2018 BMW 5 Series Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

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2018 MODEL
$52,650 - $54,950 See Inventory Prices

8.4

Overall Rating

2018 BMW 5 Series plug-in hybrid Sedan Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Debuting the Plug-in series, the 2018 BMW 5 Series continues its handsome and elegant aesthetic with a twist in its efficiency levels. With a dynamic and spirited driving experience, the lavish interiors falls just a tad short of its rivals, but that is nevertheless unhindered thanks to it still being comfortable and plush. It comes with incredibly comfortable seating and a composed ride quality, while also offering a decent cargo space. The technology kitted by the Munich manufacturer is state-of-the art alongside a conventional yet stylish design aesthetic.

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Pros

Spirited driving dynamics

Composed and athletic ride

Powerful and frugal powertrain

Ultra-modern technology

Comfortable seating

Cons

Expensive

Some interior materials feel better on rivals

What's New?

The 5-series Plug-in hybrid is a newly introduced model for the 2018 variant.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$52650

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu. in.

horsepower

180 hp @ 4000 rpm

torque

255 lb.-ft. @ 1800 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic

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

99 cu ft.

cargo volume

14.5 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.1 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.5 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr./ unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr./ unlimited



Styles

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Almandine Brown Metallic

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine

7.9

Fuel Economy

7.9

Interior

8.6

Exterior

8.1

8.4

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 BMW 5 Series plug-in hybrid Sedan 530e xDrive iPerformance

530e xDrive iPerformance

power
180 hp @ 4000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
29 combined

$52,650 - $54,950


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
530e iPerformance 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) Starting at $52,650 MSRP (29 mpg/) 2premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive N/A
530e xDrive iPerformance 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) Starting at $54,950 MSRP (28 mpg/) 2premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive N/A

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial December 21, 2018

8.4

Overall Rating


There are plenty of competition out there in the market; some are set against proper competitors but for this review, we have chosen to be a tad different. Comparing the Mercedes Benz C-Class Plug-in Hybrid, and the Lexus ES 300h Hybrid, this unorthodox list of rivalry pitted against the Beemer is rather interesting for you get plenty of similarities for a class below the 530e. Without further ado, let us take a ride down the review lane and find out where the BMW 5 Series PHEV stands.


8.0/10
Features

 

7.9/10
Engine

 

7.9/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.6/10
Interior

 

8.1/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

2018 BMW 5 Series plug-in hybrid Sedan Features

8.0/10

With the 5-Series Plug-in Hybrid, BMW offers 2 trims where the only different is xDrive system, the marque's all-wheel drive variant. Starting at $52,650, the 530e is propelled via the rear-wheels and comes with a turbocharged engine that displaces 2.0L and 4-cylinders in conjunction with a 9.2 kwh battery. The engine and motor is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and together, the powertrain churns out 248 horses and 310 pound-feet of torque. With an only-electric driving range of 15 miles, it also delivers an efficient fuel economy.

The 5-Series is a luxurious class and as a result, there are plenty of standard features and a remarkable list of technology provided in the sedan. In addition, BMW provides plenty of options to further kit up the 5-series as to your liking. Further, there are plenty of active and passive safety equipments that prevent crashes or collisions.

Trims 530e iPerformance 530e xDrive iPerformance
MSRP $52,650 $54,950
Features 530e come pretty nicely equipped from the start with Features same as 530e Plus:
  LED adaptive headlights  All Wheel Drive System
  18-inch wheels, and driver-selectable vehicle settings to alter steering  
  Transmission response and throttle calibration.  
  They also include power-folding and heated mirrors (the driver's side has auto dimming)  
  Automatic wipers, a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable steering wheel  
  Power-adjustable front sport seats, driver-seat memory functions  
  40/20/40-split folding rear seat and simulated leather upholstery.  

We recommend

Offered in a single trim, the BMW 5 Series PHEV comes with plenty of features that should keep you content; otherwise as per your liking, you can always further kit the sedan with optional features and/or available packages. However, if not, we recommend buying the xDrive variant for better traction and a more enthusiastic driving experience.

2018 BMW 5 Series plug-in hybrid Sedan Engine

7.9/10

If the driving experience is truly important to you, then the 530i is a sedan to consider. With the exception of upgraded brakes, this BMW doesn't rely on sheer horsepower or road grip to sling it around corners. What you get instead is a package that feels extremely well-rounded, which is betterinch -edmunds

Behind the newly introduced hybrid's kidney-grill sits a turbocharged 2.0L with an inline-4 cylinders that is paired to a 9.2 kwh battery and electric motor; as for its transmission, the engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The amalgamation of a combustion engine and the motor with the gearbox spurts out 248 horses and 310 pulling-forces with efficiency and performance in spirit.

With the BMW 530e, the unprecedented, spirited driving dynamics of the Bavarian is very much at the heart of even this Plug-in variant where an all-rounder package just awaits resonance. Butter smooth and responsive gearshifts coexist with a quick and punchy engine rear-wheel driven drivetrain.

