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Top Features of Base Model

  • Variety of engines and powertrains for all kinds of needs
  • German pedigree
  • Built in the U.S.
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BMW 5 Series: Everything You Need to Know

About the BMW 5 Series

The BMW 5 Series is a midsize luxury sedan that seats five people. It is packed with tons of luxury, has a bunch of high-tech features and some of the best ride quality and handling dynamics out there. This is the seventh generation of the BMW 5 Series sedan.

The BMW 5 Series was first introduced in 1972. It was designed to go head to head with Mercedes W114 sedan.

The BMW 5 Series comes in three variants and has several available packages.

There are four engine variants available on the BMW 5-series:

  • A 2.0-liter twin turbo inline four-cylinder engine that makes 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.
  • A hybrid 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine with an electric motor that makes 248 horsepower combined and 310 pound-feet of torque combined.
  • A 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine that makes 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque
  • A 4.4-liter turbocharged V8 engine that makes 456 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. This version is the M family of BMW, and it only comes with all-wheel drive.

All versions other than the M version, come with rear-wheel drive as standard. All-wheel drive is an option.

BMW is a German company known for creating cars and SUVs that are dynamic, driver-centric, and technologically advanced.

The BMW 5 Series was rated as one of Edmunds best midsize luxury sedans for 2019. It also won Luxury Car of the Year from the European site, What Car?

What’s New in the 2019 BMW 5 Series?

For 2019 BMW 5 Series gets a series of small but important upgrades for this year. They include:

  • Lane-departure warning
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Blind spot warning
  • Rear-cross traffic alert
  • Apple CarPlay as standard BUT (and this is a big “but”) you have to pay a subscription fee to BMW in order to use it after the first year. No other car company out there does this.

There are several options that are also new on the 2019 BMW 5-Series. They include these features which are all part of the Premium package.

  • Optional head up display
  • Self-parking system
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Wi-Fi hotspot

The new Convenience package offers a power lift trunk, Sirius XM, and heated front seats.

Finally, the new Executive package comes with soft-close doors, adaptive headlights, automatic high beams, digital gauge display, and manual side window shades.

The BMW 5 Series comes in a few different engine and transmission variants, as we mentioned above. They are:

  • 530i Sedan: This comes standard with rear-wheel drive and the 2.0-liter twin turbo engine.
  • 530i xDrive: This comes with the same engine but also includes all-wheel drive
  • 540i Sedan: This version comes with the 3.0-liter twin turbo inline-6 engine and rear wheel drive.
  • 540i xDrive: Comes with the same engine as above but, it also includes all-wheel drive.
  • 530e: Comes with the hybrid engine and rear-wheel drive
  • 530e xDrive: Same hybrid engine, all-wheel drive
  • M55i xDrive: This version comes with the 4.4-liter V8 engine and all-wheel drive
  • M5 Sedan: Same engine with all-wheel drive, but this version also has rear-wheel drive capabilities.
  • M5 Competition: Comes with the same engine with more horsepower (617 horsepower instead of 600 horsepower that’s on the M5), and the same all-wheel/rear-wheel drive capabilities.

The EPA estimates that the 2019 BMW 5 Series with the sDrive (rear-wheel drive) gets 24 miles per gallon in the city and 34 miles per gallon on the highway. The top of the line M5 Competition is estimated to get 15 miles per gallon in the city and 21 miles per gallon on the highway.

What Does the BMW 5 Series Compete With?

The BMW 5 Series competes with the following luxury sedans:

The BMW 5 Series is great for new families or people who want to drive a well-pedigreed vehicle with excellent German engineering. It comes complete with the LATCH system in the back seat.

Exterior Design of the BMW 5 Series

When BMW redesigned the 5 Series back in 2017, they added a few details that are characteristic throughout the line including the somewhat controversial hockey stick air intakes near the front wheels.

The double-kidney grille at the front is still there in characteristic BMW style, but the headlights have been somewhat flattened giving the front of the BMW 5-series a mean, Angry Birds style grimace. The design updates that BMW has done to the outside of the 5 Series may not attract new buyers, but it is still quintessential BMW.

Interior Style in the BMW 5 Series

The interior of the BMW 5 Series is all BMW inside. BMW has always taken its inspiration from airplane cockpits, and that still carries through the interior design of the BMW 5 Series.

The leather and touchpoints in the 5 Series are always of the utmost quality. If you opt for the piano black dash, be warned, fingerprints will show. If you opt for any of the higher quality woods or metals, you won't have to worry about such things. The layout of the controls and the infotainment system (controlled by a mouse-like wheel in the center console) is bright, easy to read and relatively easy to operate once you get used to it.

Front seats are comfortable with a number of power and manual adjustments, including our favorite; the thigh extension. This allows drivers to customize the length of the thigh support to make driving and sitting for long periods that much more comfortable.

