The BMW 530i comes equipped with a powerful Turbo-4 engine with rear-wheel drive or available all-wheel drive with a seamless 8-speed automatic transmission, which is as impressive an engineering feat as the adaptive suspension that reads road nuances and enhances driving quality while cushioning careless driving.
Transforming the base sedan into a plug-in hybrid with enhanced power, the BMW 530i offers an electric range of 20 miles.
It utilizes a mild hybrid system that boosts the power of the 3.0-liter inline-6 turbocharged engine and shuts off the engine to recover energy while coasting, improving fuel economy from 2 miles per gallon to 28 miles per gallon combined. Engage all-wheel drive to accelerate to 60 miles per hour in just 4.6 seconds.
Standard front seats with power adjustment and lumbar support, adjustable in 16 ways, provide ample comfort, but for additional luxury items such as leather upholstery, heated seats, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, an additional fee is charged.
BMW demonstrates its commitment to cutting-edge technology with a 12.3-inch touchscreen, which is 2.0 inches larger than last year’s, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster that customizes driver preferences. Compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as excellent natural voice commands and addictive, albeit quirky gesture controls, make it simply an infotainment system, while providing plenty of options.
Standard driver assistance systems such as automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection and blind-spot monitors complement top safety ratings from IIHS, and a plethora of safety options such as a surround-view camera with parking sensors help protect you inside.