2021 BMW 5 Series

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2021 BMW 5 Series Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: September 24, 2020
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Adarsh Sharma

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BMW is one of the most famed automakers which is known to make driver-focused cars. Thus, the Bavarian's logo can be spotted on some of the most iconic cars of our era, and the 5 Series sedan is just that. The BMW 5 Series sedan has always had a huge fan following due to its safety, efficiency, upmarket experience, and performance-focused characteristics. With the 2021 version, BMW is taking the game further up a notch. The German automaker has made a few changes in the styling, features and powertrain fronts for the 2021 model year. The current 2020 BMW 5 series is offered in five trims with the prices starting from $54,200 for base trim which comes with an RWD and goes all the way up to $76,800 for the top-spec trim.

The 2021 BMW 5 Series sedan was supposed to be launched In July 2020 but due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the launch has been delayed. But we can still dive into the 5 Series. As popular as it may be, it’s still rivaled by the likes of Mercedes-Benz E450 4Matic, Audi A6 Prestige, and the Volvo S90.

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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


Few interior specs and build quality may feel old

Packages make the deal spicy but add to the cost

Lacks BMW’s sporty appeal

What's New?

Visual refresh for the 2021 model year

New 48-volt hybrid powertrain 

Larger 12.3-inch infotainment system

Larger 12.3-inch infotainment system

Pictures & Videos

2021 BMW 5 Series Interior video


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Almandine Brown Metallic

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Engine And Performance


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Final Verdict




Trims and Configurations


2021 BMW 5 Series 530i


248 hp @ 5200 rpm
Premium unleaded
27 combined

$54,200 - $56,500

Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
530i 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $54,200 MSRP (25/27/33) 248 hp @ 5200 rpm, 2L, Inline 4, premium unleaded
8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5
530i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $56,500 MSRP (24/27/31) 248 hp @ 5200 rpm, 2L, Inline 4, premium unleaded
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

2021 BMW 5 Series 540i


335 hp @ 5500 rpm
Premium unleaded
27 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 (22/27/30) 335 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3L, Inline 6, premium unleaded
8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5
540i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $61,750 MSRP (22/27/29) 335 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3L, Inline 6, premium unleaded
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

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Overall Rating

The BMW 5-Series is quite a popular mid-size luxury four-door sedan that has been the benchmark for driving dynamics in this segment since its inception back in 1972. It is offered in multiple body styles and is also offered with an array of engine options including a turbo-4, turbo-6, plug-in hybrid, and a twin-turbo V-8. While the 5 series has its roots as a sports sedan it is mostly known for its luxury experience and advanced technology features now. With the 2021 model the BMW 5-Series is expected to receive some minor updates which range from larger infotainment to a 48-volt hybrid powertrain, let’s have a look.

2021 BMW 5 Series Sedan Front View
2021 BMW 5 Series Sedan Rear View



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Final Verdict


2021 BMW 5 Series Features


The 2021 BMW 5 Series Sedan is offered in two distinct trims namely, the 530i and the 540i. The pricing ranges from $54,200 for the 530i and goes all the way up to $61,750 for the 540i xDrive. BMW offers gas engines as well as hybrid powertrains to power the car which we have covered in a separate review. Both the trims into consideration offer a turbocharged motor which offers just about adequate performance for the city as well as highway usage.

2021 BMW 5-Series gets a complete redesign

For both the trims, the drivetrain can be chosen between a rear-wheel-drive or BMW's xDrive, which is a fancy term for All Wheel Drive. However, the 540i trim xDrive gets a more powerful 3.0-liter motor in an all-wheel-drive setup option compared to the 530i trim's 2.0-liter turbocharged unit. For 2021, the 540i trim combines the Inline-6 unit with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system to offer the best possible balance of efficiency and performance.