The rear seats offer ample space for passengers, and while the back is a bit more sparse than the front, there is enough room to stretch your legs.

Trunk space in the BMW 5 Series is ample and offers up 18.7 cubic feet of space. That means that you and three of your friends can pack a total of four golf bags into the trunk without a problem.

The interior of the BMW 5 Series is also very quiet both at highway speeds and on local roads. Using the Bluetooth phone connection to speak to loved ones while speeding over highways isn’t always the best, but it works well enough for short calls.

What Technology Comes in the BMW 5 Series?

The BMW 5 Series comes standard with a variety of convenient technology. Items include:

  • BMW iDrive: Use a dial on the center console to control your 10.25-inch infotainment screen.
  • Navigation
  • USB Port
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • Sirius XM is standard but requires a subscription

There are a variety of packages available on the BMW 5 Series they include the

Packages include:

  • Convenience: This includes Sirius XM with a one-year subscription, a power trunk lid, heated front seats, keyless entry
  • Premium: This gets you a full-color head-up display and Navigation, wireless charging, and gesture control.
  • Executive: Automatic high beams, power rear sunshades, and rear side window shades, digital cluster, and adaptive LED headlights.

While Apple CarPlay is available as an option, there is no available Android Auto for the 2019 BMW 5 Series.

The gesture control in the BMW 5 Series may seem like a cool feature, but in practice, it's totally impractical. Essentially a camera in the center of the car tracks hand movements to allow you or your passenger to raise or lower the volume by making a circle in the air in front of the camera. If you or your passenger often talk with your hands, prepare to be surprised when the music gets very loud or very soft.

BMW also offers optional adaptive cruise control. The system is about as good as others on the market and doesn't necessarily stand out against competitors like Audi or Mercedes, which both have more technologically advanced systems.

What Safety Features are in the BMW 5 Series?

The 2019 BMW 5 Series is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick +. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not yet rated the 2019 BMW 5 Series.

The BMW 5 Series comes with standard safety features including

  • Standard automated emergency braking and pedestrian detection
  • Standard blind-spot monitoring & warning
  • Parking sensors
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Rear-cross traffic alert

What is the BMW 5 Series Like to Drive?

On the road, the BMW 5 Series feels agile, well-sorted, and very well-connected to the road. The faster and more agile M5 line is even more of a driver’s car.

The engine options are smooth and powerful, and the transmission pairings make the 5 series feel a lot like a baller of a sedan. While the BMW 5 Series does tend to roll in corners and feel bit bigger than some of the more agile, smaller vehicles BMW makes, it's still fun to drive.

No matter which version you go with, you will easily get to 60 mph in under six seconds (or faster if you opt for the M5 version) making merging into traffic at speed an easy breeze.

Should I Buy a 2019 BMW 5 Series?

If you want a baller sedan with good driving dynamics and luxury touches, then the BMW 5 Series is a good choice.

Additionally, BMW is one of the few manufacturers that still offers free regularly scheduled maintenance for the first three years of ownership or 36,000 miles. While maintaining a German vehicle can be a pricey endeavor, the complimentary maintenance certainly takes the edge off that cost.

Should I buy a Used BMW 5 Series?

Used BMW 5 Series have a reputation for being reliable workhorses that can log many miles. We recommend checking out certified pre-owned 5 Series to find the best deals and most reliable cars.

It turns out that there are quite a few BMW 5 Series to avoid, however. We recommend staying away from 2009-2011 versions of the sedan. Also, remember that repairs on German cars like the BMW 5 series can be high.

How Much Does the BMW 5 Series Cost?

The 2019 BMW 5 Series starts at $53,400 plus destination. Adding on packages will make the cost go higher.

The all-wheel-drive version of the BMW 5 Series starts around 55,700, and the M versions of the 5 Series will put you back $74,450 or more.

In any form, we highly recommend checking out the BMW 5 Series as a great luxury sedan with its driver-oriented dynamics.

Pros and Cons of the 2020 BMW 5 Series


  • Wide range of engine options to choose from
  • Enormous trunk space
  • German pedigree
  • Comes with complimentary scheduled maintenance—one of the few automakers to still offer this kind of feature.


  • Apple CarPlay requires a subscription after the first year
  • No Android CarPlay offered
  • Boring, somewhat polarizing exterior design
  • Prices
Model History

The History of the BMW 5 Series: The Driver’s Sedan

The BMW 5 Series has been built by BMW since 1972, and it is currently in its seventh generation. The BMW 5 Series is BMW's second best selling sedan behind the 3 Series. The 5 Series was initially designed to go up against Mercedes' popular W114 sedan.

