Driving Report BMW 530e iPerformance (2017): How economically drives the fast plug-in hybrid?

In the new 5 Series (G30) BMW now offers a plug-in hybrid at: The 4-cylinder of the 520i helps an electric motor with 113 horsepower - that makes afloat. And how frugal?

04/28/2017 Gerd Stegmaier 7 comments

2017 BMW wants to sell 100,000 cars electrified, at least 30,000 of them will be i3 or i8. So there remains a sales target of up to 70,000 for the so-called iPerformance model. After 32,544 deliveries in 2016 would be doubled. Drum has BMW soon for each series a plug-in hybrid at the start - or at least for each platform. The front-wheel drive Mini will soon receive the same technique as the 225xe (and X1 25 Le in China) for the rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, there are two variants: at 40e models (740e, X5 40e) sits the 252-horsepower four-cylinder Turbo under the hood, when it 330e is the same in principle, 2.0-liter gasoline engine, but with the 184 hp of the 320i.

530e with 113 hp electric

The drives, the new 530e iPerformance. As in the 3 Series an electric motor with 113 hp supported him, so that the system performance of the 530e matches that of the 530i, which gets its 252 horsepower only from the four-cylinder turbo.

BMW 530e i-Performance (2017) Review
The 530e has the four cylinders of the 520i and a 113-horsepower electric motor - like the 330e.

He consumed

In the rear of the hybrid 5ers a battery sits with 9.2 kWh capacity costs 120 liters of cargo space. That sounds like a lot, but the remaining 410 liters are still insufficient. For this, the 530e creates thanks to the batteries theoretically up to 50 kilometers and needs only 1.9 liters (NEDC). In practice, there were at österlich-freezing temperatures according board computer 40 km electric range and 6.5 to nearly 8 liters fuel consumption.

This of course does not begin to the validity of a measured value, but especially the approximately 8 liters were after a quite fast when taking motorway stage be read and awaken the hope of a favorable practical use in the field of a similarly powerful diesel.

Fast on the road - Hybrid gasoline engine with diesel-thirsty

The 530e comes to a total of 420 Nm of torque, and is thus in the region of good 2.0-liter diesel. The electric motor located between the engine and gearbox and makes thanks to 250 Nm the transducer of the 8-speed automatic superfluous. Which falls on neither the start nor the switch - gear changes happen quickly and smoothly by equip. That the torque of the electric motor already present from the first speed, you feel more, because the approach succeeds very quick and smooth, with restrained accelerator pedal pressure without the use of the combustor. The then falls, however, already rather: Its four-cylinder whining contrasted badly with the silent start-up and does not sound very athletic.

BMW 530e i-Performance (2017) Review
In the hybrid, the right tool when the battery loading and unloading is shown.

But six-cylinder, in a 5 once in the majority, there is in the Bavarian Business Limousine little more. As such, the sound is not a hybrid-specific topic, in 520 and 530i lacks the four-cylinders, however, also support the electric motor.

BMW 530e is agile and comfortable

Apart from that, the 530e runs as good as the other versions of the new 5 Series: Comfortable, yet fast around the corner. Especially when turning the four-cylinder even helps, because the low weight on the front axle makes subjectively the whole car light-footed. With the performance we can be very satisfied: The standard sprint from the state to 100 km / h takes according to factory specification in 6.2 seconds (as in the 530i) and the driving impression was no reason to doubt. The top speed of 235 km / h (15 km / h less than the 530i) is not a pure paper value - on the highway can be reached quickly near her.

BMW 530e i-Performance (2017) Review
The four-cylinder sits in most BMW models, the E-motor can not see.

More academic value: Purely electrically creates the 530e 140 km / h - but not very long. For this, the battery is simply too small.

Therefore allowed to energy management rather do instead of putting on electric power alone, it seeks out the cheapest operating modes itself. If you want, set in an urban navigation target a certain residual charge of the battery as a percentage to bring the ride within the city free of emissions to an end , Or to set a few kilometers before in driving mode Battery control the charging level one.

Inductive charging Cooperation

For the charging process BMW offers the so-called Digital Charging Service. This should be possible based on the current tariff rate of customer optimized charging. Or solar optimized charging (in conjunction with a BMW wallbox), preferably so that current from the domestic photovoltaic system for the charging process is considered.

Perhaps too playful, considering that many plug-in hybrid drivers charge their battery almost never at the net. But this BMW has a solution in 2018: Inductive charging over a plate hanging on the net. The annoying arrival and unplugging omitted, lines and graphics on the monitor with the image of an outdoor camera direct the car just above the pallet. Additionally facilitates maneuvering in the garage at home. Problem: the price is more likely above that of a wall box. After all, BMW has teamed up with Daimler, so that the expensive purchase the brand change (at Mercedes) would not be in vain. Only that competitors were able to agree on standardization, but lets hope for the new technology.

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The BMW 530e iPerformance costs at least 52,600 euros, 2,800 euros more than are due for the 530i or even 7,400 euros more than the 520d. The hybrid is certainly more economical than the gasoline engine and faster and quieter than the diesel.

Add to this the possibility of all-electric driving. This makes the 530e for interesting, ideally, no farther commute than the battery and the cost can fill up with electricity. The would get with the 530e also a car that hardly requires even on long journeys compromise than a conventional drive.