Official EPA Figures Posted For 2018 BMW 530e & 530e xDrive, Up To 16 Miles Range


Official EPA ratings have been posted for both the 2018 BMW 530e and the 2018 BMW 530 xDrive.

As a quick refresher, the 530e starts at $51,400 plus destination, while the xDrive version checks in at $53,700 plus destination. Both come equipped with a 9.4 kWh battery pack (additional details here).

Now onto the numbers.

In the MPG category, the 530e returns the following:

  • City – 27
  • Highway – 31
  • Combined – ย 29

Meanwhile the 530e xDrive gets almost identical ratings for MPG:

  • City – 27
  • Highway – 31
  • Combined – 28

See EPA data sheet below:

In the ever more important electric range ratings, the 530e gets a combined electric range of 16, while the 530e xDrive returns 15 miles. Like most all plug-in hybrids, the EPA scores the all-electric range at as low as 0, which indicates that the vehicles allows the engine to fire in certain situations, thus effectively making the electric range a variable number that can’t always be directly controlled by the driver.

The BMW 530e was recently reviewed by InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney – read that report here

MPGe stands at 72 for the 530e, and 67 for the xDrive version.

Regardless of what thinks of the 530e’s efforts on electricity, BMW has priced the pair at the very low end of the 5 series range, with the 530e starting at just $1,200 more than the base model ($51,400 vs $50,200 for the 528i); meaning that once one factors in the federal credit ($4,668)…it is actually cheaper to own a BMW 5 series with a plug than not.

Our expectations are therefore for the 530e and 530e xDrive to be very strong sellers inside BMW’s lineup once they are stocked. ย To that end, 239 copies were sold in the US in the BMW’s 2nd full month on the market. ย The potential ceiling is, of course, much higher.

We should note that the new 530e gets up to 33% more range than the just released (and rated) Mini Countryman PHEV, and its ~12 mile range – details.

The EPA chart below contains additional information on MPGe, CO2, total range and more.

And what that data looks like after being simplified for the public EPA site:

New BMW 530e ratings released in US

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37 Comments on "Official EPA Figures Posted For 2018 BMW 530e & 530e xDrive, Up To 16 Miles Range"

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Weak plug-ins like this, adapted from an ICE design, bring significant improvement to those base models, at a price of cargo space. But it’s just not interesting to me for the price.

Gimme a Volt plus $20,000 over either of these any day.

By the way, IEVs staff, looks like there’s a minor typo in the text where it says the XDrive is rated at up to 15 miles electric range, while elsewhere in the article it says 14 miles.

Thanks Ben, fixed!

14 or 15. Either way it is really low and to pricy to consider.

So after seeing another BMW (the other was the Mini) that gets lousy efficiency on electricity I decided to look up what other cars get to see if my calibration is off. In all these, note that 35 MPGe is about 1 mile per kWh, 70 would be 2, etc. And they are all figures for on electricity (or technically usually electricity+gas). All are MPGe and are PHEVs. Prius Prime 133 BMW i3 REx 111 Chevrolet Volt 106 Kia Optima 103 Hyundai Sonata 99 Ford Fusion Energi 97 Cadiilac ELR 85 Chrysler Pacifica 84 Audi A3 E-Tron 83 Cadillac CT6 62 BMW 330e 71 BMW i8 76 740e xDrive 64 Mercedes S550e 58 Porsche Panamera S e-Hybrid 51 Volvo XC90 AWD 54 BMW X5 xDrive40e 56 Porsche Cayenne S e-Hybrid 47 Mercedes GLE550e 43 and the piece de resistance: Mercedes C350e 51 So while this figure is bad (and it’s the same as BMW has been hawking in the 3 series for a bit, it’s not completely out of line. It looks like these short-range PHEVs tend to do poorly on efficiency. Now, can someone explain the C350e to me? It’s not a huge car like a GLE, Cayenne or… Read more »

PHEVs are a step in the right direction. For many they are sufficient. Hell even this BMW could be. I have over 200 mpg on my Volt and that includes a few months where I didn’t charge it a whole lot because I hadn’t dlgotten solar and wasn’t gonna lay 50 cents a kWh to charge it as running it on gas was cheaper.

