BMW 5 Series 2021 Review – The BMW 5 Series gets a facelift for the 2021 model with some exterior and interior changes, but the most interesting thing is the powertrain update with the 48V mild-hybrid system.
After the last few months filled with spyshot and leaked final design, the BMW 5 Series 2021 has finally been launched. This Bavarian midsize sedan gets a refresh, which makes it a little more identical to the BMW 3 Series.
In addition, there is also a mild-hybrid power train and plug-in hybrid that has been updated. Indeed, the change in the 5 Series facelift is not too significant, but we feel this is enough to give its own appeal to rivals in its segment, call it the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A6, and even Genesis G80.
The exterior hasn’t changed much, Bringing in iDrive 7
If you expect the BMW 5 Series 2021 to get a massive design change, you might be a little disappointed. BMW only gave a slight makeover to the design of the 5 Series Facelift, with the most significant changes being seen on the headlights.
The lights look more aggressive, similar to that of the 3 Series G20, especially on the LED Daytime Running Lights which look more linear. The typical BMW kidney grille also looks bigger with a bigger size. Rear lights are also modernized with LED lights with L-Shaped models that look firmer than those of the 3-Series.
Just like the exterior, the interior of the BMW 5 Series facelift also didn’t get much revision. However, the iDrive 7 system is embedded with two 12.3-sized screens pinned to the front, one as a digital instrument cluster, another for the head unit.
The latest version of iDrive brings the navigation and integration features of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. Improvement also comes in terms of the User Interface which is now more intuitive, responsive, and attractive.
Get a 48V Mild Hybrid System, M5 will follow
The BMW 5 Series 2021 powertrain line-up will still come with four powertrain models, including the 530i 530e plug-in, 540i and M550i. But there is improvement in the form of a 48V mild-hybrid system for the 540i variant, which is claimed to make the car more efficient and responsive. The amount of power is still at 335 HP, but the presence of a mild-hybrid system can help the initial acceleration with an electric motor.
Meanwhile, the 530e model offers 288 HP and 420 Nm of torque from a 2,000cc turbo engine combined with an electric motor. One interesting feature here is “XtraBoost”, which gives you additional power of 40 HP for 10 seconds.
Meanwhile the most expensive variant of the M550i xDrive still maintains its performance figures at 523 HP and 723 Nm of torque from the twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine it uses. This figure can accelerate the car from 0-100 in 3.6 seconds, and top speed is limited to 250 km / hour. However, the transmission transfer process is faster with the latest updates.
The price of the BMW 5 Series 2021 starts from $ 54,200 for the 530i variant. While the plug-in hybrid variant, 530e is priced at $ 57,200, and the 540i is priced at $ 61,750, all three models come with the xDrive all-wheel drive system as an option by adding $ 2,300.
Meanwhile, for the most expensive variant, the M550i xDrive, will be sold starting at $ 76,800. BMW has opened a 5 Series facelift, with the unit being delivered to customers starting in July.
What about the BMW M5 Facelift? Until now, the Bavarian manufacturer has not provided details related to the emergence of the super-fast saloon, but several spyshot with new designs have been circulating. After launching the 5 Series, we think it’s just a matter of time the M5 Facelift is launched.