BMW has released full specs of the car following the reveal of the new 5 Series, including pricing, fuel economy and emissions; the 530e starts at £43,985. BMW claims that the car can achieve 141.2mpg; nearly 50% up on the Toyota Prius’s claimed 94.1mpg. Emissions are 46g/km, according to BMW.
A total power output of 276bhp from the 181bhp four-cylinder petrol engine and supplementary 94bhp electric motor equates to a 0-62mph sprint of 6.2sec, while top speed is 146mph. The peak torque for the car is 310lb ft.
The 530e has an electric-only range of up to 29 miles, which can be used at up to 87mph, while total range is ‘nearly’ 400 miles in real-world conditions. As a plug-in hybrid, charging takes under five hours from a standard socket, and under three hours from a BMW’s i Wallbox. Due to the battery pack, bootspace in the 530e saloon is reduced from the standard car’s 530 litres to 410.
Six drive modes are available on the 530e; Sport, Comfort, Eco Pro, Auto eDrive, Max eDrive and Battery control. The first three are available on the standard 5 Series, but the second batch, switchable with an eDrive button.
Auto eDrive is the car’s default setting, and uses both powertrains in sync with one another. Max eDrive allows electric-only driving, until heavy acceleration causes the internal combustion engine to cut in. Battery control lets the driver select how much battery capacity to reserve, should they require electric-only mileage at a later stage in the journey.