2020 BMW 5 Series

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2020 BMW 5 Series Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Akash Shrivastav Content Writer Updated on: December 8, 2019


More refined, peppier and definitely more god damn comfortable, the 2020 BMW 530i holds true to everything German and everything BMW. Ride quality to surprise the most elite of the elite, packages to attract the enthusiastic of the lot, the 530i demands nothing more than a few good spa visits and service stations. 

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Pros

Numerous efficient engine options to choose from

Best in class features and technologies

Quiet cabin

Enough space to keep your baggage on long drives

Best highway cruising experience in the segment

Cons

Dated styling in a very competitive segment

Few interior specs and build quality may feel old

Packages make the deal spicy but adds to the cost

Lacks BMW’s sporty appeal

What's New?

Latest iDrive 7.0 operating system

Live Cockpit Professional digital instrument display comes as standard

Navigation and keyless passive entry


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$53900

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

248 hp @ 5200 rpm

torque

258 lbs.-ft. @ 1450 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

63.0/63.9

dimensions

wheelbase

117.1 in.

length

194.6 in.

width

73.5 in.

height

58.2 in.

curb weight

3713 lbs.

ground clearance

5.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

98.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

18.7 cu ft.

payload capacity

860 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

25/28/33 mpg

ev range

450 mi.

highway range

594 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr. / unlimited


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Exterior
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Interior
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Styles

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Almandine Brown Metallic

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Ratings

Features

8.7

Engine

7.5

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.0

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OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 BMW 5 Series 530i

530i

power
248hp @ 5200 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
28 combined

$53,900 - $56,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
530i 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $53,900 MSRP (25/28/33) 248hp @ 5200 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual rear wheel drive 5
530i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $56,200 MSRP (24/27/31) 248hp @ 5200 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual all wheel drive 5

 2020 BMW 5 Series 540i

540i

power
335hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
25 combined

$59,450 - $61,750


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
540i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $59,450 MSRP (21/25/29) 335hp @ 5500 rpm, 3 L, I-6, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual rear wheel drive 5
540i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $61,750 MSRP (22/25/29) 335hp @ 5500 rpm, 3 L, I-6, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual all wheel drive 5

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Priced $53,900 for the basic 530i RWD trim, the further 3 trims of the sedan including 530i xDrive, 540i and 540i xDrive costs $56,200, $59,450 and $61,750 respectively. 8 different packages are available for the 5-series and produce 248 hp at 5200 rpm and make maximum torque of 258 lbs./ft. at 1450 rpm. 

2020 BMW 5 series front view
2020 BMW 5 series front view
2020 BMW 5 series rear view
2020 BMW 5 series rear view

8.7/10
Features

 

7.5/10
Engine

 
 

8.0/10
Interior

 

8.0/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

2020 BMW 5 Series Features

8.7/10

Like a 16-year-old boy walking into adultery, BMW has added a pinch of maturity to the 5-series. Previously charted as a sporty, mindfully peppy and young at heart sedan, the 2020 BMW 530i is now a quiet and comfortable cruiser. Gliding down the freeway are two trim levels for the 2020 530iand 2 for 2020 540i. Hosting the march are 2 530i models which include a rear wheel drive (RWD) and an all wheel drive (AWD), also known as the BMW xDrive sedan.

Trims 

2020 BMW 530i 4dr Rear-wheel Drive Sedan 

2020 BMW 530i xDrive 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan 

Price

$53,900

$56,200

Key Features

Air Curtains and Air Breather system 

Active kidney grille 

 

Electronic throttle control 

Servotronic power-steering assist 

 

Brake Energy Regeneration 

Black Chrome exhaust tips 

 

Twin-tube gas-pressure shock absorbers 

Anthracite headliner 

 

Electromechanical parking brake

HiFi Sound System with 12 speakers and 205-watt digital amplifier 

 

Expanded Check Control vehicle monitor system 

Power tilt/telescopic steering wheel with automatic tilt-up for easy entry and exit 