MSRP (xDrive)



Key Features

Dual Zone Climate Control

Adds to 530i features


18”double-spoke wheels

18”double-spoke alloy wheels


Live Cockpit Professional with 12.3” display

Dakota leather upholstery


BMW Connected Package Professional

Remote keyless entry with integrated key transmitter


4-way power front seats

Voice-activated dual-zone front air conditioning


12 Speaker HiFi sound system

ABS And Driveline Traction control

The 530i is BMW's base variant for the 5-Series Sedan. It comes with a 2.0 L turbocharged inline 4 with 248 horsepower. It starts at $54,200 for the RWD with an option for the X-drive AWD setup as well. It offers basic features like BMW's Connected Package Professional, Live Cockpit Professional, 4-way power front seats, and 12 speaker HiFi sound system. 

The 540i comes with a 3.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder engine combined with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system with regenerative braking capabilities, combined with this configuration is capable of belting out 335 hp. It starts at $61,750 and offers 18” alloy wheels, Dakota leather upholstery, remote keyless entry, voice-activated air conditioning, and all needed safety features, more or less. This can also be had with an RWD or BMWs X-Drive AWD system.

2021 BMW 5 Series Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

For all their glory, German cars are slammed for their own reliability. BMW is also often questioned for their reliability and I’m afraid BMW has not been improving on that front. According to JD Power, BMW has average reliability across most of its models and the 5 Series, in particular, bears a big question mark about their dependability. 2015 JD Power US Vehicle Dependability Study revealed that BMWs have 146 problems per 100 vehicles, which is above average. 

Reliability and OwnershipCosts

According to RepairPal, BMW has a 2.5 rating out of 5 stars which is very average for a car manufacturer of their stature. The average repair cost per year is south of $900 so the ownership costs over the years might turn frustrating. Most of the issues are reported to be powertrain issues, but the interior and build quality are often held in high regard for the 5 Series. Reliability Index places a 158 out of 100 for the BMW 5 Series, meaning that their reliability is very bang average. 

On average, the 2021 BMW base model 530i is expected to cost $54,200, although, with a destination charge of $995, it jumps up to $55,195. 


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Real cost of ownership







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In terms of the ownership costs, on an average, you will have to shell out nearly $89,026 in 5 years when you buy a brand new BMW 5 Series sedan. This cost is not at all on the cheaper side, even if you compare it to some of its German competitors.


All of the rivals and BMW themselves provide the same warranty period. The BMW 5 Series offers a 4 year/50,000 mile limited warranty scheme. However, the 530e and 540i’s electric power system is covered in an 8 year/80,000 mile warranty period which is fairly standard for all-electric/hybrid vehicles. BMW also offers a standard 24-hour emergency roadside assistance for 4 years/unlimited distance.



Limited warranty

4 years/ 50,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Powertrain warranty

4 years/ 50,000 miles; whichever is earlier

24-hour roadside assistance

4 years/ unlimited distance


8 year/80,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Mercedes Benz, Audi, Volvo, and BMW all offer the same 4 year/50,000 limited and powertrain warranty scheme, so there’s nothing to compare here. But BMW is probably the least reliable among its counterparts. 

Miles Per Dollar

If we consider BMW's base model 530i, then it delivers an mpg of 28 combined (city/highway). The average US gas price in recent times has been around $2.53 per gallon. Factoring in these numbers, the MPD figure for the 530i is an impressive 11.07, which means that you can travel for 11.07 miles for $1 in your 530i. 

2021 BMW 5 Series Buying Advice

If you want to own a new flashy BMW 5 Series Sedan, then we would recommend going for the all-rounder 540i, since it is nicely balanced between its price tag of around $60,000 and its performance. The 2021 edition comes with a hybrid powertrain, meaning that you would get well over 30 mpg, a very impressive fuel economy stat, coupled with BMW's fine-tuned performance, along with all basic safety features and a beautiful, premium interior. The BMW 540i also offers RWD and AWD options, and you can choose your preferred drivetrain while purchasing. You could also enjoy BMW's semi-autonomous driving with the Driving Assistance Plus Package.

The only thing to take away from BMW here is it’s reliability and it’s average repair costs per year. 

Is buying a used BMW 5 Series a good idea?

The BMW 5 Series loses value pretty quickly over the years, so they could be found for a 1/3rd of their original price after 4-5 years. While it might sound like a bargain, given its extremely poor resale value and unreliability, adding up to its overall high repair costs, it might not be the best idea to go for a used 5 Series. 