If you just look at numbers a lost can be missed. Even this BMW could put a worthwhile dent in someone’s gas consumption which after all if a step in the right direction.

If you force expensive and lacking BEVs on people which let’s be honest has really been all of what’s out there so far most people won’t get one however if you make a Cost competitive PHEV people will be more likely go for them. Just look at the Prime.

Then as the tech improves they get better and BEVs get even better and become a much better option.

Have you seen the mini Cooper S E Countryman 4ALL PHEV? It’s so bad. EPA ratings is 12 EV miles and it’s not even eligible for most HOV stickers because it’s EPA Smog rating is 3 out of 10.

As EV enthusiasts, none of us here are likely to be super impressed by the 16 miles of EV range. I suspect the target audience are people who were already considering a 530 or similar luxury car and will then stumble upon this at the dealership. However, once these people get used to 16 miles of EV driving, they are naturally going to want more, so I hope BMW is ready to give them something better in the next generation.

Also, don’t all BMW PHEV modes have a “Max E-Drive” mode that locks out the gas engine? I wonder why the EPA test couldn’t give a definite figure?

No, they don’t.

“Depending on the model, it is possible to drive at a speed of up to 140 km/h purely electrically in MAX eDRIVE mode. At higher speeds or if the full acceleration potential needs to be exploited, the combustion engine switches on automatically.”

In these types of vehicles which are not fully performant in EV mode they never have a mode which keeps the ICE from turning on. They don’t want their cars to seem slow.

If you want a car that fully performs in PHEV mode, get an EREV like a Volt.

This is a good car for BMW customers already in the market for a 5 series. It’s silly to compare the luxury with a Volt, or even the fit and finish with any Tesla. The interior quality is not in the same class:

After looking at the Model 3 interior for awhile now, that BMW interior looks antiquated.

Wow, you are serious? Just look at your linked thread. Post #58. Looks like a cheap home made dash with a tablet tacked on it. There is no question a digital volume control almost always sucks compared to a nice expensive rotary knob. Not as easy to modulate the desired volume with an intuitive twist of your finger. Exact reason why many stereo receivers save money by going through idiotic time consuming digital menus to adjust your bass and treble, but most still leave a rotary knob for often used operation’s such as volume control.

Nice high end ceramic controls often will seem more satisfying than a screen full of smudges and fingerprints.

It’s easy to have big complex LCD control screens, toys have them. What toys don’t have is high end mechanicAL controls, sculpted leather, and high quality center consoles that at least look expensive.

No way. That interior looks very dated. Maybe if you are 60+ this appeals to you. It’s a classic style for people with geriatric taste.

Of course, its nice to have choice. So if you are an old fogey, there’s still a choice for you to drive around slower than Prius. After all, you’re only going 0-14 miles on electricity with performance akin to a Pinto.

Warren I’ll trade you a rotary dial phone with ceramic dial for your smartphone??? Yes or NO? LOL

I believe the word you are looking for is luxurious, stellar, comfortable, etc. not antiquated.

I think what he doesn’t realize is that the tablet-like control panels are the easy and inexpensive way out. A modern luxury car is on a can-bus system anyways, so all those “analog” knobs are actually digitally processed anyways. Its intentional. To further touch on my point. My digital A/C temp control on my Nissan Leaf was such a PIA compared to my i3 knob with digital readout that takes half a second to adjust. FYI, BMW used to have digital temp control buttons back over a decade ago before they realized a rotary knob was the superior and safer interface.

And one more last point of proof. Do you think most high end personal computer stations comes with a mechanical button keyboard, or a flat LCD table screen to type on? I mean, it would be so easy to configure, adjust button sizes, colors, etc. Yet, the mechanical buttons are the keyboard interface of choice. But they are so old fashioned, yeah right…

I agree, it is the cheap and lazy way out.

This whole “it’s clean or spartan” is just BS. But then again you will be able to go through 3 menus and 2 sub menus just to change the radio station because your car will be driving itself right…

Maybe cars at some point will look like this and it will make sense but we aren’t there yet.

There’s nothing cheap about those panels, even if conventional controls are far better. Cheap, is BMW’s paper-weight battery.

