2018 BMW 5 Series Diesel

2018 BMW 5 Series
2018 BMW 5 Series

What’s new

  • Three new variants for 2018: the 530e plug-in hybrid, the 540d diesel and the M550i
  • Some options and packages have been adjusted
  • Part of the seventh 5 Series generation introduced for 2017

Pros

  • Wide range of powerful and relatively efficient engines
  • A host of innovative features and leading-edge technology
  • Interior quarters are quiet and comfortable
  • Generous trunk capacity

Cons

  • Evolutionary styling doesn't stand out in a crowded class
  • Some interior materials are a bit below segment standards


Which 5 Series does Edmunds recommend?

You'll very likely be content with the power from the 530i, but the extra power and more engaging sound of BMW's turbocharged six-cylinder make the 540i the 5 Series worth paying a little more for. In either case, we think the Driver Assistance Plus package, which adds a number of active safety features, is a must-have. We'd also add the Premium package to get keyless entry, heated seats and hands-free trunk opening.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

8.1 / 10

The 2018 BMW 5 Series lives up to the expectations set by its forebears. There's an engine for nearly every taste, and the car's handling capabilities are fundamentally sound. Factor in the 5 Series' latest tech and safety features, and you've got a prime pick for a midsize luxury sedan.

BMW redesigned its 5 Series last year, giving the car updated styling and a bit more interior room without increasing weight. This year brings more changes, too. The 2018 5 Series has three new powertrain options: a plug-in hybrid (530e), a six-cylinder diesel engine (540d) and a twin-turbo V8 (M550i) that puts the car very close to BMW M5 territory. We were already fans of the base 530i and the 540i, so these additions carry an added benefit, whether it be the efficiency of the 530e and the 540d or the muscular power of the M550i.

On the technology front, BMW continues to push the envelope, offering wireless Apple CarPlay integration, natural language voice recognition, and even a cool 3-D simulation of your car from the outside (you have to see to believe) by using the optional surround-view cameras. And as far as modern driver assist aids go, BMW's are among the best.

Of course, there are other luxury sedans you should consider, including the Audi A6, the Lexus GS and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. We think highly of the 5 Series within this group, though, and it earns a solid recommendation.

Notably, we picked the 2018 BMW 5 Series as one of Edmunds' Best All-Wheel-Drive Sedans and Best Midsize Sedans for this year.

2018 BMW 5 Series configurations

The 2018 BMW 5 Series is a five-passenger sedan available in five trim levels, all with different powertrains. The 530i (248 horsepower, 258 pound-feet of torque) and the 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid (248 hp, 310 lb-ft) are powered by variants of BMW's turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Next are two six-cylinders: The 540i (335 hp, 332 lb-ft) gets a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six, and the 540d (261 hp, 457 lb-ft) has a 3.0-liter inline-six diesel. At the top of the range is the M550i with its turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 (456 hp, 480 lb-ft). BMW's all-wheel drive, called xDrive, is an option on the 530i, the 530e and the 540i. It's standard on the 540d and the M550i. An eight-speed automatic is standard across the board.

The base 530i and the 530e come pretty nicely equipped from the start with LED adaptive headlights, 18-inch wheels, and driver-selectable vehicle settings to alter steering, transmission response and throttle calibration. They also include power-folding and heated mirrors (the driver's side has auto dimming), automatic wipers, a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable steering wheel, power-adjustable front sport seats, driver-seat memory functions, a 40/20/40-split folding rear seat and simulated leather upholstery.

Standard technology features include the iDrive interface, with a knob and button-based touchpad controller and a 10.2-inch touchscreen display. Also standard: a navigation system, natural-language voice controls, Bluetooth, BMW emergency services, two USB ports, and a 12-speaker sound system with a CD player.

The 540i and the diesel-powered 540d are equipped very similarly to the previous two trims but have standard leather upholstery.

