BMW 530e hybrid - MPG, running costs & CO2

The BMW 530e can use virtually no fuel if you have a short commute, and has low BiK

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The BMW 530e plug-in hybrid boasts an impressive claimed fuel consumption figure, but company-car users will make more of a saving on tax than private buyers will on petrol.

BMW 530e MPG & CO2

While the conventionally powered BMW 530i with a 2.0-litre petrol engine returns up to 38.2mpg, the addition of an electric motor and battery pack sees the 530e claim between 134 and 202mpg according to official WLTP figures. Like most plug-in hybrids, whether you can obtain a similar figure will depend on how you drive the car, and how often you recharge the batteries.

With an electric range of between 29-37 miles from a full charge, someone with a 25-mile daily round trip to work could theoretically use almost no fuel at all. Drive further, with fewer top-ups of the battery pack, and the economy will drop. Charging takes less than five hours from a domestic socket, or under three hours if you have a 3.7kW BMW i Wallbox fitted at home and charge from 0-80%.

What won’t change is the car’s low emissions figures of just 31-48g/km, which means the BMW 530e qualifies for a low BiK band for company-car drivers, potentially saving thousands of pounds compared to a diesel or petrol model. These low emissions figures mean every version of the 5 Series plug-in hybrid is exempt from the London Congestion Charge under the ‘cleaner vehicle discount’ until at least 25 October 2021.

After the first year's CO2-based road tax (generally included in the on-the-road price), the BMW 5 Series hybrid will cost £140 a year to tax. However, a list price of more than £40,000 means it’s liable for an additional surcharge of £325 a year in years two to six, bringing the

Insurance

The 530e has been classified in insurance group 36. This is higher than the petrol 530i’s group 33, but lower than the six-cylinder diesel 530d’s group 41. By comparison, the plug-in hybrid Mercedes E 300 e and E 300 de are rated in insurance groups 41-44.

Servicing

Every BMW uses sensors to determine when servicing is necessary, so maintenance is based on condition rather than time or mileage. BMW servicing isn’t the cheapest, but BMW offers servicing packages that will make it easier to budget for regular mileage.

Warranty

Every BMW has a three-year/unlimited-mileage warranty, which is identical to the policy that Mercedes provides. BMW's plug-in hybrid models have an additional warranty for their high-voltage lithium-ion battery, running for six years or 100,000 miles. During that warranty period, BMW says it’ll replace a battery that has dropped to below 70% of its original operating performance.

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