Perhaps it’s best to avoid the 5 Series in the used car market, but according to depreciation rates, the 2016 models are the best ones to look out for. They can be had for 45% of their original price (~$23,500) with 66% of their life remaining. If you really want a used 5 Series, then go for the 2016 models, but we would strongly advise against it.

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2021 BMW 5-series FAQs

Is BMW 5-series a reliable car?

BMW offers standard warranty packages just like what others offer in this segment. It offers a basic limited warranty of 4 years or 50,000 miles whichever comes first and also the package for the safekeeping of the powertrain. In comparison, the Cadillac cars offer more powertrain warranty for up to 6 years. The BMW complimentary scheduled maintenance is covered for 3 years and 36,000 miles. This is a good warranty package making its cars reliable for long term ownership.

What MPG figures does the 2021 BMW 5-series deliver?

The 2021 version of the BMW 5-series offers plenty of engine options. Except the entry-level 4-cylinder variant, all the variants offer some form of electric assisted power train. The base 530i (RWD) with the inline-4 offers 27 mpg combined rating which is the same as the more powerful Inilne-6 powered 540i which is quiet admirable for this segment.

Does the BMW 5-series get a Plug-In Hybrid Variant?

The BMW 5-series offers a new 530e variant for the 2021 lineup, which combines a 181 hp 2.0-liter gasoline engine with a 107 hp electric drive unit for a combined output of 288 hp and 310 ft-lbs of torque and it even gets an Xtrabosst feature that offers an additional 40 hp for up to 10 seconds.

2021 BMW 5 Series Engine and Performance


The 2021 530i comes loaded with a 2.0L turbocharged I4 with a power delivery of 248 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The bigger brother 540i houses a 3.0L turbocharged I6 assisted by a 48-volt mild-hybrid system, belting out 335 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque.

2021 BMW 540i is powered by an I-6 engine with a 48V mild-hybrid system

All the trims of the 2021 BMW 5-series are equipped with an 8-speed automatic w/ OD transmission and all the trims offer RWD and xDrive (AWD) options. All engine options are geared towards a specific need of the buyer but if its sheer performance that you are after then graduating to the V8 powered M550i or the full-blown super-car slaughtering M5 will be the best bet.


2021 BMW 540i xDrive

2020 Mercedes-Benz E450 4Matic

2020 Audi A6 Prestige

2020 Volvo S90







3.0L Turbocharged Inline-6

3.0L Biturbo V6

3.0L Turbocharged V6

2.0L Twin-Charged inline-4







8-speed Automatic

9-Speed G-Tronic Automatic

7-Speed S Tronic Dual-Clutch Automatic

8-Speed Geartronic Automatic with Adaptive Shift


335 hp @ 5,500 rpm

362 hp @ 6,000 rpm

335 hp @ 5,000 rpm

316 hp @ 5,700 rpm


332 lb.-ft @ 1,380 rpm

369 lb-ft @ 1,800 rpm

369 lb-ft @ 1,370 rpm

295 lb-ft @ 2,200 rpm

The Mercedes Benz slightly overtakes the BMW when it comes to power output but it’s pretty neck to neck. The BMW 540i special trick is that it houses a 48V starter generator motor, which will provide a boost to the I6 and also eliminate the time needed for the turbo to kick in, additionally also offering better fuel economy numbers. The Mercedes commands $160 per horsepower and the BMW around $184. All vehicles have an AWD option available. 

2021 BMW 5 Series Acceleration and Braking Performance 

The BMW 540i will sprint from 0-60 mph in an excellent 4.5 second. The 540i will cover a quarter-mile in just 13.8 seconds and it maxes out at a top speed of 130 mph. Those are really impressive numbers considering it’s a sedan, and BMW's performance-centric mindset always wins. The 2020 540i stops at 108 ft, which places it 3rd among its competitors, but the distance itself is very impressive too.

2021 BMW 5 Series Sedan covers 0-60 min 4.5 sec

However, we can expect it to stop at an even smaller distance with the 2021 edition. The Mercedes Benz loses the braking race with a 110 ft 60-0 stopping distance, but the Audi only takes up 103 ft to come to a halt. 


