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2021 BMW 5 Series Review
Wide range of powerful and relatively efficient engines.
A host of innovative features and leading-edge tech.
Interior is quiet and comfortable.
Generous trunk capacity.
For much of the 1990s and 2000s, the BMW 5 Series
was the quintessential midsize luxury sport sedan.
With a keen mix of strong power, engaging handling
and refined comfort, it fit in perfectly between BMW’s
smaller 3 Series and larger 7 Series. To the disappointment of some,
more recent versions of the 5 Series have focused more on luxury.
But it’s still one of the preeminent midsize sedans on the market.
For 2021, BMW has updated the 5 Series with a restyled front end,
a larger infotainment touchscreen and improved voice controls.
There’s also a new 48-volt mild hybrid system for the 540i that
slightly improves fuel efficiency and smooths out the operation
of the engine’s stop-start system at stoplights. How does it compare
against the likes of Audi’s tech-forward A6 and Mercedes-Benz’s
impressive E-Class? Across individual categories, the BMW doesn’t
always come out on top. But on the whole, the 5 Series is a satisfying
luxury sedan that deserves a close look. Check out our Expert Rating
for our in-depth evaluation.
What’s it like to live with?
To find out what life is like with the current-generation BMW 5 Series,
check out our Long Term blog of our time with a 2018 540i xDrive.
Some (minor) changes have been made to the 5 Series since then but
our findings and impressions are still very relevant.
DAR-Autos’ Expert Rating
Our verdict 8.1 / 10
1. How does the 5 Series drive? 8.0
2. How comfortable is the 5 Series? 8.0
3. How’s the interior? 8.0
4. How’s the tech? 8.5
5. How’s the storage? 8.0
6. How economical is the 5 Series? 7.0
7. Is the 5 Series a good value? 7.5
8. Wildcard 8.5
Which 5 Series does Edmunds recommend?
For the best experience, we recommend starting with the 540i.
The turbocharged six-cylinder engine’s balance of power and
efficiency is laudable for a car of this size. We’d also spring for the
Driving Assistant Plus package for its adaptive cruise control and
other useful driver aids and the Parking Assistance package for its
surround-view camera and parking sensors. If you’d like a little extra
performance, you should definitely opt for the M Sport package, which
includes a sport suspension, grippy tires and unique exterior styling.
BMW 5 Series models
The 2021 BMW 5 Series is available in four trim levels, all with different powertrains. The 530i (248 horsepower, 258 lb-ft of torque) and the 530e plug-in hybrid (288 hp, 310 lb-ft) are powered by variants of BMW’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The EPA estimates you can go about 21 miles on electric power in the 530e before switching to regular hybrid operation.
The 540i gets a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder (335 hp, 331 lb-ft). At the top of the range is the M550i with its turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 (523 hp, 553 lb-ft). BMW’s all-wheel drive, called xDrive, is an option on the 530i, the 530e and the 540i. It’s standard on the M550i. An eight-speed automatic is standard across the board. The ultra high-performance M5 is reviewed separately.
Come nicely equipped with:
Adaptive LED headlights
Digital gauge cluster display
12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility
Power-adjustable front seats
Leather-wrapped steering wheel
The 5 Series also comes with:
Blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while reversing)
Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
Lane departure warning (alerts you if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane)
Other than the six-cylinder engine noted above, the 540i is similarly equipped to the 530i and 530e models.
Multiple packages are available for the four- and six-cylinder models. Highlights include:
Automated parking system (steers into a parking spot with little or no driver intervention)
Drive recording software
360-degree camera system (gives you a top-down view of the 5 Series and its surroundings for tight parking situations)
Parking sensors (alert you to obstacles that may not be visible in front of or behind the vehicle when parking)
Driving Assistance Plus
Adaptive cruise control (adjusts speed to maintain a constant distance between the vehicle and the car in front)
Side avoidance (takes evasive action to avoid a collision when another vehicle drifts into your lane)
Front cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle ahead of you is about to cross your vehicle’s path at a blind intersection)
Lane keeping system (makes minor steering corrections to help keep the vehicle centered in its lane)
Front ventilated seats
Multi-contour front seats
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Choice of 19- or 20-inch wheels
suspension (not available on the 530e)
Sporty exterior trim
Heated front and rear seats
Upgraded Harman Kardon audio system
Wireless device charging pad
Upgrades performance and luxury with:
Sporty exterior styling
Electronically controlled rear differential (for sportier performance)
Adaptive sport suspension
Sport steering wheel
Leather seating surfaces
Upgraded audio system
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The 411 on the BMW Series 5
Pin-Pointing Best Year for BMW 5 Series
As one of BMW’s best-selling models, the Series 5 is a powerful driving machine that truly does offer the “ultimate driving experience.” If you’re shopping the market for a new or used vehicle, BMW has a strong reputation of delivering first-rate cars, sports utility vehicles and motorcycles. The Series 5 model has been around for nearly 30 years and in the last decade, nearly half a million Series 5 units have been sold in the U.S. alone, making it a great choice for those specifically looking for a pre-owned one. Let’s get the 411 on the BMW Series 5 and answer a popular question, googled consistently: What’s the best year for the BMW Series 5? Let’s talk Bimmers.
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