It's a bigger price jump to the new performance-focused M550i xDrive, which includes everything above plus 19-inch wheels with performance tires, an adaptive suspension with electronically controlled dampers, upgraded brakes, full LED adaptive headlights with automatic high beams, aerodynamic bodywork, a rear spoiler, upgraded power front seats, an M Sport steering wheel, keyless entry and a power trunklid.

With the exception of the M550i xDrive, after you decided what powertrain you want, you can select from one of three 5 Series styling packages. The Sport is the default choice and comes with gloss-black design elements on the bumpers. The Luxury style features chrome accents from the front grille to the rear tailpipes, with light alloy wheels and modified bumper inserts to match. The M Sport steps up the sportiness with an aerodynamic style treatment, a lower M Sport suspension, and Shadowline exterior trim.

From this point, BMW offers a variety of packages, or "tiers'' in BMW lingo. The Premium package adds a power trunk, keyless ignition and entry, satellite radio, gesture control and heated front seats. Go with the Executive package to get full LED adaptive headlights with automatic high beams, soft-close automatic doors, parking sensors, an automatic parking system, a dynamic digital instrument cluster, and a surround-view camera system with 3-D mode.

Naturally, more customization is available. The Dynamic Handling package includes an adaptive suspension and active roll stabilization. For the M550i, which comes with the adaptive suspension, you also get Integral Active Steering, which is a rear-steer system. A Luxury Seating package bundles ventilated multicontour front seats with massage function and upgraded leather upholstery.

The Driving Assistance package has two levels, the first of which includes a head-up display, blind-spot monitoring and lane departure warning. Upgrading to the Driving Assistance Plus version also gets you forward collision warning with object and pedestrian protection, adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist.

Many of these features can be equipped as stand-alone options alongside Apple CarPlay, remote control parking, night vision with pedestrian detection, a heated steering wheel, a rear-seat entertainment system, Harman Kardon or Bowers & Wilkins premium audio systems, wireless smartphone charging and ceramic-trimmed controls.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2017 BMW 530i (turbo 2.0L inline-4 | 8-speed automatic | RWD).

Driving

8.0
If the driving experience is truly important to you, then the 530i is a sedan to consider. With the exception of upgraded brakes, this BMW doesn't rely on sheer horsepower or road grip to sling it around corners. What you get instead is a package that feels extremely well-rounded, which is better.

Acceleration

8.0
There's a surprising amount of punch from this turbo four-cylinder and you won't feel like you've compromised for efficiency. Power delivery is smooth and quiet with a robust midrange that only begins to fall off a tad at the very top. For the class it's quick, covering 0-60 mph in 6.2 seconds.

Braking

8.5
Braking is ultrasmooth and easy but also powerful when you need it to be. Our test car had the upgraded M Sport brakes, which delivered good feedback and drama-free stability. It took the 530i 108 feet to stop from 60 mph, which is admirable especially with all-season tires.

Steering

8.0
The steering feels nicely weighted in all drive modes. Sport mode isn't needlessly hefty but is just enough to be noticeable, and Comfort felt like the perfect luxury balance. The steering isn't hypercommunicative, but the car's response to our inputs feels precise and direct.

Handling

8.0
This is how a sport sedan should handle. The 530i isn't a high-performance machine, but it has very solid fundamentals. It's balanced, it turns and rotates as asked, and it handles midcorner bumps without issue. This car isn't so much about speed as it is the pleasure of driving.

Drivability

8.5
The turbo four-cylinder and eight-speed complement each other. Response varies depending on the drive mode — Sport keeps a higher gear and Comfort favors fuel efficiency — but either works well. There's a short lag when kicking down a gear in Comfort mode, but it's inoffensive.

Comfort

8.0
The 530i is a supremely comfortable car with impressive climate control features, highly adjustable and massaging seats, and a whisper-quiet, soft-riding cabin. The only issue we had with the climate system is its capacity to keep us properly chilled.

