BMW 530e iPerformance Debuts, Arrives In March – Specs, Video

OCT 14 2016 BY JAY COLE 63

After an extended period of foreshadowing, the 2017 BMW 5 Series sedan lineup is now upon us; which truthfully we would not care about because…well, pretty much everything without a plug is dead to us. However included in the various 5 Series trim levels is the BMW 530e iPerformance.

BMW 530e arrives in March

BMW 530e arrives in March

As the “iPerformance” tag indicates, this 530e plugs in. Starting from this year, BMW now uses the iPerformance identifier to indicate when one of its traditional offerings has been electrified; which is handy because there are little other visual exterior clues (other than a charge port) to identify the 530e as a plug-in hybrid.

The above BMW-produced video will walk one through all the particulars of the brand, but we should note that the 530e iPerformance combines an electric motor and a 4-cylinder “TwinPower Turbo” gas engine, which the company says is good for “purely electrical, locally emission-free short-range driving with a dynamic driving performance”.

What does that translate to in actual specs? Bearing in mind this information is via Europe…so put on your optimistic NEDC-rated goggles.

*- 9.4 kWh battery
*- 45 km/28 mile range (think ~30km/19 miles real world/EPA)
*- 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph): 5.9 seconds
*- electric top speed of 140 km/h (87 mph)
*- 135 kW (184 hp) 4-cylinder petrol engine
*- 70 kW (95 hp) electric motor

*- 3 electric drive modes: mixed, forced all-electric and hold

BMW 530e gets a boost

BMW 530e gets a boost

And as part of the new 5 Series lineup, other Tesla-like features such as Driving Assistant Plus and Remote Control Parking are now available (note the non-use of terms like autonomous or autopilot).

BMW 530e Interior

BMW 530e Interior

Driving Assistant Plus enables automated driving for things like traffic jams, slow moving traffic and of course – long journeys.  BMW assures that “…even when changing lanes, you are in good hands”

While Remote Control Parking “allows the driver to conveniently get out of the vehicle before parking it via remote control by moving it forward into, or reversing out of, a tight parking space or garage. The Remote Control Parking function is activated by the driver once outside the car, with the BMW display key.”

The BMW 530e is expected to arrive in March of 2017.  A full list of details on the new 5 Series lineup can be found on BMW’s site here.

Hat tip to Michael B!


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63 Comments on "BMW 530e iPerformance Debuts, Arrives In March – Specs, Video"

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Say goodbye to stop start. Your roundel has arrived.

When I had my i3 I got a loaner 3 series with start/stop. That system was beyond annoying…

I’ve driven a few vehicles with stop-start technology as rental cars. It is maddening. The sudden death of the engine vibration over and over again, the hesitance, I thought the clutch was making the engine stall out, except it was an automatic. Then, this curious green loop arrow shows up on the dash and I go “oh, it’s a feature!”

“…45 km/28 mile range (think ~30km/19 miles real world/EPA)…”

Dear BMW,
For who is the BMW 530e iPerformance intended to appeal to? Like trying to sell a bag of potato chips with only three chips in the bag…why bother?

Yeah, that’s like barely above 2 miles per kWH. Unless they don’t use a third of the available battery, that’s not too good, eh?

Bob A.

Yeah, that’s like barely above 2 miles per kWH. Unless they don’t use a third of the available battery, that’s not too good, eh?

For everyone who wants to buy a BMW 5er series anyway and wants more power from standstill i suppose or wants to drive to work electric to save gas.

I suppose the price will be around 55.000,-€ only slighly above the 530d costing 54.300,-€ like they did it with the 2er series.

People that buy this might be looking to have a interior that pampers them in quality luxury. Just take a look at the door panels,center console, dash design, etc. This is more like upper line Mercedes and Audis. The Tesla interior quality is not even in the same league as the German luxury sedan manufacturers. And I am sure the technology that went into the development of this car is very advanced technology. Note…we are not just assuming a big battery and motor makes an advance technolgy car.

It seems to be entirely designed around EU cities that have gas car bans or exemptions for PHEV’s for congestion charges for city centers.

It will work just fine for buyers who want to drive into from outside the city center, and then operate on electricity only when in the city center. Then go back to burning gas once they leave the city center.

Since we don’t have that in the US yet, it really doesn’t work as well here. But sometimes we have to remember that everything isn’t always about the US….

I agree. It will be more frustrating to have to fill your car with gas and then have to plug it in at every stop too. If it’s performance that they are selling, then you really won’t get that range so I’m not sure people will use it as intended,just like the old Prius plug-in. At this point I wish these companies would set a minimum of 35 real world miles or just sell a FULL hybrid that will be more fuel efficient all the time rather than carrying heavy batteries around.

I meant to say 40 real word miles.

