2020 BMW 5 Series

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$53,900 - $61,750
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2020 BMW 5 Series Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 24, 2020

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The 5-series is the newest addition to the BMW's sedan lineup for the year 2020. The sedan is back with some new technology and safety features and an exciting list of drivetrain options to choose from. The BMW 5-series holds a lot of stakes for the Bavarian automaker due to its midrange position which slots right between the extravagant 7-series and the affordable 3-series.

The traditional BMW 530i carries the same 2-liter engine as the outgoing model. The 540i comes packed with a 3-liter powerful engine and offers a diesel variant too. This year, BMW has introduced a plug-in hybrid 530e trim which has an electric drive motor. The newly launched M550i tops the chart with a dual-turbocharged V8 engine which brings it a lot closer to the BMW M6.

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Pros

Numerous efficient engine options to choose from

Best in class features and technologies

Quiet cabin

Enough space to keep your baggage on long drives

Best highway cruising experience in the segment

Cons

Dated styling in a very competitive segment

Few interior specs and build quality may feel old

Packages make the deal spicy but adds to the cost

Lacks BMW’s sporty appeal

What's New?

Latest iDrive 7.0 operating system

Live Cockpit Professional digital instrument display comes as standard

Navigation and keyless passive entry


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$53900

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

248 hp @ 5200 rpm

torque

258 lbs.-ft. @ 1450 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

117.1 in.

length

63.9 in.

width

73.5 in.

height

58.2 in.

curb weight

3713 lbs.

ground clearance

5.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

98.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

18.7 cu ft.

payload capacity

2299 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

24/34/27 mpg

highway range

612 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. /50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. /unlimited


Pictures & Videos

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Styles

2020 BMW 5 Series in Almandine Brown Metallic color 2020 BMW 5 Series in Alpine White color 2020 BMW 5 Series in Bluestone Metallic color 2020 BMW 5 Series in Carbon Black Metallic color 2020 BMW 5 Series in Mineral White Metallic color
Almandine Brown Metallic

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Ratings

Features

8.7

Engine And Performance

7.5

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.0

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OVERALL RATING

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 BMW 5 Series 530i

530i

power
248 hp @ 5200 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
27 combined

$53,900 - $56,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
530i 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $53,900 MSRP (24/27/34) 248 hp @ 5200 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5
530i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $56,200 MSRP (24/27/34) 248 hp @ 5200 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

2020 BMW 5 Series 540i

540i

power
335 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
27 combined

$59,450 - $61,750


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
540i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $59,450 MSRP (24/27/34) 335 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3 L, Inline 6, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5
540i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $61,750 MSRP (24/27/34) 335 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3 L, Inline 6, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

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BMW has gone way ahead with the latest 5-series when it comes to tech features. It has introduced several fresh features such as the voice recognition system, Apple CarPlay, 3-D simulation and many other semi-autonomous features that poses a real threat to other competitors in the midrange luxury sedan segment including the defending champion Audi A6 which hit the record sales last year.

2020 BMW 5 Series Front Side Third Quarter View
2020 BMW 5 Series Third Quarter View

8.7/10
Features

7.5/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior


2020 BMW 5 Series Features

8.7/10

The base 530i variant is packed with a 2-liter inline-4 cylinder turbocharged engine to produce a maximum power of 248 hp. The 540i levels up the game with a few additional standard features and a turbocharged 335-hp 3-liter inline-6 cylinder engine. An option of all-wheel drive(AWD) is offered with both the variants. 

Trims 

BMW 530i

BMW 540i

MSRP (RWD)

$53,900

$59,450

MSRP (AWD)  $56,200     $61,750

Key Features

Air Curtains and Air Breather system 

Live Cockpit Professional

 

Electronic throttle control 

Electronically controlled engine cooling (map cooling) 

 

Brake Energy Regeneration 

Rear-wheel drive system

 

Twin-tube gas-pressure shock absorbers 

Double-wishbone multi-link aluminum front suspension
 

Electromechanical parking brake

Black Chrome Exhaust Tips
 

Expanded Check Control vehicle monitor system 

Active Kidney Grille

Talking of packages, the BMW 5-series comes with numerous options that add a lot of flair to this sedan. Some of the most notable ones include:

Package Name

Driving Assistance Plus Package

Dynamic Handling Package

Lighting Package

Cost

$1,700

$1,650

$1,050

Features 

Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go

Dynamic Damper Control

Adaptive Full LED Lights

  Active Driving Assistant

M Sport Brakes

Automatic High Beams

   

Integral Active Steering

 

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Although the 530i provides enough power and comfort, the 540i comes loaded with additional features with a more powerful engine which makes it worth paying a little more money for. No matter which trims you choose but the driver-assist package is surely a must-have which includes the active steering, heated seats, and additional safety features.

