Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • 20GB Hard drive
  • BMW emergency call
  • BMW Online services
  • Digital cockpit
  • eDrive Services
  • Front/rear Parking distance control
  • iDrive controller and display with 10.2" colour display monitor
  • Navigation System Professional Multimedia
  • On board computer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Personal Profile
  • Real time traffic information
  • Service interval indicator
  • Servotronic PAS
  • Speed limiter
  • Voice control system

Entertainment

  • Auxiliary input socket
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • BMW professional radio/CD/MP3
  • DAB Digital radio
  • USB socket

Exterior Features

  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Body coloured door mirrors
  • Body coloured side sills
  • Chrome exhaust tailpipes
  • Chrome kidney grille
  • Dynamic brake lights
  • Electric + heated aspheric door mirrors
  • Electric front and rear windows with fingertip open/close + anti-trap all round
  • Follow me home headlights
  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • Illuminated door handles
  • Individual door sill finishers
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Rain sensor with auto light activation system

Interior Features

  • 12V socket in rear centre console
  • 3 spoke sport leather steering wheel
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Anthracite Velour floor mats
  • Dakota leather upholstery
  • Front centre armrest
  • Front cupholders x 2
  • Front footwell lights
  • Front reading lights
  • Gearshift paddles
  • Heated front seats
  • Illuminated glovebox with lock
  • Isofix rear child seat preparation
  • Multi-function controls for steering wheel
  • Reach + rake adjustable steering column
  • Rear centre armrest with 2 cupholders + storage
  • Rear footwell lights
  • Rear headrests

Safety

  • ABS/EBD
  • Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
  • CBC - (Cornering brake control)
  • Crash Sensor - activates hazard/interior lighting + unlocks doors
  • Driver/front passenger side airbags
  • Driver/Passenger airbags (Impact dependent)
  • DSC+
  • Dynamic brake control
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Electromechanical parking brake
  • Front and rear head airbags
  • Front head restraints with anti-whiplash
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Hill start assist
  • Inertia reel front seatbelts+pretensioners
  • Three inertia reel rear seatbelts
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

Security

  • Engine immobiliser
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Remote central locking
  • Remote control Thatcham category 1 alarm

Technical

  • Anti-roll bars

Wheels

  • Run flat tyres

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)

46

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1998

Compression Ratio

11.0:1

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

4

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

82

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

94.6

Engine Code

B48B20M0

Engine Layout

NORTH SOUTH

Fuel Delivery

TWIN TURBO

Gears

8 SPEED

Number of Valves

16

Transmission

SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

141.2

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

General

Badge Engine CC

2

Badge Power

184

Based On ID

Coin Description

e

Coin Series

SE

Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years

6

Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years

3

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

NCAP Safety Assist %

Safety Concerns?

1

Service Interval Frequency - Months

24

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

0

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

3

Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months

Timing Belt Interval Mileage

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

6.2

Engine Power - BHP

252

Engine Power - KW

185

Engine Power - RPM

5000

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

310

Engine Torque - MKG

42.8

Engine Torque - NM

420

Engine Torque - RPM

1350

Top Speed

146

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

245/45 R18

Tyre Size Rear

245/45 R18

Tyre Size Spare

RUN FLAT TYRES

Wheel Style

MULTI SPOKE

Wheel Type

18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1479

Height (including roof rails)

Length

4936

Wheelbase

2975

Width

1868

Width (including mirrors)

2126

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

46

Gross Vehicle Weight

2420

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

530

Max. Loading Weight

650

Max. Roof Load

100

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

2000

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

750

Minimum Kerbweight

1770

No. of Seats

5

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

12.22

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Trim

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Summary

You're going to need a very specific set of circumstances to make 530e plug-in hybrid motoring work for you. Forget the incredible claimed combined consumption figure: in reality, you're probably going to be returning the same kind of regular consumption figure of around 40mpg that you'd manage in a comparable 530d. That diesel variant's lower weight means it would handle more sweetly. Plus it has a bigger boot. On the other hand, this 530e runs on cheaper fuel, will cost you less in BIK tax. Plus, if you've a short daily commute, there's real appeal in the thought that if you get your charging regime right, you should rarely have to ever visit a fuel station. It's a compelling thought.

