2020 BMW 5 Series

Rating8.5

Ranked #1 in Midsize Sedan

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Starting MSRP 

$56,200 - $61,750

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Key Spec of 2020 BMW 5 Series
fuel economy

22/27/34

fuel type

Premium Unleaded (recommended)

horsepower

335 hp @ 5500 rpm

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

2020 BMW 5 Series Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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It has always been hard for the BMW 5 Series to maintain its level of prestige as it stands between entry-level luxury cars and top-tier performance sedans, and everyone expects nothing but the best of this class. The BMW 5 Series offers superb build quality, a plush ride, and serious performance. Mid-Size sedans in today’s market are pretty huge and as the years pass by every car is getting technological upgrades but the 2020 BMW 5 Series is running out of breath trying to keep up with the competition. 

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ProsConsWhat's New

Comfortable and quiet interior

Still gets faux leather on the base car

Power increased for the M550i model

Vast engine options

High maintenance costs

530e Plug-In hybrid gets a bigger battery pack

Excellent cargo capacity

Still, no Android Auto

Shuffled optional & standard features

Most fuel-efficient in class

Heated front seats and M Sport differential now standard for the M550i trim

Dynamic handling package elevates the driving experience to a whole new level

Live Cockpit Professional receives an upgrade along with navigation

Over All Rating

8.5

Out of 10

Pricing and Features9.00
Pricing and Feature9.00
Features8.70
Engine and Performance7.50
Fuel Economy7.90
Interior8.00
Exterior8.00
Safety9.90
Competition9.00
Notable Rankings

#1 in Midsize Sedan

#2 in Sedan

#2 in Compact Sedan


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Trims

530i$56,200 onwards

540i$59,450 onwards


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2019 BMW 5 Series6

2019 BMW 5 Series Sedan

M550i

$45,821
Est. $622/mo
Excellent Deal
$12,176 Below market
RMV: $57,997
Henrico, VA
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2019 BMW 5 Series28

2019 BMW 5 Series Sedan

530i

$30,888
Est. $419/mo
Excellent Deal
$7,981.5 Below market
RMV: $38,869.5
Torrance, CA
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2020 BMW 5 Series43
Price Drop, $358
Previous Price: $3453021 Jun 2022

2020 BMW 5 Series 530i

530i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

$34,172
Est. $463/mo
Excellent Deal
$8,823.5 Below market
RMV: $42,995.5
Lake City, FL
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2019 BMW 5 Series39
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2019 BMW 5 Series 540i Sedan

540i

$35,995
Est. $488/mo
Excellent Deal
$9,152 Below market
RMV: $45,147
Rowland Heights, CA
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2019 BMW 5 Series38
Price Drop, $941
Previous Price: $3144109 Jun 2022

2019 BMW 5 Series 530i

530i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

$30,500
Est. $414/mo
Excellent Deal
$7,689.5 Below market
RMV: $38,189.5
Fort Lauderdale, FL
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2021 BMW 5 Series29
Price Drop, $2000
Previous Price: $5199521 May 2022

2021 BMW 5 Series 540i

540i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

$49,995
Est. $678/mo
Excellent Deal
$12,000 Below market
RMV: $61,995
Farmingdale, NJ
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2019 BMW 5 Series30
Price Drop, $2000
Previous Price: $3199513 Jun 2022

2019 BMW 5 Series 530i

530i 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

$29,995
Est. $407/mo
Excellent Deal
$6,894 Below market
RMV: $36,889
Ellicott City, MD
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2021 BMW 5 Series39

2021 BMW 5 Series Sedan

530i

$42,995
Est. $583/mo
Excellent Deal
$9,620 Below market
RMV: $52,615
Freeport, NY
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2019 BMW 5 Series43
Price Drop, $1000
Previous Price: $3125524 Jun 2022

2019 BMW 5 Series 530i

530i 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

$30,255
Est. $410/mo
Excellent Deal
$6,769 Below market
RMV: $37,024
Bellerose, NY
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Colors and Styles

2020 BMW 5 Series in Alpine White color
Alpine White

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

Even though the 2020 5-Series doesn't lack features, its way of doing things may not be to everyone's taste. For example, take a look at Mercedes-Benz E-Class or Audi A6’s in-cabin technologies; they feel pretty advanced. Their interior space is pretty much tech-rich and plush. It’s the Jaguar XF and the BMW 530i that are still keeping things simple. It competes against Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A6, and Jaguar XF.