2020 BMW 5 Series Engine and Performance

7.5/10

BMW has brought up a wide range of engine and drivetrain options to choose from. The 2020 BMW base variant 530i is powered by the 2-litre BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder engine which produces a maximum power of 248 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The transmission duties are carried out by an 8-speed automatic gearbox which is the only option in all variants.

A purist can opt for 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-six-cylinder which dishes out  335 hp and 331 lb-ft of torque and comes to the same 8-speed automatic transmission.

2020 BMW 540i produces maximum Horsepower of 335 hp at 6500 rpm

People who crave for a more individual touch, the transmission has a manual mode that permits you to use the paddle shifts. The Launch Control is a nice addition for exhibiting off the grunt of the engine at the traffic lights if not much else. You get RWD as standard while AWD can be had with both variants as an option.

Models

BMW 540i xDrive Mercedes-Benz E450 4Matic Audi A6 Prestige Volvo S90

MSRP

$61,750

$61,550 $63,700 $53,650

Engine

3.0L Turbocharged inline-6 3.0L Biturbo V6 3.0L Turbocharged V6 Twin-Charged 2.0L inline-4
Drivetrain AWD AWD AWD AWD

Transmission

8-Speed Sport Automatic w/ Manual Mode and Launch Control 9-Speed G-Tronic Automatic 7-Speed S Tronic Dual-Clutch Automatic 8-Speed Geartronic Automatic with Adaptive Shift

Power (hp @ rpm)

335@6,500 362@6,000 335@5,000 316@5,700

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

331@1,500 369@1,800 369@1,370 295@2,200

The 2020 BMW 5-series lies at the bottom when it comes to torque and just inches ahead of Volvo S 90 in power though it uses an engine of similar size and costs at least a grand more than all its competitors. The most powerful luxury sedan medal goes to the Mercedes-Benz E-Class with its unusual Biturbo V6 engine, which makes over 360 hp. 

Acceleration

Despite its mediocre performance in terms of torque and power, the 2020 BMW 5-series shows top-notch performance in terms of acceleration. The 530i pulls up from 0-60 in just 6 seconds which is fastest among the rivals. Taking advantage of the legacy of lighter craftsmanship that comes with the brand, the 5-series puts up a fabulous figure of 14.4 sec in the quarter-mile mark.

2020 BMW 5 Series hits 0-60 in under 6 sec.

The 540i xDrive can climb from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds and covering a quarter-mile run in 13.8 seconds, the BMW 5-series displays a lot in terms of becoming a true sports sedan. 

Models

BMW 540i xDrive Mercedes-Benz E450 4Matic Audi A6 Prestige Volvo S90

0-60 MPH (sec)

4.5  5.0  5.1  5.6 

Quarter Mile (sec)

13.8  13.6  14.2  14.1
Top Speed (MPH) 130 130 153 130

Engine

3.0L Turbocharged inline-6 3.0L Biturbo V6 3.0L Turbocharged V6 Twin-Charged 2.0L inline-4

Emission (tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/year)

5.9 6.5 6.0 5.9

Interestingly, the Volvo S90 is not that tardy despite its petty engine. It is essentially because of the practical use of both a supercharger and a turbocharger to cause the swede to go wild. The Audi A6 has a solid Quattro AWD method to profit from the traction but its gearbox lands in the way of passing that power to the wheels more dramatically.

Ride and Handling 

The sedan offers snappy handling and shows quick movements even on narrow corners. The steering is amazing but not as responsive as the M6. The sport mode works just fine but the comfort mode feels more premium, matching the luxury of a 7-series sedan. Being a BMW it definitely justifies their signature line- ‘Sheer driving pleasure’.

The electronically outlined engine cooling makes 540i's powerhouse is kept at peak shape even with varying weather or driving modes. The M-Package adds the M-suspension and M-steering wheel and while serving together complements to its driving dynamics. An instantaneous hike in the performance is due to its harmonised TwinPower engine which is intended for road slides and the final touches to the performance are courtesy of the M package. Yet, don't expect it to impress you, when out on the track.

Braking

The 530i's braking is as smooth as it can get but also powerful when you need it. The car can come to a halt from 60 mph in just 108 ft which is one of the best in the segment while the Mercedes- Benz is a bit lazy hits the bottom of the chart. The ABS helps in maintaining the car’s stability and composure even when one goes hard on the pedal.

2020 BMW 5 Series Front Wheel

 With highlights like Brake Fade Compensation, Brake Drying, and Stop-and-Go assist, you can rather, recline in the belief that the brakes will be eager as soon as needed.

