The new plug-in hybrid BMW 530e iPerformance is just now entering the market, and here we have the first drive review (out of Germany) from BMWBLOG.

BMW 530e iPerformance Interior

BMW 530e iPerformance Interior

With a 9.2 kWh battery it's mostly considered a short-range plug-in, but the all-electric range (50 km/31 miles in theory, and some 30km/19 miles of real world/EPA driving) is enough to cover most commuting.

BMWBLOG found that the 530e iPerformance offers such smooth transitions between several driving modes that you don't even realize it's a hybrid.

The test drive included the German Alps and on Autobahn:

"While heading up a big mountain in the Alps – with tight switch backs – the gasoline engine kicked in helping add power to make the climb smooth and effortless. Once we reached the top of the mountain, we selected MAX eDrive and the engine shut off. During the entire trip back down the mountain, the 530e captured energy via brake regeneration and by the time we reached the bottom of the mountain, our battery was nearly full and our fuel consumption was showing a mere 0.8 L/100km.

The next part of the route took us on the Autobahn where we entered in MAX eDrive, this didn’t last long because once we sailed past 85 mph, the engine kicked on and kept on accelerating"

Overall it's a tempting model, especially as the cost in U.S. is just $200 more than the conventional 530i; so why not choose the plug?

Another strong aspect of the 530e is access to all the features (standard and optional),which are common for 5-series lineup, including optional all-wheel drive capability.

Check out the full (and extensive) review by BMWBlog here.

BMW 530e iPerformance - arriving now!

BMW 530e iPerformance - arriving now!

BMW 530e iPerformance

BMW 530e iPerformance

BMW 530e iPerformance quick specs (see full spec)

  • 9.2 kWh battery
  • range of up to 650 kilometres (404 miles) in real-world driving and is capable of covering distances of up to 50 kilometres (31 miles) in all-electric mode. Think ~30km/19 miles real world/EPA.
  • 0–100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.2 seconds
  • 235 km/h (146 mph) top speed and all-electric top speed of 140 km/h (87 mph)
  • electric motor (83 kW/113 hp and 250 Nm) combined with 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine (135 kW/184 hp and 290 Nm) and 8-speed transmission for total system output of 185 kW/252 hp and 420 Nm/310 lb-ft)
  • Rear-wheel drive (RWD) via the standard eight-speed Steptronic transmission
  • can be fully charged in less than five hours from a standard domestic power socket and in under three hours if it is hooked up to a BMW i Wallbox (3.7 kW)
  • 410 litres of boot capacity
source: BMWBLOG