2018 BMW 5 Series Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Jet Black
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MSRP
$46,493 - $66,229
Crash Test
Source: NHTSA.gov
MPG (up to)
29 City / 36 HWY
Horsepower
248-456
Seats
5

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Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

4.6 Overall Score
Performance 4.6Comfort 4.4Styling 4.2Value 4.1

Editor's Overview

All-new just last year, the 2018 BMW 5 Series lineup expands with the V8-powered M550i xDrive and the efficient 530e plug-in hybrid. No matter which of the four available powertrains you choose, the 5 Series boasts the premium amenities and stately style that have made it the benchmark among midsize-luxury-sports sedans for over 40 years.

BMW 5 Series Models & Trims

chevronDown icon 530e xDrive iPerformance $52,423 - $58,593
Horsepower: 248 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 X 8, 19 X 8 (in.) - Aluminum
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check icon Automated Emergency Braking
check icon Blind Spot Monitor
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check icon Lane Departure Warning
chevronDown icon 530e iPerformance $46,493 - $52,892
Horsepower: 248 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 X 8, 19 X 8 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon M550i xDrive $60,121 - $66,229
Horsepower: 456 hp
Engine Type: Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 19 X 8, 20 X 8 (in.) - Aluminum
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check icon Lane Departure Warning
chevronDown icon 530i $47,071 - $53,420
Horsepower: 248 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 X 8, 19 X 8 (in.) - Aluminum
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check icon Lane Departure Warning
chevronDown icon 530i xDrive $51,895 - $58,486
Horsepower: 248 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 X 8, 19 X 8 (in.) - Aluminum
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check icon Back-Up Camera
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check icon Smart Device Integration
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close icon Keyless Start
check icon Keyless Entry
check icon Automated Emergency Braking
check icon Blind Spot Monitor
check icon Cross-Traffic Alert
check icon Lane Departure Warning
chevronDown icon 540i $49,161 - $55,936
Horsepower: 335 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 X 8, 20 X 8 (in.) - Aluminum
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check icon Back-Up Camera
check icon Premium Audio
check icon Smart Device Integration
check icon WiFi Hotspot
close icon Keyless Start
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check icon Automated Emergency Braking
check icon Blind Spot Monitor
check icon Cross-Traffic Alert
check icon Lane Departure Warning
chevronDown icon 540i xDrive $55,156 - $61,447
Horsepower: 335 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 X 8, 20 X 8 (in.) - Aluminum
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check icon Navigation System
close icon Heated Seats
check icon Sun Roof
check icon Back-Up Camera
check icon Premium Audio
check icon Smart Device Integration
check icon WiFi Hotspot
close icon Keyless Start
check icon Keyless Entry
check icon Automated Emergency Braking
check icon Blind Spot Monitor
check icon Cross-Traffic Alert
check icon Lane Departure Warning
chevronDown icon 540d xDrive $59,445 - $65,763
Horsepower: 261 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Diesel I-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 X 8, 20 X 8 (in.) - Aluminum
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close icon Keyless Start
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check icon Blind Spot Monitor
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Owner Reviews

4.96
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Excellent car, absolutely crazy.

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Excellent car, really nice. Looks good, feels good, rides smooth. Luxurious. Elegant. Fast. Classy. Sports mode, black and white and blue. Lights change. Voice command. Gesturing for volume and stuff which is really modern and cool. Self parking and what not. It's perfect.

Goyal G
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Lifetime roadside assistance, BMW apps.

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It is so comfortable, I love all of the sensory and feel safe. It also has a paddle for the remote and I can change the interior lights. I have BMW apps that I can download lifetime roadside assistance, it gets 72 miles per hour and it runs on both electric and gas.

Anitra Y
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It drives wonderfully and is very comfortable and spacious.

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No complaints at all. I love the technology that this vehicle came with. I also love the sport, comfort and eco settings. I find that the driver profile settings are a fantastic way to ensure your comfort.

Mary M
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Compare Models & Key Features

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Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$52,423 - $58,593
$46,493 - $52,892

Horsepower

Horsepower
248 (hp)
248 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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Standard
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Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
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Standard
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Standard

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo
2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo
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Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
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Standard
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Standard

Alarm

Alarm
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Standard
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Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
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Standard
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Standard

HeadsUp Display

HeadsUp Display
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
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Standard
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Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
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Standard
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Standard

Rain Sensing Wipers

Rain Sensing Wipers
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Standard
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Standard

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
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Standard
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Standard

Heated Steering Wheel

Heated Steering Wheel
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
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Standard
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Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
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Standard
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Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
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Standard
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Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
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Standard
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Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
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Standard
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Standard

Privacy Glass

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Automatic Parking
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Power Steering

Power Steering
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Standard
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Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
41.4 (in.)
41.4 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
38.8 (in.)
38.8 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
36.5 (in.)
36.5 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
37.5 (in.)
37.5 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
14.5 (cu. ft.)
14.5 (cu. ft.)