2020 BMW 5 series front angle view
2020 BMW 5 series rear angle view

Features
8.7/10

The 2020 5-Series comes in 4 trims and they are properly divided feature-wise. The base trim 530i comes well equipped with luxury features like automatic climate control, simulated leather upholstery, LED adaptive headlights, iDrive interface with a 10.2-inch touchscreen display, a navigation system, and a smartphone integration. The trim is only available with an inline-4 engine, which helps keep the price down. The Plug-in hybrid variant has the same features as the base trim and that hybrid motor setup. It will be reviewed separately.

540i is the trim where the 5-Series starts showing its mechanical prowess with the standard Turbo inline-6 engine and the rest of the features again remain the same except for the genuine leather upholstery upgrade. The top trim M550i only gets performance upgrades while the cabin stays the same. A 4.4L Twin-Turbo V8 engine comes as standard along with Adaptive M Sport suspension, M sport brakes, 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, Hands-free trunk lid, and upgraded front seats with M sport steering wheel. Looking at this diversification BMW has kept the standard features list to a minimum and the numerous optional packages help customize the car.

Trim

530i

540i

MSRP (RWD)

$53,900

$59,450

MSRP (AWD)

$56,200

$61,750

Key Features

Adaptive LED headlights

In addition to or upgrades to the 530i trim features:

 

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Turbocharged 6-cylinder engine 

 

Synthetic leather upholstery

Premium leather upholstery

 

Sunroof

Adaptive LED headlights

 

10.25 infotainment screen with 12-speaker sound system

 
 

Apple CarPlay, Navigation

 
 

Adaptive cruise control

 

Optional Packages

  • M Sport Package ($4700) – Aerodynamic body kit, M Sport suspension, leather upholstery with heated front seats, 19-inch alloy wheels, faux leather for the dashboard and door panels, summer tires.
  • Executive Package ($3500) – Power rear sunblinds, power door closers, hands-free trunk lid, wireless charging, gesture control infotainment system.
  • Dynamic Handling ($1800) – Adaptive suspension, damper control, M sport brakes, 4-wheel steering.
  • Luxury Seating ($1500) – Ventilated and massage front seats.
  • Driver assistance ($1600) – Active Lane control, adaptive cruise control with stop & go, lane departure warning, traffic jam assist

Which trim should you buy?

Getting the base trim 530i should be the best decision both economy and value-wise. The standard features list gets us the bare minimums and the optional packages complete the cabin. Some might feel like the 2.0L turbo 4 pot is underpowered but the moment you opt for the Inline-6, your finances start crumbling down as you are going to lose fuel economy as well.

Engine and Performance
7.5/10

The 2020 BMW 5-Series comes with a nice array of engines that can satisfy the hunger of every buyer. At the entry-level, you get a 2.0L Turbo inline-4 that produces 248 hp & 258 lb-ft of torque. The base engine is a superior choice for someone who wants ample power for highway cruising as well as urban driving. It also offers decent fuel economy as well. The 3.0L Turbo Inline-6 engine with its 335 horses and 332 lb-ft of torque is a nice boost in power. You get an 8-speed automatic transmission as standard with the option to choose RWD or AWD drivetrain configurations.

The 3L Turbo mill with the Dynamic handling package will be a nice sporty experience, a hint of what the actual M series can offer. The M550i provides the closest M series experience with that Twin-turbo, 4.4L V8 engine, and various performance extras exclusive to this trim. The engine produces a massive 523 hp & 553 lb-ft of torque and comes with AWD as standard. The 8-speed automatic transmission works smoothly with all the engines and provides buttery smooth shifts. The base engine helps the vehicle cover 0-60MPH in just 6 seconds and a quarter-mile in 13.5 seconds.