Trims 

2020 BMW 540i 4dr Rear-wheel Drive Sedan 

2020 BMW 540i xDrive 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan 

Price

$59,450

$61,750

Key Features

Double-wishbone multi-link aluminum front suspension 

xDrive all-wheel-drive system 

 

Electronically controlled engine cooling (map cooling) 

18" Double Spoke wheels, style 634 with all-season run-flat tires 

 

Rear wheel drive system

Black Chrome exhaust tips

 

Metallic paint

Non-metallic paint 

 

Dakota Leather upholstery 

Expanded Check Control vehicle monitor system 

Following the hierarchy, the 2020 BMW 540i also hosts both RWD and AWD drivetrains. Key features of the sedan include electronically controlled throttle which keeps the engine and tires hold hands and walk with grace. An active kidney grille provides aesthetic identity to the BMW while providing fresh gust of air to the mill under the hood. A servotronic power steering assist helps the driver take control on the wheels with the help of latest tech. Other features such as brake energy regeneration and Expanded Check Control vehicle monitor system keeps the package interesting. 

Speaking of packages, the 2020 BMW 530i comes with 8 different packages to add the much needed flair to the sedan. These packages include:

Package Name

Driving Assistance Plus Package

Dynamic Handling Package

Lighting Package

MSRP 

$1,700

$1,650

$1,050

Features 

ACC Stop & Go + Active Driving Assistant

Dynamic Damper Control

Adaptive Full LED Lights

   

M Sport Brakes

Automatic High Beams

   

Integral Active Steering

 

Package Name

Luxury Seating Package

M Sport Package

Parking Assistance Package

MSRP 

$1,600

$5000

$700

Features 

Front Ventilated Seats

Wheels: 19" x 8" Fr & 19" x 9" Rr M Double-Spoke

Parking Assistant Plus

 

Multi-Contour Seats

M Sport Package

Active Park Distance Control

 

Front Massaging Seats

SensaTec Dashboard

Surround View with 3D View

   

Aluminum Rhombicle Trim

Rear View Camera

   

LED Fog Lights

 
   

M Sport Suspension

 
   

M Steering Wheel

 
   

Aerodynamic Kit

 
   

Shadowline Exterior Trim

 
   

Dakota Leather Upholstery

 

Package Name

Luxury Package

Premium Package

MSRP 

$1,950

$1,250

Features 

SensaTec Dashboard

Power Tailgate

 

Luxury Line

Heated Front Seats

 

Dakota Leather Upholstery

Head-Up Display

   

SiriusXM Satellite Radio

   

Wireless Charging

   

Gesture Control

   

Enhanced USB & Bluetooth 

We recommend

Choosing the best of the lot, we recommend you to get the 2020 BMW 530i xDrive with All wheel drive (AWD) capability. It not only gives the best of BMW under its body but also hosts features to fall in love with the german engineering. Being an all wheel drive sedan, the cruiser in you will want to take it out on a sunny day and do a couple of rounds on the motorway. And just so you don’t feel like a miser following the American brigade, get the M-Packages installed. An additional amount of $5000 adds features such as 19 inch wheels, SensaTec Dashboard, M Sport suspension and an aerodynamic kit. The ‘M badge’ adds the glory of performance to the already crucing perfection of 2020 530i. 

2020 BMW 5 Series Engine

7.5/10

2 liter inline 4 engine powers the 2020 BMW 530i and produces maximum horsepower of 248 hp at 5200 rpm and makes maximum torque of 258 lbs./ft. at 1450 rpm. Both rear wheel and wheel drive options are available matted to a 8 speed automatic transmission with overdrive and auto-manual. Performing like a daily driver and functioning like a sports sedan, the 2020 530i brings along the best of 2 worlds together.