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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Standard
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Standard

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
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Standard
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Standard

Entertainment System

Entertainment System
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

WiFi Hotspot

WiFi Hotspot
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration
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Standard
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Standard

AUX Input

AUX Input
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Standard
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Standard

CD Player

CD Player
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Standard
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Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
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Standard
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Standard

AC

Dual Zone

Dual Zone
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Standard
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Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
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Standard
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Standard

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Premium Synthetic
Premium Synthetic

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
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Standard
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Standard

Power Passenger Seat

Power Passenger Seat
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Standard
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Standard

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Heated Rear Seats

Heated Rear Seats
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Front Seats
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

Seat Memory
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Standard
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Standard

3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
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Standard
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Standard

Seat Massage

Seat Massage
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
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Standard
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Standard
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Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Power Folding Mirror
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Standard
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Standard

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P245/40HR19
P245/40HR19

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
117.1 (in.)
117.1 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
40.2 (ft.)
39.5 (ft.)

Length

Length
194.6 (in.)
194.6 (in.)

Width

Width
73.5 (in.)
73.5 (in.)
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Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
4385 (.lbs)
4266 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
248 (hp)
248 (hp)

Torque

Torque
310 (ft. lbs.)
310 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric Gas
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Standard
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Standard

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

Turbocharged
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Standard
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Standard

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
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Standard
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Standard

Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
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Standard
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Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive
Rear Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
12.1 (gal.)
12.1 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
14 (mpg)
15 (mpg)

City

City
14 (mpg)
15 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
14 (mpg)
15 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Active Suspension
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
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Standard
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Standard

Overdrive

CTV Transmission

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Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
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Standard
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Standard

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
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Standard
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Standard

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
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Standard
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Standard

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
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Standard
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Standard

Stability Control

Stability Control
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Standard
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Standard

Traction Control

Traction Control
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Standard
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Standard

HID Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Auto Leveling Headlinghts
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Standard
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Standard

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive Cruise Control
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Night Vision

Night Vision
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
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Standard
check icon
Standard

Blind Spot Monitor

Blind Spot Monitor
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Keeping Assist
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Departure Warning
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Cross Traffic Alert

Cross Traffic Alert
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
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Standard
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Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
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Standard
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Standard

Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
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Standard
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Standard

Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
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Standard
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Standard

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
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Standard
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Standard

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
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Standard
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Standard

Knee Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a non-profit group which conducts safety testing beyond federal regulations. "Good" is the highest rating.

Moderate Overlap Front
G
Side
G
Roof Strength
G
Driver-side Overlap Front
G
G
Good
A
Acceptable
M
Marginal
P
Poor

Safety Features

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) *
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control *
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • BMW Assist eCall Emergency Sos *
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point and Pretensioners
  • Back-Up Camera *
  • Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • Active Protection

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

Reliability results are currently not available.

Safety Recalls (2)

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Equipment > Electrical Sep 19, 2018
Report Receipt Date:
Sep 19, 2018
NHTSA Campaign:
18V652000
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2018 BMW 330e iPerformance, i3 Rex, i3 Sport Rex, X5 xDrive40e, i3 BEV, i3 Sport BEV and 2019 i8 and i8 Roadster vehicles and 2018-2019 530e iPerformance, 530e xDrive iPerformance and 740Le xDrive iPerformance vehicles. Capacitors within the TurboCord Portable Chargers may fail, possibly resulting in a shock hazard or a fire.
Consequence:
An electrical shock or a fire can increase the risk of injury or death.
Remedy:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the charging cable, and replace it if necessary, free of charge. An interim notification was mailed to owners on November 19, 2018. A second notification will be sent when the remedy is available. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
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Engine And Engine Cooling > Engine Jul 10, 2018
Report Receipt Date:
Jul 10, 2018
NHTSA Campaign:
18V465000
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2018 BMW 540d xDrive vehicles. The crankshaft sensor may be equipped with incorrect firmware, preventing the sensor from properly processing input from the crankshaft reluctor ring, possibly resulting in a vehicle stall. On September 12, 2018, BMW expanded the recall to a total of 5,309 vehicles including certain 2018-2019 BMW 540d xDrive, 230i M240i, M240i xDrive, X2 sDrive28i, X2 xDrive28i, X1 sDrive28i, X1 xDrive28i, 330i, 330i xDrive, 340i, 340i xDrive, 330i xDrive Gran Turismo, 530i, 530i xDrive, 540i, 540i xDrive, 530e, 530e xDrive, 640i xDrive Gran Turismo, 330e, 2019 430i Gran Coupe, 430i xDrive Gran Coupe, 440i Gran Coupe, 440i xDrive Gran Coupe, 430i, 430i xDrive, 440i, 440i xDrive, 740i, 740i xDrive, MINI Cooper, Cooper S, JCW, MINI Countryman (Cooper, Cooper All4, Cooper S, Cooper S All4, JCW All4), and MINI Clubman (Cooper, Cooper S, Cooper All4, Cooper S All4, JCW All4) vehicles.
Consequence:
A vehicle stall can increase the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the crankshaft sensor, free of charge. The recall began September 6, 2018. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

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