BMW’s electrifying evolution: The 2024 BMW i5 – a pinnacle of BMW’s spirit



In the automotive world, BMW’s 5 Series has always held a special place. It’s not the sportiest like the 3 Series, nor the most luxurious like the 7 Series, but it embodies the quintessential BMW spirit. Now, in 2024, BMW has taken a bold step by introducing the fully electric 2024 BMW i5, challenging the status quo and attracting a new generation of upscale EV enthusiasts.

The electrification of the 5 Series is not entirely new, with hybrid versions existing for over a decade. However, as the 5 Series enters its G60 generation, BMW is taking it up a notch. The 530i and 540i models incorporate a 48-volt mild hybrid system, while the plug-in hybrid 550e and the powerhouse M5 are on the horizon. Joining BMW’s growing EV lineup, including the i4, i7, and iX, is the groundbreaking i5.

The exterior of the 2024 i5 showcases a modern, edgier design that sets it apart from its predecessor and other recent BMW models. While it retains the iconic kidney grille, it also features a distinctive “shark nose” design reminiscent of classic 5 Series models. LED illumination options further emphasize this signature element.

Under the hood, every 2024 i5 is equipped with an 81.2-kWh lithium-ion battery, offering two powertrain configurations. The i5 eDrive40 boasts a single rear motor producing 335 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, with even more power available in Sport Boost mode. The top-of-the-line i5 M60 xDrive combines front and rear motors to deliver an impressive 593 hp and 549 lb-ft of torque, temporarily surging to 605 lb-ft in sporty settings.

Range is competitive, with the i5 eDrive40 offering up to 295 miles on a single charge, while the i5 M60 can travel 256 miles. Charging is rapid, with the ability to recharge at up to 205 kW on a Level 3 plug, making it a convenient option for EV owners.

During a test drive in Lisbon, Portugal, the i5 eDrive40 displayed smooth and responsive acceleration, combined with BMW’s signature handling dynamics. Rear-wheel steering further enhances maneuverability, while rear air suspension provides a plush ride quality. The i5’s interior features a sustainable vegan interior, advanced technology, and spacious seating, ensuring a luxurious driving experience.

The i5 M60 offers a more dynamic driving experience with a more reactive accelerator, weightier steering, and firmer ride quality. While it’s not as sporty as the ultimate M5, it still delivers an exciting performance, showcasing the potential of electric powertrains.

In conclusion, BMW has successfully transformed the 5 Series into an electric vehicle without compromising its essence. The 2024 BMW i5 seamlessly combines engagement and refinement, proving that BMW’s vehicles can be desirable without relying on combustion engines. As the automotive world embraces electrification, the BMW i5 is a bold statement that signifies the brand’s commitment to a sustainable future while staying true to its roots.