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2022 BMW 5-series
Select a Different Model (7 Available): 530e Sedan
Horsepower $ 181@3,800
Torque 258@1,450
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2022 BMW 5 Series MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Comfy cruiser
  • Spacious for people and cargo
  • Plug-in hybrid powertrain

Cons

  • Lacks panache
  • Numb steering
  • Uninspiring cabin design

Coming off a midcycle refresh last year, the 2022 BMW 5 Series returns with minimal changes. The 5 Series has been on sale for nearly 50 years, and it was once revered for combining luxury with liveliness. The latest 5 Series is heavy on the former and light on the latter, but its optional plug-in hybrid powertrain sets it apart from the competition.

What's New

  • Wireless charging, Wi-Fi hotspot, and remote start are no longer available
  • Parking Assistance and Executive packages restricted to M550i trim

What We Think

The 2022 BMW 5 Series is more of a luxury cruiser than the Ultimate Driving Machine. Last year's refresh brought a new design along with a mild hybrid system for the 540i, but it did little to address the numbness that pervades the driving experience.

Interior space is a highlight of the 5 Series, and the quality of cabin materials is generally good. Even so, the cabin falls short of the effortless splendor of a Mercedes-Benz E-Class or the clean serenity of an Audi A6. Technology is impressive, though the 5 Series doesn't yet have the latest version of BMW's iDrive infotainment system.

The 5 Series is stable at speed, and it insulates passengers well from turbulence. Maybe too well—while the suspension is composed, not much sensation filters through to the steering wheel. The M5 (covered separately) is more exciting, but we miss the thrills we found in 5s of yore. We still appreciate the plug-in hybrid 530e, which offers stellar efficiency and costs hardly more than a base 530i.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2022 BMW 5 Series is available with four powertrain options. All use an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 5 Series is one of relatively few midsize luxury sedans available as a hybrid, joining the Volvo S90 Recharge.

530i and 530i xDrive

  • Drivetrain: RWD or AWD
  • Engine: 2.0-liter turbo-four
  • Horsepower/Torque: 248 hp/257 lb-ft
  • Efficiency (city/highway): 25/33 mpg (RWD), 23/32 mpg (AWD)
  • Acceleration (0-60 mph): 5.9 seconds (RWD), 5.8 seconds (AWD) (mfr)

530e and 530e xDrive

  • Drivetrain: RWD or AWD
  • Engine: 2.0-liter turbo-four, 107-hp electric motor
  • Horsepower/Torque: 288 hp/258 lb-ft
  • Efficiency (combined): 64 mpg-e (RWD), 62 mpg-e (AWD)
  • Acceleration (0-60 mph): 5.7 seconds (mfr)

540i and 540i xDrive

  • Drivetrain: RWD or AWD
  • Engine: 3.0-liter turbo I-6
  • Horsepower/Torque: 335 hp/331 lb-ft
  • Efficiency (city/highway): 25/32 mpg (RWD), 22/29 mpg (AWD)
  • Acceleration (0-60 mph): 4.9 seconds (RWD), 4.6 seconds (AWD)

M550i xDrive

  • Drivetrain: AWD
  • Engine: 4.4-liter turbo V-8
  • Horsepower/Torque: 523 hp/553 lb-ft
  • Efficiency (city/highway): 17/25 mpg
  • Acceleration (0-60 mph): 3.6 seconds (mfr)

Going Green

The BMW 530e is not the first plug-in hybrid luxury sedan, but it's currently one of the best bargains for eco-minded shoppers. The Lexus ES is significantly cheaper, but as a conventional hybrid, it's less efficient and has no electric-only range. It's also less powerful than the 530e.

The Volvo S90 Recharge is the 530e's closest analogue. It's more powerful than the 530e, and it comes with standard all-wheel drive. Efficiency is slightly improved, and the S90 Recharge has a longer range. The catch: Although the gas-powered S90 is slightly cheaper than an equivalent 5 Series, the Recharge costs over $5,000 more than a 530e.

Safety Ratings and Features

BMW's standard Active Driving Assistance kit includes automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, automatic high-beams, and blind-spot monitoring. Adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, and a semi-autonomous traffic jam mode are bundled into the Driving Assistance Professional package, but you'll need to add the Convenience package to unlock it.

The NHTSA hasn't tested the 5 Series recently, but the IIHS gave the 2021 model strong scores in all crash tests.

Cargo Space and Interior Room

Although the interior design of the 5 Series has fallen behind rivals, cabin space is strong for the segment. Compared to our 2021 Car of the Year, the 5 Series has more cargo capacity and rear legroom.

Cargo space:

  • 2022 BMW 5 Series: 14.5 cubic feet
  • 2022 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan: 13.1 cubic feet

Legroom (first/second rows):

  • 2022 BMW 5 Series: 41.4/36.5 inches
  • 2022 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan: 41.7/36.2 inches

Technology

All 5 Series models come with a 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen and a matching 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. Navigation and smartphone compatibility come standard, and gesture control and a head-up display are optional. The 5 Series loses a few tech options for 2022, including wireless charging and Wi-Fi hotspot.

Recommended Trims

If performance is a priority, the 540i receives a strong power upgrade with minimal penalty at the pump. If you can live with slightly less grunt, the 530e costs little more than a base 530i while offering hugely improved efficiency. The 5 Series has grown portly with age, so the 530e's extra weight does little to spoil what dynamism remains.

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2022 BMW 5-SERIES SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 2.0 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, Steptronic 8 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode (8HP75H)
Trim
530e Sedan
Class
Luxury Passenger Car
Horsepower
181@3,800
Standard MPG
N/R
Body Style
Sedan
Drivetrain
RWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Premium
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
144
Powertrain Warranty Miles
50,000
Full Warranty Miles
50,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
48
Full Warranty Months
48
Roadside Assistance Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
Roadside Assistance Months
48
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$1500 BMW announces a Customer Cash Credit on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-31-2022
$1500 BMW announces APR Credit that is good towards a purchase through BMW Financial Services of select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-31-2022
$250 BMW announces a Military Program for customers who Lease/OwnersChoice through BMW Financial Services that is good towards a lease of select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-31-2022
$0 1.9% Financing available for varying term lengths : 36, 48, 60 Months - BMW announces APR rates on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-31-2022
$2000 BMW announces a Military Program for cash customers. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-31-2022
$500 BMW announces a Military Program for customers who Lease/OwnersChoice/Retail Finance/Select Finance through BMW Financial Services that is good towards a purchase or lease of select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-31-2022
$1500 BMW announces a Military Program for customers who Retail Finance/Select through BMW Financial Services that is good towards a purchase of select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-31-2022