In the competition, the Mercedes Benz C-Class Plug-in Hybrid produces the highest output in the field while the Lexus ES 300h sits between the Beemer and the Merc. However, the BMW stands in the mix right between these two sedans.

Models

BMW 530e iperformance Plug-in Hybrid

Lexus ES 300h Hybrid

Mercedes-Benz C 350e Plug-In Hybrid

MSRP

$52,650

$41,820

$47,900

Engine

2.0L l4

2.5L DOHC I4

2.0L Turbo I4 + Plug-in Hybrid Motor

Transmission

8-speed Automatic

2-Speed Automatic

7-Speed Automatic

Power

248 hp

200 hp

275hp

Torque

310 lb-ft

156 lb-ft

443 lb-ft

Acceleration

Zipping from the stop-go, the hybrid BMW 530e quickly propels its wheels when jabbed on the throttle, producing a strong performance from 0-60 mph in 6s. The quarter mile is driven in 14.9s, putting the Beemer by the side of the Silver Arrow, which is the quickest of the lot and beats the Bavarian sedan by almost a second in the quarter mile. On the other hand, the Lexus ES translates the available power and synonymous to the output, brings home its hybrid 4-door slowest of the lot.

Models

BMW 530e iperformance Plug-in Hybrid

Lexus ES 300h Hybrid

Mercedes-Benz C 350e Plug-In Hybrid

0-60 MPH

6.0

8.1 sec

5.8 sec

Quarter mile

14.9

15.9 sec

14.0 sec

Engine

2.0 L

2.5L

2.0L Hybrid

Emission

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

N/A

N/A

N/A

Handling and Braking

BMWs are renowned for their driving dynamics, and with the 530e, the handling and enthusiastic ride still put it on a pedestal different from the rest. The comfortable ride quality complements the spirited and dynamic handling capability, along with plenty of sporty touch. BMW 530e's athleticism is incredibly balanced with a lush driving form, and additional to such niceties, its steering feels remarkably weighted, though there is a tad hefty feel.

However the feedback it provides is quite good and noticeable. Solid cornering ability produces little to no body roll, and swerving around chicanes prove effortless. Driving over bumps are plain-sailing, paralleling smooth plus pleasurable experience.

The newly introduced sedan doesn't however bring along an upgrade in its brakes. Despite such a fact, the BMW 530e still brings home its hybrid sedan from 60-0 mph in 124 feet, a respectable performance considering its weight and size. Its brake feel is uber smooth, with incredible feedback and powerful enough to deliver. The Mercedes C-Class is yet again the quickest of the lot, taking 113 feet to come to a standstill from 60-0 mph while the Lexus is at par with the Beemer.

Model

BMW 530e iperformance Plug-in Hybrid

Lexus ES 300h Hybrid

Mercedes-Benz C 350e Plug-In Hybrid

Brake Front(in)

N/A

11.6

13.0

Brake Rear(in)

N/A

11.0

11.8

Curb weight(lbs)

4266

3682

3924

60-0 MPH (ft.)

124

125

113

2018 BMW 5 Series plug-in hybrid Sedan Fuel Economy

7.9/10

With an incredible driving experience, the BMW 530e also has its focus on efficiency and that depicts true in the real world in relative to its gasoline variants. The sedan takes 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. However in comparison to the rivals, both the Lexus and Mercedes score higher points with the Silver Arrow providing the highest highway mpg.

Model

BMW 530e iperformance Plug-in Hybrid

Lexus ES 300h Hybrid

Mercedes-Benz C 350e Plug-In Hybrid

MPG city

28

40

45 eMPG

MPG highway

34

39

61 eMPG

MPG combined

N/A

40

N/A

2018 BMW 5 Series plug-in hybrid Sedan Interior

8.6/10

The 2018 BMW 5-Series is exceptionally quiet and comfortable, befitting its luxury price tag.inch -thecarconnection

Starting off this section, it is noteworthy a point to remember some rivals offer better quality interior, but that is not to say the 2018 BMW 5 series Plug-in Hybrid is anything below superiority; it just could have been much better. In compliance to the aforementioned fact, ojbectively speaking,

Accenting a sophisticated styling, there are upscale materials abound the dash, with synthetic-leather upholstery, wooden trim and host of high-quality plastic. On the other hand, plentiful selection of controls bind the interior and their respective functions require a learning curve. Ample headroom and legspace makes up the cabin, but taller passengers may feel slightly cramped at the rear seats due to lack of enough legroom.

The seating is plush and offer adequate support and adjustable positions. Except of a slight road noise that creeps in from time to time, the PHEV sedan produces engine and wind noise on the lower side when seated, thanks to the apt installation of its noise insulation.

