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2019 530e iPerformance 4dr Rear-wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $53,400
2019 530i 4dr Rear-wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $53,400
2019 530e xDrive iPerformance 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $55,700
2019 530i xDrive 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $55,700
2019 540i 4dr Rear-wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $58,950
2019 540i xDrive 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $61,250
2019 540d xDrive 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $62,750
2019 M550i xDrive 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $74,450
2019 M5 Base 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $102,700
2019 M5 Competition 4dr All-wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $110,000
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The 2019 BMW 5-Series is a German luxury sedan that, in many ways, defines the type. It's available in a variety of styles, allowing the 5-Series to meet whatever need buyers have. While the various layers of trims and design styles can be confusing to navigate, the end result is that the 5-Series can be configured exactly the way you like it, as long as your wallet allows it.

What's New for 2019

There are no major updates for 2019, except for some price increases and shuffling of the option packages.

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Choosing Your BMW 5-Series

Finding the right BMW 5-Series for you requires what sort of engine best suits your needs. Trims are separated by engine choice.

The 530i is the base level trim, powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This engine returns a combined EPA fuel economy rating of 27 miles per gallon, a number that's solid for a mid-size sedan. The next trim level up is the 540i, which is powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six that's good for 335 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque and 24 mpg combined. Those in need of real power can upgrade to the M550i, which provides the driver with 456 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque via a 4.4-liter V8 engine while getting 19 mpg combined. This power is enough to get the M550i to 60 mph in less than four seconds.

For those who look for something a little more eco-friendly, BMW has the 530e plug-in hybrid. It still has the same 2.0-liter turbo from the 530i, but it adds an electric motor that gives a total offering of 248 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque, a greatly enhanced fuel economy rating of 72 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent), and a 27-mile electric-only range. Those looking for a more efficient 5-Series with extra power are given the 540d, which features a 3.0-liter straight-six turbodiesel engine that provides 265 hp and a healthy 465 lb-ft of torque, with the added benefit of a combined mpg rating of 30 mpg.

The 5-Series comes standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission, as is rear wheel drive on most models. The xDrive all-wheel-drive system is optional across the entire line for an extra $2,300 option, except on the M550i and 540d, where it's standard.

Other options and packages are vast and can get out of hand if you're not paying attention, but the good news is there's little variation across the trim levels. This allows you to buy a 530i with most of the nifty luxury and tech features you want without being forced to spend the extra money on a larger engine if that's not what you're looking for. Keeping that in mind, it's advised that interested buyers spend time exploring all the options available on the online "Build and Price" configurator to find what they want.

The first choice to be made for most trims is which of three design packages you want. The base package is the Sport Line Design that offers a somewhat sporty character, without sacrificing much luxury. The next is the Luxury Design, which provides some chrome accents and leather trimmed upholstery, costing $1,450 on the 530i and 530e, but it's offered for free on the 540i and 540d. For an extra $3,600 on top of the Luxury Design package on all trims except for the M550i (where it comes standard), BMW offers the M Sport Design that adds in a leather dashboard and interior and exterior appearance update.

The next level of choice beyond the design level are the three feature tiers. The $1,400 Convenience Tier includes heated front seats, satellite radio with a one-year subscription, keyless entry, and a power trunk lid. Moving up to the $3,350 Premium Tier adds parking assistance, a head-up display, enhanced Bluetooth and USB inputs, hand gesture control, a surround-view camera, WiFi, and wireless charging to the features added by the Convenience Tier. The $5,200 Executive Tier will give you soft-close doors, rear sun shades, a digital instrument cluster, and adaptive LED headlights with automatic high beams along with everything in the previous packages. Models equipped with the M-Sport Design package comes with the Convenience Tier as standard.

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The 530i is the cheapest way of getting into a 5-Series, starting at $54,395 (all prices include the $995 destination fee) with rear-wheel drive and $56,695 with all-wheel drive. As mentioned earlier, the 530i is equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, and is available with all three design packages and convenience tiers.

