2020 BMW 5 Series Hybrid

What’s new

  • Increased power for M550i model
  • 530e hybrid receives a larger, more powerful battery pack
  • Minor changes to standard and optional features availability
  • Part of the seventh 5 Series generation introduced for 2017

Pros & Cons

  • Wide range of powerful and relatively efficient engines
  • A host of innovative features and leading-edge technology
  • Interior is quiet and comfortable
  • Generous trunk capacity
  • Evolutionary styling doesn't stand out in a crowded class
  • Some interior materials are a bit below segment standards
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2020 BMW 5 Series Review

Every new BMW launches under the weight of tremendous expectations, and this generation 5 Series was no exception.

For decades, the 5 Series has been a standard-bearer for midsize sport luxury sedans. But as cars have gotten bigger, heavier and packed with more technology, there's been pressure to provide more efficiency, more comfort and more performance all at the same time. It's fair to say the BMW 5 Series' talents have been stretched a bit thin by the pressure of meeting so many different demands.

But BMW isn't giving up on making the 5 Series a car that can meet the needs of a variety of buyers. For 2020 the company has tweaked both of the 5 Series' bookend models: the eco-minded 530e and the aggressive M550i. The plug-in hybrid 530e gets a slightly larger battery pack that provides up to 21 miles of all-electric range, which is 6 miles more than last year's 530e. Prefer octane to electrons? The M550i gains 67 horsepower and 73 lb-ft of torque, making this 523-hp sedan an even more appealing alternative to the more expensive M5 sport sedan.

Of course, the 5 Series faces stiff competition from its Teutonic neighbors. The Mercedes-Benz E-Class offers a more distinctive interior and a similar range of powertrain options, along with the availability of both coupe and wagon body styles. The newly redesigned Audi A6 offers plenty of driving fun along with an impressively tech-savvy array of features. Overall, however, the 2020 BMW 5 Series is worth a serious look if you're considering a midsize luxury car.

Which 5 Series does Edmunds recommend?

The 540i is where we think shoppers should start. The six-cylinder engine is smooth and strong and a great match for the big luxury car. There are a few packages or optional add-ons to consider seriously. The Driving Assistance Plus package equips the car with adaptive cruise and other useful driver aids, while the Parking Assistance package adds automated parking assist, parking sensors and a surround-view camera.

2020 BMW 5 Series models

The 2020 BMW 5 Series is available in four trim levels, all with different powertrains. The 530i (248 horsepower, 258 lb-ft 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.

The 540i gets a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six (335 hp, 331 lb-ft). At the top of the range is the M550i with its turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 (523 hp, 553 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 M550i. An eight-speed automatic is standard across the board.

The sportier M5 is reviewed separately.

The base 530i and the 530e come pretty nicely equipped from the start with features such as LED adaptive headlights, power-folding and heated mirrors, and a sunroof. You also get the iDrive interface with a 10.2-inch touchscreen display, a navigation system and phone integration. Standard advanced safety features include forward collision warning and mitigation, lane departure warning, and a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert.

The 540i is equipped very similarly to the previous two trims but has standard leather upholstery.

It's a significant price jump to the performance-focused M550i xDrive, which includes everything above plus performance upgrades to the wheels and tires, brakes, suspension and differential, along with upgraded front seats and an M Sport steering wheel.

From there, assorted packages and stand-alone options make up the rest of your choices. Be on the lookout for the Convenience, Premium and Executive packages to get some useful feature upgrades. We also recommend the Driving Assistance Plus package to get more advanced safety features. Are you looking for enhanced performance? The Dynamic Handling package includes an adaptive suspension and active roll stabilization.

Consumer reviews

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5 star reviews: 83%
4 star reviews: 17%
3 star reviews: 0%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%
Average user rating: 4.8 stars based on 6 total reviews

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    Features & Specs

    530e 4dr Sedan features & specs
    530e 4dr Sedan
    2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A
    MPG N/A city / N/A hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower248 hp @ 4000 rpm
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    530e xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD features & specs
    530e xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD
    2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A
    MPG N/A city / N/A hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower248 hp @ 4000 rpm
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    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
    Roof Strength Test
    Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
    Moderate Overlap Front Test

    BMW 5 Series vs. the competition

    BMW 5 Series vs. Mercedes-Benz E-Class

    The E-Class might be the current king of midsize luxury sedans. It offers an incredible interior design with top-notch materials and comfort. There's also a blazing V8 AMG trim and available wagon and coupe body styles. That said, in lower trims the BMW does a better job of balancing performance and comfort, delivering a sportier experience without asking for any real sacrifices.

