Review: 2024 BMW i5

BMW has taken a daring step in reshaping the 5-Series to suit the electric era. The 2024 BMW i5 represents a departure from combustion engines embracing a future where electrification takes the stage. While there is still an option for those who prefer petrol-powered vehicles, the i5 ushers in an era with its pure electric powertrains. This exciting development offers hope to car enthusiasts who hold a place for engines even in a world focused on electric vehicles.

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The current lineup includes the mild hybrid 520i petrol model, followed by two plug-in options. However, it’s the i5 variant that truly steals the show. The electric variant faces a challenge as it inherits the reputation of its predecessor which consistently topped charts in the executive saloon segment.

Interior – A Fusion of Futuristic Design and Familiar Comfort

Step inside the i5 and you’ll experience a design that shares similarities with its sibling, the BMW i7, showcasing BMW’s commitment to maintaining a design language across its electric vehicle lineup. The cabin features a 12.3-inch gauge cluster and a seamlessly integrated 14.9-inch infotainment screen placed under an elegantly curved slab of glass.

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BMW’s newest version of the iDrive system keeps the dial providing a safer option compared to touchscreen controls.

Despite BMW’s design approach, they haven’t compromised on functionality. While the absence of controls like touch sliders for air vents may seem futuristic, it remains user-friendly. The infotainment menus are intelligently crafted to ensure ease of use on terrains. As for materials used, the interior quality of the i5 is exceptional with the utmost feel of luxury.

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Driving Dynamics – A Pleasure for Enthusiasts in Electric Form

The i5 truly captures the essence of the 5-Series through its driving dynamics. Unlike electric cars that dull down steering and suspension systems, BMW has preserved the driving pleasure that defined their previous 5-Series models. The steering of the i5 is remarkably responsive, while its suspension strikes a balance between road connection and comfort.

Impressive Performance

The agility of the i5`s handling is surprising especially when equipped with BMW anti-roll bars. Despite its weight, the i5 maintains composure well particularly in Sport mode. The suspension of the i5 has been finely tuned to provide a more controlled feel effectively managing the weight of its components. This results in a driving experience compared to the floaty EQE.

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Powertrains – A Symphony of Electric Power

The i5 offers two options for powertrains both powered by the same 81.2kWh battery pack. The entry-level eDrive40 comes with a motor on the rear axle delivering 335bhp and 295 lb-ft of torque. With this configuration, it can accelerate from 0 to 62mph in six seconds which is ample for driving needs.

M60 – Unleashing the Beast

For those seeking the performance of BMWs 540i or M550i models, the i5 M60 emerges as an electric equivalent to the iconic BMW M5. It features a motor with 257bhp on the front axle enabling four-wheel drive and boosting its overall output to an impressive 593bhp and 605lb ft. The M60 also includes a boost feature that can be activated by pulling a designated paddle providing a burst of power for ten seconds and adding an element to the driving experience.

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Range and Charging – Real-World Efficiency

BMW claims that both versions of the i5 have exquisite range capabilities with eDrive40 offering a WLTP range of 357 miles and the M60 reaching up to 315 miles. However, real-world experiences suggest that these estimates might be slightly conservative under certain conditions.

Charging times can vary depending on the speed of the charger as the i5 offers both home charging and rapid charging options.

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Introducing the Highway Assistant BMW`s system, it combines cruise control, speed limit assistance, active lane-keeping aids, and an active lane change assistant. While drivers are required to supervise the system it provides a glimpse into the future of driving.

Price Tags

When it comes to pricing, the i5 reflects its premium status in the electric executive saloon segment. Starting at £74,000 for the entry-level model and going up to nearly £100,000 for the top-spec M60 variant, it requires a significant financial commitment. However with superior driving dynamics and advanced technology compared to competitors like Kia EV6, enthusiasts will find it an enticing choice.

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For BMW saloon enthusiasts who value both performance and sustainability, investing in an i5 is unparalleled. It stands strong against rivals like the Porsche Taycan and demonstrates BMW’s commitment to delivering a saloon that exceeds expectations.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, the BMW i5 represents a pinnacle of electric excellence where tradition seamlessly merges with tomorrow. The BMW i5 stands out as an example of innovation skillfully combining the rich legacy of the 5-Series with the ever-changing demands of the automotive industry. It serves as a deserving successor to its fuel-powered predecessor surpassing rivals such, as the Mercedes EQE and Tesla Model S in terms of driving enjoyment and practicality.

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