2019 BMW 5 Series

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$53,400 - $61,250 See Inventory Prices

8.9

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2019 BMW 5 Series Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

The 5-series sedan is one of the most sought after models in the BMW lineup. For 2019, the sedan 's upgrades are not just limited to the hunkier bodywork, but also some new technology and safety features and an exciting list of drivetrain options to choose from. While the 5-series fits perfectly between the 3-series and the 7-series, you could say it has now taken the best from both worlds. Mind-bending performance from the 3 and extravagant luxury from the 7.

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Pros

Wide range of powerful and efficient engines

Leader in tech department

Interior cabin is quiet and comfortable

Exceptional trunk capacity

Cons

Bids farewell to the diesel engine

Price rises rapidly with options

What's New?

Apple CarPlay is standard on all models (subscription-based)

The diesel-powered 540d has been discontinued

Some formerly optional advanced safety features are standard


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$53400

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

182

horsepower

405 hp @ 5230 rpm

torque

258 lb.-ft. @ 1450 rpm

transmission

6-speed manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

106 in.

length

176.2 in.

width

73 in.

height

55.5 in.

curb weight

3600 lbs.

ground clearance

4.8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

38.8 cu ft.

payload capacity

860 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/20/25 mpg

ev range

432 mi.

highway range

342.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

4 years/50000 miles

powertrain warranty

4 years/50000mi.

corrosion warranty

12 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr./ Unlimited mi.


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Styles

 2019 BMW 5 Series in Alpine White color  2019 BMW 5 Series in Atlas Cedar Metallic color  2019 BMW 5 Series in Black Sapphire Metallic color  2019 BMW 5 Series in Carbon Black Metallic color  2019 BMW 5 Series in Dark Graphite Metallic color  2019 BMW 5 Series in Jet Black Metallic color
Alpine White

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Ratings

Engine

9.0

Interior

8.7

8.9

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 BMW 5 Series 530i

530i

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

$53,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
530i 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $53,400 MSRP (24 mpg/27/34 mpg) 248 hp @ 5200 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 5   Black Sapphire Metallic
  Mediterranean Blue Metallic
  Imperial Blue Metallic
  Cashmere Silver Metallic
  Bluestone Metallic
  Jet Black
  Alpine White

 2019 BMW 5 Series 530i xDrive

530i xDrive

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

$55,700


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
530i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $55,700 MSRP (23 mpg/27/33 mpg) 248 hp @ 5200 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5   Black Sapphire Metallic
  Mediterranean Blue Metallic
  Imperial Blue Metallic
  Cashmere Silver Metallic
  Bluestone Metallic
  Jet Black
  Alpine White

 2019 BMW 5 Series 540i

540i

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

$58,950


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
540i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $58,950 MSRP (21 mpg/24/30 mpg) 335 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3 L, I-6, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 5   Black Sapphire Metallic
  Mediterranean Blue Metallic
  Imperial Blue Metallic
  Cashmere Silver Metallic
  Bluestone Metallic
  Jet Black
  Alpine White

 2019 BMW 5 Series 540i xDrive

540i xDrive

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

$61,250


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
540i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $61,250 MSRP (20 mpg/23/29 mpg) 335 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3 L, I-6, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5   Black Sapphire Metallic
  Mediterranean Blue Metallic
  Imperial Blue Metallic
  Cashmere Silver Metallic
  Bluestone Metallic
  Jet Black
  Alpine White

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8.7/10

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MPG: 24 combined

Expert Review


CARHP Editorial February 28, 2019

8.9

Overall Rating


From a long list of drivetrain configurations to choose from, despite the diesel engine being discontinued, the 5-series can be tailor made to orders. While the basic 530i still has the thrifty 2.0L inline-4, the 3.0L V6 in the 540i gets a power bump, as well as the M550i, whose twin-turbo V8 transforms the stately sedan into a muscle maniac.

