We drive the new plug-in hybrid BMW 5 Series…
The all-new BMW 5 Series has proven a popular offering in Australia across the initial four variants launched earlier in the year (details here), now comes the new plug-in hybrid version.
Joining the four-cylinder and six-cylinder petrol and diesel-powered cars is the new BMW 530e iPerformance.
Remarkably, BMW Australia has managed to bring all the tech and the fuel-saving benefits of a plug-in hybrid to the 5 Series with out any price premium.
That’s right, the new 530e iPerformance is priced exactly the same as the similarly-equipped BMW 530i.
So, why would you buy the hybrid? Well, I can answer that with a question – why would you buy the petrol-powered car?
The plug-in hybrid provides you with:
- Up to 30km of purely electric driving (how far do you drive each day?)
- An additional 70Nm of torque
- Fuel consumption figures less than half the petrol-only car
- Up to 800km drive range
Use solar power and you’d be driving around for free!
Yes, the plug-in hybrid does weigh more (+230kg) and you do lose some boot space (boot floor lifted around 80mm over standard), but they’re the only differences.
On the road you might be able to feel a slight difference in the feel of the plug-in hybrid model over the regular car as there is a bit more weight over the rear wheels.
From what I experienced though it really doesn’t change the dynamics all that much and could actually be an advantage in a rear-wheel drive car.
As with the standard 5 Series you get the fully digital instrument panel, in the 530e though the gauges in the Eco mode standout with a nice blue graphics colour, switch it up to a more serious mode and everything turns red.
So really, there isn’t a lot more than I can really tell you about the new addition to the 5 Series range.
It drives as nicely as any of the other models, perhaps even better than the standard four-cylinder petrol car, is just as well equipped and offers the same pleasant cabin experience.
BMW is also happy to offer you the same optional extras, including ‘M’ enhancements etc. etc.
The million dollar question is whether you should you buy it over the 530i? I say, absolutely!
NUTS and BOLTS – 2017 BMW 530e iPerformance
Engine: 2.0 litre turbo-petrol mated to electric motor for total output of 185kW/420Nm
Transmission: Eight-speed auto
Safety: Not tested
Warranty: Three years
Price: from $108,900