BMW 530e plug-in hybrid on UK sale from January 2017 for £43,985

In March 2017, a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variant of the all new BMW 5 Series (G30) will complete the range. Featuring technology derived directly from the BMW i brand, the BMW 530e iPerformance Saloon offers a dynamic driving experience with exceptionally efficient performance as well as all-electric mobility with zero tailpipe emissions, as and when required.

BMW 530e plug in hybrid

Two power plants working in tandem generate a total output of 252hp,giving   the BMW 530e Saloon rapid acceleration while offering a substantial reduction in fuel consumption and emissions. The BMW 530e achieves combined fuel consumption of 141.2mpg (NEDC) and a combined electricity consumption of 9.2kWh with CO2 emissions of 46g/km.

The BMW eDrive system’s electric motor has an output of 95hp and maximum torque of 250Nm, while the four-cylinder combustion engine with its 2.0-litre displacement generates 184hp and 320Nm of torque. A combined peak torque of 420Nm allows the BMW 530e to sprint from zero to 62mph in 6.2 seconds and enable it to reach a top speed of 146mph.

BMW 530e plug in hybrid rear

The on-board lithium-ion battery pack of 9.2kwh of capacity enables the premium saloon to travel 29 miles using purely electric power at a maximum speed of 87mph.

The high-voltage battery of the BMW 530e Saloon can be fully charged in under five hours from a standard domestic power socket and in under three hours if it is hooked up to a BMW i Wallbox (3.7 kW charging capacity).

BMW 530e plug in hybrid

Driving modes

As well as the Driving Experience Control switch, with its SPORT, COMFORT and ECO PRO settings, drivers will also find an eDrive button at their disposal. This lets them tailor the BMW eDrive system’s operation even more precisely to the journey ahead through three driving modes: AUTO eDRIVE, MAX eDRIVE and BATTERY CONTROL.

AUTO eDRIVE ensures that the engine and electric motor interact to optimum effect in all driving situations and allows an all-electric top speed of 56mph. This mode is the default setting every time the vehicle is started.

BMW 530e plug in hybrid interior

When MAX eDRIVE mode is selected, the BMW 530e drives on electric power alone. To do so, it uses the electric drive’s full power and can attain a maximum speed of 87mph. However, if the accelerator is pressed through to kickdown the engine will cut in.

BATTERY CONTROL mode lets the driver set the charge level for the high-voltage battery manually. The target value can be adjusted to between 30 and 100 per cent of maximum charge, allowing that proportion of the battery’s capacity to be reserved for all-electric driving at a later point in the journey, for example, in order to ensure that an upcoming section through an urban area can be covered with zero local emissions.

Discreetly different

Bespoke design touches on the exterior clearly identify the BMW 530e iPerformance Saloon. Blue kidney grille slats, blue wheel hub covers, the charging socket located between the front wheel arch and the A-pillar on the driver’s side, the “eDrive” emblems on the C‑pillars and, of course, the “530e” badge on the boot lid are the most noticeable identifying features of the plug-in hybrid variant.

BMW 530e plug in hybrid

When passengers open the doors, they are welcomed by illuminated sill panels bearing “eDrive” lettering and an interior that mirrors the sporty elegance of the exterior design, just as it does on all variants of the BMW 5 Series saloon. The BMW 530e additionally comes with an eDrive button on the centre console, along with specially designed displays for both the instrument cluster in front of the driver and the central information screen.

The BMW 530e is the latest Plug-in PHEV in the BMW range following the BMW X5 xDrive40e, BMW 225xe, BMW 330e, BMW 740e. All models benefit from the technology and know-how transferred from BMW’s i brand.

The BMW 530e is available to order from mid-January and OTR prices start at £43,985.

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