BMW 530e iPerformance (left), BMW 530i (right)

Last week saw the launch of the BMW 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid, which joined the regular petrol-powered 530i as the second member of the G30 5 Series family. We’re now providing you with an in-depth photo gallery to show what exactly you gain and lose with the addition of electric power.

The biggest gain (or is it loss?) is the price – the 530e Sport Line retails at RM343,800 on-the-road without insurance, making it RM45,000 less expensive than the 530i M Sport. To give you a sense of perspective, the Mercedes-Benz E 350 e range starts from RM392,888 for the base Exclusive model.

Although you get the same engine under the bonnet – a B48 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder – it only makes 184 hp from 5,000 to 6,500 rpm and 290 Nm of torque from 1,350 to 4,250 rpm, rather than the 530i’s 252 hp and 350 Nm. However, the 113 hp/250 Nm electric motor bumps total system output up to 252 hp and 420 Nm, identical in power and an increase of 70 Nm compared to the 530i.

The electric motor is integrated to the ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, which allows the ratios to be used in all-electric mode and negates the need for a torque converter. This helps offset the additional weight brought on by the motor and the battery.

All this means that the 530e is capable of sprinting from zero to 100 km/h in just 6.2 seconds (identical to the 530i) before hitting a top speed of 235 km/h. Combined fuel consumption on the European NEDC cycle is rated at 2.0 litres per 100 km, while carbon dioxide emissions are quoted at 46 grams per kilometre.

Under the rear seats is a 9.2 kWh lithium-ion battery, cutting boot space from 530 litres to 410. This enables the 530e to run in electric mode at speeds of up to 140 km/h, with an electric range of 48 km – 13 km more than the smaller 330e. Real-world range in hybrid mode is pegged at 644 km. Charging the battery is claimed to take under five hours from a domestic socket, or under three hours with the 3.7 kW BMW i Wallbox.

Onwards to the kit the 530e loses compared to the 530i. The main difference is that the 530e doesn’t come with the M Sport package, which adds sportier front and rear bumpers, side skirts, blue brake calipers and a unique three-spoke steering wheel. There’s also piano black instead of aluminium hexagon interior trim, beige headlining instead of black BMW Individual Anthracite and standard rubber instead of alloy foot pedals. No leather trim on the centre console, either.

Also gone are adaptive LED headlights with their distinctive hexagonal corona ring daytime running lights, although the standard units are still bi-LED. Other notable omissions include a sunroof, the Gesture Control system, the touchscreen BMW Display Key and the 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system. Adaptive cruise control, which was deleted from the 530i with the move to local assembly, is also missing here.

The rest of the equipment remains, including LED fog lights, 19-inch alloy wheels (in a different V-spoke design), BMW Individual satin aluminium exterior trim, Comfort Access keyless entry, power-adjustable sports seats with driver’s side memory, four-zone auto climate control, sunblinds for the rear windows (manual) and windscreen (electric), 11-colour ambient lighting, a hands-free powered bootlid and Dynamic Damper Control.

You also get the upgraded Professional navigation system with a 10.25-inch touchscreen, along with a full 12.3-inch multifunction instrument display, a reverse camera and Park Assistant for automated parallel and perpendicular parking manoeuvres, plus a 12-speaker, 205-watt HiFi sound system.

Safety-wise, the 530e comes with the Driving Assistant package that adds Approach Control Warning and Person Warning with City Brake function, operating at speeds between 10 km/h and 60 km/h for pedestrians and 80 km/h for vehicles. Other features included in the pack include Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Warning, rear collision prevention and rear crossing traffic warning.

Buyers can choose between Glacier Silver Metallic, Alpine White, Mediterranean Blue Metallic, Carbon Black Metallic and Bluestone Metallic exterior colours, while black (with contrasting white stitching and piping, instead of blue stitching on the 530i) or Cognac Dakota leather upholstery feature inside.

Read our in-depth international review of the new G30 BMW 530e iPerformance here, and you can also browse full specifications and equipment, and get the best deals on a new car, on CarBase.my.

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