While the changes may not be revolutionary, several minor changes add up and make the 5-series a game changer. With features like voice recognition system, 3D simulation and many other semi-autonomous features, the BMW 5-series is a potentially fatal threat to the competitors like the Audi A6, Volvo S90 and the Jaguar XF sedans. Let’s see if the 5-series is really as fearsome as BMW has led us to believe.


 

9.0/10
Engine

 
 

8.7/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 BMW 5 Series Features

BMW trims and features

Trims

530i

530e iPerformance

540i

M550i xDrive

MSRP

$53,400

$53,400

$58,950

$74,450

Features

  • Leatherette Upholstery
  • 12-Way Power Driver Seat
  • 12-Way Power Passenger Seat
  • Remote Keyless Power Door Locks
  • 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
  • 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

The base 530i variant is packed with a 2-litre 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-litre inline-6 cylinder engine. An option of all-wheel drive(AWD) is offered with 540i.

The 530e xDrive plug-in hybrid features a 2-litre inline-4 turbocharged engine and an eDrive electric motor to produce a maximum power of 248 hp. The 530e iPerformance variant also offers an option of all-wheel-drive(AWD) for a more exciting ride at the cost of efficiency. The beast M550i xDrive is powered by the humongous 4.4-litre turbocharged V8 engine that churns out 456 hp.

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Replacing the 530i, the 530e is now the most desirable trim in the line-up. With a silent plugin-hybrid powertrain, the sedan cruises in a stately silence with power when you need it. If the inline-4 is not to your liking, the 540i is also a very impressive machine in the BMW trim ladder with not only more power, but also more features and better leather upholstery for you.

2019 BMW 5 Series Engine

9.0/10

The weight of the steering builds predictably but feels light on normal and comfort settings. In sportier modes, the steering and suspension work in concert to bring drivers closer to the road and in the middle of the car's center of gravity - Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

BMW has opened a full catalog in front of customers with several engine and drivetrain options to choose from. The 2019 BMW base variant 530i is powered by the 2-litre 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.

The 2019 BMW 5-series lies at the bottom of the points table when it comes to torque and is just inches ahead of Jaguar XF in power though it uses an engine of similar size and costs at least 2 grands more than all its competitors.

Model

BMW 5-series (530i)

Volvo S90 (T5 Momentum)

Jaguar XF (Base)

Audi A6 Premium (2.0 TFSI)

MSRP

$53,400

$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

Acceleration

Despite its poor performance in terms of torque and power, the 2019 BMW 5-series shows top-notch performance in terms of acceleration. 530i 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 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 2019 BMW 530i is surely not a high-performance machine but it is a car with 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 while the Volvo 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.

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

2019 BMW 5 Series Fuel Economy

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

2019 BMW 5 Series Interior

8.7/10

The front seats are spacious and are upgradeable to heated, cooled, and massaging affairs that can be 20-way adjustable with soft nappa leather. In back, the split-folding rear seat is comfortable, especially at the outboard positions. Three adults across is possible; we've done it for several hours even. - Car and Driver

Seating and comfort

The interior of 2019 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 2019 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.

2019 BMW 5 Series Exterior

The 5-Series cribs some of the looks of the 7-Series, but gets its own details: sharper door creases, and chromed exhaust ports that finish off the 5-Series in its own way. - Car Connection

The 2019 BMW 5-series 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.

Dimensions

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

The 2019 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 aluminium chassis which gives it unmatched acceleration and handling yet stable and strong build quality.

Exterior Features

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

2019 BMW 5 Series Safety

The 2019 BMW 740i 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).

2019 BMW 5 Series has earned Top Safety Pick + rating from IIHS which is the best possible rating

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

2019 BMW 5 Series Competition

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 better base package than that of BMW's with all the essential features like parking assist, remote locking and smartphone integrated infotainment system at 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 2019 BMW 5-series.

Audi A6 L
The Audi A6 L 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.

Jaguar XF
The Jaguar surely is a complete package on its own with 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.

2019 BMW 5 Series Final Verdict

The 2019 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 makes up for it.
So, if you're looking for a good car around 50 grands and won't mind spending some more money on the lucrative add-on packages, this car is waiting for you.