Models

2020 BMW 530i

2020 Audi A6 45 TFSI

2020 Mercedes-Benz E350

2020 Jaguar XF 25t

MSRP

$53,900

$54,900

$54,050

$51,100

Engine 

2.0L Turbo Inline-4

2.0L Turbo, Gas/Electric Inline-4

2.0L Turbo Inline-4

2.0L Turbo Inline-4

Drivetrain

RWD

AWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

7-speed dual-clutch automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power 

248hp @ 5,200rpm

248hp @ 4,300rpm

255hp @ 5,800rpm

247hp @ 5,500rpm

Torque

258lb-ft @ 1,450rpm

273lb-ft @ 1,600rpm

273lb-ft @ 1,800rpm

269lb-ft @ 1,300rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

6.0

6.7

5.6

6.2

Quarter mile (sec)

13.5

14.7

13.6

13.3

Top Speed (MPH)

155

140

130

121

All cars today come equipped with similar engines but they differ when it comes to engine tunes. Mercedes tried to extract the most from their 2L turbo mill offering the highest power and torque figures. And it also performs best in downright acceleration compared to all others. Audi A6 also offers similar torque figures and it comes with an AWD drivetrain as standard. But its heavyweight drags the acceleration timings down a bit.

How well does the 2020 BMW 5 Series handle?

The 2020 BMW 5-series has good handling characteristics overall but these aren’t performance cars like their M series counterparts and it becomes evident in some areas. The electronic steering’s modern cars provide almost no feedback but are light to operate; this is the best example of over-engineering things. Still, the 5-series will tackle all the corners with the utmost confidence thanks to the plenty of grips the tires offer. The driving modes add a little heft to the steering as you progress from Eco Pro to Sport mode. But the kind of feedback we wanted is still missing. 

The suspension setup on these cars has a fine balance of luxury and sportiness as it is still a luxury car. The ride quality is compliant and relaxing; it is best for long-distance cruising. The adaptive suspension will still feel a little soft for some enthusiasts but if they offer all the handling fun in the base trim what would the M-series offer besides those rumbling V8’s. Overall, the 2020 BMW 5-series is a very well-balanced car that has the best ride quality and handling.

2020 BMW 5 Series Braking Performance

The 2020 BMW 5-Series comes with the best brakes among its rivals which help stop the car from 60 MPH in just 106 feet. The car weighs quite less compared to the competition. While the standard brakes are good enough, opting for the Dynamic Handling packages gets you even better M Sport brakes. The brake bite is instant and that requires some getting used to before you can master the brake control. Moreover, you also have advanced brake assist systems on board to help you in emergency situations.

Models

2020 BMW 530i

2020 Audi A6 45 TFSI

2020 Mercedes-Benz E350

2020 Jaguar XF 25t

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

NA

13.3

12.7

12.8

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

NA

13.0

11.8

12.8

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3746

4101

3792

3590

60-0 MPH (feet)

106

117

110

119

Mercedes-Benz is the closest competitor to BMW in terms of braking performance since they are both lightweight. Audi and Jaguar took the longest strip of the tarmac to stop their respective cars. However, Audi makes use of the latest technology and several driver-assistance features to keep its passengers safe. 

Fuel Economy
7.9/10

The BMW 5-Series offers an array of performance engines, including monstrous V8s for performance and the modest 2.0L engine for maximum fuel efficiency. The base engine returns the best-in-class mileage of 25 MPG in the city and 33 MPG on the highways. 

The turbo Inline-6 engine returns a respectable 22/30/25 MPG in the city/highway/combined driving cycles respectively. The Twin-Turbo V8 sees a further drop of 4 MPG in every category as expected. Overall, we are quite happy with the kind of economy the 2020 5-Series offers, and with a decently sized fuel tank of 18 gallons, it also gets a nice 504 miles of combined range with the base engine.

Models

2020 BMW 530i

2020 Audi A6 45 TFSI

2020 Mercedes-Benz E350

2020 Jaguar XF 25t

MPG (City)

25

24

23

25

MPG (Highway)

33

32

32

34

MPG (Combined)

28

27

26

28

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

18

19.3

17.4

19.5

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

450/594/504

463.2/617.6/521.1

400.2/556.8/452.4

487.5/663/546

The 2020 Jaguar XF delivers almost similar fuel economy compared to the 5-Series and it even does better on the highway. The Jaguar gets the biggest fuel tank of 19.5 gallons making it a great option for long road trips. Mercedes and Audi both have similar and lowest economy numbers but the Benz also lacks fuel storage. While others can do 600 miles or so on a full tank, the Merc can deliver only 550 miles.

