The 2018 BMW 530e is powered by a 2-liter twin-turbo four teamed with a 111 hp electric motor and can achieve 137 mpg.
BY H. THROTTLE
BMWs marketing slogan is “The Ultimate Driving Machine,” and they certainly hit the ball out of the park with the 2018 530e model, which has a hybrid battery system teamed with 111 horsepower electric motor, achieving mileage up to 137 mpg.
The 530e has three driving modes, sport, comfort and eco, along with the hybrid system where batteries can be charged for short-distance driving.
The engine is a powerful 2L-twin-turbo four-cylinder connected to a Steptronic eight-speed transmission with steering-wheel booster paddles and a sport and manual modes. Turbo-powered four-cylinder engines have become the standard in the industry for power and fuel economy. They are lighter in weight and less expensive to make.
V8 engines are becoming fewer and far between in the era of hybrid technology and efforts to have maximum power and fuel efficiency. German engineers have certainly achieved this fine balance with the BMW 530e. The car is manufactured in Dingolfing, with engine and transmission also made in Germany.
The contrast between Japanese and German cars is very interesting. They are very different in several categories. German people are much larger than Japanese. It makes common sense that the car sizes and interiors would be different. German cars seem to be heavier and drive more like a football running-back. Japanese cars are lighter and drive more like a ballerina graceful and smooth.
This BMW 530e is fast, has fuel economy up in the high 20s and has a terrific transmission. Horsepower is not listed, but must be in the high 220 range. This car can no doubt cruise down the Autobahn all day at 100 mph in complete control and comfort.
One of the great features on this $66,760 four-door, all-wheel-drive sedan is the seating and ride comfort. Front-seat passengers are supported on 16-way power leather seats with four-way lumbar controls. The suspension system is great. Passengers are riding in luxurious comfort with almost no road distractions.
A full-length moon roof and power tailgate add to the many features. LED lighting and an elaborate braking system offer additional safety for today’s drive. The car is loaded with technology features.
Front and rear seats are heated, along with a heated steering wheel and run-flat tires to get home or to a service facility.
This is luxurious sedan, with or without the hybrid features.
BMW offers many options and buyers should be selective on what features they wish, including the new hybrid technology.
“Beamers” enjoy a great reputation and longevity of quality.
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