The BMW 5 Series has its work cut out for it. Not only does it have to fend off competitors like the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, but now it potentially faces internal competition from the newer 3 Series range.
Not to sell the 2019 BMW 530i short, though. It’s still every bit the large, luxury sedan you imagine when you think of the segment. The march of technology certainly hasn’t left it behind, but shifting buyer preferences may have.
For the 530i’s price tag, you get plenty of metal for the money and an eye-opening amount of standard equipment, but you’d also have to really dislike the BMW X5, which is just a few thousand dollars extra yet comes equipped with six-cylinder engines, all-wheel drive and a host of newer tech inclusions.
Back to the 530i, though, because let’s face it, you’re looking at a sedan because you want a sedan, and no amount of SUV popularity is likely to change that.
Positioned as the mid-range 5 Series model, the 530i runs a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine (despite the 530i badge having been applied to six-cylinder models in the past) and produces 185kW of power and 350Nm of torque.
A less-powerful version of the same engine is also available in the 520i, while elsewhere in the range four-cylinder diesel, four-cylinder plug-in hybrid, six-cylinder petrol and six-cylinder diesel options are also available.