We pulled car insurance quotes from top insurance companies to find that the average monthly cost to insure a 2021 BMW 5 Series is $223.58 — or, 2,682.96 annually. However, your actual costs depend on your driving history, vehicle model, ZIP and other factors. And some older models may cost more to insure than others depending on which safety features your vehicle has and which insurer you choose.
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How we got these rates
Our rates are based on a single 30-year-old driver with a clean driving history living in California. California is one of seven states that don’t use gender to determine car insurance costs. We chose full coverage car insurance with liability limits that exceed the California state minimum requirements, which include:
Your rates may also be different based on details such as your age, location, job type, annual mileage and more.
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How to compare insurance for the BMW 5 Series
BMW insurance is an expensive commitment, and coverage and policy details vary considerably between providers. While finding a company to insure your 5 Series should be easy, finding the right policy can be difficult if you don’t know what to look for. Here are a few factors to consider as you shop around.
Price. Price doesn’t mean much if you aren’t comparing similar policies. Use the same information for every quote in order to accurately compare your options.
Deductible. Be aware that the cost of your deductible will likely affect your premiums. Choose an amount that offers premiums that fit your budget and won’t break the bank when you file a claim.
Minimum coverage. Outside of New Hampshire and Virginia, every state has mandatory minimum coverage requirements. Make sure your state minimums are met before purchasing coverage.
Additional coverage. Additional coverage options can provide extra protection beyond your standard policy. If personal injury protection, medical payments coverage or any other options appeal to you, be sure to include them when getting quotes.
Extras. Accident forgiveness, vanishing deductible and roadside assistance are a few of many possible policy extras. Find out which policy features are included and which you’ll need to pay extra for.
Restrictions. Policy restrictions can lead to denied claims or gaps in coverage. Ask about any possible limitations before purchasing a policy.
Manufacturer offer or loyalty discount. You may be eligible for manufacturer offers or loyalty discounts through BMW’s partnerships. Speak with your dealer to find out more.
Warranty. Find out what’s covered by your manufacturer or extended warranty to avoid paying for overlapping coverage.
What factors affect car insurance rates for BMW 5 Series?
Auto insurance is never one-size-fits-all. Your chances of getting in an accident and the cost of repairs can vary depending on a number of driver, location and vehicle-specific factors. Since performance, crash test results, theft rates and other factors can all vary between makes and models, your choice of vehicle has a direct impact on the price you pay for auto insurance.
Here are a few of the 5 Series’ characteristics and how they might affect your cost of insurance.
Body type. The 5 Series is a four-door sedan that’s designed for families, commuting and other low-risk daily driving. This could lead to lower premiums.
Type of car. BMW makes luxury vehicles and the 5 Series is no exception. Luxury vehicles generally cost more to insure.
Theft. Unfortunately, sedans are the most frequently stolen type of vehicle. This could lead to higher auto insurance rates.
Repairs. While BMW has manufacturing facilities in the US, parts and service can still be expensive. The high cost of repairs could make for more expensive insurance.
Safety ratings. The 5 Series has great safety ratings and it even won the 2018 IIHS top safety pick+. This could help reduce the cost of insurance.
Compare the BMW 5’s insurance factors to similar cars
The BMW 5 Series is a relatively inexpensive car to insure when you compare it to other large luxury sedans. That said, it will set you back a bit more per month than a nonluxury sedan might.
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We found 2021 car values from Car and Driver’s car model reviews. We also found theft rates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Theft rates are not available for all models or model years.
Does the BMW 5 Series qualify for auto insurance discounts?
Your vehicle may be eligible for various auto insurance discounts depending on which provider you choose. However, the exact discounts you receive may vary depending on location, provider, options, and other factors. Here are a few that should apply to the BMW 5 Series:
New car discount
Antilock brake discount
Passive restraint discount — Airbags, motorized seat belts, etc.
Emergency roadside assistance discount
How do trim packages and extra build options affect insurance cost?
Insurance premiums are largely based on your chances of getting into an accident and the cost to pay claims. Your driving history, location and vehicle can directly affect this risk, so get quotes that represent your actual situation.
While your choice of make and model can affect the cost of insurance, some trim packages might also make an impact. Based on the standard BMW 530i, here’s how build options could impact your rates.
xDrive. xDrive is BMWs all-wheel-drive system that can improve traction and handling. Choosing this option could lead to better auto insurance rates.
540i. The 540i is a step up in power and price which may lead to more expensive auto insurance.
