2017 BMW 5 Series

#44
in Midsize sedans
2017 MODEL
$51,200 - $58,750 See Inventory Prices

8.2

Overall Rating

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Detailed Review

The 2018 BMW 5-Series offers a long list of options to choose from. The traditional 530i carries the same 2-liter engine as last year. The 540i comes packed with a 3-liter more 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 game with a dual-turbocharged V8 engine which brings it a lot closer to the BMW M6

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Pros

An array of innovative technology

Fuel-efficient powerful engine

Large size

Cons

Boring design styling

What's New?

All new model for this year


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$51200

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

155 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu. in.

horsepower

248 hp @ 5200 rpm

torque

258 lb.-ft. @ 1450 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

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

58.2 in.

curb weight

3746 lbs.

ground clearance

5.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

98.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

18.7 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

24/27/34 mpg

highway range

612 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

4 years/50000 miles

corrosion warranty

12 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

yes



Styles

 2017 BMW 5 Series in Mineral White Metallic color  2017 BMW 5 Series in Mediterranean Blue Metallic color  2017 BMW 5 Series in Jatoba Brown Metallic color  2017 BMW 5 Series in Imperial Blue Metallic color  2017 BMW 5 Series in Glacier Silver Metallic color  2017 BMW 5 Series in Bluestone Metallic color  2017 BMW 5 Series in Black Sapphire Metallic color  2017 BMW 5 Series in Atlas Cedar Metallic color
Mineral White Metallic

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Ratings

Features

7.7

Engine

8.2

Fuel Economy

7.7

Interior

8.5

Exterior

8.3

Safety

8.3

Driving

8.9

Comfort

8.3

8.2

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 BMW 5 Series 530i

530i

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

$51,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
530i 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $51,200 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 NA

 2017 BMW 5 Series 530i xDrive

530i xDrive

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

$53,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
530i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $53,500 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 NA

 2017 BMW 5 Series 540i

540i

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

$56,450


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
540i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $56,450 MSRP (20/24/30) 335 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3 L, I6, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 BMW 5 Series 540i xDrive

540i xDrive

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

$58,750


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
540i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $58,750 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 NA

Expert Review


CARHP Editorial April 9, 2019

8.2

Overall Rating


7.7/10
Features

 

8.2/10
Engine

 

7.7/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.5/10
Interior

 

8.3/10
Exterior

 

8.3/10
Safety

 
 
 

The 2018 BMW 5-series offers great efficiency along with the effortless handling, impressive driving dynamics and stout acceleration.

2017 BMW 5 Series Features

7.7/10

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 540i.

Trims

530i

540i

540d xDrive

MSRP

$52,650

$58,200

$62,000

Key Features

2-liter Turbocharged Inline-4 Gasoline Engine 3-liter Turbocharged Inline-6 Gasoline Engine 3-liter Turbocharged Inline-6 Diesel Engine

Leatherette Upholstery

Adds to or replaces features offered on 530i

Same features as 540i
12-Way Power Driver Seat 16-Way Power Driver Seat  
12-Way Power Passenger Seat 16-Way Power Passenger Seat  
Remote Keyless Power Door Locks
 
   
12 Speaker Audio System    

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The 540i has the best combination of features with the most lucrative price. The powerful yet efficient engine which makes it worth paying a little more money.

2017 BMW 5 Series Engine

8.2/10

Smooth, powerful, and efficient, both the four-cylinder in the 530i and the six-cylinder in the 540i motivate this big sedan with authority. Each pairs with an eight-speed automatic transmission that shifts intuitively and quickly, making the most of the available power. - Car and Driver

Engine and Transmission

BMW has opened a full catalog in front of customers with several engine and drivetrain options to choose from. The base 530i variant 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. It is paired with the 8-speed automatic transmission 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 5-series lies at the bottom of the table when it comes to torque, 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 530i shows top-notch performance in terms of acceleration. The Beemer pulls up from 0-60 in just 6 sec which is fastest in the segment. Taking advantage of the legacy of lighter craftsmanship that comes with the brand, the 7-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

The Jag falls a little behind of the BMW in terms of outright acceleration but then pulls ahead after a while. As for the eco-conscious buyer, the XF and the A6 are the ones with the least carbon emissions.

