2018 BMW 530e iPerformance Review

The BMW 530e iPerformance is a sporty sedan that serves up the dynamic driving experience for which the brand is renowned, combined with the possibility of electric driving with zero local emissions. The BMW 530e iPerformance is the most innovative model in its class and offers the full wealth of BMW 5-Series driver assistance systems – in all modes, including eDrive. As for its power source, trailblazing BMW eDrive technology teams up with a BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine to create a powerful and exceptionally economical plug-in hybrid drive system that fits perfectly with the dynamic, smooth and efficient character profile of the new BMW 5-Series.

2018 BMW 530e iPerformance Review

2018 BMW 530e iPerformance Review

Exterior and Interior

The BMW 530e iPerformance spec will about match the 530i, and come with the M Sport package adding the M Aerodynamics body kit and performance brakes (or the Luxury Line setup for the same cost).

Standard fare will include a navigation system with 10.25-inch display, wireless smartphone charging, head-up display, park assist with 360-degree cameras and 3D front/rear view, adaptive dampers, adaptive LED headlights, electric boot, 19-inch BMW M light alloy wheels, a 16-speaker harman/kardon surround-sound system and an anthracite roof liner.

2018 BMW 530e iPerformance Review

Like other 5ers, there are semi-autonomous driving technologies such as an adaptive cruise control system that stops to zero, and responds to gaps in traffic more quickly than most, while the lane-keeping assist nudges you back between the lines like in a Tesla or E-Class, though regulations mean you need to take the wheel every 30 seconds or so.

In addition, the 530e gains iPerformance-specific content, such as a stationary cooling system, Acoustic Pedestrian Protection, extended ConnectedDrive services featuring eDrive stuff, the charging cable and an eight-year warranty covering battery deletion or failure.

2018 BMW 530e iPerformance Review

Under the Hood

BMW 530e iPerformance has two motors, one electric and one petrol. The electric motor makes 95 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque.

That’s impressive given that, at 1,845 kg, the 530e is a full 130kg heavier than the 530d. Those batteries do offer a claimed pure electric range of 31 miles, however, and can be fully charged in three hours via a wallbox. The car can also hit 87mph without any petrol intervention.

The 530e has 3 different hybrid modes available. In AUTO eDrive the car decides the most efficient settings between battery power vs gasoline motor, for any given condition. If however, you are trying not use any gasoline, select MAX eDrive mode and the gasoline motor will stay off until the battery is depleted or you go over 87 mph or floor the accelerator pedal. If you know you are going to be going on a long trip and want to save battery for your destination, simply choose Save Battery mode and the 530e will use the 2.0 liter four-cylinder turbo. All of these modes are selectable via an eDrive button next to the gear selector.

2018 BMW 530e iPerformance Review

Price and Available

The list price is ₤ 43,985, which comes down to ₤ 41,485 after the ₤ 2500 government grant for plug-in hybrid vehicles. The 530e’s closest rival is the Mercedes E350e plug-in hybrid, which costs ₤ 44,840 before the grant.