BMW continues to focus on luxury, refinement, fuel efficiency and high tech for most of its models somewhat to the detriment of handling agility. Case in point: the redesigned 2017 5 Series is the most luxurious version ever of BMW's midsized sedan. The new car is essentially the same size as the outgoing model, but marginally lighter and roomier.
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Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
NA
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Side air bags standard in front. Head protection air bags and ESC standard from 2000. FCW, AEB, and BSW standard from 2019.
Road Test

BMW continues to focus on luxury, refinement, fuel efficiency and high tech for most of its models somewhat to the detriment of handling agility. Case in point: the redesigned 2017 5 Series is the most luxurious version ever of BMW's midsized sedan. The new car is essentially the same size as the outgoing model, but marginally lighter and roomier. BMW's focus on reducing weight, adding technology, and minimizing cabin noise has resulted in a car that is remarkably satisfying but no longer among the sportiest choices. Instead, it's plush, quiet, finely crafted inside, frugal with fuel, and more user friendly than before. That makes it score among the top in its class in our road tests. With a few desirable option packages, our 530i xDrive rang in at $65,210, which is par for the course among its peers.

A sporty brand like BMW is not immune from the needs to improve fuel economy, whether it's because of government mandates or buyer desires. To achieve that, BMW uses a four-cylinder turbo engine in its mainstream 5 Series. Our tested 530i is propelled by a 2.0-liter, turbo four-cylinder engine, good for 248 horsepower. The 3.0-liter turbo six-cylinder in the 540i is punchier and pumps out 335 hp. Both engines are mated to a super slick eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is optional on almost all versions. There's also a 530e plug-in hybrid version which only commands a $200 premium over the 530i.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Rear
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (248 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 hybrid (248 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 turbo (335 hp)
  • 4.4-liter V8 turbo (456 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2017 BMW 5 Series owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Apple CarPlay

"it is not compatible with my apple phone"

Anonymous, MD (2017 BMW 5 Series 530i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Display screen goes blank

"The nav system, satilites, distance control, radieo, and keyless enyrty were all inoperable"

Ed B., FL (2017 BMW 5 Series 540i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The entire screen just blanks out and may or may not come on. We cannot determine the mileage, the navigation screen also goes out as well as the radio. The BMW technicians do not know what is going on so they kept saying the computer system was updating. If that was true then it picks the most awkward times to update like when we're on the road and it's always updating."

Anonymous, NY (2017 BMW 5 Series 540i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"TOTAL FAILURE"

Ed B., FL (2017 BMW 5 Series 540i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Bluetooth key fob disconnects a lot, then phone disconnects. Dealer response is to change battery in the key fob. Key fob battery is changed every 2 months. Basically the key fob range outside the car is three feet."

Anonymous, IL (2017 BMW 5 Series 530i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"phone quit paring. had to get BMW on the phone - first BMW then local dealer - had to disconnect from phone and car and then reconnect to get it to work again"

Anonymous, TX (2017 BMW 5 Series 540i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Software update fixes

"The software to the front seatbelt alarm was faulty and would randomly go off while driving, sounding the alarm for up to 30 minutes. Totally annoying and distracting. The software was updated at least twice, then the alarm was disconnected to remedy the problem. A couple of other times the automatic door locks began clicking on and off (locking and unlocking) while driving the car, but the first software update corrected this problem."

Anonymous, TX (2017 BMW 5 Series 530i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"Temperature is difficult to regulate with the heat and with the air conditioning."

Anonymous, VA (2017 BMW 5 Series 530i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Automatic A/C Fan Speed during HOT WEATHER issue was corrected with a S/W update."

M K., NJ (2017 BMW 5 Series 540i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Condenser

"The AC system began to have a moldy odor and the dealership had to drain, flush, and refill the system to get rid of a mold problem. Have had no other problems in the months since."

Anonymous, TX (2017 BMW 5 Series 530i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Heater system

"Car fairly often has problems heating up wherein the thermostat has to be set to 77 to feel heat, especially when driving at fast speeds on the highway. Sometimes it blows out cool air from the front vents."