Interior
8.0/10

You are all pretty familiar with the BMW interiors and how understated they become the more money you pay. Well, it’s more about substance than just bling-bling style. Everywhere you look in the cabin of the 2020 BMW 5-Series, you'll find soft-touch materials. The standard car has synthetic leather used inside the cabin but that can be easily replaced with a genuine hide for a reasonable price. The technology inside the 5-Series might not blow your mind but it’s the BMW style of interior. 

Getting into the perfect driving position is a breeze with the optional 20-way power-adjustable seats; the standard car gets 16-way power-adjustable seats and that’s already mind-boggling. With such flexibility, there is zero chance that you are not comfy in these. It’s a luxury midsize sedan and so the legroom and headroom on both the passenger rows are plenty. The second-row legroom might see a pinch if the front row passenger adjusts the seats way back but that’s just nitpicking. The heating and ventilation functions on the seats along with ambient lighting make this cabin the best possible space to be in on the roads.

Models

2020 BMW 530i

2020 Audi A6 45 TFSI

2020 Mercedes-Benz E350

2020 Jaguar XF 25t

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.8/58.7/41.4

38/57.8/41.3

37.9/57.8/41.3

37.1/56.9/41.5

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.5/55.9/36.5

38.1/56.5/37.4

38.2/56.9/35.8

37.6/56.4/36.6

Cargo Capacity (cu ft)

18.7

13.7

13.1

17.8

The cabins of all cars today are equally luxurious and while most of them offer a very subtle classy experience the Merc has a bold way of presenting luxury. With those jet engine-styled A/C vents and a flowy dashboard, the E-Class is certainly ahead in the style game. BMW has the most understated cabin and can easily fool a non-car guy but the material choice is what matters in these cars the most. 

The cargo-carrying capacity of the 5-Series is great but the wheel housings interfere with the cargo space. The seats as usual can be folded 40/20/40 split to increase cargo space. The Jaguar XF as well offers a decent amount of trunk but the Audi A6 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class despite being of similar length, offer a tiny trunk. Standout interior features in the 2020 BMW 5 Series are:

  • Ambient carpet lighting 
  • Nappa leather upholstery
  • 20-way power-adjustable seats with heating & ventilation function
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Massaging front seats

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The 530i trim comes with a 10.25-inch touch screen and also a touchpad controller to navigate through menus and a 12-speaker sound system. On the higher trims, the sound system gets an upgrade with a 16-speaker Harman Kardon unit. The system can also be operated via gestures which is an optional extra. 

Like most other luxury cars, the 5-Series lacks full support of smartphone integration, it only gets Apple CarPlay. The 12-speaker setup is more than enough for average music needs and the overall infotainment system is intuitive to use. Optional features include wireless device charging, a Wi-Fi hotspot, a rear-seat entertainment system, Bowers & Wilkins audio system, and a head-up display. Standout infotainment features are:

  • 10.25-inch touch screen
  • 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround sound system
  • Wireless device charging
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Rear-seat entertainment system
  • Bowers & Wilkins audio system
  • Head-up display
Exterior
8.0/10

The 2020 BMW 5-Series has carried over its design because there was no requirement for a design overhaul. The current car looks perfectly fine with a balance of aggression and executive looks. The front end of the car looks great with that chrome-lined grille and signature hexagonal LED headlights. 

The side profile is especially aggressive with a distinct beltline and that hockey-stick-shaped contour along with the side skirts. The wraparound LED taillights and chrome-plated exhaust tip look sporty and elegant enough. Overall the 2020 5-Series still retains that angry monster-type front end we are so fond of.