Seat comfort

8.0
The seats come with everything: a ton of adjustment, ventilation and heat, and massaging bottom cushions. Strip these wonderful things away and the front bottom seat cushions do feel a little flat. Rear seat cushions are comfortable and heated, with ample padding on all the armrest areas.

Ride comfort

8.0
The ride is comfortable and relatively plush yet well-damped so it doesn't feel floaty or untethered. This level of ride quality is especially impressive considering our 530i test car was outfitted with run-flat tires, which are often associated with a busier ride due to stiff sidewalls.

Noise & vibration

8.5
There's a mild amount of low-frequency road noise that creeps in, but for the most part this cabin is pretty quiet. There's no wind noise and the engine is audible but doesn't come through much at all, which helps the 530i sneak below the decibel level of the Mercedes-Benz E300.

Climate control

7.5
The climate controls have a lot of variability with dual-temp and dual-fan speed control. You can also warm or cool the cabin or seats at a preset temperature or time. The seat ventilation is loud but not very effective, and the auto climate didn't ever turn up the fan speed quite enough.

Interior

8.0
The 530i's cabin is an excellent place to spend time as long as you aren't a tall rear passenger. The controls are as easy as they can be, but the countless functions take time to learn. Climbing in and out is a breeze, and between the camera aids and windows, there's no worry about blind spots.

Ease of use

7.5
BMW is great at minimizing button count, but that leaves a lot for iDrive to control. The iDrive menus are pretty straightforward and easy to navigate, but it takes time to wrap your head around all the options and customization available. It can be a little intimidating.

Getting in/getting out

8.0
The generous door openings make climbing in and out a breeze, with plenty of head clearance front and rear. An easy-entry seat moves back, providing even more room for the driver to get in. A lack of rear leg clearance may be the only downside for a rear passenger sitting behind a taller person.

Driving position

8.5
The driver's seat offers a good amount of adjustment, with electronic adjusters for reach and tilt of the steering column. The steering column has quite a bit of range, so drivers of all sizes should be able to find their ideal position.

Roominess

7.5
There's ample space in all directions up front and a decent amount of legroom in back, but underseat toe room is a little sparse. Rear headroom is more than sufficient, and a tall person shouldn't have any issues sitting behind a tall driver.

Visibility

9.0
The windows are nicely sized, especially in the rear. There's great visibility out of the rear window thanks to rear headrests that don't impede the view. The excellent 360-degree, high-definition camera system offers a ton of multiple angles. It doesn't get much better.

Quality

7.5
The quality of BMW's electronics is top-notch, from the central touchscreen to the driver's gauge cluster. The fit of interior panels is also nice, but some materials used — including the wood trim, leather and plastic — aren't quite at the level of Audi and Mercedes-Benz.

Utility

8.0
The 530i has a fairly generous trunk with flexible cargo configurations thanks to the 40/20/40-split folding rear seat. In-cabin storage has improved over previous years, and the car seat anchors are easily accessible. The amount of backseat space is the only concern for larger car seats.

Small-item storage

7.5
BMW has done a better job with in-cabin storage: water bottle pockets on all the doors, a retractable cover that houses a bin for wireless phone charging up front, and a decent-size glovebox and center armrest space. Still not a ton of storage, but it's sufficient for a European luxury sedan.

Cargo space

8.5
At 18.7 cubic feet, the 530i's trunk is bigger than most in the segment. The trunk has a wide opening and a low liftover, but it narrows a fair amount toward the back of the rear seats. The folding rear seats are split 40/20/40, which provides some nice flexibility.

Child safety seat accommodation

8.0
Car seat anchors are easily accessed under plastic flip doors, with a pair of anchors at each rear outboard seat. Top tethers are also easy to access.

Technology

8.5
BMW is a technology juggernaut and one of the more aggressive manufacturers when it comes to innovative features. Most of them are useful, while some are cool parlor tricks, but we appreciate them all. But iDrive's character recognition may be getting too smart for its own good.