Yes. The reason Tesla uses those touch panels is because they are cheap. Tooling a single button can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and cars which actually use buttons tend to have tens of them.

Tesla saved money going with a cheaper, harder to use touchscreen. And somehow convinced you it was a premium feature instead of a cost cutting.

I plan to buy a Model 3 in about 12-16 months to replace our Volt so we will be a 2 BEV household. My fiance thinks the exterior of the car is gorgeous and I know the tech present in the vehicle will be top notch.

But the interior is not one of the reasons we (or most people) will be buying the Model 3.

I think the interior of the Model 3 is OK. It doesn’t turn me off enough to dissuade us from purchasing. But from what I have seen so far, it is in no way better than BMW.

But I’m OK with that. I’m more into the EV tech than the luxury.

I guess by antiquated you mean having old world charm and craftsmanship versus cheap and cheerful from IKEA?

The BMW interior looks far more expensive, coddling, supple. i.e. luxurious. There’s no comparison at all.

OCRyan, yes yes yes…BMW interior gives me the impression that a rotary dial phone is in the glove box LOL…along with an ash tray under the touch screen LOL

For me, I’d rather have the 53 mile EV range of the Volt: that is more luxurious to me than the wood and leather of the BMW.

I agree that the average customer considering a 5 series plug-in won’t often also consider a Volt, but there might be a few who would.

I test drove an ELR and while it had a very nice interior and slick styling I just couldn’t get over the fact that if you closed your eyes you would be hard pressed to tell if you were ina Volt or ELR, except if they put you in the backseat because there was zero leg room in the ELR.

I don’t see the electric 5 series really being very appealing. Not enough difference to separate it from the pure ICE car.

Helloooooo, HOV sticker ๐Ÿ˜€

Hopefully only until 2019. Sfter that they need to try harder.

well it’s more than that Mini POC ๐Ÿ˜€

Not a high bar to clear! XD

I am a BMW Plug-In supporter since I have seen first hand people who own them and plug in daily.

But 12 miles is going in the wrong direction! At least 15 or 16 is maintaining the status quo lol.

My neighbor has/had one and is really upset. He wished he got a Tesla.

We are going to see these low range cars at plug in places. What a joke.

As they should. They just need to move when done.

Also, way to continue the stereo type that all Vegans will tell you they are vegan in the first 2 minutes, even if you don’t ask ๐Ÿ˜€

+1 I know. At least a PHEV Prius, with even less battery, you still cut some slack. “OK, Toyota shorted this guy”. But seeing BMW’s 5 series, or SUV plug-ins in these spots seems dumb.

I don’t hold it against people. It’s just a weird loyalty to brand, I suppose. Resale is going to suck, because you know these cars will get “50% more” some day soon. If the cars need that much, maybe they shouldn’t sell an upper mid-line product without it?

Will it compete against the Model 3?

Stop the presses- BMW creates a 28 mpg vehicle!! Add up the range of all their plug-ins and they can’t reach the range of one Model S.

Why is it every token EV with a plug makes it to this website?

As you asked, I can answer,(=

Every EV with a plug makes it to this website regardless of it being “token” or not.

That is just the way it is, we don’t filter news based on individual criteria of worthiness, that is for the reader to decide. Everyone has a different opinion on what is an acceptable electric vehicle.

For some it is anything with a plug, for others it is a PHEV with 25 miles range (Prime), others it’s 53 (Volt), others it’s 97 miles (i3 REx).

While others still feel a vehicle has to be all-electric to warrant a spot here, that any gas burning or true “MPG” disqualifies it. So a i-MiEV would qualify at 62 miles, while others say an BEV needs over 100 miles (LEAF), some say over 300 miles (Model S 100D)…then again, some would say over 200 miles and less than 40k (Bolt EV), etc.

The point is, filtering the coverage based on our own desires (or others), would be a dis-service. Know more about plug-ins, even if you don’t particularly care for a particular one, isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Fair enough Jay. I get it, just don’t care much for the manufacturers who want to do the bare minimums yet seek a seat at the EV table with the likes of Tesla and others.

You definitely don’t have to agree…that’s the beauty of the open market, (=