BMW 5 Series (2017–)

Model History

October 2016

BMW 5 Series launched

The 2017 BMW 5 Series features a newly developed modular engine range offering mproved efficiency and the introduction of a new Plug-in-Hybrid model.

If offers increased agility and more precise handling thanks to the redesigned chassis. There are stylish exterior design enhancements, an upgraded driver-focused interior, innovative features including driver assistance technologies, such as Gesture Control, Remote Parking and the BMW Display key first seen on the 2016 7 Series.

Dimensions: 4,935mm long x 1,868mm wide x 1,466mm high on a 2,975mm wheelbase.

This seventh generation BMW 5 Series uses the latest technology from BMW to create a saloon that’s more refined than before, significantly lighter, safer, and more fuel efficient. Engines are sourced from the latest generation of modular 'TwinPower' Turbo units to provide performance gains, reduce fuel consumption and cut emissions.


Power (PS)

Torque (Nm)

0 – 62mph (secs)

Top Speed (mph)

Combined (mpg)

CO2 Emissions g/km








540i xDrive







520d (520d xDrive)



7.5 (7.6)

146 (144)

68.8 (62.7)

108 (119)

530d (530d xDrive)



5.7 (5.4)


60.1 (53.2)

124 (138)

*Figures in brackets apply to xDrive variant

The 2017 BMW 5 Series offers noticeably more headroom than previously in the rear, as well as an increased boot capacity of 530 litres. The boot sill has been lowered, which combines with the larger boot opening and a substantial increase in width to ensure that even bulky items can be loaded more easily than ever before.

Two non-metallic and 11 metallic colour shades are available, with six BMW Individual paint finishes and four BMW Individual Frozen paint finishes joining the selection over the course of 2017. Customers can choose from a total of 9 different light-alloy wheels (from 17-inch to 20-inch).

A new, modular two-litre, four-cylinder in-line engine in the BMW 530i supersedes the petrol unit previously fitted in the BMW 528i. This turbocharged, direct injection engine produces 252PS and enables the BMW 530i to sprint from zero to 62mph in 6.2 seconds.

However, the most powerful petrol option at launch is the new BMW 540i xDrive, which produces 340PS. This three-litre straight-six generates 450Nm of torque while average consumption is 39.2mpg with CO2 emissions of 164g/km.

The four-cylinder diesel engine powering the BMW 520d has an output of 190PS at 4000rpm with maximum torque of 400Nm. It is coupled with the eight-speed Steptronic torque converter automatic transmission. NEDC combined fuel consumption with the eight-speed Steptronic is 68.8mpg, resulting in CO2 emissions of 108g/km. Initially, the most potent diesel is the 155mph BMW 530d, producing 265PS and 620Nm. The BMW 530d achieves 60.1mpg, equating to CO2 emissions of 124g/km.

The volume 20d, 30d and 40i engines available at launch can be specified with BMW’s xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system. Besides the familiar handling benefits of all-wheel drive in adverse weather conditions, xDrive also enhances the agility of the driving experience. The transfer case in the new BMW 5 Series Saloon also works more efficiently, helping to keep fuel consumption to a minimum. For the first time, BMW xDrive can be combined with Integral Active Steering as well as lowered sports suspension.

Automatic transmission with gearshift paddles features as standard on 520d and 520d xDrive models with the automatic gearbox boasting exceptional shift comfort, sporty, dynamic gear changes and supreme efficiency. The Sports automatic transmission features as standard on all other models with even more dynamic shift characteristics .

Shortly after the new 5 Series Saloon is launched, BMW will have added a further two engines to the line-up. The BMW 520d SE EfficientDynamics has the most efficient incarnation of the 190PS four-cylinder diesel unit, achieving an NEDC fuel consumption of 72.4mpg, meaning CO2 emissions of 102g/km.

A plug-in hybrid version of the BMW 5 Series Saloon is available from March 2017 in the form of the BMW 530e iPerformance model. The BMW eDrive system and a four-cylinder petrol engine work in unison to achieve ultra-low CO2 emissions doen to 49g/km (depending on tyre spec), while generating overall output of 252hp. Fuel consumption is a remarkable 134.5mpg. The BMW 530e iPerformance can reach a top speed of 87mph in all-electric mode and has an electric range of up to 28 miles.

December 2016

BMW 530e plug-in hybrid introduced

The BMW eDrive system’s electric motor has an output of 95PS and maximum torque of 250Nm, while the four-cylinder combustion engine with its 2.0-litre displacement generates 184PS and 320Nm of torque.

The overall system output of 252PS and combined peak torque of 420Nm allows the BMW 530e to sprint from zero to 62mph in 6.2 seconds and enable it to reach a top speed of 146mph while CO2 emissions of the BMW 530e are just 46g/km.

The BMW 530e iPerformance has a range of nearly 400 miles in real-world driving and is capable of covering distances of up to 29 miles using purely electric power at a maximum speed of 87mph.

The electric motor and combustion engine direct their power to the saloon’s rear wheels via the standard eight-speed Steptronic transmission. Positioning the electric motor upstream from the transmission allows the transmission’s ratios to be used in all-electric mode too. This effectively replaces the torque converter, reducing the overall weight of the vehicle.

January 2017

BMW 520d EfficientDynamics available from March 2017

The BMW 520d SE EfficientDynamics is powered by a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, delivering a maximum power output of 190hp and a peak torque of 400Nm.

The saloon accelerates from zero to 62mph in 7.5 seconds and achieves a combined fuel consumption of 72.4mpg and CO2 emission levels of 102g/km (figures as per EU test cycle, depending on selected tyre size). The BMW 520d SE EfficientDynamics Saloon is on sale from March, 2017, and is priced at £37,220 OTR.

July 2018

Eight-speed Steptronic for 520d

T he BMW 520d will now be fitted with the eight-speed Steptronic transmission as standard.

March 2019

Improvements to lithium battery technology of BMW 530e announced

Although its dimensions remain unchanged, the new lithium-ion battery for the plug-in hybrid model of the BMW 5 Series Sedan now has a gross energy content that has been increased from 9.2 to 12.0 kWh. This means an increase in electrically powered range by more than 30 per cent to 64 kilometres. The BMW 530e Sedan now achieves a combined fuel consumption of at least 1.7 litres per 100 kilometres and emissions of at least 38g/km.

As an additional model variant, the all-wheel drive BMW 530e xDrive Sedan is also included in the programme worldwide from July 2019 onwards. This achieves an electrically powered range of up to 57 kilometres. Its combined fuel consumption is at least 1.9 litres per 100 kilometres, while emissions are at least 44g/km.

What does a BMW 5 Series (2017) cost?

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