BMW 530e xDrive

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Plug-in Hybrid

EV=15mi
Total=360mi
Range

Seats 5

15ft3 Cargo

L=194.6
W=73.5
H=58.4

9.2kWh Battery

BMW’s 5 series is now electrified.

The 530e xDrive Plug-In is made of lightweight high-strength steel, aluminum, and magnesium, which provides the 5 Series Sedan with awe-inspiring acceleration. These superior materials and an elegant BMW design make for a vehicle that’s fast, stylish, stable, efficient and electric!

Says BMW: “THE FUTURE OF 5 – Eclipsing efficiency: Meet the BMW 530e – a 5 Series Sedan with the enhancements of BMW iPerformance technology. This powerful plug-in hybrid is built to the same exacting standards of the 5 Series, but with an additional electric motor that delivers better fuel efficiency and surprisingly powerful torque. STYLE TO SPARE: Driven by craftsmanship: It took more than four decades of engineering, design, and technological advancements to arrive at this iteration of the BMW 5 Series. With the powerful lines of its exterior and the chest-gripping thrill of acceleration, this sedan is worth every minute.”

A quiet drive and between 15 and 21 pure electric miles provided by an eDrive plug-in powertrain add to the satisfying driving dynamics, sportiness and luxury of the 530e. A 9.2kWh lithium-ion battery works with a 111-hp electric motor generator and a 180-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine to create 248 horsepower. Reviewers say the electric motor – which takes the place of an eight-speed automatic transmission’s torque converter – works beautifully with the turbocharged engine, providing effortless thrust when pulling away from a stop or speeding up to enter the freeway. Because the gas and electric technologies have been seamlessly integrated, the driving experience in the electric-only mode feels ultra natural.

Fuel economy is decent, with an EPA combined/city/highway rating of 28/27/31. EPA combined gas and electricity is 67 MPGe. The Plug-in reaches 60mph in 6.1 seconds.

The 530e xDrive’s $55,695 base price is identical to the regular 530i, making the choice easy for consumers considering the switch to an environmentally-conscious car. Road/Show test driver Antuan Goodwin says: “The electrified 5er made a believer out of me. The details that changed my mind are twofold. First, the charging port on the front fender opens up a whole new world of efficient driving for those who plug in and plug in often. The kicker, for me, is the price. BMW lists the starting prices for the 530i and 530e as the same. With no premium, is there any reason not to go hybrid?”

Goodwin: “BMW conservatively states around 15 to 16 miles of pure electric driving, which is backed up by the EPA's estimates. Going hybrid shrinks the 5er's gas tank capacity from 18 gallons to 12 gallons. However, between the electric and gasoline ranges, you've still got about 375-ish miles of motoring before you need to refill the gasoline tank or recharge the battery pack.”

The 530e can be recharged at a 240V J1772 charging station through its 3.5 kW AC charger in around 3 hours. It comes with an "Occasional Use Cable" for use with standard 110V wall outlets in a pinch. This method steps down to 1.4 kW charging and takes about 5 to 6 hours.

In addition to Sport, Comfort, and Eco Pro driving modes, there are 3 settings for using electric power: Max eDrive, Auto eDrive, and Battery Control. In Max eDrive, the 530e operates as a pure electric up to 87 mph. When the battery’s charge is almost depleted, the 530e reverts to regular hybrid operation. In Auto eDrive, the car decides when to switch to electric-only operation for brief periods for enhanced efficiency. In Battery Control the driver can specify that the battery maintain a set charge level, so that the energy can be saved for later electric-only driving. The driver can also command the lithium-ion battery to recharge itself during drives. Comprehending what the modes are doing is made simple by an easy-to-read analog battery-charge gauge near the fuel gauge on the instrument cluster. A separate digital meter accessible via the trip computer condenses battery charge and miles-per-gallon data into a linear graph.

Reviewer Brian Chee of Daily News Autos says: “Cool tech is here, though, and it’s all about teaching drivers to go green. Both the head up display and the iDrive infotainment system screen are set up to coach drivers toward maximum efficiency, should one choose that goal. BMW makes a game out of going green, too. Among the 530e iPerformance’s numerous driving modes, the default setting is EcoPro while a Max eDrive mode changes that to – you guessed it – maximum electric power.”