Audio & navigation

7.5
The audio system sounds great and responds well to BMW's gesture control, sometimes more convenient than using the regular volume control. iDrive provides an easy interface for the nav system, but the touchpad's character recognition kept misidentified letters we entered as special characters.

Smartphone integration

9.5
Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a wired native interface mean there are a ton of options and they all work quite well. The only other luxury brand that provides such comprehensive device integration is Genesis, but it still requires a USB connection for Apple CarPlay/Android Auto.

Driver aids

One of the leading active driving aids, adaptive cruise, works extremely well to maintain a tight gap between traffic. The system can also actuate the brakes hard yet smoothly when needed. The most impressive feature: The HD cameras that help render an amazing 3-D image of the outside of the car.

Voice control

8.5
You can use the native voice recognition (VR) or the VR through your smartphone. The native system responds well to natural language and provides control of radio, media and phone functions. If you attempt a function that doesn't exist, the system tells you rather than just beeping.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 BMW 5 Series.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Moon Beam
Moonbeam,09/13/2018
Another great beamer. Loads of torque where you need it. Great fuel mileage. Comfortable ride when you want to cruise, sport settings when you want what BMW does best. A true Tech Fest too. Love the ACC and night vision features. A safe fast luxury sport sedan. Garage Queens: 2018 540D XDrive M Sport HK, DHP, ACC stop and go, Blind spot, Lane keeping, Semi auto drive, Heads up, Auto LED, Luxury seating, Napa, Night vision, Alpine White Mocha. 2017 X5D XDrive HK, DHP, ACC stop and go, Blind spot, Lane keeping, Heads up, Auto LED, Luxury seating, Space gray, Black Dakota leather, BMW tow package. Retired: 328D XDrive, 535D M Sport, 335i, 325is, 325, M3.
A luxury diesel
Richard Posner,06/01/2018
I traded in my 2017 530i for a 2019 540D once it became available. Both cars have the same features (I upgrade to all available offerings) and both are really comfortable and easy to drive. The 540D, however, is much peppier and it gets much better gas mileage. I drive mostly on the highway (between LA and San Diego) and get typically 700 miles per 17.4-gallon tank. Further, the torque of the diesel, which is about 80% greater than the 530i, allows a much smoother ride as there is much less downshifting for passing or hills. So I get the peppiness of the 540i with gas mileage much greater than either the 530i and 540i and even greater than the 530e. About my only issue with the car is that I would prefer more comfort (especially leg room) in the back seat although it is certainly adequate. My wife has a 2017 Lexus ES350 and the back seat in that car has much more leg room than the BMW 5 series although its performance doesn't compare with BMW. With caveat on the back seat, I would recommend this car as an optimum vehicle for lots of driving.
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Features & Specs

MSRP
$62,000
MPG
26 city / 36 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
Diesel
261 hp @ 4000 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite 5 Series safety features:

Night Vision with Pedestrian Detection
Uses infrared technology to see and alert you of things such as people and animals in the road before they become visible to the naked eye.
Active Blind Spot Detection
Alerts you of vehicles in the adjacent lanes using radar sensors and will indicate if it's safe to change lanes.
City Collision Mitigation
Automatically brakes the car at speeds under 38 mph when it detects an imminent collision and the driver has taken no action.
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Good
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

BMW 5 Series vs. the competition

2018 BMW 5 Series

2018 BMW 5 Series

2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

BMW 5 Series vs. Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Both of these well-known sedans offer many engine choices, high-tech features, and high levels of quiet and comfort. The E-Class tends to be a little more conservative while the BMW emphasizes performance a bit more. The E-Class gains an advantage from its slightly nicer interior and better available semiautonomous systems, but its trunk is smaller and the standard suspension is on the stiff side. In the end, they're close enough that it will come down to personal preference.

