BMW 530e hybrid reliability & safety rating
Safety and reliability are both BMW 5 Series strong points, and the 530e plug-in hybrid is no different
|Euro NCAP||Adult protection||Child protection||Safety assistance|
|5 stars (2017)||91%||85%||59%|
The BMW 5 Series didn't do brilliantly in the 2022 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey. 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 came 47th out of the top 75 models rated in the 2022 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, with servicing costs and reliability cited as concerns by owners. A middling 23% of BMW owners reported a fault within the first year of ownership, although this isn’t specific to the 5 series or 5 series plug-in hybrid model.
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 space.
This can even be 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 wheel available.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe BMW 5 Series plug-in hybrid is a lot like every other version of the 5 Series, in that it's great to drive, comfortable and luxurious
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingWith a pure-electric range of over 30 miles and CO2 emissions as low as 31g/km, the 530e will be very cheap to run – provided you charge it regularly
- 3Running costs & insuranceThe BMW 530e's running costs versus a diesel equivalent are extremely low for company-car users, but the difference isn't as great for private buyers
- 4Performance, engine & driveYou get bona-fide sports-saloon pace and grace with the 5 Series hybrid, but the ride is slightly firm
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortThe 530e is the same inside as the standard 5 Series, and that's no bad thing: it's comfortable, high-tech and classy
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe 530e loses some boot space in order to accommodate its batteries, but it's still adequately practical by executive-saloon standards
- 7Reliability & safety rating - currently readingSafety and reliability are both BMW 5 Series strong points, and the 530e plug-in hybrid is no different