But remote park sounds more powerfull than what tesla has today. I would love that, in particular also the unpark 🙂

Am I willing to go back to a gas car for that? No. But it looks promising for the future.

What do you mean by “more powerful”?

Vis-a-vis BMW 530e it is irrelevant what Tesla has TODAY.

What matters is what Tesla has the DAY the 530e is on dealer lots available for purchase.

I am sure the automotive magazines will do a comparative test.

I clicked on the link expecting 15 miles and got 19. Not exactly great but better than expected.

same super-lame ballpark.
In winter you’ll be able to get to the cornerstore but not back (on electric). But on the flipside for these few lame miles you’ll get A LOT of added complextiy. Simply beyond stupid.

PS I don’t own shares in tesla or other car company, just stating what I feel

am living downtown. range is good enough. it’s a very nice car. less expensive than a Tesla, better fit and finish. more luxury.

Oh and I believe you mean a 135kW petrol engine?

Actually looks pretty good as a brother to the I3 in the same stable.

See the 330e

Only 9.4 kWh?


second that! 🙂
+2! 🙂

YAWN! Next!

Wake me up when it has the 240hp 3 cylinder w/ super aggressive eDrive on both axles.

Or better yet 100% Electric.

Finally a reasonable electric top speed of 140 km/h to drive to work electrically regardles of road type. 🙂

By the time you reach 140 kmh electrically, the battery will be depleted and the ICE will kick in.

Not so, the 140 is not confirmed yet, more like 120 for a minute and then the engine kicks in. I tested the 330e.
It’s the usual half-hearted attempt with all the disadvantages of gas, frequent service, tons of gizmo’s that can go wrong, extra weight, less cargo space and on the electric side almost no range and poor economy after you have floored it a couple of times and drained the battery.
I’ll keep my F10 for now.

Wow, you’ve got a Datsun F10?!? Cool!!

(I keed, I keed!!)

They could have made this car interesting by giving it twice as much battery, too bad they didn’t.

That seems to be the recurring theme on most PHEVs lately.

Don’t be to quick to criticize BMW here. They have product and plans that exceed other major automakers by leaps, Tesla excepted. Remember this the baby step for many into electrification , training wheels. A very nice set of training wheels. Buyers of these iperformance vehicles will likely choose an EV as their next car.

BMW’s already made a real BEV, and from scratch, not just a conversion. They spent a lot of effort already.
Why do they need baby steps at this point?


And many people keep saying how tesla will be crushed when the “big” (only in volume not in thinking as it turns out) manufacturers will enter. definitely , this , after few years of tesla dominating the field is not the “killer” answer. Add a lot of complexity, higher price for 9KWh battery is simply too stupid to even believe it comes from a company with such a halo. I think ONLY people who want to brag about owning a bmw + getting some green credits will consider it.

I think he meant a baby step for the customers buying it.

On rereading, you’re likely right.
However, it’s IMO an ill-conceived vehicle EV-wise. The electric motor might provide performance, but the EV battery doesn’t have any range. That’s not a reasonable first step. Maybe there wasn’t room to place a larger battery in the 530 form factor — in which case, there shouldn’t be an 530 PHEV at all. I suspect 3-box (i.e., classical sedan) designs don’t make much sense as EVs or PHEVs — the engine bay is too large.

On the flip side, you could argue that if BMW has already made a competent BEV, they could surely make another one if they thought it would be wise from a business perspective. Maybe BMW thinks there’s more of a market for PHEVs that have enough range to get people to work and back on electrons.

Unlike some commenters on InsideEVs, I’m no BEV purist, and believe PHEVs have 2-3 decades of being a very useful step until long-range BEVs are practical in terms of cost and charging networks.
“Maybe BMW thinks there’s more of a market for PHEVs that have enough range to get people to work and back on electrons.”

But that’s EXACTLY it — this car (and I’m sure a lot of money & effort went to its design) doesn’t actually have AER for the average daily mileage for most commuters anywhere — or even half that, so it doesn’t even make much sense for most people who can can charge at work and want to electric.

ANy vehicle that doesn’t at least support the average daily mileage case (it’s ~35mi in the urban US, 48mi rural; a bit less in Europe, but not by much.

Any car that that provides significantly less than that (a half or less) of AER can’t really be considered an EV — it’ll be driven on gasoline more than half the time by far. And of course, the official AER doesn’t account for highways, HVAC, or some degradation after a few years.

Boo BMW.

Look people like normal cars. I have an i3 and it’s been great, but it’s small, odd looking, light, the doors are just plain stupid. You have to read forums and code the car to work properly. Too complicated for most, too much effort.
My wife drove it one time, then never again in 2 years!
Now a hybrid yup she has had those and likes them, plug in hybrid is the next logical choice for many like her. Charging at home, lots of short trips out and back 2-3 , 20 miles , a phev will work well, and can be driven on those 150 mile plus trips to kids sporting events with no stops at a charger or fuel station.
I can’t see her ever going to. A public charging station ever, unless it’s smack in front of the store she happens to be going to forget it no way.
There is a big big market for phevs.

