BMW 530e hybrid range, MPG, CO2 & charging

With a pure-electric range of 30+ miles and CO2 emissions as low as 49g/km, the 530e will be cheap to run provided you charge it up regularly

BMW 530e
MPG CO2 Electric range Charge time
128mpg 49g/km 30-35 miles 3hrs (3.7kW)

The BMW 530e will go far enough on electric power to satisfy the average commuter, while its CO2 emissions make for cheap company-car tax. The 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine should also deliver reasonable economy of somewhere near 40mpg when it’s in use.

As of autumn 2019, the 530e is offered with four-wheel drive and a bigger 12kWh battery pack. We've yet to drive this updated version, but watch this space for a full review.

BMW 530e range, MPG & CO2

The BMW 530e’s official pure-electric range of 30-35 miles is roughly on a par with most rival plug-in hybrids. In real-world use, you’ll more likely see about 25 miles, especially if you venture onto the motorway, although it’s worth mentioning that – like most plug-in hybrids – the BMW offers the option of holding the car’s battery charge until you want to use it.

It’s a good idea to do this on faster roads, when the petrol engine will return its best economy. You can then fall back on the pure-electric ‘Max eDrive’ mode for about-town driving, when petrol consumption will go up if you have the normal combustion engine running, since any combustion engine suffers worse economy in stop-start traffic.

Charge time

It should be easy to charge the BMW 5 Series plug-in hybrid. It uses a standard Type 2 plug (cables for Type 2 and three-pin domestic sockets are included), which will fit the vast majority of public and workplace charge points, and should charge up in less than three hours from any dedicated car charger.

Even a three-pin domestic socket will deliver a charge in around four hours. It’s easy to plug the BMW in, as the charging port is located just ahead of the passenger door, so you won’t have to trail a cable too far in order to connect it.