2018 BMW 540i Review | Asian Car Guide
August 14, 2020

2018 BMW 540i Review

2018 bmw 540i

The 5 Series is BMW‘s second-best selling car. The previous one was launched back in 2011, which was quite a long while back, making the new 7th generation model a very important car for BMW.

Going head on with strong and steady rivals like the Audi A6, the Jaguar XF and the Mercedes E-Class, the BMW 5 Series still manages to lead the way in terms of its driving dynamism and technological forefront.

We tested the 2018 BMW 540i and the way the mighty new 5 dishes out its performance, tech and styling was just simply stunning.

There are “glimpses” of the 7 Series in the new 540i.

A long bonnet with some serious distance between front wheel and front door, and an air curtain cover sits behind the front wheel arch, quite similar to the 7 Series.

bmw 540 i interiorThe 20-inch rims fill up large wheel arches and “glued” on to them are 24/35 R20 shoes. Interestingly, it is the sheet metal itself and the underbody panelling that present the most stunning design features.

The new car is marginally larger than the previous model, while generally lighter too, thanks to its aluminium body panelling.

Adding to the interior environment, the new 540i comes equipped with discreet air fragrance, which lets you choose from two preloaded scents from their Ambient Air Package and a bacteria reducing air ionizer to help make you feel awake during a drive.

Front driver and passenger seats are fully electric with memory function, including adjustable side bolsters to keep you in place when weaving the car through a series of corners.

Rear legroom is generous, with the rear seats feeling supportive. There is also the rear-seat entertainment system, with TV function.

Air conditioning controls which are located below the CD player slot feature a mix of knobs and a touch-sensitive panel. Rear passengers too, get similar adjustable air controls as the front seats.

The new iDrive multimedia system displays navigation, phone and entertainment features on a 10.25-inch colour touchscreen.

Vehicle functions and information are also displayed by the system.

Additionally, the system can be controlled via voice command and even gesture controls for mobile (pick-up a call, and reject a call functions) and audio volume controlling.

The steering wheel features controls for the adaptive cruise control, speed limiter and lane keep assist, which help in ensuring that the car can stay in its lane, follow the road and stay a safe distance from the car in-front.

There were runflats on 20-inch rims on the test car and it had the M Sport suspension package.

Surprisingly, the 540i felt extremely smooth even over slightly patchy road surfaces.

We took the test car (540i) on a series of corners, where the car handling magic began. The only way we could unsettle the car was to knock off the traction control.

Even with that happening, there is sufficient communication letting you know what the front and rear wheels are doing.

In Sport Mode, the suspension gets stiffer and gear changes are made at higher revs.

The 8-speed Steptronic transmission ensures minimal power loss between the shifting of gears. Power comes from a 3.0-litre, turbocharged, in-line six cylinder petrol engine.

There is just plenty of low-end torque, 450Nm from 1,380rpm and the engine keeps this going till an impressive 5,200rpm.

The century sprint timing of just 5.1 seconds speaks volumes of how much engineering has gone into powering this car, loaded up with so many techs.

We loved how the park assist made parking a breeze, by providing a simulated virtual car while being able to switch exterior camera views.

Cars are built to make our lives easier. BMW has taken this a few steps up in this new 5 Series.

The new BMW 540i is really a gem to drive. This…… Might just be the executive car you want.

2018 BMW 540i2018 BMW 540i M Sport: Pricing and Specifications:

  • Price: $167,473 (as tested, plus on-road costs)
  • Engine: 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbo-petrol RWD
  • Power: 250kW at 6,500rpm
  • Torque: 450Nm at 1,380 – 5,200rpm
  • Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
  • Fuel: 6.7L/100km (ADR Combined)
  • CO2: 154g/km (ADR Combined)
  • Warranty: Three years/unlimited kilometres

Service intervals are based around 12month/20,000km ‘condition based’ servicing. BMW Service Inclusive Basic pre-paid servicing covers oil, filters, and spark plug replacement for the first five years/80,000km (whichever occurs first) for $1640, or $4600 for Service Inclusive Plus which adds brake pads and discs, and windscreen wiper replacement.

Full details, terms, and conditions are available from your BMW dealer.