2018 BMW 5 Series Review

The 2018 BMW 5 Series is fast, comfortable and overflowing with technology.

The 2018 BMW 5 Series lives up to the expectations set by its forebears. There's an engine for nearly every taste, and the car's handling capabilities are fundamentally sound. Factor in the 5 Series' latest tech and safety features, and you've got a prime pick for a midsize luxury sedan.
BMW redesigned its 5 Series last year, giving the car updated styling and a bit more interior room without increasing weight. This year brings more changes, too. The 2018 5 Series has three new powertrain options: a plug-in hybrid (530e), a six-cylinder diesel engine (540d) and a twin-turbo V8 (M550i) that puts the car very close to BMW M5 territory. We were already fans of the base 530i and the 540i, so these additions carry an added benefit, whether it be the efficiency of the 530e and the 540d or the muscular power of the M550i.

On the technology front, BMW continues to push the envelope, offering wireless Apple CarPlay integration, natural language voice recognition, and even a cool 3-D simulation of your car from the outside (you have to see to believe) by using the optional surround-view cameras. And as far as modern driver assist aids go, BMW's are among the best.
Of course, there are other luxury sedans you should consider, including the Audi A6, the Lexus GS and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. We think highly of the 5 Series within this group, though, and it earns a solid recommendation.

what's new
Three new 5 Series variants join the lineup for 2018: the 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid, the 540d xDrive six-cylinder diesel, and the range-topping M550i xDrive with its turbocharged V8. The 5 Series also gets some minor shuffling of options and packages this year.

we recommend
You'll very likely be content with the power from the 530i, but the extra power and more engaging sound of BMW's turbocharged six-cylinder make the 540i the 5 Series worth paying a little more for. In either case, we think the Driver Assistance Plus package, which adds a number of active safety features, is a must-have. We'd also add the Premium package to get keyless entry, heated seats and hands-free trunk opening.

trim levels & features
The 2018 BMW 5 Series is a five-passenger sedan available in five trim levels, all with different powertrains. The 530i (248 horsepower, 258 pound-feet of torque) and the 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid (248 hp, 310 lb-ft) are powered by variants of BMW's turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Next are two six-cylinders: The 540i (335 hp, 332 lb-ft) gets a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six, and the 540d (261 hp, 457 lb-ft) has a 3.0-liter inline-six diesel. At the top of the range is the M550i with its turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 (456 hp, 480 lb-ft). BMW's all-wheel drive, called xDrive, is an option on the 530i, the 530e and the 540i. It's standard on the 540d and the M550i. An eight-speed automatic is standard across the board.

trim tested
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2017 BMW 530i (turbo 2.0L inline-4 | 8-speed automatic | RWD).

driving
If the driving experience is truly important to you, then the 530i is a sedan to consider. With the exception of upgraded brakes, this BMW doesn't rely on sheer horsepower or road grip to sling it around corners. What you get instead is a package that feels extremely well-rounded, which is better.

comfort
The 530i is a supremely comfortable car with impressive climate control features, highly adjustable and massaging seats, and a whisper-quiet, soft-riding cabin. The only issue we had with the climate system is its capacity to keep us properly chilled.

interior
The 530i's cabin is an excellent place to spend time as long as you aren't a tall rear passenger. The controls are as easy as they can be, but the countless functions take time to learn. Climbing in and out is a breeze, and between the camera aids and windows, there's no worry about blind spots.

utility
The 530i has a fairly generous trunk with flexible cargo configurations thanks to the 40/20/40-split folding rear seat. In-cabin storage has improved over previous years, and the car seat anchors are easily accessible. The amount of backseat space is the only concern for larger car seats.

technology
BMW is a technology juggernaut and one of the more aggressive manufacturers when it comes to innovative features. Most of them are useful, while some are cool parlor tricks, but we appreciate them all. But iDrive's character recognition may be getting too smart for its own good.
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Comments

    • TheCruth Games
      TheCruth Games

      I love you BMW

      about 9 days ago
    • 송성현
      송성현 In reply to TheCruth Games

      BMW doesn't love you

      about 7 days ago
    • orlando124431
      orlando124431

      Who the fuck is Chris Brown?? And this is totally a paid ad by bmw

      about 9 days ago
    • Esmsja Aeaendnsn
      Esmsja Aeaendnsn

      How much does it cost please tell me

      about 10 days ago
    • BMW/M5 /V10/E60
      BMW/M5 /V10/E60

      Bmw❤😍

      about 15 days ago
    • Ciprian Dascalu
      Ciprian Dascalu

      I think the technology in the new 5 series is amazing, but I still like the looks of the E60 5 series better, in my opinion the design is just better in every way.

