning circle is not that short and does require some work while making U-turns. The suspension is very comfortable and does an impeccable job of soaking up the bumps and undulations. 

On the highways, the comfort level is maintained and the radar cruise control on-board does a good job of taking over control of the car. The seats are super comfortable and relax the occupants well while out on long drives. Kicking down the gearbox is effortless and the power delivery is instant - good for overtaking. The gearbox works even better with the bigger engine and renders even better performance in terms of shifting speeds and accuracy. 

2021 BMW 5 Series Braking Performance

The 2021 BMW 5 Series gets 12.7-inch brake rotors at the front and 12.5-inch brake rotors at the rear that ensure that the massive sedan stops in just 108 feet from 60 to 0mph. The stability control assists with features such as brake-stand by and start-off assistance. Moreover, the dynamic brake control and cornering brake control provide brake assistance when there's any abnormal spinning of the wheel.

2021 BMW 5 Series Sedan brake rotor

Models

2021 BMW 5 Series

2021 Mercedes-Benz E Class

2021 Audi A6

2021 Volvo S90

Brake rotors: Front (inches)

12.7

12.7

13.6

13.6

Brake rotors: Rear (inches)

12.5

11.8

13.0

12.6

Curb weight (lbs)

3,765

3,781

4,101

4,389

60-0MPH (Feet)

108

110

113

110

The BMW 5 Series manages to stop the fastest from a speed of 60 MPH. Rivals like the Audi A6 and the Volvo S90 have bigger brakes but they haul too much weight. The E Class is closest to the BMW 5 Series in terms of weight and brake size, yet stops later.

2021 BMW 5 Series Fuel Economy

7.9/10

The base engine - the turbocharged Inline-4 - of the 2021 BMW 5 Series is quite a player when it comes to fuel economy and it delivers 28 MPG combined. The bigger Inline-6 motor is a mild hybrid setup and hence can match the mileage with the base engine. The 6-cylinder motor of the 540i fetches you 25 MPG in the city, 32 MPG on the highway, and a combined 27 MPG. Fuel management is phenomenal as it doesn't compromise either with performance or economy. The lower end peak torque and the transmission play an important role in low fuel consumption.

Models

2021 BMW 5 Series

2021 Mercedes-Benz E Class

2021 Audi A6

2021 Volvo S90

MPG (City)

25

22

23

21

MPG (Highway)

33

31

31

32

MPG (Combined)

28

25

26

25

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

18.0

17.4

19.3

15.9

Range (City/ Highway/ Combined) (miles)

450/594/504

382/539/435

443/598/501

333/508/397

No doubt, the 5 Series has the best in class fuel economy with the Audi A6 trailing not too behind but with its bigger fuel tank, it comes very close to offering a 600-mile highway driving range. The Merc and the Volvo are very similarly matched but the smaller fuel tank in the Volvo does take a toll on the range it gets.

2021 BMW 5 Series Interior

8.7/10

The ambiance inside a BMW looks charismatic with the use of premium leather and wood accents. With smart ergonomics, the cabin is both spacious and calming. The seating position provides you a better view of the road ahead and the dashboard is covered with leather. Also, now you get better connectivity and placement of functions. The intuitive infotainment and the Live cockpit professional make the ride indulging. With the firm leather-wrapped steering, you get paddle shifters as well. Moreover, you have a next-level center console with a stylish gear knob and a mode selector rotary control.

2021 BMW 5 Series Sedan dashboard

The seats at the front are quite comfy. They offer up to 12-way power adjustments, 4-way lumbar support and side bolster support. The rear seat is a 40-20-40 split bench that comes with a foldable seatback. The optional comfort features include heated seats, articulating backrests, massaging lumbar, ventilated seats, Nappa, and Dakota leather upholstery. 

2021 BMW 5 Series Sedan infotainment screen

Models

2021 BMW 5 Series

2021 Mercedes-Benz E Class

2021 Audi A6

2021 Volvo S90

Seating capacity

5

5

5

5

Front row (Headroom/ Shoulder room/ Legroom) inches

38.8/58.7/41.4

37.9/57.8/41.3

38.0/57.8/41.3

37.8/57.5/42.2

Second row (Headroom/ Shoulder room/ Legroom) inches

37.5/55.9/36.5

38.2/56.9/35.8

38.1/56.5/37.4

37.8/55.4/40.4

Trunk capacity (Cubic feet)

14.0

13.1

13.7

13.5

The front row on the 5 Series feels comfortable and it does offer sufficient space, unlike the rear row that feels a bit cramped for 3 people. The Volvo S90 takes advantage of its longer wheelbase and provides proper legroom at the rear. In terms of cargo capacity, the 5 Series’ space isn't much bigger than the rivals but the shape of the boot makes life easy in terms of loading and unloading. Some of the standout Interior features of the Bimmer’s cabin are:

  • Nappa leather upholstery
  • Live cockpit professional
  • Comfortable front sport seats
  • Tri-zone automatic air-conditioning
  • Active steering assist cruise control
  • Voice and gesture control

What's there to keep you entertained?