The latest BMW Connected+ phone app allows drivers to stay in touch with the 530e battery’s state of charge. Additionally, it lets drivers heat or cool the car’s interior and take a look at the car’s surroundings with a remote feed from its parking cameras.

The audio system includes an Anti-theft AM/FM in-dash stereo CD/MP3 player with Radio Data System (RDS), HiFi Sound System with 12 speakers and 205-watt digital amplifier , HD Radio™ with "multicast" FM station reception and Pre-wiring for SiriusXM® Satellite Radio Tuner.

Luxury features creating a convenient and comfortable ride include:

• Advanced Vehicle & Key Memory includes most recently used climate-control temperature and air-distribution settings; exterior mirror and power seat settings; audio tone settings and radio presets; central-locking preferences; and lighting preferences

• BMW Ambiance lighting includes door handle-area lighting, illuminated driver and front-passenger vanity mirrors, front footwell lights, front and rear reading lights, and 11 predefined selectable interior light designs

• Automatic tilt-down of passenger's side-view mirror (when car is shifted into reverse gear) for visibility of curb when backing up; a Power tilt/telescopic steering wheel with automatic tilt-up for easy entry and exit; and Automatic tilt-down of passenger's side-view mirror (when car is shifted into reverse gear) for visibility of curb when backing up.

An extensive safety and security system protects 530e drivers and passengers. BMW's Active Protection System detects imminent accidents, then prepares by automatically pretensioning safety belts, closing windows and moonroof, and activating post-crash braking; it includes a Fatigue and Focus Alert feature. The driver's and passenger's front airbag supplemental restraint system (SRS) with advanced technology – dual-threshold, dual-stage deployment and front-passenger-seat sensors – are designed to prevent unnecessary airbag deployment. An impact sensor that activates Battery Safety Terminal disconnect of alternator, fuel pump and starter from battery also automatically unlocks doors and turns on hazard and interior lights. And the BMW Assist eCall program includes Emergency Request (SOS button) and Enhanced Automatic Collision Notification.

Specs

Performance:

  • 2.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder, 16-valve 180-hp engine; combines a twin-scroll turbocharger with variable valve control (Double-VANOS and Valvetronic), high-precision direct injection and eDrive 111-hp electric motor (total power output of 248 hp)
  • 8-speed STEPTRONIC automatic transmission with Sport and Manual shift modes, Adaptive Transmission Control (ATC) and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters
  • Brake Energy Regeneration
  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), including Brake Fade Compensation, Start-off Assistant, Brake Drying, and Brake Stand-by features; with Dynamic Traction Control (DTC)
  • 4-wheel ventilated disc brakes with anti-lock braking system (ABS), composite front rotors and Dynamic Brake Control (DBC), brake-pad wear indicators and Cornering Brake Control (CBC)
  • Electric power steering
  • xDrive all-wheel-drive system
  • Servotronic power-steering assist
  • Double-wishbone multi-link aluminum front suspension, Integral-V multi-link aluminum rear suspension
  • Twin-tube gas-pressure shock absorbers

Interior:

