2020 BMW 530e: specs and prices revealed for upgraded PHEV

The plug-in hybrid 5 Series gets an electric range of up to 41 miles and the option of four-wheel drive

BMW 530e charging

BMW has announced updates to its plug-in hybrid 530e model, including a bigger battery for greater pure-electric range and an addition to the range in the shape of a four-wheel-drive 530e xDrive model.

Thanks to improved lithium-ion battery technology, BMW has managed to fit a 12kWh battery into the 530e in the same space occupied by the outgoing car’s 9.2kWh battery pack.

This means the official electric driving range for the 530e is now between 38 and 41 miles depending on trim level, while the new four-wheel-drive BMW 530e xDrive manages between 34 and 36 miles.

Prices start from £46,820 for the BMW 530e SE, while the BMW 530e xDrive SE costs £48,820. Stepping up to M Sport trim is a £3,300 upgrade on either model. There are no changes to the styling of the BMW 530e and it'll remain a saloon-only affair, with no estate option on the cards.

Efficiency is also improved thanks to the updates, so emissions and fuel economy are now 41g/km and 157mpg for the 530e, while the xDrive model achieves 49g/km and 140mpg.

That bodes well for company-car users, as it means the updated 530e falls into the lowest BiK tax band for 2019/2020, and will come in at just 8% BiK for the years following.

BMW 530e

Power is also improved, with the electric motor now putting out 111bhp – an increase of 17bhp. The 181bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine remains unchanged, and gives the 530e and 530e xDrive a combined power output of 248bhp.

Both variants have a top speed of 146mph, although the 530e is a tenth of a second faster over 0-62mph, completing the sprint in 6.1 seconds.

Interestingly, BMW has also run a full-cycle CO2 certification for the new 530e, including raw material procurement, supply chain, production process, ownership and recycling. This showed that the plug-in hybrid has a CO2 footprint 23% smaller than that of the petrol 530i. And when charged from a renewable source, that gap grows to as much as 47%.

Production starts this month and customer deliveries in the UK are expected before the end of 2019.