BMW has ranked among the leaders in bringing the future into the present, when the topic is Hybrid and Electric car fleets.
The BMW 530e xDrive Sedan was a dynamic driving experience – everything we have come to know about the brand. The long drive east along the 401 to Montreal was so smooth the six hour driving time blew past without us realizing it. On the way back, with driving conditions a little more challenging, features like SPORT mode in BMW eDrive, and an overall system output of 248 hp and combined peak torque of 310 lb-ft, were more of a factor. The BMW eDrive system’s electric motor has an output of 111 hp with a maximum torque of 184 lb-ft, while the 4-cylinder TwinPower Turbo combustion engine with its 2.0-liter displacement generates 180 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque.
BMW is well down the road when it comes to electrification of cars in their fleet, and we look forward to what’s coming around the curb next. In markets like China, the company recently signed a deal for the local production of fully electric MINI vehicles in that country.
The BMW Group already manufactures electrified vehicles at ten production facilities. The BMW i4 is just one of the 25 electrified models that the BMW Group intends to bring to market by 2025. Half of those models will be fully electric. In 2017, the BMW Group delivered more than 100,000 electrified vehicles to customers for the first time in a single year, mainly driven by the performance of the all-electric BMW i3, sales of which have risen every year since its market launch in 2013. Globally this year they project that number to hit 140,000.
“Our electric mobility strategy is having a positive impact: the broad range of electrified models we now offer enabled us to cut CO2 emissions,” BMW CEO Harald Krüger said.
But we walk before we run.
BMW says there is a zero-to-60 mph time of 6.1 seconds with the 530i, plenty of muscle for Canadian highways. For the novices, the car’s eDrive button, unique to the iPerformance models, offers three driving modes – AUTO eDRIVE, MAX eDRIVE, and BATTERY CONTROL. AUTO ensures the engine and electric motor are interacting optimally in all driving situations, allowing for an all-electric top speed of 90 km/h. In MAX mode, the car drives on electric power alone. It uses the full power of the electric engine and can hit top speeds of 140 km/h. BATTERY lets the driver set the charge level for the high-voltage battery manually. We liked this option because it allows the driver to conserve or increase reserves of electric power while driving on the highway, giving you the option to drive in an urban area on pure electric.
Base as tested: $67,500
Premium Package Enhanced ($6,500)
- Automatic Trunk
- Universal Remote Control
- Comfort Access
- Soft Close Doors
- Side and Rear Sunshades
- Through Loading System
- Seat Heating, Front and Rear
- Ceramic Controls
- Adaptive LED Headlights
- High-Beam Assistant
- Head-Up Display
- SiriusXM Satellite Radio Tuner
- Harman/Kardon Sound System
- BMW ConnectedDrive Services Professional
Interior Comfort Package, $2,500
- Ventilated Seats
- Comfort Seats, Front
- Leatherette Dashboard
- BMW Individual Reading Lights
- Massage Function for Driver and Passenger
Driver Assistance Package, $1,900
- Driving Assistant Plus includes Active Cruise with Stop and Go, Steering and Lane Control, Lane Keep Assistant, Cross-Traffic Alert (Front) and Evasion Assistance, $1,000
- Parking Assistant Plus w/Surround View
- Cross-Traffic Alert (Rear)
- Collision Warning w/ City Braking
- Lane Departure Warning
- Blind Spot Warning
- Rear Collision Prevention
- Speed Limit Info
- 360 Surround View w/ 3D View
Smartphone Connectivity Package, $750
- Apple CarPlay
- Wireless Charging w/Extended Bluetooth and USB
- WiFi Hotspot
Stand Alone Options, $500
- Steptronic transmission with gearshift paddles
PRICE AS TESTED: $80,650