9.4 kWh battery

that’s all I needed to know. Honestly, I would not consider this not even for $20k.

I don’t find this car particularly appealing. I guess I don’t care for the body style. And being that it’s EV cred is no better than a Fusion Energi, I would rather have one of those at probably a much lower price. Actually, I honestly could say I’d probably buy a Prius Prime before I bought this 530e.

Yeah, no doubt. The Prime at least offers leading efficiency on both electrons and gasoline. And it is the most affordable Prius, if you can take advantage of the federal tax credit.

This BMW is strictly for people who would already have been buying a BMW, but who lean green. The Prime has a massive potential buyer pool because of the low price.

Perhaps BMW is underrating the AER on this one too. The new i3 REX easily beats the EPA AER rating.

BMW is establishing a broad range of electrification, yet here are EV “enthusiasts” lambasting them.

Good grief people. Sometimes I wonder about you.

But that’s just the point.
Real-world AER (going by EPA, which is roughly right for good weather, on HVAC or high-speed highway) is ~19mi . That’s a vehicle that can’t do even _half_ of the average daily driving in the US (or most of Europe, for that matter). What electrification, a.f.a. electric miles, are you talking about?

Alright. I was going to stay out of this, but it needs to be said…

This is a BMW! Get that? A BMW!!!!! Which means a weighty battery in the Tesla form is a lumbering muscle car that has no handling and cannot corner worth a crap. Try taking a cloverleaf at 50mph. A BMW can do it easily (which is why people in Buicks call us a-holes.

BMWs are made to drive a certain way. Many people don’t care, but they are a popular brand for the very driver confidence their cars are known for. If an electric with that propellor badge doesn’t handle like a BMW because it has a lumbering 70kw battery, making the suspension feel like rolling marshmallows then the car is “just not a BMW” according to their more rabid fans. And they would be right.

This car is a compromise. It’s a PHEV, while still retaining the signature BMW performance and handling.

I agree, BMW is on the right track with electrification.

330e , x5e, 5 series e , 7series, 225, i3, i8

Many customers just need to ease into EV’s

Weak hybrids are not enough.

BMW knows they will be in serious trouble if they do not bring major advancements out stat.

Do you realize that globally BMW group sold over 200,000 cars just last month??

Talking about BEV and PHEV here, not global sales #’s of the entire group of car brands they own.

Do you realize there is a pyridine shift going on in the car industry? BMW is about to get clobbered, unless they advance quickly.

My leased X5 40e get 19 miles per charge, has 4WD, can take a roof box and has gone 1000 miles since my last gas fill up 5 weeks ago. I still have a little less than 1/2 a tank remaining. I charge at work and charge at home and my commute is 20 miles each way. Car gets 27mpg highway avg on a 360 mile roundtrip to the mountains (sea level to 4000ft) and back. It’s big enough for five adults and can handle the snow (and gear) for ski trips. Lease was $600 per month including tax with minimal down and maintenance is paid for the lease term.

It’s a great vehicle that combines the low cost of a plug in (for commuting) with the functionality of a 4wd SUV (for weekend trips). Would I like more range, sure. In three years when the lease is up I’ll sure the new version will up the range.

Tom is right. Just like any PHEV, whether this is a bad choice or a great choice depends entirely upon you and your own personal driving habits.

Another Euro point of view

What I don’t get about BMW design’s is the rather long bonnet as compared to overall length. It yells total waste of usable space to me, very much a 20th century design. Is there a reason for this ? Do BMW owners believes it presumes well of their willies size ? Some sort of subliminal message ??

Straight sixes instead of V-engines.

What Trace said, plus they are longitudinally mounted engines with the weight intentionally placed behind the front axle to improve weight distribution and handling.

A transversely mounted engine for a FWD vehicle with the weight over the front axle allows for a short hood. Longitudinally mounted engines behind the front wheels requires a much longer hood.

European compliance car.

That’s cute. Looks just as bland and generic as all BMW’s do.

Volt >>>>>>

Real life, on the road, the Volt would look like an economy car next to the BMW.

19 miles AER?

WTF happened to “German engineering?”

When will BMW be able to compete with the Chevy Volt? 5 years?

Epicurus, I’d take the BMW i3 over a Volt any day of the week.

Why would they want to compete with Chevy ?

Great point Fred, they do not, that is what people buying Chevy’s keep telling themselves.

If it is like my BMW X1 which is supposed to get 22 mpg in town, the best we can do is 18 mpg.