With new platforms and engines, the 2018 BMW 5 Series reaffirms its foothold in the midsize luxury sedan segment. It distinguishes itself a few decades ago as a driver’s car and has since developed into a comfortable and sophisticated sedan. In doing so, the Series 5 exchanges some of the drivers’ properties for a more isolated feel. Since then, the BMW 5 Series has offered a near-perfect blend of performance, luxury and interior room.
The 2018 BMW 5 Series is midsize luxury sedan sold in four trim levels: 530i, 540d xDrive, 540i and M550i xDrive.
The 2018 BMW 5 Series 530i comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 248 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The 540i gets a twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine that develops 335 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard on both models and all-wheel drive available as an option.
BMW says the 530i will reach 60 mph in 6.0 seconds and the 540i in 4.7 seconds. EPA fuel economy for the rear-wheel 530i at 27 mpg combined (24 city/34 highway) and (27/23/33) for xDrive variant. The 540i rated at (24/21/30) with rear-wheel and (23/20/29) for the xDrive.
The 2018 BMW 5 Series 540d xDrive is powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder diesel engine that produces 261 horsepower and 457 lb-ft of torque. EPA fuel economy rating at (30/26/36).
The M550i xDrive uses a twin-turbo eight-cylinder engine that cranks out 456 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque. It exclusively comes with all-wheel drive. EPA fuel economy still not available.