2020 BMW 530e

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The 2020 BMW 530e iPerformance is the plug-in-hybrid version of the 5 Series sedan. Introduced for the 2017 model year, the 530e combines a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four with an electric motor, and is offered with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Subtle blue exterior accents denote the 530e, although the most obvious differentiator might be the charging port, which is under a flap on the left front fender. As with all 5 Series models, a 10.25-inch infotainment screen is standard, and can be operated via iDrive click-wheel, via touch, or via BMW’s rather flaky gesture controls. Screen-based instrumentation is also standard, with displays that are customized to the 530e. In addition to the standard Comfort, Sport, and Eco drive modes, the 530e has three additional modes chosen via its eDrive button: Auto eDrive, Max eDrive, and Battery Control. Auto is the default, while Max uses battery power alone unless the driver triggers the gasoline engine by booting the accelerator. Battery Control allows the driver to set a state of desired battery charge, and the car will work to achieve and maintain it, using the electric motor as a generator if necessary.

For 2020, BMW has increased the car’s the battery size from 9.2 kWh to 12.0 kWh, resulting in greater EV range. The 530e also gets additional standard equipment, including passive keyless entry and the 12.3-inch virtual instrument cluster.

The 530e’s turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four and electric motor together make 248 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, versus 248 horses and 258 lb-ft for the solo 2.0L turbo in the 530i. Recharging takes 7 hours using a standard 120v household outlet. A BMW charging station using a 240-volt source reduces that time to under 3 hours, and the car also can use some public charging stations. EPA combined fuel economy estimates are 27 mpg with rear-drive and 25 mpg with all-wheel drive—both slightly worse than their non-plug-in counterparts. But with a fully charged battery, the 530e can travel 21 miles (19 with xDrive) on battery power alone.

BMW has priced the 530e identically to the 530i, meaning there’s no extra cost for the plug-in-hybrid powertrain. For 2020, those figures rise by $500, with the rear-drive version starting at $54,890 and the xDrive model at $57,195 (including $995 destination). Some states may offer rebates as well.

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The 2020 BMW 530e iPerformance is the plug-in-hybrid version of the 5 Series sedan. Introduced for the 2017 model year, the 530e combines a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four with an electric motor, and is offered with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Subtle blue exterior accents denote the 530e, although the most obvious differentiator might be the charging port, which is under a flap on the left front fender. As with all 5 Series models, a 10.25-inch infotainment screen is standard, and can be operated via iDrive click-wheel, via touch, or via BMW’s rather flaky gesture controls. Screen-based instrumentation is also standard, with displays that are customized to the 530e. In addition to the standard Comfort, Sport, and Eco drive modes, the 530e has three additional modes chosen via its eDrive button: Auto eDrive, Max eDrive, and Battery Control. Auto is the default, while Max uses battery power alone unless the driver triggers the gasoline engine by booting the accelerator. Battery Control allows the driver to set a state of desired battery charge, and the car will work to achieve and maintain it, using the electric motor as a generator if necessary.

For 2020, BMW has increased the car’s the battery size from 9.2 kWh to 12.0 kWh, resulting in greater EV range. The 530e also gets additional standard equipment, including passive keyless entry and the 12.3-inch virtual instrument cluster.

The 530e’s turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four and electric motor together make 248 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, versus 248 horses and 258 lb-ft for the solo 2.0L turbo in the 530i. Recharging takes 7 hours using a standard 120v household outlet. A BMW charging station using a 240-volt source reduces that time to under 3 hours, and the car also can use some public charging stations. EPA combined fuel economy estimates are 27 mpg with rear-drive and 25 mpg with all-wheel drive—both slightly worse than their non-plug-in counterparts. But with a fully charged battery, the 530e can travel 21 miles (19 with xDrive) on battery power alone.

BMW has priced the 530e identically to the 530i, meaning there’s no extra cost for the plug-in-hybrid powertrain. For 2020, those figures rise by $500, with the rear-drive version starting at $54,890 and the xDrive model at $57,195 (including $995 destination). Some states may offer rebates as well.

You can use the rest of this page to find more in-depth information about the 2020 BMW 530e, including features, specs and where to find a good deal near you.

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$53,900 - $56,200 MSRP / Window Sticker Price

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Engine I-4
MPG City / Hwy
Seating 5 Passengers
Transmission 8-spd w/OD
Power 184 @ 4000 rpm
Drivetrain all wheel
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