2020 BMW 5 series engine
2020 BMW 530i and produces maximum horsepower of 248 hp at 5200 rpm

Models

2020 BMW 530i 4dr Rear-wheel Drive Sedan 

2020 BMW 530e i Performance 4dr Rear-wheel Drive Sedan 

2020 Mercedes Benz Base E 350 4dr Rear-wheel Drive Sedan

MSRP

$53,900

$53,900

$54,050

Engine

2.0-liter I-4 (premium)

2.0-liter I-4 (premium)

2.0-liter I-4 (premium)

Transmission

8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

9-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

Horsepower

248 hp

184 hp

255 hp

Torque

258 lbs./ft.

255 lbs./ft.

273 lbs./ft.

Icing on the cake are numerous packages which adds performance to the sedan bringing the best of marvel. Under the hood of the 2020 540i is a 6 cylinder engine which is matted to the same 8 speed automatic transmission. Designed and tuned for comfort driving experience rather than BMW’s sporty soul, the 2020 BMW 530i is smooth and glides on the tarmac. The athletic cousin of the family here is the M badged 2020 BMW M550i which we have talked about in a separate review.

Acceleration

Primarily not a ‘check this..’ sedan which you can flaunt with your motor-head buddies on a weekend while putting the first foot on the pedal, the 2020 BMW 530i complements ‘newspapers’ over ‘Trap Nation’. 

2020 BMW 5 series acceleration
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Models

2020 BMW 530i 4dr Rear-wheel Drive Sedan 

2020 BMW 530e iPerformance 4dr Rear-wheel Drive Sedan 

2020 Mercedes Benz Base E 350 4dr Rear-wheel Drive Sedan

0-60 MPH

6 sec

5.8 sec

6.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

14.5 sec

N/A

Engine

2.0-liter I-4 (premium)

2.0-liter I-4 (premium)

2.0-liter I-4 (premium)

Emission (g/km of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

119

41-36

N/A

Accelerating 0 to 60 miles per hour in 6 seconds and quarter mile in 14.8 seconds, the 2020 530i is your daily driver with the heart of a sport sedan. If you are a “OH! MY! GOD! So much smoke, No burnout!” sort of a Bimmer head, the 530i adds about 119 grams of carbon dioxide per every kilometer driven.

Ride and Handling

If you think, “Smooth” is an expression rather than a statement, the BMW 2020 sedan is your calling. Cruising on the road like a german brat chugging his beer along the way, the 2020 530i is gentle on curves and precise on straight lines. The M-Package we mentioned adds the M-suspension and M-steering wheel, which when working together complements the engineering of the sedan and adds golden points to its driving dynamics. An instant hike in the performance is due to its comfort tuned engine which is planned for road glides and the final touches to the performance are courtesy to the M package.

Braking

BMW has not yet launched all the specs of 2020 BMW 530i but what we can judge by its previous versions is if its a BMW, its precise. Weighing about 3746 lbs., the 2020 530i holds the tag of a comfort cruiser. And with comfort comes the importance of not so harsh, not so dynamic but definitely precise brake mechanism which is native to many BMW products. 

2020 BMW 5 series wheel
2020 BMW 5 Series Front Wheel

Models

2020 BMW 530i 4dr Rear-wheel Drive Sedan 

2020 BMW 530e iPerformance 4dr Rear-wheel Drive Sedan 

2020 Mercedes Benz Base E 350 4dr Rear-wheel Drive Sedan

Brake Front (in.)

N/A

N/A

12.7

Brake Rear (in.)

N/A

N/A

11.8

Curb Weight

3746 lbs.

4266 lbs.

3792 lbs.

60-0 mph 

N/A

N/A

N/A

Hold tight and we will update you about the braking specs as soon as they are out for the public. 

2020 BMW 5 Series Fuel Economy

None of us need to be an economist to understand the gasoline costs money. And since you have paid enough of it to get your hands on the new 2020 BMW 530i, the fuel economy of the sedan adds a lot to its maintenance and daily running costs. 

