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2018 BMW 530e


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Overall Rating:
3.9 (out of 5)
Value 3.7
Exterior 4.6
Interior 4.5
Comfort 4.6
Performance 3.9
Reliability 3.8
Several malfunctions and safety issues

by Catarina C. from Manhasset, NY | September 02, 2019

Car is currently in the shop for the 4th time in less than a year. First repair was only days after having it - drivetrain malfunction while driving on the highway - engine kicked down and clanking noise from under hood. Then the same thing happened again a few months later. Another safety issue I experienced was the digital dashboard glitching on and off and going out of focus such that the speedometer was not visible. Other issues: bluetooth/pairing, key fob connectivity issues, poor engine performance, grinding/puttering noises, battery not holding a charge, camera malfunction, and multiple recalls within short period. Almost every aspect of the technology has failed more than once despite updates administered each time at the shop. Not to mention BMW service is awful in Long Island area - 2+ weeks wait to get an appointment with a loaner each time I needed it. This is the common consensus despite which service center you use. Ridiculous when you are calling for issues that make you feel unsafe to drive the vehicle. Nobody seems to care. Service centers are always swamped - not a good indication of vehicle quality or management of staffing. Either way, translates to poor customer service.

22,000 miles on it

by Nvp from Naples fl | July 31, 2019

Car gets 23.5 miles to gallon average. Battery always has to be recharged does not last long. Once battery is dead. Car is slow..and a seat belt issue which puts screen always alerted.. had it in once for a week ..And wasn’t fixed properly.. gas tank is small and on long trips does not go far..interior design is boring.. not modern looking

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by Ram B. from Philadelphia,PA | July 27, 2019

I bought 530e 1 month back.Car doesn’t run on pure electric mode for 30 miles it only goes 15-16 miles.After fully charging vehicle combined mpg I’m getting is 31.6 and I’m not a rowdy driver always drive between 45-60 MPH.

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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.