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BMW 5 Series vs. Audi A6

The 2018 Audi A6 has been in its current generation for six years and has been surpassed by the newer BMW in a number of ways. It is still roomy, offers powerful yet efficient engines, and delivers a good balance of performance and comfort. We like its infotainment system, but it's missing some current tech features. That is all about to change as a fully redesigned 2019 A6 is about to go on sale.

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BMW 5 Series vs. Lexus GS 350

The Lexus GS 350 enjoys a price advantage over the BMW and offers a comfortable and pleasant interior. Unfortunately, the GS lineup (including the GS 300, the GS 450h and the GS F) doesn't offer quite as many engine choices. More significant drawbacks may be deal-breakers and include one of the most challenging infotainment interfaces we've ever experienced and rear seats that do not fold down to increase cargo capacity.

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More about the 2018 BMW 5 Series

The 2018 BMW 5 Series offers performance, luxury and room for five passengers. Since its introduction, the 5 Series has been a midsize luxury heavy hitter, and BMW has plenty on offer for 2018 to try to maintain the car's appeal. Not only is this luxury sedan quiet and comfortable, with a cabin packed with upscale materials, it also offers an extensive menu of optional technology and four distinct powertrains.

The 5 Series came off its redesign last year with two trim levels: the 530i and the 540i. The 530i is driven by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 248 hp, while the 540i has a turbocharged six-cylinder with 335 hp. Two more drivetrains join the 5 Series lineup for 2018.

BMW adapted its plug-in hybrid drivetrain for its midsize sedan, and the 530e iPerformance makes use of a turbocharged four-cylinder paired with an electric motor. Combined output is 252 hp and the EPA says you can expect 16 miles of all-electric range and 29 mpg combined when the gasoline engine is active. At the top of the 5 Series range is the M550i xDrive. It's powered by a 456-hp turbocharged V8 engine.

All 5 Series models come with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard on the 530i, the 530e and the 540i, and all-wheel drive is optional. The M550i comes with all-wheel drive as standard.

The 530i, the 530e iPerformance and the 540i start with the same equipment, including 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, power-adjustable front seats, simulated leather upholstery, and an iDrive infotainment system with a 10.2-inch display screen. The 2018 M550i xDrive, meanwhile, comes with quite a few luxury, performance and appearance upgrades as standard equipment.

A number of packages and stand-alone options are available to customize the BMW's comfort, technology and looks. Several packages upgrade the 5 Series' driver aids, adding extra active safety features and ultimately making the car capable of semiautonomous driving. A premium stereo, multicontour seats (with heating, ventilation and massaging), leather upholstery, and even ceramic-trimmed switchgear are available as well.

With such a wide range of options, buyers in the market for a midsize luxury sedan should certainly give the 5 Series a look. Make sure to read Edmunds' full review for more information, and take advantage of our shopping tools to find the best deal on a 2018 BMW 5 Series near you.

2018 BMW 5 Series Diesel Overview

The 2018 BMW 5 Series Diesel is offered in the following styles: 540d xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A).

What do people think of the 2018 BMW 5 Series Diesel?

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Edmunds Scorecard

Overall8.1 / 10

Driving

8.0 / 10

Acceleration8.0 / 10
Braking8.5 / 10
Steering8.0 / 10
Handling8.0 / 10
Drivability8.5 / 10

Comfort

8.0 / 10

Seat comfort8.0 / 10
Ride comfort8.0 / 10
Noise & vibration8.5 / 10
Climate control7.5 / 10

Interior

8.0 / 10

Ease of use7.5 / 10
Getting in/getting out8.0 / 10
Driving position8.5 / 10
Roominess7.5 / 10
Visibility9.0 / 10
Quality7.5 / 10

Utility

8.0 / 10

Small-item storage7.5 / 10
Cargo space8.5 / 10

Technology

8.5 / 10

Audio & navigation7.5 / 10
Smartphone integration9.5 / 10
Voice control8.5 / 10
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