BMW 530e 2021
The 5 Series BMW is one of the most popular luxury sedans in the world. What was once preferred to be powered by straight six-cylinder engines and then switched to economical diesels has a new favorite: the plug-in hybrids.
How would BMW like an electric sedan in the luxury class that is lagging behind the aging Model S from Tesla, quickly overtaking it and thus gaining a notable lead over the German premium competition. After all, the Mercedes EQE and Audi E6 are just as much a long time coming as the international competition. The BMW 530e must continue to do this, and with the facelift it got a powerful brother. If the less spectacular four-cylinder turbo is not enough as the basic engine, you can draw on the full potential in the future, because unlike the competition, BMW also offers the combination of in-line six-cylinder and electric motor with the 545e, which appeals to both mind and heart. So far, this has only been available on the larger models of the 7 and X5 series.
But most customers will opt for the little brother in the form of the BMW 530e, just because of the price structure, which does not have the image of a six-cylinder, but shines with performance that make the tax advantages and subsidies that are currently available even more attractive. After three successful years, the look of the facelift has changed only a few components such as the LED light units and body details. The familiar operating and display elements migrated from the BMW 7 Series and X7 to the refreshed 5 Series. In addition to the display behind the steering wheel, which is also new, there is a 10.25-inch display panel for navigation and the numerous functions, which can optionally be increased to a contemporary 12.3-inch. The front seats are also new and are available as sports, normal or air-conditioned comfort seats. Available for the first time: a chic synthetic leather chair.
As of this model year, the four- and six-cylinder engines will be equipped with a 48-volt electrical system, which is intended to significantly reduce consumption. The starter generator relieves the combustion engine with an additional output of 8 kW / 11 PS, boosts it when necessary and, last but not least, also reduces real consumption. The BMW 530e – which is offered with the same performance in China as the long wheelbase of the 535 Le – has a noticeably higher boost output than the variants with a starter generator. The engine power and battery pack remained unchanged compared to the previous model. The total output provided by the two-liter turbo engine (135 kW / 184 PS) and the electric module (80 kW / 109 PS) built into the transmission bell housing remains unchanged at 215 kW / 292 PS. The customer has the choice of sedan or station wagon as well as rear-wheel drive and the recommended all-wheel drive, which adds just 60 kilograms of weight, but makes Bavaria better than ever. For the first time, the two 5-series versions with plug-in drive are also available with rear-axle steering, which offers more dynamism when driving at high speeds and greater maneuverability in the city.
The 4.96 meter long BMW 530e is well motorized with the less emotional four-cylinder despite an empty weight of 1,910 kilograms, not least due to 420 Nm maximum torque, although the torque of a 530d or even stronger model is missing, which is still the ideal cast in this class represents. The sport mode ensures a better sound from the two-liter engine, in which a sound module is activated and the occupants are led to believe that the small engine would sound richer, more powerful and more sonorous. It doesn’t have to be, but it’s certainly a temptation for one or the other customer due to the sports mode that can be switched on and off. However, the sound has no effect on the driving performance, which with a top speed of 235 km / h is just as solid as the image sprint from 0 to 100 km / h in 5.9 seconds. The standard consumption of the Bavarian upper class model is 1.7 liters of super or 13.8 kWh per 100 kilometers. The BMW 530e can cover a distance of 58 kilometers purely electrically – not gigantic, but probably sufficient for many customers. The Bavarian is only electric at 140 km / h. It takes around three and a half hours to fully charge the battery from a 3.7 kW socket.
This should also apply to the cargo space, which is manageable in the plug-in hybrids with 410 liters. The battery pack with its 12 kWh is hidden under the rear seat system; Nevertheless, adults can find enough space in the back seats. However, the seats in the rear could be a little softer and thus offer a better level of comfort. It looks better at the front, where the comfort seats offer the best lateral support and exemplary comfort on long journeys. The fact that the displays are slightly larger and that operation remains as simple as it always has been pleases the driver and passengers alike. The base price for the moderately equipped BMW 530e is 54,783 euros. Anyone who chooses the sensible all-wheel drive and opts for appropriate comfort and safety equipment at the upper class level pushes the real price of the BMW 530e xDrive to more than 70,000 euros – that’s where the sales bonus and tax breaks come in handy.