2021 BMW 540i xDrive

2020 Mercedes Benz E450 4Matic

2020 Audi A6 Prestige

2020 Volvo S90

0-60 MPH 

4.5 sec

5.0 sec

5.1 sec

5.6 sec

Quarter Mile 

13.8 sec

13.6 sec

14.2 sec

14.1 sec

Top Speed 

130 MPH

130 MPH

153 MPH

130 MPH

60-0 MPH

108 ft

110 ft

103 ft

107 ft

As we can witness, the BMW 540i blasts past the rivals with a mere 4.5 sec 0-60 time. The Mercedes comes in at second with 5 sec time and the Volvo is the slowest. The Mercedes beats the 540i in a mere 0.2 sec lead over the quarter-mile time. The Audi offers the highest top speed of 153 MPH. The 540i offers a very well rounded performance figure. 

2021 BMW 5 Series Fuel Economy


The 5 Series has always provided decent fuel economy figures in real-world driving and the 2021 versions are not going to be any different. The 530i will offer 25/33/28 mpg figures for city/highway/combined driving, while the same figures for the M550i are 18/25/20 mpg. With the integration of a hybrid powertrain in the 540i, the fuel economy numbers are going to improve even further. But, there is no concrete evidence about the actual MPG figures of the 2021 540i yet. The tank is a big 18-gallon offering that hands an excellent range for long journeys. 


2021 BMW 540i xDrive*

2020 Mercedes-Benz E450 4Matic

2020 Audi A6 Prestige

2020 Volvo S90

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MPG (Highway)





MPG (Combined)





Fuel Capacity (Gallons)





Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi)





*2020 figures used for reference

The 540i offers the best gas mileage on average among all four while the E450 suffers the most here. But the E450 also offers the biggest tank, which translates to a high range. Audi offers the highest range and Volvo the lowest. Overall, the 540i does well in this category. 

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2021 BMW 5 Series Interior


The BMW 5 Series always featured a premium and feature-rich interior. The 2021 editions are expected to change as BMW claimed that they would be adding more digital upgrades, such as a 12.3” infotainment screen. The seats are powered and heated, and also are wrapped in leather. The interior is packed with Perforated SensaTec upholstery. Overall, the interior is quite a good place to be in for long drives. 

2021 BMW 5 Series Sedan Dashboard 


For 2021, the 5-series gets updated interior upholstery which includes new color scheme and materials like Perforated SensaTec in Canberra Beige, Cognac or Black that are offered as standard. As an option, one can opt for Dakota Leather with contrast stitching is offered in Ivory White, Cognac or Black. Optional supple Nappa Leather with contrast stitching is available in Ivory White, Mocha, or Black.


2021 BMW 540i xDrive*

2020 Mercedes-Benz E450 4Matic

2020 Audi A6 Prestige

2020 Volvo S90

Seating Capacity





Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)





Rear Row


(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)





*2020 figures used for reference

The 540i delivers the most spacious front row however, it’s a rear row is congested as compared to its rivals. Here, the Mercedes takes the win for the most spacious rear row. The 540i features a rather tiny 10 cu ft cargo area. All of the cars feel premium and comfortable.

How’s the 2021 BMW 5 Series Sedan Infotainment System?

This is where BMW is making a huge change this year, with a 12.3” display, with features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, SiriusXM radio, as well as all driving assistance features and also BMW's cloud-based maps, a navigation system, and likewise; all running on BMW iDrive 7 software. BMW boasted it’s new significant digital improvements over the last-gen and it should not disappoint this year either. 

2021 BMW 5-series gets a 12,3-inch infotainment setup

Some of the key interior and infotainment features include:

  • Sport leather steering wheel
  • Universal garage-door opener
  • Comfort Access keyless entry
  • Rear view camera
  • Moonroof
  • Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
  • Power front Sport seats with lumbar support
  • 40/20/40 Split folding rear seat
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Anthracite headliner
  • Park distance control
  • Automatic climate control
  • Live Cockpit Pro with iDrive 7 and 12.3” digital instrument and center displays
  • SiriusXM with 1 year All Access subscription
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility
  • Enhanced USB and Bluetooth Smartphone integration
  • WiFi Hotspot with complimentary 3-month or 3GB trial
  • Connected Package Pro

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2021 BMW 5 Series Exterior


Another area where BMW has significantly upped its game is the exterior styling. The 5 Series sedans now appear more aggressive, more angular, and overall visually pleasing. The front fascia has been updated and it houses double kidney grills with new sharp, L-angled, and cool looking LED headlights. The rear taillights look 3D and very distinct on the road.