Interior Features

Some interior features found on the BMW 530e are -

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Power-adjustable steering wheel
  • power-adjustable front sport seats
  • Driver-seat memory functions
  • 40/20/40-split folding rear seat

Model

BMW 530e iperformance Plug-in Hybrid

Lexus ES 300h Hybrid

Mercedes-Benz C 350e Plug-In Hybrid

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

Passenger Volume (ft.cube)

N/A

100.1

88.2

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.8/58.7/41.4

37.5/57.6/41.9

40.9/55.3/41.7

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.5/55.9/36.5

37.5/55.0/40.0

37.1/55/35.2

Infotainment System

The 5 Series comes with an extraordinary 10.2-inch iDrive infotainment system that is controlled via knob and button-based touchpad controller. iDrive interface is quite technologically advanced with an interactive design and user-friendly features. The controller works as intended, rendering smooth performance of the system. Some of the features found in the infotainment system are -

  • Navigation system
  • Bluetooth
  • 12-speaker sound system
  • 2 USB ports
  • BMW emergency services

Cargo volume

As in numerous PHEV cars, the battery pack takes considerable space in the BMW 5 Series, however despite such a fact, the 530e allows housing 14.5 cubic feet of cargo space that is quite a respectable task. With 40/20/40-split rear folding seats, you can always find that extra space to squeeze out. The Lexus es 300h follows the Beemer, coming second at 12.1 cubic feet, while the lowest of the lot is held by the C-Class with 11.8 cubic feet.

Model

BMW 530e iperformance Plug-in Hybrid

Lexus ES 300h Hybrid

Mercedes-Benz C 350e Plug-In Hybrid

Volume (cube ft.)

14.5

12.1

11.8

2018 BMW 5 Series plug-in hybrid Sedan Exterior

8.1/10

The 2018 BMW 5-Series gets a technophile and a brute added to the lineup this year, but otherwise stays the same.inch -thecarconnection

Bringing design cues from the gasoline variants, the BMW 5 Series embodies a sleek and sophisticated body with kidney-grilles and sharp front fascia. Contoured edges make up the hood, the chiseled framework looks sedated throughout its design with a nice, tapering roofline sparking a beautiful design, as the brand mostly incorporates.

Having said that, on the downside, its styling does not feel too ambitious, consequently hindering it standing out from the crowd; rather there is a blend of a conventional fashion the sedan is tailored into. The long 194-inched sedan, sitting 5.9inch from the ground, it houses quality outlook with a host of lavish features fitted on the body.

Exterior Features

The BMW 530e comes with some of the following exterior features -

  • 18-inch wheels
  • Adaptive LED Headlights
  • Power-folding and heated mirrors
  • Sunroof
  • Automatic wipers

Model

BMW 530e iperformance Plug-in Hybrid

Lexus ES 300h Hybrid

Mercedes-Benz C 350e Plug-In Hybrid

curb weight(lbs)

4266

3682

3924

Length(in)

194.6

193.3

184.5

Width(in)

73.5

71.7

71.3

Height(in)

58.4

57.1

56.8

Ground clearance(in)

5.9

6.0

4.8

Wheel base(in)

117.1

110.0

111.4

Track width(in) F/R

63.1/64.2

62.6/62.0

61.5/60.9

2018 BMW 5 Series plug-in hybrid Sedan Safety

The 2018 BMW 530e is yet to be rated by the NHTSA and the IIHS, however it comes horded with immense number of active and passive safety tech. Some of them include -

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS and Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver and Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • BMW Assist eCall Emergency Sos
  • Forward Collision
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver and Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap and Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point and Pretensioners
  • Back-Up Camera

2018 BMW 5 Series plug-in hybrid Sedan Competition

BMW 5 Series Plug-in hybrid vs Lexus ES 300h

The Lexus 300h is priced almost 10 grand lower than the BMW 5 series, and it shows in its quality of materials used and features offered. Rivalling the German, the Japanese sedan consistently scores lower points in many aspects, however due to its smaller engine and output consequently produces better fuel efficiency. Nonetheless, the bavarian spurts incredible performance coupled with dynamic handling and sporty ride. The conclusion does not depose the Lexus; it is a great sedan, but if you do have the money, investing in the Beemer is a far better option.

BMW 5 Series vs Mercedes C-Class Plug-in Hybrid

Comparing the Germans, the C-Class springs forward in almost every aspect except of its cargo volume and the technology. Quite simply, BMW 5 Series offers incredible and spirited driving dynamics and an experience, however the Mercedes costs considerably lower than the Beemer and comes with almost similar features and equipments. Consider the Mercedes for you get similar experiences, unless you want a sporty sedan with comfort, then the BMW is the car for you.

2018 BMW 5 Series plug-in hybrid Sedan Final Verdict

The BMW 5 Series has plenty of positives going around for it; it provides lavish interior with plush ride quality and a spirited handler. Under the hood, its performance is powerful enough even with an efficient and a hybrid powertrain. The technology provided is advanced and a notch above. Where the flaws come to show up are its half-a-thousand-dollar bill and its subpar interior materials as compared to some of its rivals who surprisingly-relatively speaking, leap ahead. Despite such a notion, we believe the BMW 5 Series Plug-in Hybrid is an exceptional sedan and deserves a test drive, if not for purchase.