Models

BMW 540i xDrive Mercedes-Benz E450 4Matic Audi A6 Prestige Volvo S90

Brake Rotors Front (in)

N/A

14.2

12.7

13.6

Brake Rotors Rear (in)

N/A

12.6

11.8

12.6

Curb Weight (lbs)

3942

4134

4266

4819

60-0 MPH (ft)

108 110 103 107

Being lighter than the Mercedes-Benz, it is better in terms of braking. Not solid enough to excel the Audi A6 or an S90 sedan, though. Both these cars profit from a better AWD system that awards them much better traction than the BMW, in turn strengthening the braking performance.

2020 BMW 5 Series Fuel Economy

The BMW 530i maintains a combined fuel economy of 29 mpg which helps it share the podium of the table with Audi A6. Despite pretty good economy figures as a whole, the BMW 7-series seems to be a bit thirsty when it comes to city roads. Also, by a massive 18-gallon fuel tank, you can travel a lot of distance before pausing at a gas station wanting a refill.

Model

BMW 540i xDrive Mercedes-Benz E450 4Matic Audi A6 Prestige Volvo S90

MPG (City)

22 20 22 21

MPG (Highway)

29 28 29 31

MPG (Combined)

25 23 24 25
Fuel Capacity (Gallons) 18.0 21.1 19.3 15.9
Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi) 396/522/450 400/557/485 463/618/463 334/493/397

Volvo S90 is the most fuel-efficient in the city, while the highway economy is the same for all. Audi and Mercedes follow behind, with identical figures. Highway economy figures are the same for all cars here.

2020 BMW 5 Series Interior

8.0/10

The interior of the 2020 BMW 5-series is surely exquisite. The dual-tone leather and tasteful use of chrome at minute places like air vents and knobs show the carmaker’s focus on luxury. The interior of this sedan is undoubtedly better than its primitive but doesn't hit the 7-series benchmark.

The heated armrests in front and rear, ambient carpet lighting and futuristically designed customizable dashboard don't just look amazing but also work fluently with every move of the passenger.

2020 BMW 5 Series Front Seats

5 passengers can easily settle in the cabin and with comfort. Sufficient legroom and headroom keep the cockpit breathy and spacious. Add in a few features like air aroma and circulation and this car can go up against any Audi or Merc in this price range.

Model

BMW 540i xDrive Mercedes-Benz E450 4Matic Audi A6 Prestige Volvo S90

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Room(Head/Shoulder/Leg)(in.) 

38.8/58.7/41.4 37.9/57.8/41.3 38.0/57.8/41.3 37.8/57.5/42.2

Rear Room(Head/Shoulder/Leg)(in.)

37.5/55.9/36.5 38.2/56.9/35.8 38.1/56.5/37.4 37.8/55.4/40.4

The 5-series leads the segment in headroom but its smaller wheelbase as compared to its competitors inhibits ample room in the rear cabin space and drags it down in the chart. The cabin is quiet enough unless you're on city roads at peak hours and there's lots of honking noise.

Interior Features

The interior features of the 2020 BMW 530i include:

  • Power sunshade
  • Key Fob trunk/hatch/door release
  • Power windows
  • 5 12V DC power outlets
  • Sunroof/convertible roof FOB controls
  • Navigation system
  • Retained accessory power
  • Day-night rearview mirror
  • Heated sport steering wheel with power tilting, power telescoping, auto tilt-away
  • Distance pacing cruise control
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Remote window controls
  • Emergency communication system

Infotainment system

The 2020 BMW 5 Series receives two notable upgrades: the iDrive 7 infotainment system and the joining of BMW's latest Live Cockpit Professional digital instrumentation display. The iDrive system can be utilized to control the cool 10.25-inch central display by voice, via the touchscreen, or using the conventional touchpad central controller. While there is a fundamental learning curve to master, the system is very instinctive and smooth. 

2020 BMW 5 series Infotainment display

The 2020 BMW 530i comes fitted with infotainment features such as:

  • SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite with seek-scan
  • Multi-source rear audio controls
  • Speed sensitive volume
  • Primary monitor touchscreen
  • 2 2nd row LCD monitor
  • 16 premium speakers
  • 600W amplifier
  • Audio theft deterrent
  • Steering-wheel mounted audio controls
  • Smart device integration
  • Head-up display
  • Reverse sensing system
  • Systems monitor 

Cargo Capacity 

The clever design of BMW5-Series manages to make up a huge space for the rear boot. The credit goes to the 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats. Despite being smaller in length, this car provides generous 18.7 ft-cube of the cargo space which is great for the segment.

2020 BMW 5 Series has a Cargo Volume of 18.7 cu.ft.

Despite being smaller in length, this car provides generous 18.7 ft-cube of the cargo space which is great for the segment.