With the 2021 updates, you will get a bigger 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen display. Now powered by the latest iDrive 7.0 system, the infotainment has a user-friendly interface and is operable through touch, voice command, and or the touchpad controller. The information display has standard features such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, and USB connectivity. There's an AM/FM radio as well as a SiriusXM 360L subscription for 1 year, along with a 4G WiFi hotspot for 3 months.

The infotainment is mated to a HiFi sound system that comes with 12 speakers and a 205W digital amplifier. Moreover, one can avail of the Harman Kardon surround system with 16 speakers setup and a 464W amplifier (standard on the BMW M550i). The Live cockpit professional is an all-digital driver's display that shows real-time vehicle information. Highlights of the infotainment include:

  • 12.3-inch iDrive 7.0 infotainment display
  • Voice command and touchpad controller
  • Apple Carplay and Android Auto
  • Bluetooth and USB connectivity
  • SiriusXM 360L subscription
  • HiFi sound system
  • Harman Kardon surround sound system (optional)

2021 BMW 5 Series Exterior

8.1/10

BMW has updated the 2021 BMW 5 Series to give it a bold stance. The sharper design lines with a sporty yet classy appearance along with the untouched kidney grille look awesome as it is. The all-new LED daytime running headlamps are much better than before. The updated front and rear fascia can be distinguished with the new lights and bumpers. However, BMW has made necessary changes to the beltline and windows to give it a fresh look. 

2021 BMW 5 Series Sedan 

At the back, you get two roaring exhausts designed with chrome. The shark fin antenna and the lip spoiler adds to the design. The exterior gets better with the M sports accessories. The wheel size varies between 18 to 20 inches. You can avail yourself of the metallic paint as well as the shadow line package to make it mesmerizing.

Models

2021 BMW 5 Series

2021 Mercedes-Benz E Class

2021 Audi A6

2021 Volvo S90

Curb weight (lbs)

3,765

3,781

4,101

4,389

Length (inches)

195.8

194.3

194.4

200.4

Width (inches)

73.5

73.7

74.3

74.6

Height (inches)

58.2

57.8

57.4

57.1

Ground clearance (inches)

5.5

4.3

6.5

6.0

Wheelbase (inches)

117.1

115.7

115.1

120.5

Even after being one of the longest sedans, the 530i has the lowest weight yet it isn't as wide as the S90 and the A6. The ground clearance is good enough and can be raised by 0.2 inches with the adaptive suspension. The wide wheelbase balances out the weight evenly on all four wheels for better handling and stability. Some of the standout exterior features include:

  • Black kidney grille
  • LED daytime running headlamps
  • Dual dark chrome tip exhausts
  • Dual spoke aluminum wheels (18,19 and 20 inches)
  • Metallic paint options
  • Shadow line package

2021 BMW 5 Series Safety

9.9/10

The seventh-generation BMW 5 Series shells out the excess weight. In return, it now has a more stiffer and rigid construction with lightweight materials such as high-strength steel, aluminum, and magnesium. To keep the drive safe, the 5 Series is loaded with advanced safety and driver assistance features like:

  • Automatic emergency braking 
  • Forward collision warning 
  • Pedestrian detection 
  • Lane departure warning 
  • Steering assist
  • Blind-spot monitoring system

You get optional safety with the Driver assistance package such as lane keep assist with side collision avoidance, steering assists adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert and traffic jam assist. The parking assistance package adds a 3D surround-view camera and active park distance control. 

2021 BMW 5 Series Competition

9.6/10

2021 BMW 5 Series vs 2021 Mercedes-Benz E Class

When it comes to deciding between a Bimmer and a Merc, the competition is stiff and the case remains the same here. The Mercedes-Benz E-Class offers a roomier cabin and a more posh interior in terms of craftsmanship and the materials used but when it comes to driving dynamics, the Bimmer takes the case hands down with its agility and superb gearbox on offer.

2021 Mercedes-Benz E Class

2021 BMW 5 Series vs 2021 Audi A6

The Audi A6 is stepping up with its performance and capabilities. The cabin experience is on another level as Audi is picking on both BMW and Mercedes but the main differentiating factor is the price - where Audi takes the lead. The Audi also offers AWD as standard and the acceleration is decently quick but again, the Audi isn’t as dynamic as the Bimmer. In terms of interior, the luxury is very similar and it is very hard to tell which is better but Audi’s cabin is roomier.

2021 Audi A6

2021 BMW 5 Series vs 2021 Volvo S90

The Volvo S90 is offering a greater value at an affordable price. It is the largest sedan in the segment. However, it doesn't offer an engaging driving experience like the BMW 5 Series. Moreover, the S90 is limited in features where the 5 Series offers countless of them while one-upping the Volvo in craftsmanship and in-cabin technology. 

2021 Volvo S90

 

2021 BMW 5 Series Final Verdict

8.1/10

The new BMW 5 Series is one of the most dynamic experiences that a luxury brand can offer. With all the right boxes checked, the 5-Series takes on the rivals with a simple yet well-equipped trim line-up that is easy to understand and in no way underpowered vis a vis the competition. The performance is excellent in the base engine, while the upgraded 6-cylinder can satisfy most enthusiasts. The interior is well-crafted and full of the latest luxury amenities that the segment provides. The looks are killer and the safety is on-point by way of advanced engineering and the tech-suite on board; all of these making the 5-Series a very lucrative buy in the price range. 

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