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  1. Monkeyfinger

    MPG

    If you have the connected app on your phone, it will give you the actual figure. No idea why BMW couldn't tweak their software to show above 90 on the hybrids.
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    530e - fully charged range monitor thread

    If you can charge both ends of trip, then I guess to some extent it won't matter too much how you use the power. For myself, I can only my charge overnight at home. I always ensure I use all the battery by the time I get home-you will learn how. I sort of feel that doing 70ish on the motorway it's more effective on petrol, but the 530e is perfectly happy on full electric at those sort of speeds.
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    530e - fully charged range monitor thread

    Yes, but it obvipusly doesn't suit all trips. My average is 69mpg, because of my commute. I can also potter about locally at the weekends and use zero petrol. Suits me down to the ground.
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    TFT screen clean

    How bad can the screen be? I touch my iPad incessantly and it cleans easily. I've swished a microfiber over the screen in the car, and mine seems to clean well without scratches. Funny how we are all paranoid about different stuff on a car, so perhaps I just don't care enough.
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    Real world mpg and range

    Yep.. my last car was AMG A45...360bhp from 4cyl 2 litre turbo. Totally awesome, but I now drive a 530e. Go figure...
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    Real world mpg and range

    Would I be correct in thinking it's the same motor that I have in my 530e?
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    Real world mpg and range

    With respect, a rather outdated view with regard to the capabilities of modern engines and the rest of the technologies built into the cars....in my opinion, anyway...
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    Real world mpg and range

    530e @10k miles- average 69.4mpg
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    530e - fully charged range monitor thread

    Nice work Gaz. My average indicated consumption over 9400 miles is showing as 69.7mpg. Data shows I'm running around 50/50 ICE/elec. I think this is the key to making these cars work for you, along with access to cheap charging. The other bonus is that the 530e is a great car to drive. My particular favourite is to hit traffic on the motorway, switch on full assists, and enjoy surfing my music whilst the car looks after the boring bits of moving and steering...particularly satisfying with the silent edrive. When you want to play, sports mode and the twin motors, is still enjoyable.
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    530e - fully charged range monitor thread

    I've done just short of 10k miles and 4183 of those are electric. Don't let the short range fool you - it's surprisingly good if your trips fit the ideal profile.
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    530e - fully charged range monitor thread

    If you can charge each end, then it may also depend on the roads you use.i have slow motorway for 75% of the trip, and although the electric motor is comfortable at up to 85mph, you may be better just leaving in auto mode. You will have fun playing. Whilst I am also a petrol head, my move to this type of vehicle has opened up a whole new avenue to explore...
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    530e - fully charged range monitor thread

    Very true...it's just a petrol 5er when you do a long trip. However, I have a 36 mile round trip commute, and therefore my daily efficiency is great. It's horses for courses...
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    530e - fully charged range monitor thread

    On my tariff, I calculate approx. £1.05 to fully charge at home through my Podpoint. Range varies from 18 to 26 miles on a full charge. That's between 4p and 6p per mile. Depending on petrol cost and mpg, that's less than 50% of the cost of doing 1 mile with petrol. Not a bad deal really...and I have to visit a filling station far less often.
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    530e - fully charged range monitor thread

    I don't think I made it clear - I fully agree with your view. What I'm trying to say is that these hybrid figures are used as if there is no other cost or implication. If you don't factor these other factors in, then we are all deluding ourselves. However, the figures serve to indicate how much less fossil fuel we use (and I know I'm ignoring the power generation happening elsewhere) and also how much less local pollution we generate. On that basis, I think the mpg numbers can make some sense and act as a comparitive measure, but only between hybrid vehicles.
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    530e - fully charged range monitor thread

    Not sure...I'll check my display when I leave work. Incidentally, my 26 mile range appeared out of the blue 2 days ago, so you may also see a change. Perhaps there was a software update to improve the range...
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