2018 BMW 530e

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2018 BMW 530e
2018 BMW 530e

Key specs

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The good:

  • Active suspension available
  • Adaptive LED headlights standard
  • All-wheel drive available
  • Cabin quality
  • Apple CarPlay connectivity available

The bad:

  • Backseat isn't that roomy
  • Styling may be too evolutionary for some

2 trims

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Notable features

  • Mid-size luxury sedan
  • Turbo four-cylinder (530i) or six-cylinder (540i) engine
  • Gesture-recognition system available
  • Remote-control parking available
  • Plug-in hybrid, M Performance versions available

2018 BMW 530e review: Our expert's take

What it is: The BMW 5 Series is a mid-size luxury sedan that was redesigned last year. It competes with cars such as the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Audi A6.

Plug-in hybrid and M Performance models have arrived. The M550i has a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 that makes 456 horsepower, while the 530e iPerformance has a plug-in hybrid drivetrain that combines a turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with an electric motor. The rest of the lineup sees minor trim and packaging changes, including a newly available Dynamic Handling Package for the 530i and 530e.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 4.6
  • Performance 4.2
  • Value for the money 4.0
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 4.0

Most recent consumer reviews


A magnificent automobile.

I bought my 2018 530 a few months ago. I commute 11 miles each way to and from work. The distance is ideal for the 14 mile battery range. I charge at work and get a credit for using the night rate at home. The 530e is one of the best cars I've owned. I bought my first 5 Series in 1984 and have always loved BMW's.


2018e now living in 2022 still performing well.

I bought my 2018 530e in May 2021 with 30k miles on it. It has performed flawlessly with the exception of putting my cell on the passenger seat and that makes the seat belt alarm go off. I leave the passenger seat belt fastened all the time so the alarm won’t go off. I had a contractor put a dryer 240 plug in my garage so that I could charge in under 3 hours. With the regular 110 plug, it took twice that time to charge. Also I have noticed that the 240 volt plug charge seems to make the lithium battery last much longer than with a 110 volt plug which surprised me. I definitely recommend getting a 240 volt plug installed. It makes a marked difference in the daily life span of your electric battery. I get 18 miles of driving range from just the battery which is sufficient for my average day. And the battery does help extend the hybrid range of the car when you are driving long distances. It really helps with the gas mileage. With the charged battery helping, I average just under 40 mpg. Now the trunk is smaller because of the lithium battery and it is noticeable but still has adequate storage but it is on the small size. The engine has been flawless so far. I now have 45k miles on it as of April 2022 so I feel good about that reliability. Sport mode is powerful so you can have fun when you feel like it and give it some gas. The driver seat does hug your body tightly so it does feel like a cockpit. It can feel a little tight but it still feels comfortable. On the 2018, it comes wireless apple carplay ready but you have to pay BMW $350 a one time to activate it. I think the more recent model years now come without the $350 fee. I paid it and it is worth it especially because it is wireless. As soon as I start the car, the bmw connects to my iPhone without me doing anything. That’s much better than having to plug your phone into the car’s USB port every time. I really enjoy that seamless feature. I do wish it had a capless gas entry but that’s a very small inconvenience. I would buy this car again. Fingers crossed that it stays reliable for years to come.


Superb car

I love this car. I had a 2015 BMW 535i before, but the 530e is at least 2 levels up from that. Smooth riding and love the electric engine. Wish it got more than 16 miles on a charge, but it has saved me much $

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by BMW
New car program benefits
48 months/50,000 miles
144 months/unlimited distance
48 months/50,000 miles
Hybrid electric
96 months/80,000 miles
36 months/36,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Certified Pre-Owned Elite with less than 15,000 miles; Certified Pre-Owned with less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
1 year/unlimited miles from expiration of 4-year/50,000-mile new car warranty
Dealer certification required
196-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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