• In BMW’s Super Bowl ad, Christopher Walken and the electric BMW i5 are shown.
  • The new BMW 5-series sedan that runs on fuel and the i5 EV are very similar cars.
  • The changes between the two models in terms of price, specs, and performance are shown below.

There are many different models of the BMW 5-series, which is a mid-size luxury car that has been made for many years. You probably already know about it. But the 5-series in BMW’s 2024 Super Bowl ad is the i5, a brand-new electric version of the 5-series. The new electric vehicle (EV) and its gas-powered cousin look almost the same, but their prices, features, and performance are very different.

What's the difference between the i5 and the 2024 BMW 5-Series?

Price and Levels of Trim

The i5 costs more than the 5-series. The gas-powered 5-series starts at $58,895 for the rear-wheel-drive 530i, which is the base model. It has 255 horsepower. The i5 EV with rear-wheel drive and an electric motor with 335 horsepower costs $67,795 eDrive40.

The gasoline 5-series only comes with two engine choices right now: the $65,895 four-cylinder 530i and the $65,895 six-cylinder 540i. The 540i comes stock with all-wheel drive, but the 530i can have it if it wants to.

With its much more powerful M60 version, the i5 is now the fastest 5-series model you can buy. It starts at $85,095 and has two electric motors that work together to make 593 horsepower. It also has an all-wheel drive.

Speed and effectiveness

Only the 2024 530i xDrive sedan has been tried so far. It has all-wheel drive and a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine. The least powerful model in the line can hit 60 mph in 5.5 seconds in our tests. The 540i xDrive, with its 375-horsepower 3.0-liter supercharged six-cylinder engine, should be faster. The electric i5 will be a lot faster, but we haven’t tried it yet. If you drive the eDrive40 from the back, it should get to 60 mph in 5 seconds. If you drive the M60 from the front, it might only take 3.5 seconds.

Range and How well it works?

The i5 and the 5-series, which are both gas-powered, have very different range and fuel economy. You can still get the information from us, though. Combined gas mileage for the i5 is 85–105 MPGe, while combined gas mileage for the 5-series is 28–30 MPGe. This means that the EV is clearly more fuel-efficient. In real life, the 530i xDrive got 35 mpg on the highway at 75 mph during our tests.

The hitting range might be more important to a lot of people. The EPA says the i5 can go 240 to 295 miles on a single charge, but we have yet to try it. Based on how much gas the 530i uses on the highway, the 5-series can go up to 550 miles on a single tank of gas.

What will happen next?

Later this year, both the 5-series and i5 lines will get bigger. BMW had already shown off the 550e plug-in hybrid 5-series for the 2025 model year. The i5 with all-wheel drive (xDrive40e) is also on the way. BMW also showed off the Touring, a wagon-style form of the 5-series and i5 that will be sold all over Europe.

The big, powerful, and well-liked M5 is the next big thing in the 5-series. It has always been the most expensive, powerful, and well-liked model. There are rumors that the M5 wagon type might come to the United States. We have been told that it will be a plug-in hybrid with a V-8 fuel engine that can make up to 738 horsepower. Check back often for more information.

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