BMW 530e hybrid practicality & boot space
The 530e loses some boot space in order to accommodate its batteries, but it’s still adequate for practicality by executive-saloon standards
There’s no estate version of the 530e, so practicality-lovers may find it a bit compromised from the off. If a big estate boot is on your priority list, you may want to look at the Mercedes E-Class hybrid or the Volkswagen Passat GTE. But for anyone satisfied with a saloon, the 530e is likely to be good enough. There’s loads of space for four passengers and a decent-sized boot, although you have to pay extra to get split-folding rear seats.
BMW 530e hybrid interior space, storage and comfort
Even tall occupants will be comfortable in the back of the 530e, although the middle back-seat passenger has to straddle a prominent hump in the floor. There’s also loads of storage space, with cup-holders, door bins and cubbyholes aplenty.
The 530e’s battery pack sits under the boot floor, which eats up 120 litres of the luggage space you get in a non-hybrid 5 Series. That leaves 410 litres in total, which is enough for a couple of big suitcases, and a flat boot floor makes loading bulky items easy provided they fit through the unavoidable limitations of the letterbox-shaped saloon boot opening. Split-folding rear seats aren’t standard, so you’ll want to pay extra to get them if you do think you’re going to want more space on occasion.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe best thing about the BMW 5 Series plug-in hybrid is that it feels like every other 5 Series – refined, classy and spectacularly good to drive
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingWith a pure-electric range of over 30 miles and CO2 emissions as low as 31g/km, the 530e will be cheap to run provided you charge it up regularly
- 3Running costsThe BMW 530e's running costs are extremely low if you’re a company-car user, but could be quite steep if you’re a private buyer
- 4Engines, drive & performanceYou get bona-fide sports saloon pace and grace with the 5 Series hybrid, but the ride is slightly firm
- 5Interior & comfortBeing the same as the standard 5 Series is no bad thing for the hybrid, given that it brings limousine-like comfort
- 6Practicality & boot space - currently readingThe 530e loses some boot space in order to accommodate its batteries, but it’s still adequate for practicality by executive-saloon standards
- 7Reliability & safetySafety and reliability are both BMW 5 Series strong points, and the 530e plug-in hybrid is no different