Specs & Key Features of the 2020 BMW 5 Series


Body Style
2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo
248 hp
Sport Automatic
Passenger Doors
Passenger Seating
Rear Wheel Drive
City MPG

Key Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Audio
  • Back Up Camera
  • Blind Spot Sensor
  • Bluetooth
  • Cruise Control
  • LCD Monitor
  • LED Lights
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Monitors
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Tinted Glass
  • Wifi Hotspot

More Features

  • Engine: 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo
  • Transmission: Sport Automatic
  • Engine Auto Stop-Start Feature
  • Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode and STEPTRONIC Sequential Shift Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
  • Rear-Wheel Drive
  • 2.93 Axle Ratio
  • Engine Oil Cooler
  • 105-Amp/Hr Maintenance-Free Battery
  • Regenerative Alternator
  • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
  • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
  • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
  • 18 Gal. Fuel Tank
  • Quasi-Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
  • Double Wishbone Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
  • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front And Rear Vented Discs, Brake Assist, Hill Hold Control and Electric Parking Brake
  • Wheels: 18" x 8" Double-Spoke (Style 634)
  • Tires: 245/45R18 All-Season Run-Flat
  • Wheels w/Machined w/Painted Accents Accents
  • Clearcoat Paint
  • Express Open/Close Sliding And Tilting Glass 1st Row Sunroof w/Power Sunshade
  • Body-Colored Front Bumper
  • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
  • Metal-Look Side Windows Trim
  • Body-Colored Door Handles
  • Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Driver Auto Dimming, Power Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
  • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
  • Light Tinted Glass
  • Speed Sensitive Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Jets
  • Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
  • Black Grille w/Chrome Surround
  • Trunk Rear Cargo Access
  • Fully Automatic Projector Beam Led Low/High Beam Auto-Leveling Directionally Adaptive Daytime Running Lights Preference Setting Headlamps w/Delay-Off
  • Perimeter/Approach Lights
  • LED Brakelights
  • Radio: AM/FM Audio System
  • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Aux Audio Input Jack, Steering Wheel Controls, Voice Activation, Radio Data System, External Memory Control and 20 Gb Internal Memory
  • Audio Theft Deterrent
  • Streaming Audio
  • Window Grid Diversity Antenna
  • Hi-Fi Sound System
  • Satellite Radio Preparation
  • 2 LCD Monitors In The Front
  • Real-Time Traffic Display
  • Sport Seats
  • Power Front Seats
  • 4-Way Power Driver Seat -inc: Power Cushion Extension and Seatback Side Bolster Support
  • 4-Way Power Passenger Seat -inc: Power Seatback Side Bolster Support and Cushion Extension
  • 40-20-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
  • Power Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
  • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
  • Power Rear Windows
  • Sport Leather Steering Wheel w/Auto Tilt-Away
  • Front Cupholder
  • Rear Cupholder
  • Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
  • Interior Lock Disable
  • Valet Function
  • Power Fuel Flap Locking Type
  • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 4 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
  • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Cargo Access
  • Garage Door Transmitter
  • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
  • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
  • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts, Residual Heat Recirculation and Console Ducts
  • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
  • Driver Foot Rest
  • Interior Trim -inc: Genuine Wood/Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Genuine Wood/Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Genuine Wood/Metal-Look Console Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents
  • Full Cloth Headliner
  • Leatherette Door Trim Insert
  • Leather/Metal-Look Gear Shift Knob
  • SensaTec Upholstery
  • Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
  • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
  • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage and 5 12V DC Power Outlets
  • Front And Rear Map Lights
  • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
  • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
  • Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
  • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
  • Cargo Space Lights
  • Memory Settings -inc: Door Mirrors and Steering Wheel
  • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate, Windows and Sunroof/Convertible Roof
  • Tracker System
  • BMW Assist eCall
  • Apple CarPlay Compatibility w/1 Year Trial
  • Enhanced USB & Bluetooth -inc: smartphone integration
  • Live Cockpit Pro w/Navi
  • WiFi Hotspot -inc: complimentary 3-month or 3GB trial
  • Instrument Panel Covered Bin, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
  • Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Up/Down
  • Delayed Accessory Power
  • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
  • Systems Monitor
  • Trip Computer
  • Outside Temp Gauge
  • BMW TeleServices
  • Manual Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
  • Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest w/Storage
  • 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
  • Lumbar Support
  • Perimeter Alarm
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • 5 12V DC Power Outlets
  • Air Filtration
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Park Distance Control Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • Active Blind Spot Detection Blind Spot Sensor
  • Frontal Collision Warning w/City Collision Mitigation
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point and Pretensioners
  • Back-Up Camera

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Safety Ratings for the 2020 BMW 5 Series

US NHTSA Crash Test Results

Results shown are for the 2020 BMW 5 Series Sedan:

Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating