MKLad1975

530e - 2 month review - initial thoughts & real world MPG

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It's been nearly 2 months since I took delivery of my 530e so a good time to give you my initial thoughts of the car.

 

Firstly, its a great car. Quiet, comfortable & plenty fast enough for my needs.  I've got the M Sport plus pack with 20" wheels.  On a smooth road it's great but on a uneven road with potholes my fillings are nearly falling out.  That said, I don't regret my decision as it looks great so that's a compromise worth living with.  The car attracts a lot of attention.  Whether it's the fact that its a new 5 series and there's not many around or that it's a hybrid I'm not sure but you can see people are curious.

 

The one gripe I have is that when you start the car and put the A/C on really cold when its really hot, the dashboard makes a very loud cracking noise for around 2 mins after pulling away! It sounds like glass breaking.  It's getting better and I haven't reported it to BMW as my business partners 530e does exactly the same.  I can only assume its because the car is new but I've never had it before on a new car!?

 

Tech - I am getting used to it but every now and again I find something new that I didn't know about.  Generally all good though but there's a lot to take in.

 

Useless options - I opted for the Tech Pack (WIFI, Gesture Control, Display Key, Enhanced Bluetooth with wireless charging & Head up display)

WIFI works well but you need to pay out for a data plan with T-Mobile which starts at £11 per month.  I got WIFI for my daughter primarily but then upgraded her data plan on her phone with o2 as they had a very cheap deal on, so the in car WIFI is now redundant!

Gesture - it works but its easier and faster to use the steering wheel controls.

Wireless charging - works fine but you need a £60 phone case from BMW for this. My phone gets very hot when its charging!

Display key - you can't attach other keys to it so I never use it!

Head Up Display - love it but I can't see it when I have my sunglasses on!

 

Real world running costs - I've been meticulous about charging, and I would say that 95% of my journeys have been on pure electric power.  Got a Chargepoint tethered box installed at work which charges my car from flat in 2.5 hours.  Then I plug in at home using the standard 3 pin plug which takes around 4.5 hours.  I've driven much slower than I usually do and have selected Max E Drive whenever I start my journey.  Interestingly, I've learnt a lot about my journeys. I'd never taken any notice before but most of my journeys are only 20 miles at a time and mostly in traffic. So perfect for the electric range. The MPG is increasing by around 1mpg per day if I run on electric alone.  As soon as the batteries are dead and the petrol engine kicks in, the MPG is hammered.

 

Miles travelled - 1,727

Ave Speed - 26.6mph

Fuel consumption - 77.1mpg

Petrol costs - £117.82 (6.8p per mile)

 

What I don't know yet is what it has cost me in for the electric to charge. This could be difficult to calculate for a while so I'll come back to that.

 

My verdict so far - If you drive relatively short journeys (up to 22 miles) and charge religiously, you can get really good MPG.  Will I get close to 130mpg BMW claim?  I don't think so.  I think I could get to 100mpg over the next month as long as I don't do any long journeys. We will see!  If you're driving longer journeys you will probably see around the 35-40mpg mark.  Add to that the small fuel tank and you will be visiting the pumps pretty regularly. To be honest, the 530e is a P11D car for me. It's around half what my 520d was in company car tax and with tax increasing over the next 3 years it makes perfect financial sense. I made the right decision choosing this car and it works for me.  Only you will know if it will work for you.

 

Hope this has helped.

 

 

 

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Very good review Sir! Thank you and keep these updates coming!

Vlady

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Good review I'm sure I won't get 77mpg when I get my car in November as my average work trips are 150 to 200 miles.

 

We had a MB c350e at the weekend which averaged 44mpg over 200 miles mixed running with no plugging in - so we will see!

 

Just one question was your car manufactured in Germany or Austria?

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27 minutes ago, carrman said:

Just one question was your car manufactured in Germany or Austria?

I have no idea..  How would I tell?

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IMG_0397.thumb.jpg.7dca1ad7b9152a8830ab20e0cb73fa3e.jpgThe data plate in the drivers door should tell you (sorry couldn't work out how to turn it!)

 

The reason I ask is that some 5 series production plus future electric Jaguars are being built at Steyr.

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Thanks for the update.  I've had mine for about the same time / 2300 miles.  I have the SE on 19" rims and the ride is 'Germanic' but comfortable on the country roads. 

 

I too get the cracking noise - only on hot days so I thought it might be the vanes in the climate system sticking together and then cracking apart when they are adjusted by the system.  Maybe we should report this before they break?

 

Only gripe for me is that, on some journeys, the cruise control auto-cancels!  If it does it once it will do it for the whole journey.  I use it everyday and I've had this happen about 5 times.  Again, I should probably tell the dealer.

 

Fabulous car - love it!

 

S.