Models

2020 BMW 530i

2020 Audi A6 45 TFSI

2020 Mercedes-Benz E350

2020 Jaguar XF 25t

Curb Weight (lbs)

3746

4101

3792

3590

Length (inches)

194.6

194.4

193.8

195

Width (inches)

73.5

74.3

72.9

78.2

Height (inches)

58.2

57.4

57.8

57.4

Ground Clearance (inches)

6.2

4.2

3.8

4.1

Wheelbase (inches)

117.1

115.1

115.7

116.5

2020 BMW 5-Series is the tallest among its rivals giving it ample headroom for the second row. The car even gets the best ground clearance as well making it a better choice to tackle some tricky situations if need be. The Jaguar XF is a long and wide luxury sedan that lets it have a better roomier cabin compared to others. Standout exterior features are:

  • Adaptive LED headlights
  • Chrome-plated exhaust tip
  • Soft closing doors
  • Power-folding, heated mirrors
  • Sunroof
Safety
9.9/10

German automakers have prioritized safety, be it BMW or Audi and the 2020 5-Series has put in some solid effort with regards to structural strength. The chassis of the 5-series is derived from the 7Sseries and is made of aluminum alloy for lightweight construction. Even though the NHTSA hasn’t crashed the luxury sedan the IIHS has and it received the Top Safety Pick+ award. The car gets a Good rating for each and every crash category along with the headlights and optional crash prevention system. The active features list as well is pretty satisfactory on the 5-Series, let’s take a look. Standout safety features are:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Forward collision warning with pedestrian detection
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane keep assist
  • Lane departure warning
  • Blind-spot monitor
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • 360-degree parking camera (Optional)
Competition
9.0/10

2020 BMW 5-Series vs 2020 Audi A6

If interior quality and the overall theme are to be compared then both cars are almost on the same page. Audi does have an edge with a virtual cockpit system and multiple displays for the infotainment unit; the rest of the cabin is very understated in both cars. The A6 is more fun to drive compared to the 5-Series thanks to the standard Quattro system but that’s about it in the advantages section. The fuel economy and price differences are not huge that can affect your purchase decision. So, both cars are equally luxurious and safe.

2020 BMW 5-Series vs 2020 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Just like the 5-series, the E-Class as well is designed to let us have the best of both worlds. The E-Class isn’t a true performance car and it isn’t the S-class yet it manages to have a little of both in the E350. The outright acceleration and overall performance on the Mercedes are better than the BMW but the much difference will surely go unnoticed. Summing it up, it now comes down to brand loyalty and the design language, see which one suits your personality better.

2020 BMW 5-Series vs 2020 Jaguar XF

The Jaguar XF is a great luxury sedan with a spacious interior and cargo along with potent engines. But it lacks the interior finesse of its German counterparts. The ride quality of the XF is not that great on bad roads and the engine options as well, lack variety. The only major advantage this car has over its rivals is the interior space and cargo capacity.

Final Verdict

The BMW 5 Series is a perfect blend of performance and luxury that can suit your daily life as well as will let you have some fun on track if you want to. Even with the base engine, the car doesn’t feel slow and the cabin is previously appointed with the highest quality materials for this class. The only car to consider if you really want to have another option, then would be the Audi A6 for its dynamic handling and multiple displays inside the cabin. With the $53900 base price, it isn’t ridiculously expensive and provides everything a buyer would want from a luxury sedan without spending a life's worth of savings.

 

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$59450

body style

4dr Sedan

engine type
displacement

183 cu in

horse power

335 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

331 lb.-ft. @ 1500 rpm

transmission

8-Speed Automatic

dimensions
length

63.9 in

wheelbase

117.1 in

width

73.5 in

curb weight

3942 lbs

Height

58.2 in

Ground Clearance

5.7 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

98.8 cu ft

cargo volume

18.7 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

22/27/34 mpg

highway range

540.00 mi

warranty
basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.


BMW 5 Series 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$62,278
5 Year Cost To Own
$84,614
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $84,614
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$13,002$6,727$5,459$6,177$5,392$36,757
Insurance$1,706$1,740$1,807$1,819$1,957$9,029
Fuel$1,878$1,935$1,969$2,061$2,063$9,906
Maintenance$-46$-17$1,085$3,732$3,588$8,342
Repairs$-35$45$48$1,214$1,779$3,051
Financing Interest$3,832$3,106$2,310$1,419$495$11,162
Taxes and Fees$5,190$387$289$276$225$6,367
Total Cost-To-Own$25,527$13,923$12,967$16,698$15,499$84,614
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