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 hybrid (248 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (248 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 turbo (335 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 turbodiesel (261 hp)
  • 4.4-liter V8 turbo (456 hp)
  • 4.4-liter V8 turbo (600 hp)
  • 4.4-liter V8 turbo (617 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2019 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

"With the wireless carplay, most of the time it will connect, and then other times it will not connect at all."

Anonymous, MI (2019 BMW 5 Series 540i xDrive 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Poorly integrated with BMW’s own system, leaving some BMW system features unavailable Frequently says CarPlay features do not exist (which DO exist). Often won’t connect to phone. Worst BMW wants to charge $80 per year. Will not renew. Note: have had CarPlay in rental vehicles which seemed to work better."

Robert M., TX (2019 BMW 5 Series 530i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"There are two issues, one being minor and the other very major. The minor issue relates to the display of information from a Bluetooth source--it does not always work correctly. The very major problem is that this car is a hybrid. After not driving the car for two weeks while on a cruise, the hybrid system would not work. There were confusing messages on the data screen, one said to not drive the car, but contact BMW, and when you cleared this, the next message said it was okay to drive the car, but it would have reduced power. This latter message was also displayed on the dashboard. Based on this I drove the car. After about 10-12 miles, the car quit on me, completely black. No display of any type. Would not restart. Fortunately, the emergency flashers did still work. So the car was towed to the BMW dealer. The short answer is that a glitch in the software portion that controls the big hybrid battery (controls the opening and closing of contacts for the different battery cells, or so I was told) allowed the contacts to open close when they should not. The BMW system keeps track of this and when it reached a limit, it shut down the hybrid system completely. This car, I was told, has no conventional alternator to charge the 12 volt system that supplies power to the car accessories, lights and even to the ignition. The 12 volt system gets charged from a bleed down from the 350 volt hybrid system, since the hybrid motor is located in the toque converter spot in the transmission. So normally, the 12 volt system would get charged as needed; however, when the hybrid system shut down, the only power the car had for lights, accessories and the car's gasoline engine ignition system was the power residing in the 12 volt battery. Since it was not getting charged, it ran out and the car just died, completely. The local BMW dealer got all its instructions on repairing the car from BMW central /main office in US. I am told that the software issue is fixed and all the software for the entire car has been reloaded (this has led to the MP3 interface working more erratically than before). However, my confidence in the car has been shaken. Just last summer I was driving in nowhere-ville in nothern Wyoming, where the nearest BMW dealer would have been several hundred miles away. To BMW's credit, they replace the entire hybrid system: drive motor, cables, big battery, control units--supposedly all of it. Since the car has been returned to me almost a month ago, I have not experienced any issues, except the MP3 interface display being more erratic---sometimes only part of the information is displayed. The car always seemed to struggle with interfacing smoothly by Bluetooth (worse than my 2011 Lexus did)."

Anonymous, KS (2019 BMW 5 Series 530e 2.0-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Voice control commands

"My voice commands for the GPS often do not get the right response. GPS not user friendly."

Anonymous, (2019 BMW 5 Series 530i xDrive 2.0-L 4 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

Gauges

"Fuel gauge displayed incorrect fuel level right out of the showroom. Took 3 days and many calls to have it taken back. Turned out to be simple re-calibration issue."

Anonymous, NY (2019 BMW 5 Series 530e 2.0-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Headlights

"The headlights worked fine when driving, so not a safety issue. However, the sensor for the automatic feature that turns on the lights when it gets dark went bad. When I would be parked with the accessories still on, or parked idling, the headlights would turn off and on as if they were trying to decide if it was dark enough to turn on or not. This would happen even if the car was just under a carport area during the day, and also happened when pulling into my garage at night (once the car stopped). This started after about a year of leasing the car. The dealer fixed it at no charge."

Anonymous, CA (2019 BMW 5 Series 530e 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Loose spoiler on trunk. Loose weatherstripping on driver door."

Charles M., IL (2019 BMW 5 Series 550i xDrive 4.4-L V8 turbo)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Twice the driver side door has needed replacement because it has come loose"

Anonymous, (2019 BMW 5 Series 550i xDrive 4.4-L V8 turbo)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"Weather seal around sunroof causes noise periodically."

Anonymous, WI (2019 BMW 5 Series 540i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Engine developed knocking noise which turned out to be piston slap on one bank (V8). triggered an engine replacement."

Anonymous, NB (2019 BMW 5 Series 550i xDrive 4.4-L V8 turbo)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Twice the engine has had coolant leaks. Was corrected twice under warranty. Just a hassle, minor leaks, but seems like it may be systemic."

Anonymous, (2019 BMW 5 Series 550i xDrive 4.4-L V8 turbo)

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.

Brakes

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

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.

Drive System

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

Exhaust

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

Transmission Minor

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

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

Engine Minor

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

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.

Climate System

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

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