    Compare BMW 5 Series & Mercedes-Benz E-Class features

    BMW 5 Series vs. Audi A6

    The recently redesigned A6 is another German powerhouse, with exceptional driving dynamics and extensive technology features. Those features might also prove an Achilles' heel to some, and the dual touchscreen interface can be more distracting. Still, this premium sedan combines athleticism and luxury every bit as well as the BMW.

    Compare BMW 5 Series & Audi A6 features

    BMW 5 Series vs. BMW 3 Series

    The 5 Series' little brother, the 3 Series, started off as the ultimate expression of the luxury sport sedan. While the current generation was more recently redesigned than the 5 Series, it doesn't do as well walking the line between comfort and dynamics. In our testing, we thought the new 3 Series sacrificed too much comfort for not enough sportiness. It may be bigger and cost a bit more, but all around we prefer the 5 Series.

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    Is the BMW 5 Series a good car?

    The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 5 Series both on the road and at the track. You probably care about BMW 5 Series fuel economy, so it's important to know that the 5 Series gets an EPA-estimated 25 mpg to 27 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the 5 Series has 14.5 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a BMW 5 Series. Learn more

    What's new in the 2020 BMW 5 Series?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 BMW 5 Series:

    • Increased power for M550i model
    • 530e hybrid receives a larger, more powerful battery pack
    • Minor changes to standard and optional features availability
    • Part of the seventh 5 Series generation introduced for 2017
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    Is the BMW 5 Series reliable?

    To determine whether the BMW 5 Series is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the 5 Series. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the 5 Series's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

    Is the 2020 BMW 5 Series a good car?

    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 BMW 5 Series is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 5 Series is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

    How much should I pay for a 2020 BMW 5 Series?

    The least-expensive 2020 BMW 5 Series is the 2020 BMW 5 Series 530e 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $53,900.

    Other versions include:

    • 530e 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $53,900
    • 530e xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) which starts at $56,200
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    What are the different models of BMW 5 Series?

    If you're interested in the BMW 5 Series, the next question is, which 5 Series model is right for you? 5 Series variants include 530e 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A), and 530e xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A). For a full list of 5 Series models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2020 BMW 5 Series

    2020 BMW 5 Series Hybrid Overview

    The 2020 BMW 5 Series Hybrid is offered in the following styles: 530e 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A), and 530e xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A).

    What do people think of the 2020 BMW 5 Series Hybrid?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 BMW 5 Series Hybrid and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 5 Series Hybrid 4.8 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2020 5 Series Hybrid.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 BMW 5 Series Hybrid and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 5 Series Hybrid featuring deep dives into trim levels including 530e, 530e xDrive, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

    Read our full review of the 2020 BMW 5 Series Hybrid here.

    Our Review Process

    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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    Edmunds has deep data on over 6 million new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles, including all models of the 2020 BMW 5 Series Hybrid and all available trim types: 530e xDrive, 530e. Rich, trim-level features & specs and options data tracked for the 2020 BMW 5 Series Hybrid include (but are not limited to): MSRP, available incentives and deals, average price paid, warranty information (basic, drivetrain, and maintenance), features (interior and exterior color, upholstery, bluetooth, navigation, cruise control, parking assistance, lane sensing, keyless ignition, satellite radio, folding rears seats,run flat tires, wheel type, tire size, sunroof, etc.), vehicle specifications (engine cylinder count, drivetrain, engine power, torque, engine displacement, transmission), fuel economy and MPG (city, highway, and combined, fuel capacity, range), vehicle dimensions (interior cabin space, vehicle length and width, seating capacity, cargo space). Edmunds also provides tools to allow shopper to compare vehicles to similar models of their choosing by warranty, interior features, exterior features, specifications, vehicle dimensions, consumer rating, edmunds expert review, safety rating, and color.

    Should I lease or buy a 2020 BMW 5 Series Hybrid?

    Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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