BMW 5 Series - best plug-in hybrid cars

The BMW 530e will be cheaper to run than a regular 5 Series but it crucially doesn’t sacrifice driver engagement

The current 5 Series is the best car in its class to drive, so adding a hefty electric motor to the 2.0-litre turbo petrol from the 520i had the potential to upset this BMW’s finely honed dynamics. Thankfully, BMW has delivered a car capable of 29 miles on electric power only and a claimed 149mpg while maintaining a ride quality which is top of the executive car class. 

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The 530e is no sports saloon, but the engine does produce a combined 249bhp and 310lb ft of torque - enough shove to hustle you from 0-62mph in 6.2 seconds. 

BMW 530e vs Volvo S90 T8

It may not be as quick as the Mercedes E300 e, but the 530 e is cheaper at around £41,000. The 530e makes the most sense as a company car, emitting just 44g/km and slotting into the 16 per cent BIK tax band. 

Top 10 best plug-in hybrids to buy now



    1. 1. Mercedes E 300 de
    2. 2. Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in
    3. 3. BMW 530e
    4. 4. Volvo XC60 T8
    5. 5. Mercedes E300 e
    6. 6. Porsche Cayenne S E Hybrid
    7. 7. Kia Niro PHEV
    8. 8. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
    9. 9. Toyota Prius Plug-in
    10. 10. Range Rover P400e

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