BMW 530e hybrid running costs, insurance, warranty & tax
The 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
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service intervals||Annual company-car tax (20% / 40%)|
|42-43||3yrs/unlimited miles||2yrs/18,000 miles||From £1,170/£2,341|
The BMW 530e is a two-sided financial proposition. Company-car users running one benefit from a low Benefit-in-Kind rate of just 12% until at least April 2024, and the big saving that represents come on top of potentially very low fuel bills. Provided you plug the 530e in regularly, you should be able to do most of your weekly mileage virtually for free (especially if you have access to a charging point at work).
Leasing costs are also competitive, and remarkably close to those of a diesel 5 Series. Essentially, the 530e is a no-brainer for business users and fleet managers, but private buyers need to think carefully. It costs more to buy than a 520d diesel, and you'll only really recoup the difference in price if most of your journeys are short, local affairs. For long-distance motorway work, the diesel will be just as, if not more, fuel-efficient.
BMW 530e hybrid insurance group
Insurance for the 530e should be competitive by the standards of the large executive saloon class. It falls into either insurance group 42 or 43 depending on the exact specification you choose, while its chief rival the Mercedes E-Class hybrid starts off in group 44.
BMW offers a three-year/unlimited-mileage warranty, including roadside assistance, on all of its models. That’s the same warranty cover that you’ll get with Mercedes, while Audi and Volvo offer standard cover for up to three years or 60,000 miles. More disappointing is that BMW only warranties the batteries in its plug-in hybrid cars for six years and 60,000 miles – lower than the eight-year/100,000 mile cover on most rivals.
There are no set servicing intervals on the BMW 530e – instead, it’ll ping up an alert on the dashboard when a service is due, the frequency of which will depend on your usage of the car. BMW offers a comprehensive fixed-price servicing package, which isn’t cheap, but can be spread out into monthly payments. All new BMWs also come with MoT Protect, which means BMW will repair any faults that cause the car to fail its first MoT inspection free of charge.
The BMW 530e is subject to baseline VED (road tax) of £145 a year. On top of that, because it costs more than £40,000 to buy new, it’s subject to an additional 'premium-rate' tax of £335 the first five times you tax it. That means, all-in, the 530e will cost £480 to tax annually from years two to six, and £145 a year thereafter.
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 & insurance - currently readingThe 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 ratingSafety and reliability are both BMW 5 Series strong points, and the 530e plug-in hybrid is no different