Model

2020 BMW 530i 4dr Rear-wheel Drive Sedan

2020 BMW 530e iPerformance 4dr Rear-wheel Drive Sedan 

2020 Mercedes Benz Base E 350 4dr Rear-wheel Drive Sedan

MPG (City) m/g

25

N/A

21

MPG (Combined) m/g

28

N/A

25

MPG (Highway) m/g

33

N/A

30

The 2020 BMW 530i/540i goes for 25 miles in a gallon of fuel in the city traffic while it makes 33 miles per gallon on the highway. The sedan has a combined fuel economy of 28 miles per gallon of fuel. 

2020 BMW 5 Series Interior

8.0/10

Civilised in its drive, the interiors of the 2020 BMW 530i are conventional in many ways but intuitive in other. Irrespective of how dull the cabin space was for its predecessors, the new 2020 version of the sedan hosts tremendous features designed for both comfort and ease.

Seating and Comfort

Fitted with 16 way adjustable seats, expandable up to 20 ways if you add a couple hundred more dollars, the 2020 BMW 530i is definitely a long way driving sedan. The sitting position for both driver and rear passengers is on the comfort side rather then for adrenaline driving. 5 passengers easily squeeze in the cabin and can sit with comfort. Enough legroom and headroom keeps the cockpit breathy and airy.

2020 BMW 5 series interior
2020 BMW 5 series seating

Model

2020 BMW 530i 4dr Rear-wheel Drive Sedan

2020 BMW 530e iPerformance 4dr Rear-wheel Drive Sedan 

2020 Mercedes Benz Base E 350 4dr Rear-wheel Drive Sedan

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

Front (in.) Head room

38.8

38.8

37.9

Front (in.) Shoulder room

58.7

58.7

57.8

Front (in.) Leg room

41.4

41.4

41.3

Rear (in.) Head room

37.5

37.5

38.2

Rear (in.) Shoulder room

55.9

55.9

56.9

Rear (in.) Leg room

36.5

36.5

35.8

Interior Features

The interior features of the 2020 BMW 530i include:

  • Power sunshade
  • Key Fob trunk/hatch/door release
  • Power windows
  • 5 12V DC power outlets
  • Sunroof/convertible roof FOB controls
  • Navigation system
  • Retained accessory power
  • Day-night rearview mirror
  • Heated sport steering wheel with power tilting, power telescoping, auto tilt-away
  • Distance pacing cruise control
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Remote window controls
  • Emergency communication system

Infotainment

Infotainment systems add much to the comfort of a sedan. The 2020 BMW 530i comes fitted with infotainment features such as:

2020 BMW 5 series infotainment display
2020 BMW 5 series Infotainment display
  • SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite with seek-scan
  • Multi-source rear audio controls
  • Speed sensitive volume
  • Primary monitor touchscreen
  • 2 2nd row LCD monitor
  • 16 premium speakers
  • 600W amplifier
  • Audio theft deterrent
  • Steering-wheel mounted audio controls
  • Smart device integration
  • Head-up display
  • Reverse sensing system
  • Systems monitor 

Cargo Capacity

Best in class is an understatement if you ask about the cargo space of 2020 BMW 530i. A total cargo volume of 18.7 cubic feet keeps the 530i relevant for long drive trims and airport halts as well. When compared with other sedans in the segment, the BMW obviously outshines. The cargo can fit upto 6 carry on suitcases. 

2020 BMW 5 series cargo space
A total cargo volume of 18.7 cubic feet keeps the BMW 530i

Model

2020 BMW 530i 4dr Rear-wheel Drive Sedan

2020 BMW 530e iPerformance 4dr Rear-wheel Drive Sedan 

2020 Mercedes Benz Base E 350 4dr Rear-wheel Drive Sedan

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

18.7

14.5

13.1

 

