If you take a closer look at the BMW 5-series, what will first grab your attention is the classic styling of which BMW is known for. But if you get in and sit behind the wheels, your mind would get shifted to the pleasure of driving that will never wander away till you are done with the drive.
This has always been the case with any BMW model since decades. Our belief in this respect got affirmed when we booked our first drive with the 2019 BMW 530e i Performance at the car dealer in San Luis Obispo.
his 2019 year model of the 530e i Performance as a mid-size luxury car is the seventh generation continuing in maintaining its true sports spirit. The sedan has been widely adored by the car enthusiasts for its state-of-the-art body work, high safety standards and precise handling.
Power at Work
The 2019 BMW 530e i Performance can be configured either as a rear-wheel-drive or as x Drive all-wheel drive featuring a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine in tune with an eight-speed automatic transmission to make a 180 of hp. The electric motor that supplements the petrol-engine is powered by a 9.2 kWh lithium-ion battery to make a combined effort to raise the horsepower to 248-hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. The turbo six engine option in the 540i is able to shoot a speed from a dead stop to sixty mph in just five seconds.
The 2019 BMW 530 e i Performance has secured an EPA-rating for its fuel efficiency that counts 24 mpg in the city drives, 34 mpg on the Highways and 27 mpg when you combine a bit of both. On the Premium gasoline. The 540i gets the rating by 20 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highways and 24 mpg in the combined drives. With the M550i x Drive it is counted around 19 mpg in a combined drive.
Outstanding Feature Package
As a plug-in hybrid the 2019 BMW 530e i Performance promotes maximum ratio of emission-free driving with its electric mode, when driving around the town. With this model you enjoy am extensive package of features that include an upscale interior with leatherette upholstery that keeps the cabin atmosphere cozy and comfortable through its dual-zone automatic climate control and active micro-filtration. The power sunroof adds an extra layer of freshness, when you want to be in touch with the outside atmosphere.
To entertain the passengers, a 12-speaker audio system with Bluetooth connectivity is installed, while the 10.25-inch touchscreen display the navigation app through an i Drive 6.0 with live traffic data.
High Safety Standards
Safety in the 2019 BMW 530e i Performance is ensured by six airbags as a part of the BMW Active Driving Assistant package, that also includes BMW Assist emergency call, electronic traction and stability control, alarm system, anti-lock brakes, LED brake lights, LED fog lights, adaptive LED headlights, tire pressure monitoring, a head-up display, 360 surround cameras, lane departure and blind spot warnings and many more.
Our first test drive at the San Luis Obispo car dealership gave us a memory to be cherished.