Handling and Ride

The 5-series sedan is surely not a high-performance machine but it is a car with a solid focus on handling. The sedan offers snappy handling and shows quick movements even on tough turns. The steering is amazing but not as responsive as the M6. The sport mode works just fine but the comfort mode is feels more premium, matching the luxury of a 7-series sedan. Being a BMW it definitely justifies their signature line- "Sheer driving pleasure".

The 5-series is supreme when it comes to ride quality. The cabin space, ventilation, heated seats and climate control everything seems perfect. The cabin is quiet enough unless you're on city roads at peak hours and traffic noise is real high. The rear cabin is spacious with ample headroom and legroom.

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 106ft which is also the best in the segment.

Model

BMW 5-series (530i)

Volvo S90 (T5 Momentum)

Jaguar XF (Base)

Audi A6 Premium (2.0 TFSI)

60 to 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

The S90 being a bit lazy hits the bottom of the table. The ABS helps in maintaining the car's stability and composure even when one goes hard on the pedal.
 

2017 BMW 5 Series Fuel Economy

7.7/10

The BMW 530i maintains a combined fuel economy of 29 mpg which helps it share the podium of the table with Audi A6. Despite of pretty good economy figures on 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)

29

27

28

29

2017 BMW 5 Series Interior

8.5/10

"Continuing the evolutionary progression established by the exterior styling, the cabin's design theme bears close resemblance to that of the outgoing car. The dashboard is mounted a bit lower, but the arrangement of the center stack is very similar." - Edmunds

Seating and comfort

The interior of 2017 BMW 5-series is surely exquisite. The dual tone leather and tasteful use of chrome at minute places like air vents and knobs shows 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. Heated armrests in front and rear, ambient carpet lighting and futuristically designed customizable dashboard doesn't just look amazing but also works fluently with every move of the passenger.

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 points table.

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


Cargo/Trunk Volume

The clever design of BMW 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 trunk which is largest in the segment after Jaguar XF.

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

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 and Wi-Fi connectivity, a wireless Qi charging station, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, and a number of Internet-connected features that work online or with special BMW apps. The sound output produces an immersive surround sound experience which is pretty amazing as compared to its competitors. However, BMW lacks the essential smartphone integration options. The Apple CarPlay is offered as an add-on which increases the price of the car while Android Auto and MirrorLink are not available even as an add-on.

2017 BMW 5 Series Exterior

8.3/10

"We'll call the new 5 Series' exterior styling an evolution rather than a revolution. Dimensionally, it's only slightly bigger than the model it replaces - 1.2 inches longer and just fractionally wider and taller." - Kelley Blue Book

Dimensions and Weight

The BMW almost carries over the same look and style as that of its predecessor. The only notable differences are the kidney grilles and a super sexy profile line which runs down the doors. The signature dual chrome grilles and projector headlamps pose an overall aggressive look. The rear chrome exhausts and wrap-around tail lights look super sporty and certainly look better than all its rivals.

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

Volvo has endowed the S90 with the largest wheelbase in the class, significantly larger than the Beemer. It is also the heaviest in this segment.

Exterior Features

  • Adaptive LED headlights with automatic high beams
  • Automatic windshield wipers
  • Remote parking
  • Keyless entry
  • 3-D image representation of car

2017 BMW 5 Series Safety

8.3/10

The 2018 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

The 5-series has passed the crash test from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) with flying colours across the board; however, it has yet to be tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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 Prevention and Mitigation

Front prevention

Superior

Headlights

Good

Child Seat Anchors (LATCH)

Acceptable

2017 BMW 5 Series Competition

BMW 5-series vs Volvo S90

The S90 comes loaded with a similar sized engine that produces the same power and torque as that of a BMW's. The Volvo has 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 530i.

BMW 5-series vs Audi A6 L

The A6 is powered by a 2-litre 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. Also, it has less features than the loaded Bavarian monster.

2017 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, this car is waiting for you.