A Class Of Its Own

2021 BMW 5-Series Review, Ratings, Specs, Prices, and Photos

With the 2021 five-Sequence luxury mid-dimensions sedan, BMW proves that a lot less is more—except when far more is far more. 

The new sedan comes this July with far more electrical power in some variations, far more electrified selections, and far more screens. Its grille can take up comparably a lot less space on its snout than some other BMWs (7-Sequence, we’re searching at you) and the new five-Sequence consumes a lot less gas, in some types. We’ll give you two guesses if the new five-Sequence charges far more or a lot less than previous year’s model, even though we’re betting you only need to have one. 

Like previous year, BMW gives the five-Sequence in 530i, 540i, 530e, and M550i travel configurations with a dizzying array of powertrains: four-, 6-, and eight-cylinder electrical power are readily available, with or without having hybrid batteries. The foundation 2021 530i charges $fifty five,195, including destination, which is $300 far more than the 2020 model. 

Assessment carries on underneath

Fashion and functionality

If you’ve seen a new BMW five-Sequence, you’ve by now seen the 2021 five-Sequence. That’s the most polite way we can say: Not significantly has altered for this year. The new five-Series’ beak is a tiny sharper, its headlights are a tiny narrower, and its grille is a tiny bigger—although not as big as other BMW sedans. 

In back again, the trapezoidal tailpipe finishers go towards the grain (other automakers are now hiding their tailpipes) and the taillights are a tiny far more vertical. 

Inside, twin 12.three-inch screens dominate the inside in excellent and terrible ways. The excellent? It keeps rate with the tech arms race from other luxury automakers this sort of as Mercedes-Benz and Audi. The terrible? It clutters an if not present-day inside that’s clear and basic. 

Like previous year, the five-Sequence is readily available in a stupefying amount of configurations that climb up the selling price and functionality ladder. 

The 2021 five-Sequence commences with the 530i, which works by using a competent two.-liter turbo-four that can make 248 hp. Rear-wheel travel is typical, and all-wheel travel is readily available on these types. 

The future action up is the most effective five-Sequence. The 530e pairs a turbo-four with electric powered motors and a hybrid battery pack to make 288 hp put together. In contrast to previous year’s 530e, the 2021 model is far more powerful by forty hp and its battery is about 33% more substantial than 2019 variations. (The 2020 battery was the exact dimensions as the new 2021 model). The EPA has not yet tallied the new 530e’s mileage, but the previous product traveled about twenty miles on energy by itself. The 530e also delivers a forty hp strengthen in ten-2nd sprints, which is new this year.

The future action up is the 2021 540i that works by using a turbo inline-6 spinning out 335 hp that’s paired to a moderate-hybrid procedure that’s new this year. The starter-generator will work in the history for far better gas effectiveness at lower speeds, even though formal EPA figures aren’t yet readily available. 

The leading, for now, is the M550i xDrive that’s geared up with a four.four-liter twin-turbo V-eight that can make 523 hp. It is the only five-Sequence with typical all-wheel travel and it requires it—the sedan springs to 60 mph in just three.6 seconds.

Like its predecessors, the 2021 five-Sequence rides on an impartial suspension with double wishbones up entrance and a rear multilink. Some vehicles insert adaptive dampers (some make it typical, also) that can toggle concerning ease and comfort and sporty configurations. 

Convenience, safety and characteristics

The new five-Sequence provides about an inch to its general length, even though inside space is unchanged. That’s a excellent point all five-Sequence have been relaxed for grown ups, up to 5. 

BMW made artificial leather typical on 530 and 540 types, which raises our eyebrow. We’d want authentic hides typical on vehicles that expense upward of $60,000 to start—Audi involves it as typical on vehicles that expense a lot less, just after all. 

Genuine leather is readily available on all trims and typical on leading types, and we suggest it. Various seating selections are readily available including heated and cooled nappa buckets with massagers—good, far better, most effective. 

The trunk retains 14 cubic toes of cargo, which is on the little facet for its course. (Plug-in hybrids make do with only ten cubic toes because of to the batteries.)

In addition to typical automatic emergency braking, the five-Sequence is geared up with blind-place displays with rear cross-visitors alerts. Adaptive cruise management, a encompass-check out digicam procedure, and lively lane management are on the selections list—as is BMW’s driver-support characteristics that can pilot the motor vehicle without having driver conversation at speeds slower than forty mph. 

All five-Sequence are geared up with 18-inch wheels, artificial leather upholstery, a moonroof, twin 12.three-inch shows for devices and infotainment, Apple CarPlay and Android Car compatibility, and Bluetooth. Alternatives contain leather, more substantial wheels, adaptive dampers, and usefulness characteristics. 

The 2021 BMW five-Sequence goes on sale in July 2020.