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6 hours ago, SteveC said:

 

I too get the cracking noise - only on hot days so I thought it might be the vanes in the climate system sticking together and then cracking apart when they are adjusted by the system.  Maybe we should report this before they break?

 

 

All the Americans on the Bimmerpost forum are moaning about this (plus their Aircon).

 

ENTIRE threads for both - talking about rejecting the car etc..

 

Google it if you want to cure insomnia as they go round in circles.

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i have 530D and sometimes get cracking noise from dash.... 

 

you wont see head up with polarised sun glasses, i just got some new prescription ines and tested them first, polarised do not work so i got non polarised ones - i was told by RAF ground crew guy fighter pilots cannot wear polarised for same reason .... dunno if that's true like !

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On 13/07/2017 at 10:41 AM, MKLad1975 said:

It's been nearly 2 months since I took delivery of my 530e so a good time to give you my initial thoughts of the car.

 

Firstly, its a great car. Quiet, comfortable & plenty fast enough for my needs.  I've got the M Sport plus pack with 20" wheels.  On a smooth road it's great but on a uneven road with potholes my fillings are nearly falling out.  That said, I don't regret my decision as it looks great so that's a compromise worth living with.  The car attracts a lot of attention.  Whether it's the fact that its a new 5 series and there's not many around or that it's a hybrid I'm not sure but you can see people are curious.

 

The one gripe I have is that when you start the car and put the A/C on really cold when its really hot, the dashboard makes a very loud cracking noise for around 2 mins after pulling away! It sounds like glass breaking.  It's getting better and I haven't reported it to BMW as my business partners 530e does exactly the same.  I can only assume its because the car is new but I've never had it before on a new car!?

 

Tech - I am getting used to it but every now and again I find something new that I didn't know about.  Generally all good though but there's a lot to take in.

 

Useless options - I opted for the Tech Pack (WIFI, Gesture Control, Display Key, Enhanced Bluetooth with wireless charging & Head up display)

WIFI works well but you need to pay out for a data plan with T-Mobile which starts at £11 per month.  I got WIFI for my daughter primarily but then upgraded her data plan on her phone with o2 as they had a very cheap deal on, so the in car WIFI is now redundant!

Gesture - it works but its easier and faster to use the steering wheel controls.

Wireless charging - works fine but you need a £60 phone case from BMW for this. My phone gets very hot when its charging!

Display key - you can't attach other keys to it so I never use it!

Head Up Display - love it but I can't see it when I have my sunglasses on!

 

Real world running costs - I've been meticulous about charging, and I would say that 95% of my journeys have been on pure electric power.  Got a Chargepoint tethered box installed at work which charges my car from flat in 2.5 hours.  Then I plug in at home using the standard 3 pin plug which takes around 4.5 hours.  I've driven much slower than I usually do and have selected Max E Drive whenever I start my journey.  Interestingly, I've learnt a lot about my journeys. I'd never taken any notice before but most of my journeys are only 20 miles at a time and mostly in traffic. So perfect for the electric range. The MPG is increasing by around 1mpg per day if I run on electric alone.  As soon as the batteries are dead and the petrol engine kicks in, the MPG is hammered.

 

Miles travelled - 1,727

Ave Speed - 26.6mph

Fuel consumption - 77.1mpg

Petrol costs - £117.82 (6.8p per mile)

 

What I don't know yet is what it has cost me in for the electric to charge. This could be difficult to calculate for a while so I'll come back to that.

 

My verdict so far - If you drive relatively short journeys (up to 22 miles) and charge religiously, you can get really good MPG.  Will I get close to 130mpg BMW claim?  I don't think so.  I think I could get to 100mpg over the next month as long as I don't do any long journeys. We will see!  If you're driving longer journeys you will probably see around the 35-40mpg mark.  Add to that the small fuel tank and you will be visiting the pumps pretty regularly. To be honest, the 530e is a P11D car for me. It's around half what my 520d was in company car tax and with tax increasing over the next 3 years it makes perfect financial sense. I made the right decision choosing this car and it works for me.  Only you will know if it will work for you.

 

Hope this has helped.

 

 

 

 

 

i meant to say i got an iphone charging case from amazon for around 12 quid - its good and works fine 

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11 hours ago, huggy said:

 

 

i meant to say i got an iphone charging case from amazon for around 12 quid - its good and works fine 

 

Does that mean you got the "Enhanced bluetooth with wireless charging" option ?

 

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On 05/08/2017 at 11:46 AM, farzad said:

 

Does that mean you got the "Enhanced bluetooth with wireless charging" option ?

 

Yes I think it has, certianly has the wireless charging tray instead of ashtray

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Great

Thanks huggy

I didn't like the charge cases which made getting in to the charge port difficult.

Looking around I managed to fine one made by Mophie which makes it a bit easier by having a slide out charge port plug.

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