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2021 BMW 5 Series pricing and specs

The facelifted BMW 5 Series range is arriving in October, with modest price rises across the line-up offset by enhanced equipment levels.

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James Wong
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BMW Australia has released pricing and specifications for the “extensively updated” 5 Series sedan range, due to hit local showrooms from October.

With the 520d diesel and 5 Series Touring wagon gone, there are six variants left in the Australian range, starting with the 520i price leader and topping out with the M5 Competition.

UPDATE 11:40am, 21/07/2020 – This story has been pulled to the front page of the website to coincide with the reveal of pricing for the 2021 M5 Competition.

Pricing

  • 520i: $95,900
  • 530i: $115,900
  • 530e PHEV: $118,900
  • 530d: $125,900
  • M550i xDrive Pure: $137,900
  • M550i xDrive: $152,900
  • M5 Competition: $244,900

All prices exclude on-road costs

Engines

A range of powertrains are offered with the new 5 Series, including four-, six- and eight-cylinder turbocharged petrol engines, mixed in with a plug-in hybrid and six-cylinder diesel.

The 520i features a 2.0-litre turbo inline four developing 135kW and 290Nm, driving the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic.

BMW claims the 520i can sprint from 0-100km.h in 7.8 seconds.

Stepping up to the 530i ups the 2.0-litre motor’s outputs to 185kW and 350Nm, which also reduces the 0-100 time to 6.1 seconds.

Like the 520i, the 530i drives the rear wheels through an eight-speed auto.

BMW says the 520i and 530i benefit from High Precision Injection, which operates at a pressure of 350 bar, up from the previous engine’s 200 bar. The marque says this new turbocharger technology improves efficiency and throttle response.

The 530e plug-in hybrid pairs the 520i’s 135kW/290Nm turbo petrol with an 80kW/265Nm synchronous electric motor, generator and lithium-ion battery pack.

System outputs are 215kW and 420Nm, up 30kW on the outgoing model thanks to a new XtraBoost function activated by ‘Sport’ mode which lasts for up to 10 seconds.

BMW claims a 0-100 time of 5.9 seconds for the eco-friendly 5 Series, which is also capable of driving up to 67 kilometres on e-power.

Next in the line-up is the 530d, which scores a 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder turbo-diesel now with two-stage turbocharging, outputting 195kW and a meaty 620Nm. The diesel 5er claims a 5.7-second sprint from 0-100.

Finally, the current flagship engine variant is the M550i xDrive, which pairs a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 with variable xDrive all-wheel drive.

Generating a massive 390kW and 750Nm, the all-paw sedan can crush the 0-100 dash in a supercar-rivalling 3.8 seconds.

Both the 530d and M550i xDrive feature eight-speed automatic transmissions like their lesser counterparts.

Power in the M5 Competition features the 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine with 460kW and 750Nm, the same as the outgoing M5, along with the X5 M and X6 M Competition.

Fuel Economy

BMW Australia hasn’t yet revealed fuel use figures for the updated 5 Series range.

Dimensions

BMW Australia hasn’t confirmed any dimensional changes for the updated 5 Series – and being a facelift there shouldn’t be any major changes.

As a guide, the current 5er sedan measures 4936mm long, 1868mm wide and 1479mm tall, with a 2975mm wheelbase.

Weight ranges from 1540kg (kerb) in 520i form to 1826kg (tare) M550i xDrive guise in the current range.

Safety

The current BMW 5 Series wears a five-star ANCAP safety rating based on tests conducted by sister firm Euro NCAP.

Scores include 91 per cent for adult occupant protection, 85 per cent for child occupants, 81 per cent for pedestrians and 59 per cent for safety assist.

All versions of the new 5 Series in Australia will feature the Driving Assistant Professional package as standard, including assistance technologies like all-speed autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist, blind-spot assist, lane change assist, as well as a semi-autonomous Steering and Lane Control Assistant for highway driving.

Standard Equipment

520i highlights:

  • M Sport Package
  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Adaptive LED headlights
  • High Beam Assist
  • Driving Assistant Professional
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Ambient Lighting
  • Comfort Access
  • Connected Package Professional
  • DAB Digital Radio
  • Speed Limit Info
  • Electric seat adjustment
  • Head-up display
  • 12-speaker HiFi sound system
  • ‘Sensatec’ leatherette instrument panel
  • ‘Dakota’ leather upholstery
  • Parking Assistant Plus
  • BMW Live Cockpit Proessional
  • Wireless phone charging

530i and 530d add:

  • Automatic tailgate
  • Heated front seats
  • Lumbar support for front seats
  • Adaptive suspension
  • 16-speaker harman/kardon surround sound
  • M Sport brakes
  • Sports Automatic Transmission (with paddles)

530e adds:

  • XtraBoost
  • eDrive services
  • Convenience charging cable
  • Acoustic protection for pedestrians

M550i xDrive adds:

  • 20-inch alloy wheels
  • xDrive variable all-wheel drive
  • M performance tuning
  • M Sport differential
  • Tyre repair kit
  • Adaptive M Suspension Professional
  • 4-zone climate control
  • M rear spoiler
  • Soft-close doors
  • Leather instrument panel
  • Ambient Air
  • Electric glass sunroof
  • BMW Laserlight
  • Metallic paint

Note: M550i xDrive Pure removes these standard features:

  • Roll stabilisation and Integral Active Steering
  • BMW Laserlight
  • Electric glass sunroof
  • Metallic paint
  • Soft-close doors
  • Leather instrument panel
  • Ambient Air

Finally, the range-topping M5 Competition features over the regular M550i xDrive:

  • M Driver’s Package (305km/h top speed and free entry to the BMW Driving Experience Advance 1 and 2 courses)
  • 20-inch Alloy Wheels
  • Active M Differential
  • M Head-Up Display
  • M Sport Exhaust System
  • M Carbon Roof
  • Full Leather ‘Merino’ Upholstery
  • BMW Individual Headliner Alcantara Anthracite
  • Leather Instrument Panel
  • Ambient Air
  • BMW LaserLight
  • Metallic Paint
  • M Seat Belts
  • M Multifunction Seats
  • Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound system, 16 speakers

Servicing

The 5 Series range is covered by the company’s BMW Service Inclusive service packages, which can be purchased in a one-off advance payment.

‘Basic’ and ‘Plus’ packages will be available for the new 5 Series – as a guide the current model’s ‘Basic’ package costs $1850 and covers up to five years or 80,000km for standard service items like annual vehicle checks, oil changes, all filters, spark plugs and labour costs.

Like the wider BMW range, the new 5 Series will be covered by a three-year, unlimited kilometre warranty.


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