2020 BMW 5 series center console
2020 BMW 5 series center console
2020 BMW 5 series rear seat
2020 BMW 5 series rear seat
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2020 BMW 5 series seating
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2020 BMW 5 series
2020 BMW 5 series rear seat folded
2020 BMW 5 series rear seat folded
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2020 BMW 5 series
2020 BMW 5 series instrumental cluster
2020 BMW 5 series instrumental cluster

2020 BMW 5 Series Exterior

8.0/10

Nothing beats the idea of a plush looking sedan gliding on the motorway with all its glory. THe 2020 BMW 530i is no exception. Even with its relatively outdated styling and curves, the sedan has managed to fit with precision among its rivals. The big bold iconic active grille in black chrome introduces the admirer to the gorgeous 5 -series. Chrome on the edges of the grill adds the much needed plush to the stance while introspecting its glory through creases on the bonnet. A character defining crease emerges from the A-pillar and moves all the way to the B-Pillar.

2020 BMW 5 series Side view
2020 BMW 5 series Side View

Brilliantly made rear view wings and gorgeous DRLs also takes much to beauty on the front. Moving to the rear shows the LED rear lamps. Twin chrome exhausts and chrome line on the skid plates adds the much needed rear beauty to the sedan. 

Model

2020 BMW 530i 4dr Rear-wheel Drive Sedan

2020 BMW 530e iPerformance 4dr Rear-wheel Drive Sedan 

2020 Mercedes Benz Base E 350 4dr Rear-wheel Drive Sedan

Curb weight (lbs.)

3746

4266

3792

Length(in)

194.6

194.6

193.8

Width(in)

73.5

73.5

73.7

Height(in)

58.2

58.2

57.8

Ground clearance (mm)

N/A

N/A

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

117.1

117.1

115.7

Track width (in) F/R

63/63.9

63/63.9

63.6/63.7

Exterior Features

On the exterior front, the 2020 BMW 530i comes with exterior features such as:

  • Galvanized steel/aluminum body material
  • black grille with chrome surround
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Auto dimming power remote left side-view door mirror
  • Body-colored front and rear bumpers
  • Metallic paint
  • Chrome tip exhaust
  • Heated power folding side-view door mirrors 
  • Power open and close trunk

 

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2020 BMW 5 Series Safety

Safety comes first for the german automaker. Safety features in the 2020 BMW 530i include:

  • Front and rear ventilated disc brakes
  • Remote activated perimeter/approach lights
  • Manual adjustable front head restraints
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Side-impact bars
  • Electronic stability
  • Forward collision warning
  • Four-wheel ABS brakes
  • Traction control
  • Run flat rear tires
  • Brake assist
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners

2020 BMW 5 Series Competition

2020 BMW 530i/540i Sedan VS 2020 BMW 530e iPerformance Sedan

In a competition war of sedans between the two german beauties, the 2020 BMW 530i and BMW 530e are both performers in their own categories. While the 530i is more comfort focused, the 530e is strictly sport sedan. Priced exactly the same as that of 530i, the 530e produces significantly less power but produces almost equal torque figure. Get the 2020 BMW 530e if you are in for a performance sedan while the 2020 530i is for comfort enthusiasts.

2020 BMW 530e iPerformance
2020 BMW 530e iPerformance

2020 BMW 530i/540i Sedan VS 2020 Mercedes Benz Base E 350 Sedan

Clash of comfort sedans, the 530i competes well with the E350. Costing a few dollars more than the 2020 530i, the Merc E350 makes slightly more power and more torque. Both the cars are comfort focused and are built for crucing. Buy the Merc E350 for its very refined driving experience while getting the BMW 530i available in 2020 will give you a peppy transmission, various drive modes and numerous packages to choose from. 

2020 Mercedes Benz E 350
2020 Mercedes Benz E 350

 

2020 BMW 5 Series Final Verdict

A Perfect marriage of comfort and safety with sporty package option, the 2020BMW 530i is a comfort machine built to last the beast of your expectations and still stay relevant for your daily commutes. Not too costly to own, the 5-series BMW is a good mix of dynamism and fantastic aesthetics.