2018 BMW 5 Series Model Review

24/34  CITY/HWY
EPA-Estimated MPG
6  Sec.
0-60 MPH
4
Doors
5
Seats
18.7  cu ft
Cargo Space

What's New for the 2018 BMW 5 Series?

To own a motor vehicle is one thing, but to slide behind the wheel of "the ultimate driving machine" is something entirely different - and that's what the BMW brand has bet its stake on since the company's inception. For the model year 2018, big things are in play for the luxury marquee, starting with the middle-of-the-road 5-Series. Although prototypes of the new car have been talked about for months now, the low-down regarding the 2018 5-Series and its myriad of luxury features can finally be put on paper. The 2018 5-Series resembles the last-generation model and the new premium 7-Series. Essentially, BMW has borrowed tech from the 7-Series and mated it with the new powerplants that made their debut in last year's redesigned 3-Series. What's more, BMW says the new 5-Series weighs up to 137-pounds less than its predecessor, courtesy of a more generous use of aluminum, high-strength steel and magnesium.

2018 BMW 5 Series Interior

2018 BMW 5 Series Trims & Features

As per modern BMW standards, the 2018 5-Series is available in a number of trims and configurations depending on a specific driver's needs and wants. The luxury sedan's lineup begins with the 530e iPerformance Sedan RWD, coming loaded with Bluetooth, USB jack, single-disc in-dash CD player, multi-function remote, keyless entry, tilt/side sunroof, rearview camera system. The 530i Sedan RWD adds a 13.7 front brake diameter/13.0 rear brake diameter and an axle ratio of 2.93. The 530e xDrive iPerformance Sedan AWD adds full-time four-wheel-drive, a 90-kilowatt electric motor power output and impressive hybrid gas engine torque numbers.  The 530i xDrive Sedan AWD adds larger front and rear brake diameters, full-time four-wheel-drive with an axle ratio of 2.93 and mechanical center differential. The 540i Sedan RWD adds improved brakes and drivetrain, as well as leather upholstery on the seats, while the 540i xDrive Sedan AWD adds to that full-time four-wheel-drive and improved brakes and drivetrain. The top-of-the-line M550i xDrive Sedan AWD brings a host of additional goodies, including an advanced Harman-Kardon premium sound system with digital sound processing, SiriusXM satellite radio, dual subwoofers, 14 speakers with 600 watts of power, painted brake calipers, premium brakes, aluminum center console trim, illuminated scuff plate door sill trim, stainless steel foot pedal trim, memorized passenger seat settings, multi-function remote, proximity entry system, power-activated trunk/hatch open and close, 20 power seat adjustments, contrast mirror color, rear lip spoiler, black window trim, dual rear headrests, aluminum interior accents and much more.

BMW 5 Series FrontThe entry-level 530i and 530i xDrive AWD come powered by a 248-horse 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four-cylinder engine with 258 pound-feet of torque and an EPA-rated 24/34 MPG city/highway and 23/33 MPG, respectively. The 530e and 530e xDrive plug-in models are rated at 29 MPG combined and 28 MPG combined, and can drive up to 16 miles and 15 miles on all-electric power, respectively. Both plug-in models are equipped with a 180-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 with 255 pound-feet of torque paired to an electric motor that produces a combined power output of 248-horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. A 335-horsepower turbocharged inline-six-cylinder with 332 pound-feet of torque powers the 540i (20/30 MPG) and 540i xDrive (20/29 MPG). The M550i xDrive model packs a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 that churns out a stump-pulling 456-horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque, while delivering 16/25 MPG.

2018 BMW 5 Series Safety

2018 BMW 5 Series SideThe 5-Series does its absolute best to protect all passengers with available Frontal Collision Warning with City Collision Mitigation, as found in the Driving Assistance Plus Package, a comprehensive option that encompasses a self-parking system, Parking Assistant Plus, a surround view camera system with 3D capability, blind spot warning daytime pedestrian protection, lane departure warning and rear cross-traffic alert. The luxury sedan's standard safety features include dual front airbags, dual front knee airbags, front side airbags, side curtain airbags for front and rear, side-curtain airbag rollover sensor, rearview camera system, child seat anchors, LATCH system, stability control, traction control. In conclusion, it is the M550i xDrive and the electrified 530e iPerformance models that join the 5-Series lineup for 2018; additionally, full Merino leather and an Anthracite Alcantara headliner are now available and a unique leather dashboard is now a standalone option.

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