BMW 5-Series 540i
BMW 5-Series 540i
BMW 5-Series 540i

2020 BMW 540i

Pros: Ride and handling balance; extensive range of technology and safety features; even base 530i model offers spirited acceleration

Cons: Steep prices escalate even further as options are added; rear-seat legroom is not particularly generous

CG Says: The 2020 BMW 5-Series adds more standard equipment, including keyless access. The M550i’s turbo V8 sees a horsepower increase from 456 to 523. There is also a larger battery pack for 530e plug-in hybrid models. The 5-Series is a premium midsize sedan with several powertrain options and a comprehensive list of technology and safety equipment. The 530i is powered by a 248-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder and the 540i has a 335-hp twin-turbo 3.0-liter 6-cylinder. The 530e plug-in hybrid combines a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with an electric motor to produce a total of 248 hp. The sporty M550i xDrive is powered by a 523-hp twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8, while the high-performance M5 packs a twin-turbocharged 600-hp 4.4-liter V-8. All models have an 8-speed automatic transmission. The 530i, 530e, and 540i models offer a choice of rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. M550i and M5 have standard all-wheel drive. Available luxury/technology features include ventilated and massaging front seats, rear-seat entertainment system, adaptive cruise control, remote control parking, and BMW’s Gesture Control system (which enables certain infotainment controls to be operated via hand gestures, without touching physical buttons or knobs). Available safety features include automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning and mitigation, and steering-linked LED headlights, and BMW’s Fatigue and Focus Alert system. BMW’s 530i and 540i offerings are dynamic premium sport sedans that offer an immersive driving experience with the expected array of coddling luxury and technology features. The M5, M550i, and 530e up the ante for performance and high-tech efficiency, respectively. Any 5-Series offers a compelling blend of nimble performance and high-end ambiance, but you’ll have to pay for it. Base prices are steep, and much of the equipment you’d expect to be standard on a luxury car costs extra.

The Facts
Class Premium Midsize Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer BMW
Nation of Manufacture Germany
Base Prices 530i: $54,895
AWD 530i xDrive: $57,195
540i: $60,445
AWD 540i xDrive: $62,745
AWD M550i xDrive: $77,645
AWD M5: $103,695
AWD M5 Competition: $110,995
530e Plug-in Hybrid: $54,895
AWD 530e xDrive Plug-in Hybrid: $57,195

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (530i)
Horsepower
248
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
22-25
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
31-33

Optional Engine
turbocharged 3.0-liter 6-cylinder (540i)
Horsepower
335
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
22
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
29-30

Optional Engine
turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 (M550i)
Horsepower
523
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
18
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
25

Optional Engine
turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 (M5, M5 Competition)
Horsepower
600 (617 M5 Competition)
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
15
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
21

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder/electric motor (530e)
Horsepower
248
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA Gas Engine Combined (mpg)
22-27
EPA Electric Engine Combined (MPGe)
65-69