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2018 BMW 530e


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Overall Rating:
3.8 (out of 5)
Value 3.7
Exterior 4.6
Interior 4.5
Comfort 4.6
Performance 3.8
Reliability 3.7
Hybrid 5 Series test drive success

by Ib4kahlua from Nipomo CA | February 15, 2020

I have owned different models of BMW over the last 20 years with the exception of the 5 series sedan. My desire was to own the M550 however my commute would just not make sense with the mileage so I tested a used 5 hybrid and fell in love. The model 3 is a solid car but it is not quite as comfortable as the 5 I tested. I would prefer more distance capability on the electric motor but it would get me into the 5 series without losing my 3 series MPG.

Bad but better then other BMW models.

by Jc@ from Malaysia | February 06, 2020

Car was ok. Coming from F30 330e(worse car ever that I’ve owned). I like the sportline design, interior design was good, however there is a rattling noise in the boot since after 1 month. Hybrid on this car was doing fine. Haven’t gave me any issue.

Unfortunate Lemon with my 2018 530e

by Nick from San Diego, CA | January 02, 2020

We've driven nothing but BMW's the last 6 years and have owned 4, including the 2018 530e. The first major malfunction was when my 530e became totally disabled while driving on an expressway in San Diego on 02/09/2019. To top it off- BMW roadside assistance called 5 different tow drivers who cancelled on them over the course of 5 hours- I had to call the police and request a police tow truck, which meant I had to pay out of pocket and also pay a police rate. (1.5x normal) I asked BMW to refund the tow and it was like pulling teeth, finally, they convinced Allstate, who they third party their roadside services through, to refund me. I get my vehicle back 3 weeks later and they let me know they replaced the 12volt battery-a main power source of course being that it's a hybrid vehicle. They have no explanation for why I had little control over my steering, hardly any braking, and no electricity throughout any of the vehicle. I love the car and the way it looks so I'm glad to get out of the loaner and back into my car. Fast forward to 11/07/2019- I go into the service center for a routine service, I also accept an additional fee to have dealer recommended adjustments made. I get my car back on 11/09/2019, and on 11/29/2019 I exit my driveway and notice the vehicle is idling very high and jumping very hard when I pushed the accelerator. I called BMW and asked if I could bring the vehicle to them because I'm worried the car is having the same issues as before and would prefer not to be stuck on the side of the road for 5 hours. Sure enough, the vehicle breaks down in front of the service center. As of the time of this post, 1/1/2019 the car has been in the shop 34 days and I have chose to take legal action under the CA Lemon Law.

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2018 BMW 530e Overview


The 2018 530e is an all-new hybrid version of the 5 Series midsize sedan.

Aside from the special badging, the 530e is virtually identical to the current 5 Series offerings. Standard features include adaptive LED headlights, LED fog lights, power/heated side mirrors with turn-signal indicators, a power moonroof, and 19-inch wheels. A hands-free trunk lid, soft-close automatic doors, and M Sport package are also available.

Under the Hood
Powering the 530e is a 248-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and an electric motor mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission that produces 310 pounds-feet of torque. Rear-wheel is standard, while all-wheel drive (xDrive) is optional. Mounted beneath the rear seat is a 9.6 kWh lithium-ion battery, which can be recharged in 3.5 hours at a rate of 3.2 kWh.

Inside, the 530e has a premium leatherette/wood-trim interior with a 40/20/40-split folding rear seat. The center stack features the standard BMW Navigation system that includes a 10.2-inch touchscreen, a 200 GB hard drive with 20 GB of storage for audio files, voice command recognition, Bluetooth connectivity for phone and audio, and a USB port. It can be upgraded with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility, a wireless charging station, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a Harman Kardon premium audio system. Standard features include automatic climate control, a power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and “one-touch” power windows. Nappa leather upholstery, a rear seat entertainment system, heated steering wheel, front and rear heated seats, front ventilated/massaging seats, proximity keyless entry, and push-button start are available as well.

Standard safety features include a backup camera and adaptive cruise control. A surround view monitoring system, a blindspot monitoring system, daytime pedestrian detection, frontal collision warning, lane departure warning, and rear cross-traffic alert are also available.