Background

This seventh generation version of BMW's Executive-segment 5 Series contender is the first to get plug-in hybrid technology. It's a big step forward from the non-Plug-in engineering that featured in the previous MK6 range's disappointing ActiveHybrid5 model. Certainly, the fuel and CO2 figures of this 530e iPerformance variant look promising, though whether they'll be remotely achievable in normal day-to-day use is of course another question. Perhaps an even bigger question s whether plug-in technology is merely a stopgap solution until hydrogen fuel cell cars hit the market in a few years time. If it is, it's a very tempting one.

Driving Experience

Enthusiasts have bemoaned the fact that BMW's traditionally perfect 50:50 weight distribution has been lost with this car. Here, it's actually 47% front and 53% rear instead. That of course is down to the unusual mechanicals, a 182bhp four cylinder 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine mated to a 111bhp electric motor powered by a 9.2kWh battery pack under the rear seats. It all produces a combined output of 249bhp and drives through the usual 8-speed automatic gearbox, with 62mph possible from rest in just 6.2s. The top speed is 146mph - or 87mph on all-electric power alone. There's an energy management system that ensures a seamlessly and efficient transition between the petrol and electric motors. When braking, the car can harvest kinetic energy, which is the used to help recharge the batteries. Most of the time, you'll be driving the car in its 'Auto eDrive' mode which sorts out the ratio of electrified or fuel-driven motoring (there's up to 31 miles of battery-driven progress possible if everything's been charged up). If you want to keep things in milkfloat mode, there's a 'Max eDrive' mode option.

Design and Build

You'll need to be eagle-eyed to spot the visual differences between this 530e variant any other, more conventional 5 Series models. iPerformance models like this one get unique styling to set them apart from the rest of the range, which includes BMW's traditional kidney grille getting blue slats. The wheel hubs are a blue alloy and eDrive badges have been added to the c-pillars. However, the biggest clue that this is a plug-in electric vehicle is the charging flap on the passenger side front wing of the car. Inside, the 530e gets an iPerformance menu called eDrive, which can help you save fuel and monitor battery reserves. You'll also find eDrive labelling on the door sills. Otherwise, it's business as usual. So there's a luxurious interior, dressed in leather and high-quality materials. You get BMW's iDrive infotainment system complete with optional gesture control. By using a 3D sensor, it allows you to operate it at the swipe of a hand or the pinching of fingers. The bootspace figure falls from the 530-litre capacity you'd get in an ordinary 5 Series to 410-litres.

Market and Model

Should you choose this 530e over an equivalent 530d diesel model? That's the question many potential buyers will be grappling with. The 530e will actually cost you slightly less than its showroom counterpart, coming in at just under £42,000, once he £2,500 government Plug-in Car Grant is subtracted from the initial asking price. In comparison, a 530d costs from around £45,000 in base 'SE' saloon form. Like all 5 Series models, this one gets Dakota leather trim, a high quality stereo and a Bluetooth telephone kit, plus Apple CarPlay integration. And, as you'd expect, there's a wide choice of options. There are sports seats (standard on M Sport models) and 'Comfort' seats that can be specified with a Massage function: in both cases, soft Nappa leather and decorative contrast stitching are optional. The extra cost Head-Up Display system will be popular too, now featuring a projection area that's around 70% larger than in the previous model. There are key changes with this generation 5 Series range with Driver Assistance systems. Dynamic and Active Cruise Control systems take the effort out of motorway trips and there's an optional 'Driving Assistant Plus' safety package that not only keeps you in lane but also includes an 'Evasion Aid' that helps you to deal with any hazard that might suddenly appear at speed.

Cost of Ownership

As you'd expect, the twin turbocharged petrol/electric hybrid engine used in the 530e produces impressive economy figures, with BMW claiming a combined cycle return of 141.2mpg. Coupled with this, is CO2 emissions of just 46g/km. In comparison, a 530d diesel manages 60.1mpg on the combined cycle and 124g/km of CO2. This 530e model qualifies for the low 5% company car tax band too. Keep the car in its 'Max eDrive' mode and a claimed 31 mile all-electric driving range is supposed to be possible, but get the car on a motorway and you'll find that this is difficult to get anywhere near. The 9.2kWh battery pack under the rear seats can be charged in less than three hours. Adding flexibility to charging your plug-in model, BMW offers a charging device called a wall box, which can be installed at home or at work, to reduce charging time. Alternatively, you can simply plug your 740e into a domestic wall socket. BMW's ConnectedDrive app will help you find where the nearest charging points are when you are out and about. All BMW's come with a three-year unlimited mileage warranty. However, high voltage batteries get an eight-year 100,000-mile warranty. Residuals should be quite strong, the 530e likely to retain over 40% of its value after three years.