2018 BMW 5 Series Prices: MSRP vs Dealer Invoice vs True Dealer Cost
MSRP Invoice Price Destination Fee Holdback Dealer Cost
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What's New for the 2018 BMW 5-Series?
With its seventh generation just introduced in 2017, the BMW 5-Series enters the new year with no major updates. While the Gran Turismo hatchback model is no longer available for the 2018 model year, BMW has introduced two new models to the 5-Series line-up: a sport-tuned version and a plug-in hybrid. This provides a versatile range of offerings that makes the 5-Series appropriate for almost any driver.
Trims and Features
The BMW 5-Series seats up to five passengers on comfortable synthetic leather upholstery, with power-adjustable front seats and two sets of LATCH child safety seat connectors in the rear. You'll enjoy high-quality materials like real wood trim and a sleek, modern design, with the solid elegance the BMW name has long represented.
The base model, designated as the 530i, comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, a moonroof, and BMW's iDrive infotainment system with a 10.2-inch touchscreen display, 12-speaker audio, HD radio, and navigation. The 540i trim has the same features but boasts a larger, more powerful engine, while the hybrid version also offers similar features but pairs a traditional and electric motor for outstanding fuel economy.
The performance-tuned M550i trim adds 20 power-adjustable front seat settings, premium leather upholstery, and a premium 16-speaker surround sound system by Harman Kardon.
Each of the four trims of the 2018 BMW 5-Series is equipped with a distinct powertrain. The base model gets a turbo-four paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, a combination that provides 248 horses and class-leading fuel economy of 24/34 city/highway miles per gallon. With the 540i, you'll jump up to a turbo-six that gets 335 horsepower and also comes with an eight-speed automatic.
The M550i performance trim offers the power of 456 horses thanks to its twin-turbocharged V8. It also comes standard with all-wheel drive, which is an optional feature on the two lowest trims. If you want a fuel-sipper, opt for the plug-in hybrid 530e, which gets 240 horsepower and the equivalent of 72 miles per gallon. It can also go up to 16 miles on battery power alone when fully charged.
The 2018 BMW 5-Series has a near-perfect rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, earning it the highest designation as a Top Safety Pick+. Standard safety features in every trim include adaptive cruise control, smart LED headlights, a system that monitors for driver drowsiness, and the BMW Active Protection System. This feature automatically takes steps to secure the car and its occupants in the event of an unavoidable collision.
Formula for Calculating Dealer Cost:
- Example: Base BMW 5 Series invoice price + the dealer Invoice price of options + destination - Holdback = Total Dealer Cost.
- What is Holdback? A hidden amount that manufacturers give back to a dealer. It is a percentage of the MSRP or the Invoice price.
Total Dealer Cost - Rebate and Incentive + Taxes / Licensing Fees = True Dealer Cost. (You can get rebates and incentives here.)
Note: All BMW 5 Series MSRP, invoice and dealer cost dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.
A note about rebates: Most rebates are subtracted from the "on the road" figure. In most cases, you can have the rebate if you are arranging your own financing or you are paying cash. If you decide to use the manufacturer’s low interest financing, you do not usually get the rebate. Ask your dealer for details.