The BMW 5 Series range has been one of the best selling models for BMW and comes in a wide variety of trims. BMW has now revived its premium executive sedan for the new model year with a host of updates.
2021 BMW 5 Series Exterior
The most prominent update is the styling of the signature Kidney grille which now adopts the new BMW design language seen in their other models. The BMW kidney grille grows in width and height, drops down further into the front bumper and comes with a single-piece surround. The headlights have been made slimmer and adopt an L-shape design for a sleeker appearance and feature BMW’s laser technology. The rear is also redesigned with simpler lines, the exhaust tips have a trapezoidal shape and fit in nicely with the new diffuser element offered in the M-sport pack. The 2021 5 Series also gets new 18- and 20-inch wheels and adds four new paint options.
2021 BMW 5 Series Interior
On the inside, the new BMW 5 Series comes standard with a 10.25-inch or an optional 12.3-inch infotainment Display with newly designed controls on the centre console. It also comes standard with a sports leather steering wheel with newly arranged multifunction buttons. All new BMW 5 Series Sedan and new BMW 5 Series Touring models include automatic climate control with extended features as standard.
Updates to the 5 Series Hybrid models
The biggest news is the expansion of the Plug-in hybrid range which is now available across five different models – BMW 530e Sedan, 530e Touring, 530e xDrive Sedan, 530e xDrive Touring and the 545e xDrive Sedan with a six-cylinder in-line combustion engine which will be available later in the year. The plug-in hybrid models now feature the new BMW eDrive Zone function which automatically switches the car to an all-electric mode when entering ‘green zones’. The electric range is increased to 67 km compared to last year model’s 66 km. Power gets a bump from last year’s 252 hp to a healthy 40 hp increase leading to 292 hp (thanks to the XtraBoost feature which is now standard) while the torque output remains the same. The new 530e sedan accelerates faster to 100 km/h (5.9 seconds) compared to the previous year’s model (6.1 seconds).
The CO2 emissions remain relatively unaffected in the new model line. The detailed figures are provided in the following tables.
Table comparing all the new plug in models:
|2020 BMW Plug-in Hybrid range specifications||BMW 530e Sedan||BMW 530e xDrive Sedan||BMW 530e Touring||BMW 530e xDrive Touring||BMW 545e xDrive Sedan|
|Engine||Four-cylinder in-line petrol engine, plug-in hybrid system with synchronous electric motor, eight-speed Steptronic transmission||Four-cylinder in-line petrol engine, plug-in hybrid system with synchronous electric motor, eight-speed Steptronic transmission||Four-cylinder in-line petrol engine, plug-in hybrid system with synchronous electric motor, eight-speed Steptronic transmission||Six-cylinder in-line petrol engine, plug-in hybrid system with synchronous electric motor, eight-speed Steptronic transmission|
|Engine Power||135 kW/184 hp at 5,000 – 6,500 rpm||135 kW/184 hp at 5,000 – 6,500 rpm||135 kW/184 hp at 5,000 – 6,500 rpm||135 kW/184 hp at 5,000 – 6,500 rpm||210 kW/286 hp at 5,000 – 6,000 rpm|
|Electric Motor output||80 kW/109 hp||80 kW/109 hp||80 kW/109 hp||80 kW/109 hp||80 kW/109 hp|
|Combined Output||215 kW/292 hp||215 kW/292 hp||215 kW/292 hp||215 kW/292 hp||290 kW/394 hp|
|Torque (combined)||420 Nm (310 lb-ft)||420 Nm (310 lb-ft)||420 Nm (310 lb-ft)||420 Nm (310 lb-ft)||600 Nm (442 lb-ft)|
|Acceleration (0 – 100 km/h)||5.9 seconds||5.9 seconds||6.1 seconds||6.1 seconds||4.7 seconds|
|Top speed||235 km/h [146 mph]||230 km/h [143 mph]||225 km/h [140 mph]||225 km/h [140 mph]||250 km/h [155 mph]|
|Fuel consumption||1.8 – 1.7 l/100 km [156.9 – 166.2 mpg imp]||2.1 – 2.0 l/100 km [134.5 – 141.2 mpg imp]||2.1 – 1.9 l/100 km [134.5 – 148.7 mpg imp]||2.3 – 2.1 l/100 km [122.8 – 134.5 mpg imp]||2.4 – 2.1 l/100 km [117.7 – 134.5 mpg imp]|
|Electric Range||62 – 67 km||56 – 58 km||58 – 62 km||53 – 56 km||54 – 57 km|
|CO2 emissions||42 – 39 g/km||49 – 46 g/km||47 – 43 g/km||52 – 49 g/km||54 – 49 g/km|
A comparison of last year’s model and the facelift model:
|Comparison of the 2019 530e & 2020 530e||2020 BMW 530e Sedan||2019 BMW 530e Sedan|
|Combined Output||215 kW/292 hp||185 kW/252 hp|
|Torque (combined)||420 Nm (310 lb-ft)||420 Nm (310 lb-ft)|
|Acceleration (0 – 100 km/h)||5.9 seconds||6.1 seconds|
|Top speed||235 km/h [146 mph]||235 km/h [146 mph]|
|Fuel consumption||1.8 – 1.7 l/100 km||1.8 to 1.6 litres/100 km|
|Electric Range||62 – 67 km||61 to 66 kilometres|
|CO2 emissions||42 – 39 g/km||41-36 g/km|