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.
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2019 BMW 5-Series Overview
What's New for 2019
There are no major updates for 2019, except for some price increases and shuffling of the option packages.
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.
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.
2019 BMW 5-Series Review
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.
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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