BMW 530e Review
Tell Trump how you feel, buy a BMW 530e. Yup, despite having a bad hair pulling its country out of the Paris Agreement, most carmakers adhere to their commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, including BMW having the new 530e electric petrol engine. created to meet emissions targets by 2020.
The 530e landed in Australia three months after the launch of the new 5 Series model and had a foothold alongside its hybrid brothers, the 330e, X5 xDrive40e and 740e.
BMW is not the only version to make petrol-electric versions of regular cars with the 530e, counting Mercedes-Benz’s E350e among hybrid rivals.
Does an electric motor make the 530e feel less luxurious than the 5 Series? Do you have to pay more to do the right thing for the planet? We found out when we drove the 530e at our Australia launch.
Is there anything interesting about its design? 9/10
The only way you can choose the 530e from the 530i is with the subtle blue accents on the grille and wheel center cover that BMW offers for hybrid models. There is also a charging port near the front passenger door and the eDrive badge on the C-Pillar.
In addition, the 530e looks like 530i in every way – a large, imposing executive pub – and has identical dimensions from start to finish 4936mm, 1868mm wide and 1479mm high. For comparison, the Benz E300e is 4923mm long.
The cockpit of the 530e is also identical to the 530i, other than the sill plate with an eDrive badge, digital instrument cluster and drive mode buttons near the gear lever. The 530e’s cabin is a lavish, trendy place with leather upholstery, wood paneling and great technology like giant display screens and head display screens.
How realistic is the inner space? 6/10
The 530e boot of the 530e is 120 liters smaller than the 530i’s. The size reduction is due to the battery being placed under the backseat and that has seen the fuel tank moving back into the cargo area.
Is that a big loss? Yes, that is if you are using the 530e as a rental car. You will operate 5 Series with less cargo capacity than 3 Series.
Listed for $ 108,900, the 530e costs the same as the 530i – that’s a pretty big deal.
The wheelbase is unchanged at 2974mm, far exceeding the 2939mm of the E-Class. The rear seat legroom is great – as it should be – and at 191cm, I can sit behind my driving position with plenty of free space.
Storage throughout the cabin is fine with a deep, wide center console and two cupholders up front, while there are two other cupholders in the center armrest that fold down at the back.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 8/10
Listed for $ 108,900, the 530e is priced at the same price as the 530i – it’s a pretty big deal as hybrids can be more complicated and costly to build, which usually means buyers have to pay.
The list of 530e’s standard features also mirrors the 530i and includes a 12.3-inch screen, 16-speaker stereo Harman Kardon, adaptive LED headlights, power and heated adjustable front seats, a display. market, automatic parking and the ‘Driving Aid Plus’ package comes with active cruise control and advanced safety equipment.
Something 530e has on its 530i sisters is a fixed cooling function that lets you lower the cabin temperature remotely before sliding behind the wheel – great for hot days.
What are the important stats for engine and transmission? 7/10
The 530e has a 2.0-liter 135kW / 320Nm four-cylinder petrol engine under the bonnet, powered by an eight-speed automatic transmission and in between them is an 83kW / 250Nm electric motor. The combined capacity is 185kW / 420Nm – more than the 530k 185kW / 350Nm petrol engine of the 530.
No straight-line performance is lost when BMW claims a 0 – 100km / h time of 6.2 seconds – the equivalent of the 530i.
How much fuel does it consume? 9/10
The combined cycle fuel efficiency of the 530e is claimed to be 2.3L / 100km. That stands out for a BMW 800cc motorbike that has a speed of about 4.5L / 100km. 530i is also very fuel efficient, with a combined 5.1L / 100km.
During my short 530e trip, the trip computer reported an average of 2.0L / 100km of fuel used – and this also happens on hilly roads, sometimes also requiring a little hard acceleration.
Charging the full battery using a wall unit takes two hours, while the cable that comes with the car will fit into a regular family powerpoint and charge the battery in four hours. In real terms, you get about 30km of pure electric driving from a fully charged battery.
What does it like to drive? 7/10
The launch of the 530e shows us leaving a shopping mall on the outskirts of Sydney, Bondi Junction, where BMW’s toll points have been installed and going to the Hundred Years Park on a 40km long route.
It’s not much time to get used to a car, but I drove the spacious xDrive40e and 330e and knew what to expect – silent. Silence when pointing under power, slide over busy traffic and silence when stopping or slowly moving back. The smooth, quiet nature of electric power is very much in line with the personality of the limousine 5 Series.