  • 16-way power-adjustable front sport seats including 2-way power side bolsters, 4-way lumbar support and memory system for driver's seat and steering wheel
  • 40/20/40 split fold-down through-load rear seats
  • SensaTec upholstery
  • Audio System: Anti-theft AM/FM in-dash stereo CD/MP3 player with Radio Data System (RDS), HiFi Sound System with 12 speakers and 205-watt digital amplifier, HD Radio™ with "multicast" FM station reception, Pre-wiring for SiriusXM® Satellite Radio Tuner
  • 3-spoke power tilt/telescopic leather-wrapped multi-function sport steering wheel with controls for audio system, cruise control, and Bluetooth® wireless communication for hands-free mobile phone
  • Driving Dynamics Control with ECO PRO, COMFORT and SPORT modes
  • Enhanced USB and Bluetooth® including Mobile Office features; Message Dictation available with optional 3rd-party subscription after 60-day free trial; Dragon Drive! Messaging service provided by Nuance®
  • 8.8 Dynamic Digital Instrument Cluster
  • BMW Navigation system with 10.2" high-resolution touchscreen; 3-D maps; 200 GB hard drive with 20 GB storage for audio files; Voice command system with Natural Language Understanding; and Over-the-Air (OTA) updates for map data up to 4 times annually
  • iDrive 6.0 system with touchscreen, touchpad Controller and 7 programmable memory buttons
  • Dynamic Cruise Control
  • BMW eDrive Services including range and charging status display, charging station search, charging timer and cabin preconditioning
  • Expanded Check Control vehicle monitor system
  • ConnectedDrive Services
  • BMW TeleService
  • Advanced Real Time Traffic Information
  • Tire Pressure Monitor
  • Rear-window defroster
  • Outside-temperature display
  • Rear-view Camera
  • Engine Start/Stop button
  • Advanced Vehicle & Key Memory includes most recently used climate-control temperature and air-distribution settings; exterior mirror and power seat settings; audio tone settings and radio presets; central-locking preferences; and lighting preferences
  • Automatic climate control with separate left/right temperature and air distribution controls, with automatic air recirculation
  • Micro-filter ventilation system with replaceable active-charcoal filters
  • Automatic tilt-down of passenger's side-view mirror (when car is shifted into reverse gear) for visibility of curb when backing up
  • 2-way power glass moonroof with "one-touch" operation and power interior sunshade
  • Power windows with key-off and "one touch" up and down operation both front and rear, anti-trapping feature, opening from remote, and closing from exterior lock
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers with adjustable speed and automatic headlight control
  • Power tilt/telescopic steering wheel with automatic tilt-up for easy entry and exit
  • Automatic-dimming interior rear-view mirror and driver's-side exterior mirror
  • Interior courtesy lights with automatic-dimming function
  • BMW Ambiance lighting includes door handle-area lighting, illuminated driver and front-passenger vanity mirrors, front footwell lights, front and rear reading lights, and 11 predefined selectable interior light designs
  • Ground-illuminating lights in exterior door handles
  • Front map lights and rear reading lights with separate controls for the left and right
  • Dual front sun visors with illuminated mirrors
  • Dual cupholders in front and rear
  • Fold-up rear-seat center armrest
  • Front-seat center console with armrest and storage compartment
  • Open storage compartments in all doors and front-seatback storage
  • Fully finished trunk with remote trunk release
  • Locking glovebox
  • Universal garage-door opener
  • Power outlets in front center console storage compartment, rear center console, and in trunk
  • 2x USB ports with 2.1A charging
  • Adaptive Brakelights
  • Programmable LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Front and rear Head Protection System (HPS)
  • Driver's and passenger's front airbag supplemental restraint system (SRS) with advanced technology: dual-threshold, dual-stage deployment; and front-passenger-seat sensors designed to prevent unnecessary airbag deployment
  • 3-point safety belts with force limiters and head restraints at all seating positions
  • Acoustic pedestrian protection
  • Seat-mounted front side-impact airbags
  • Acoustic safety-belt warning
  • Front safety belts with automatic pretensioners
  • LATCH attachments for child-restraint safety installation
  • Automatic-locking retractors (ALR) on all passenger-seat safety belts (for installation of child-restraint seats)
  • Impact sensor that activates Battery Safety Terminal disconnect of alternator, fuel pump and starter from battery; automatically unlocks doors, and turns on hazard and interior lights
  • Central locking system on driver and front passenger doors
  • Anti-theft alarm system
  • BMW Assist eCall™ includes Emergency Request (SOS button) and Enhanced Automatic Collision Notification
  • BMW Remote Services includes Stolen Vehicle Recovery, Remote Door Unlock and BMW Connected app
  • BMW's Active Protection System detects imminent accidents, then prepares by automatically pretensioning safety belts, closing windows and moonroof, and activating post-crash braking; includes Fatigue and Focus Alert feature

Exterior:

  • Double Spoke light alloy wheels (Style 634), 18 x 8.0; and 245/45 run-flat all season tires
  • Adaptive LED Headlights, LED fog lights
  • Power-folding, heated side mirrors
  • Chrome-line exterior trim
  • Black chrome exhaust tips
  • Non-metallic paint
  • BMW iPerformance design elements
  • Active kidney grille
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