Anonymous, VA (2017 BMW 5 Series 530i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Refrigerant leaks

"on 3 occasions AC would not cool It seems odd as in all my other cars I have never had AC problems"

Anonymous, VA (2017 BMW 5 Series 530i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Twice in the last 12 months I've had to have the car serviced for coolant levels alerts. I was told there were no leaks, however, they had no answer for why the coolant seems to go low with the need to replace it."

Anonymous, NY (2017 BMW 5 Series 530i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

12V power plug

"half of the plugs don't work"

Anonymous, AZ (2017 BMW 5 Series 530i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Heated or cooled seats

"cooled seats didn't work and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2017 BMW 5 Series 540i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Keyless entry

"Had to take key fob out to start the vehicle many times. Unlocking failed half the time. Phone would disconnect. Dealer never resolved."

Anonymous, IL (2017 BMW 5 Series 530i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The first problem that I've had with the Comfort Entry system is that from time to time the car will not unlock when I'm carrying the key fob and grab the door handle or the exterior trunk release. The car will unlock with the key fob remote buttons. Annoying on a $75,000 car. The 2nd, more problematic issues, is that one of the two key fobs is not recognized by the ignition system unless I hold the key against a specific area on the steering column. BMW states they are aware of the issue, but are working on a fix, and will not replace the key fob until they are able to fix the issue."

Anonymous, TX (2017 BMW 5 Series 540i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Overheating

"the engine overheated and melted the hood insulation causing smoke"

Anonymous, (2017 BMW 5 Series 540i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"One shutter motor not opening shutter causing water temp to rise above normal"

Anonymous, WI (2017 BMW 5 Series 530i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Water pump

"Water pump had small leak and was replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, WI (2017 BMW 5 Series 530i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Normal routine brake wear

"Service light came on indicating brake service"

Anonymous, LA (2017 BMW 5 Series 540i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Parking brake

"parking brake malfunction. its electronic and it simply stopped working. I was notified of this on the in dash screen. took it in for service had to wait about 10 days for the part to arrive from Germany. they fixed the problem - all good now."

Anonymous, NJ (2017 BMW 5 Series 530i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Premature brake wear

"Second time rotors and pads replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, IL (2017 BMW 5 Series 530i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"Very sensitive to any uneven surface even small pot holes"

Anonymous, NY (2017 BMW 5 Series 540i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Steering wheel vibration

"the steering wheel vibrates when going in reverse and it makes a weird noise and vibrates when you shut the car off."

Anonymous, NY (2017 BMW 5 Series 540i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Tire wear is uneven

"The run flat tires had to be replaced by me, not covered my dealer"

Anonymous, NY (2017 BMW 5 Series 540i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Condensate drain from air conditioner was improperly installed causing water to drain inside of the car causing wet carpet and resulting smell."

Anonymous, TX (2017 BMW 5 Series 540i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"there was a loud rattle under the hood but even BMW was unable to tell us what it was. the noise was gone when we picked up the BMW from the company."

Anonymous, (2017 BMW 5 Series 530i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Steering console squeaks when locking up at turnoff"

Anonymous, NY (2017 BMW 5 Series 540i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"This has caused the car to brake as I am in a line of traffic. It sees the other lane traffic and if it is in tight city streets, it will engage"

Anonymous, PA (2017 BMW 5 Series 530i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"It can stop me from backing up my driveway. Need to disconnect it to back up"

Anonymous, PA (2017 BMW 5 Series 530i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The Driver Assistance system failed, and it took four visits to repair it."

Anonymous, NY (2017 BMW 5 Series 540i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Leak found at charge air pipe at throttle body after smoke test of intake manifold."

Anonymous, NJ (2017 BMW 5 Series 530i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"some pump that controls how gasses are recycled failed and had to be changed"

Anonymous, IL (2017 BMW 5 Series 540i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

"Stopped at traffic light when vehicle suddenly lurched across 6 lanes of traffic. Pumping brakes did not stop vehicle until the vehicle had traveled about 300-400 feet."

James C., LA (2017 BMW 5 Series)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"twice the computer said there were concerns but not specifically what that was"

Anonymous, (2017 BMW 5 Series 530i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

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