Additional packages include the Driver Assistance Package ($1,700) which gives the 530i adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, and forward collision warning, and the Dynamic Handling Package ($1,950) that adds four-wheel steering, upgraded brakes, and an adaptive suspension. There's also the $1,050 Lighting Package, the $1,700 Luxury Seating Package, and $700 Parking Assistance Package.

Leatherette is the seat offering for the base models, but many options of leather are available for upgrades, provided you have the coin. There are a large number of standalone options available, and many of the options that are wrapped up in Tier levels and packages can be had a la carte.

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Those looking for speed, but without sacrificing creature comforts or a more luxurious style would do well with the 540i. The 540i starts at $59,945 with rear-wheel drive and $62,245 with xDrive and receives a 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six, an engine for which BMW is well known. This engine gives the 540i the ability to sprint to 60 mph in a respectable 4.7 seconds for AWD models. The 540i gets access to the same Design packages as the 530i, but the Luxury is offered for free at this level. Tier packages are the same as well.

The additional option packages are largely the same as the 530i with the exception of the Dynamic Handling Package, which costs $3,500 and adds active roll stabilization. Standalone options also remain largely the same with a few additions, like the leather dashboard, ceramic controls, multi-contour seats, and rear-seat entertainment. Unlike the 530i, the 540i gets leather upholstery standard.

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530e iPerformance

The 530e iPerformance has a starting price of $54,395 (same as the 530i) or $56,695 with all-wheel drive, and offers a unique plug in hybrid drivetrain that pairs an electric motor with a detuned version of the 2.0-liter turbo engine from the 530i. Beyond some unique blue trim on the exterior to help people recognize that you're saving the planet, the 530e is almost exactly the same as the 530i.

The 530e receives the essentially the same trims and options as the 530i, although some features are missing in the Tiers. The Convenience Tier is missing heated seats and the Premium Tier only adds the head-up display and gesture control. All packages and standalone options remain largely the same as those in the 530e.

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Diesels are a popular efficiency option over on the continent, so we welcome BMW's offering of the 540d. The 2019 540d starts at $63,745. The straight-six 3.0-liter turbodiesel and standard all-wheel drive is a great bargain compared to the gas engine, and it forces no sacrifices to be made with the same available design styles, tiers, packages, and options as the standard 540i.

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If you have the need for speed but can't justify spending six figures on an M5, you'll be happy to know that BMW makes the M550i. The M550i starts at $75,445, and it comes standard with all-wheel drive and a 4.4-liter V8 with a couple of turbos. This engine gives you beaucoup speed and laughs at the idea of saving gas.

Unlike the rest of the 5-Series lineup, the M550i forgoes the designs and tiers in favor of a more conventional configuration style and more standard features than the rest of the lineup, including adaptive headlights, premium sound, and a rear spoiler. Instead of choosing a particular design style, all M550i models get a sporty aggressive styling that suits the powerplant under the hood well.

The M550i has access to the same option packages as the rest of the 5-Series lineup, but adds the Premium Package ($1,950) and the Executive Package ($1,100). The Premium Package adds the features from the Premium Tier from the other 5-Series models, while the Executive Package adds just soft-close doors, a digital instrument cluster, and rear sunshades. The standalone option list is almost the same as every other 5-Series trim.

CarsDirect Tip

The 2019 BMW 5-Series can be had in so many different configurations. If you're looking for a bargain, the 540d is an underrated choice. The torque-y and fuel-efficient diesel engine feels faster at lower speeds and saves you money and time with less fuel stops.

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Performance and comfort first. The 2019 BMW 5-Series went through its last redesign two years ago, but because even that restyling was more evolutionary, it seems much older than that. This evolutionary styling is calculated, though, because BMW knows where its buyers’ priorities lie: comfort and performance.

Big on space and comfort. The 5-Series leaves nothing to chance in the comfort department with its standard 16-way power front seats that have just the right amount of padding and bolstering to keep you comfortable on long hauls and prevent sliding when cornering. With a few option boxes checked, you can get heated and cooled Nappa leather seats with 20-way adjustments for extreme comfort.

