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BMW 530e hybrid reliability & safety

Safety and reliability are both BMW 5 Series strong points, and the 530e plug-in hybrid is no different

BMW 530e xDrive
Overall rating

4.5 out of 5

Reliability & safety rating

3.5 out of 5

Euro NCAP ratingAdult protection ratingChild protection ratingSafety assistance rating
5 stars (2017)91%85%59%

The BMW 5 Series didn't do brilliantly in the 2020 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, published by our sister title Auto Express. It came 40th out of the top 75 models rated, with servicing costs and reliability cited as concerns by owners. In better news, safety standards for this car are very good, but there are some optional driver aids that should really be standard at this price point.

BMW 530e hybrid reliability & problems

This generation of BMW 5 Series had only been on sale for just over a year at the time, but it fared well for reliability and build quality in that 2018 Driver Power survey, and was rated the best executive car to own overall. It fared less well in the more recent 2020 edition of the survey, dropping to 40th place in the rundown of the top 75 cars to own, with reliability and servicing costs among owners' biggest complaints.


Safety isn’t a concern with the BMW 5 Series. It was awarded the maximum five stars in Euro NCAP crash tests in 2017 and managed impressive scores of 91% for adult occupant protection, 85% for child occupant safety and 81% in the pedestrian protection category. It didn't do so well in the Safety Assist category as it's a bit light on standard advanced driver aids. Although basic autonomous emergency braking and cruise control are standard, you have to add an optional Driving Assistant pack to get lane-departure warning, and alerts for oncoming traffic as you reverse out of a parking space.

This can even be upgraded further to Driving Assistant Plus, which adds active cruise control and autonomous emergency braking that senses pedestrians and bikes as well as cars. A tyre-inflation kit is standard on the 530e while run-flat tyres are optional, but there's no space saver tyre available. The 530e also has an ‘eDrive exterior sound’ – where the car emits a sound at low speeds to warn pedestrians – as a no-cost option.

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