2021 BMW 5 Series gets a sharper front facia

The M550i is also fitted with revamped front and rear bumper, completely distinguishing it from it’s smaller cousins. but a similar exterior package could be expected from the M-sport package which will be offered later down the line across the board. Overall, BMW has done enough to turn the heads of onlookers on the street.


2021 BMW 540i xDrive*

2020 Mercedes-Benz E450 4Matic

2020 Audi A6 Prestige

2020 Volvo S90

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*2020 figures used for reference

The 540i is the lightest, although, with a hybrid powertrain in 2021, that figure will increase. It is also the highest car and the second longest, a first-place belonging to the Volvo S90. It is also pretty low slung, which gives it that sporty sedan look and vibe.

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2021 BMW 5 Series Safety


The BMW is extremely safe and secure, backed by the fact that it scored “GOOD” on all six Crashworthiness tests conducted by IIHS. Overall, it scored GOOD in almost all categories, making it a safe and worry-free ride. BMW offers tons of safety and driver assistant features such as lane departure warning, frontal collision warning and pedestrian detection with braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic high beams. Other than these standard features, BMW also offers other modern features such as active cruise control with stop and go, extended traffic jam assist, evasion aid, etc as optional package upgrades. BMW has always been innovative and they do not take your safety for granted. 

Key Active and Passive safety tech on-board the BMW 5-series includes:

    • Automatic front seat belt tensioning
    • Automatic closing of windows and moonroof
    • Fatigue and focus alert
    • Post-crash braking
    • Lane Departure warning
    • Frontal collision and pedestrian warning
    • City collision mitigation
    • Blindspot detection
    • Rear cross-traffic alert
    • Rear collision preparation
    • Automatic high beams
    • Speed limit information

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2021 BMW 5 Series Competition


2021 BMW 5 Series vs Mercedes Benz E450 4Matic

The E450 is slower than the BMW 540i, although not by much. With similar pricing, the 540i offers a hybrid powertrain, better mpg, and a more premium interior. The E450 does offer slightly more spacious interior and better reliability which makes it a tough choice between these two stalwarts. 

Mercedes Benz E450 4Matic

2021 BMW 5 Series vs Audi A6 Prestige

The Audi provides an excellent range and fuel economy tops that of the 540i. The exterior styling of the Prestige is also very attractive, although it’s subjective. But the BMW does hit a home run with it’s more premium, luxurious and feature-rich interior; better performance figures and lower pricing. Both are good offerings by the German marquees, and it eventually comes down to a performance vs practical choice at the end. 

Audi A6 Prestige

2021 BMW 5 Series vs Volvo S90

The S90 is very distinctive with it’s more luxurious, premium, and gorgeous interior than even the 540i. The ride is very smooth and comfortable. The exterior look is very subtle and not asking for much. However, it does take a hit with its relatively poor performance and range, where the 540i reclaims its throne, but then again, the S90 costs way less. If you want a subtle ride with a premium and comfortable interior, without breaking the bank, then the S90 might be the way to go. But the BMW is a much better all-rounder.

Volvo S90

2021 BMW 5 Series Final Verdict


A perfect all-rounder lineup with multiple offerings to choose from, no wonder the 5 Series has such a huge fan base all around the globe. It is fast, it is safe and it is decently practical. With a hybrid powertrain, now you can achieve better fuel economy without having to worry much about gas prices. The only con keeping the lineup from being perfect is the questionable reliability of BMW, which does add cost to your ownership. However, that doesn’t take away from the tons of features and blisteringly fast performance figures that the Bavarians have offered.

Used BMW 5 Series for Sale

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