Model

2020 BMW 530i 4dr Rear-wheel Drive Sedan

2020 BMW 530e iPerformance 4dr Rear-wheel Drive Sedan 

2020 Mercedes Benz Base E 350 4dr Rear-wheel Drive Sedan

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

18.7

14.5

13.1

When matched with different sedans in the division, the BMW certainly surpasses everyone. The cargo can fit up to 6 carries on suitcases. 

2020 BMW 5 series center console
2020 BMW 5 series center console
2020 BMW 5 series rear seat
2020 BMW 5 series rear seat
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2020 BMW 5 series rear seat folded
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2020 BMW 5 series instrumental cluster
2020 BMW 5 series instrumental cluster

2020 BMW 5 Series Exterior

8.0/10

Unlike the X7 and 7 Series, for now, the 5 Series preserves a more concise primitively-sized grille design, and it's all the better for it. This ensures a beautiful and dignified mid-size sedan but, for some, the 5 is a bit too cautious in its styling. BMW 540i is highest in the segment which gives it a coupe look, making ample headroom in the cabin. 

2020 BMW 5 series Side View

The sedan is lighter than its older sibling due to its cutting-edge design featuring high-strength aluminum chassis which gives it unmatched acceleration and handling yet stable and strong build quality.  The BMW 5-Series also offers a decent ground clearance of 6.2 inches.

Model

BMW 540i xDrive Mercedes-Benz E450 4Matic Audi A6 Prestige Volvo S90

Curb weight (lbs.)

3942 4134 4266 4819

Length(in)

194.6 193.8 194.4 200.1

Width(in)

73.5 72.9 74.3 74.4

Height(in)

58.2 57.8 57.4 57.1

Ground clearance (in)

5.5 4.3 6.5 6.0

Wheelbase (in)

117.1 115.7 115.1 120.5

Track width F/R(in)

63.0/63.9 62.8/63.0 64.2/63.7 63.7/63.7

Audi A6 has the largest ground clearance, great for saving the underbelly from scraping at any surface. Offroading isn't in the official description for any, but taking the beaten path won't be too challenging for these cars.

Exterior Features

On the exterior front, the 2020 BMW 530i comes with exterior features such as:

  • Galvanized steel/aluminum body material
  • Black grille with chrome surround
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Auto-dimming power remote left side-view door mirror
  • Body-colored front and rear bumpers
  • Metallic paint
  • Chrome tip exhaust
  • Heated power-folding side-view door mirrors 
  • Power open and close trunk
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2020 BMW 5 Series Safety

The 2020 BMW 5-Series comes with all the essential safety features as per standards. The features include:

  • Front and rear ventilated disc brakes
  • Remote activated perimeter/approach lights
  • Manual adjustable front head restraints
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Side-impact bars
  • Electronic stability
  • Forward collision warning
  • Four-wheel ABS brakes
  • Traction control
  • Run-flat rear tires
  • Brake assist
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners

2020 BMW 5 Series Competition

2020 BMW 530i/540i  vs 2020 Volvo S90

The Volvo S90 comes loaded with a similar-sized engine that produces the same power and torque as that of a BMW. The Volvo has a better base package than that of BMW's with all the essential features like parking assist, remote locking, and smartphone-integrated infotainment system at a lesser cost than BMW. However, the price difference seems to make sense when we look at the premium styling, handling, comfort, and fuel economy of the 2020 BMW 5-series.

2020 BMW 530i/540i  vs 2020 Audi A6 L

The Audi A6 L is powered by a 2-liter 4 cylinder engine that produces the best in class power and torque. It also offers a plush and luxurious interior equivalent to the BMW's but 5-series basically one-ups A6 in the driving experience as A6 isn't as responsive as 530i, also the ride quality is quite poor due to larger alloy wheels.

2020 BMW 530i/540i VS 2020 Mercedes Benz Base E 350 

Conflict of comfort sedans, the 530i fights well with the E350. Requiring a few dollars more than the 2020 530i, the Merc E350 makes somewhat more power and added torque. Both cars are comfort-focused and are built for cruising. Buy the Merc E350 for its very pure driving experience while getting the BMW 530i available in 2020 will give you a lively transmission, various drive modes and various combinations to choose from. 

2020 BMW 5 Series Final Verdict

BMW 5-series offers great efficiency along with the effortless handling, impressive driving dynamics, and stout acceleration. The car doesn't feel exceptional and lacks punch on straight highways due to its less powerful engine, however, the luxury of the cabin and Sub-autonomous features make up for it.

So, if you're looking for a good car around 50 grand and won't mind spending some more money on the lucrative add-on packages.

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