      about 17 days ago
    • rudy torres
      rudy torres

      They've had an ugly shifter for like 12 years... - _-

      about 17 days ago
    • HER TELDEN ÜÇBİN BİR ÇEŞİT
      HER TELDEN ÜÇBİN BİR ÇEŞİT

      Bana hediye edecek yok mu?

      about 18 days ago
    • Cristi Frent
      Cristi Frent

      Number one. Probably!

      about 24 days ago
    • Cristi Frent
      Cristi Frent In reply to Cristi Frent

      BMW 5 series is the Best car in my opinion.

      about 24 days ago
    • Ade putrama
      Ade putrama

      This is my dream car

      about 1 month ago
    • bourhail abd raouf
      bourhail abd raouf

      bmw 2019 !!!!! = 2013 + 2014 +2015+2016+2017+2018 !!!!! -- _--

      about 1 month ago
    • Gabriel Sanchez
      Gabriel Sanchez

      One thing I’ve always loved about Bimmers is the Drivers seat display, it feels like you’re in a fighter jet. All the controls are within reach, all the lights on the dash make it look amazing at night..

      about 1 month ago
    • Bálint Kecskés
      Bálint Kecskés

      interior means only "dashboard". It's a 8min video but not a single picture any of the seats….

      about 1 month ago
    • Bogdan Badea
      Bogdan Badea

      I will buy one after they release the next model so i can get it cheaper until then I will enjoy my e60 😁

      about 1 month ago
    • Mike Canaley
      Mike Canaley

      As a former BMW 5 series owner. 2017 5 series x drive with the performance package and tech package. There was something wrong with that car all the time. The electrical system mainly, but also had mechanical issues at under 50,000 miles. Never had that issue with any other car. Maybe it was a lemon, who knows. A tow truck driver told me he picks up more BMWs off the road than any other car though. I found that interesting. The main reason I moved on from BMW is the technology. For what you are paying, I expect top notch technology. People who had the same year car as I did, had more tech in their car, at heavy heavy heavy discount compared to what I was paying. That's what really bothered me.

      about 1 month ago
    • Troll Bot
      Troll Bot

      Why doesn't his voice match his appearance

      about 1 month ago
    • Fahad Bin Zabin
      Fahad Bin Zabin

      Thank you for this valuable video

      about 1 month ago
    • samiyan khan
      samiyan khan

      Which music in this video is playing?....name

      about 2 months ago
    • Paul Gibbs
      Paul Gibbs

      disappointing the overall size has grown

      about 2 months ago
    • Saint Etienne
      Saint Etienne

      Everything except how it drives

      about 2 months ago
    • Charles Lowrey
      Charles Lowrey

      First touch screen in the automotive industry🤣. My 2010 Infinti had a touch screen. It also had AWS, BMW is late to the game by almost a decade.

      about 2 months ago
    • Sipho Radebe
      Sipho Radebe In reply to Charles Lowrey

      My 2006 Lexus IS 250 had a 7 inch touch screen.

      about 2 months ago
    • sports4evsbb
      sports4evsbb

      Love that they say $51,000 at the end even though the video is based off the top-of-the-line 540 with all possible additions which can rack the price up near $80,000

      about 2 months ago
    • Harry Piotr
      Harry Piotr In reply to sports4evsbb

      90.000 :)

      about 1 month ago
    • haloppll
      haloppll

      Its 2018

      about 2 months ago
    • Chris OB
      Chris OB

      I took the 5 series for a full day test-drive and was extremely disappointed with the stupidly light and lifeless steering. absolutely no feel at all. ended up buying an XF Jaguar which is lightyears ahead in driving pleasure. P.S. this is an add for BMW not a review

      about 2 months ago
    • Zangw pro
      Zangw pro

      2018 model

      about 3 months ago
    • Joel Alvarez
      Joel Alvarez

      So beautifully reviewed. Thank you.

      about 3 months ago
    • Zoe
      Zoe

      I want it, but not in my lifetime...

      about 3 months ago
    • Light Rays
      Light Rays

      proper auto

      about 3 months ago
    • Yavuz Tekkanat
      Yavuz Tekkanat

      Çok güzelsin be...

      about 3 months ago
    • Pranas Sabutis
      Pranas Sabutis

      Good

      about 3 months ago
    • Manuel Stapp
      Manuel Stapp

      I'm going to buy it

      about 3 months ago