In the rear, the outboard seats are plenty comfortable and fit three adults across for at least a few hours. With 36.5 inches of rear leg room, the 5-Series beats the Mercedes-Benz E-Class by 0.7 inches and falls in line with others in its class. Plus, its 18.7-cubic-foot trunk crushes the Audi A6 and E-Class by five and 5.6 cubic feet, respectively.

So many powertrain options. The 2019 BMW 5-Series has a powertrain for just about any driver. BMW treats base 530i buyers to a peppy turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that injects 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque that’s good for a six-second jaunt to 60 mph.

There's also a no-cost upgrade to the plug-in 530e model, which also uses a turbo four-cylinder but adds an electric motor to deliver the same 248 hp and six-second zero-to-60 time. The difference is a 9.2-kilowatt-hour battery that delivers up to a 16-mile all-electric range and an extra 600 pounds of heft. Middle-of-the-road buyers will appreciate the 540i and its turbocharged six-cylinder engine that injects 335 hp and delivers a snappy 4.9-second zero-to-60 sprint. Topping the range is the M550i, which combines a 456-hp turbocharged V8 engine with xDrive all-wheel drive. This potent engine and launch-ready traction delivers a smoldering 3.9-second sprint to 60 mph.

While 530i (an EPA-estimated 27 miles per gallon combined), 530e (29 mpg combined), and 540i (24 mpg combined) models all deliver respectable fuel economy numbers, the M550i xDrive has quite the appetite at 18 mpg city, 25 highway, and 20 combined.

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Stale looks. The 5-Series has loads to offer buyers, but it has one potentially fatal flaw: its look. It's far from ugly, but BMW isn't big on change, and the 5-Series has suffered for it.

It still boasts a classy and refined look, but the design is stale and unexciting. And with the E-Class’ eye-grabbing looks and the A6 getting a new design, the 5-Series has a hard time gaining any points in the style department.

Final thoughts. The 2019 BMW 5-Series has loads to offer mid-size luxury shoppers, but its strongest suits are by far its virtually endless trunk space, range of engine options, and supremely comfortable cabin. Add to that standard automatic emergency braking and plenty of optional safety equipment that earn it an IIIHS Top Safety Pick Plus rating, and it's a nice overall package.

Keep in mind, you must use care when checking off option boxes, as some of them are eye-popping expensive. For example, getting automatic LED headlights requires the $4,500 Executive Tier package that also includes unnecessary items like soft-close doors and a power rear sunshade. Plus, the range of packages, lines, and standalone options can become a labyrinth.

While the BMW 5-Series deserves high marks, BMW’s resistance to visual change has allowed the E-Class, A6, and Volvo S90 to zip by it. Even a newcomer like the Genesis G90 has a more daring design than the 5-Series.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 180 HP / 255 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
Not Available
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 180 HP / 255 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
Not Available
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Double Wishbone
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
12.1 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
14.5 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
99 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
194.6 "
Exterior Width
73.5 "
Exterior Height
58.4 "
Front Headroom
38.8 "
Rear Headroom
37.5 "
Front Legroom
41.4 "
Rear Legroom
36.5 "
Front Shoulder Room
58.7 "
Rear Shoulder Room
55.9 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,266 Lbs.
Wheel Base
117 "
Turning Radius
19.8 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
18.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 19.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Heated, Power Remote Driver, Power Remote W/tilt Down Passenger
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel With Dark Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Sensatec Leatherette / Dakota Leather / Leather / Merino Leather
Front Seat Type
Sport Bucket / Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(12-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(12-way Power)
Front Armrests
(12-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
40-20-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm/hd, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
12 / 16 Harman/kardon / 16 Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Power Telescopic Tilt Sport
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Frontal Collision Warning W/city Collision Mitigation Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Active Blind Spot Detection Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure Warning Lane Departure / Active Lane Keeping Assistant Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Traffic Jam Assistant Hands-on Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
City Collision Mitigation Pedestrian Detection Prevention / Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Directionally Adaptive
Parking Sensors
Park Distance Control Front And Rear / Automated
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
144 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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