Diesel. Compared to gasoline, diesel vehicles are generally more expensive to repair. Choosing this option may increase the cost of insurance.
Hybrid. While this option could help you save on gas, repairs and insurance can be expensive.
Executive Tier. The executive tier includes adds adaptive LED headlights, Parking Assistant Plus and more. The improvement in visibility could lead to better rates.
Dynamic Handling Package. This package could improve handling which may translate to cheaper auto insurance.
Driving Assistance Package. The features in this package can improve safety and reduce the chance of accidents. Adding this may reduce the cost of insurance.
Lighting or Night Vision Package. These packages can make it easier for you to see others and be seen on the road. Adding it may help reduce the cost of insurance.
Parking Assistance Package. This package can reduce your chances of bumping into other vehicles when parking and could help you get better auto insurance rates.
How safe is the BMW 5 Series?
Like most BMW vehicles, the 5 Series holds amazing safety ratings. According to U.S. News and J.D. Power, the 2018 BMW 5 Series has a perfect 10/10 safety rating and the highest possible scores in all crash test categories. It won the 2018 IIHS top safety pick+ and near-perfect scores for crashworthiness.
BMW 5 Series money-saving safety features
You could save money on car insurance for your BMW 5 Series if it comes equipped with these safety features.
Surround view camera system
Daytime running lights
Electronic stability control
Rear backup sensors
Lane-departure warning systems
Adaptive cruise control
How reliable is the BMW 5 Series?
According to U.S. News and J.D Power, the 2018 BMW 5 Series holds an impressive 4.5/5 star rating for reliability, far better than most vehicles in its class.
BMW has produced several models that can be classified as a 5 Series, making it difficult to pinpoint common problems. Many of the issues with the 5 Series occur on older models that were produced before 2010. Recent models like the 530i and 550 have very few common problems.
2018. A number of 2018 5 Series vehicles were recalled due to an engine control unit software error that could cause the fuel pump to stop working and the engine to stall.
2016. Some 2016 5 Series vehicles were recalled due to defective airbag inflators that may not deploy properly in the event of a crash. Some models also had issues with restraint fixture anchors that may prevent booster or child seats from being secured properly.
2015. Almost 3,000 2015 BMW 5 Series vehicles were recalled due to steering and electrical issues stemming from excessive exposure to moisture. Check with your dealer to find out if your vehicle was affected.
2013. Nearly 500 2013 5 Series vehicles were recalled for lighting systems and retroreflective devices that may not comply with safety standards. Additionally, almost 10,000 5 2012-2013 5 Series vehicles had a manufacturing error that could result in a reduced oil supply to the vacuum pump on the braking system.
2011. A limited number of 2010 and 2011 5 Series models were recalled for an issue with the fuel supply that could present inaccurate fuel gauge readings. Almost 4,000 vehicles were also recalled for problems with the auxiliary water pump that could prevent it from cooling the turbocharger properly, possibly leading to a fire.
BMW 5 Series maintenance
Like most other BMW vehicles, the 5 Series was designed to provide a comfortable driving experience that includes less time in the shop and more time on the road. With its great reliability ratings and state-of-the-art technology, the BMW isn’t hard to maintain, but that doesn’t mean you should skip your service appointments. Routine maintenance can ensure that your 5 Series runs smoothly for years to come.
Here are some suggestions.
BMW recommends an oil change every 10,000 miles or 12 months. Depending on how you drive your vehicle, you may want to consider having it changed more often.
Oil changes should cost between $100 to $200, but your cost may vary.
The 2018 530i gets an average of 27 miles per gallon, with 24 in the city and 34 on the highway.
The 2018 BMW 540i xDrive gets an average of 23 miles per gallon, with 20 in the city and 29 on the highway.
The 2018 BMW 530e Hybrid gets an average of 72 miles per gallon on electric + gas power and 29 MPG on gas alone.
The 2018 BMW 5 Series comes with a standard four-year/50,000-mile warranty.
Newer BMW models come equipped with a Condition Based Servicing system and a Service Interval Indicator. Both of these systems will monitor your vehicle and let you know when parts need replacing and when the vehicle should be brought in for service.
Is an extended warranty worth it for the BMW 5 Series?
The 5 Series comes with BMW’s four-year/50,000-mile BMW warranty, which covers problems stemming from defective parts and improper service. It also includes free roadside assistance and a separate corrosion warranty.
While the standard warranty is great, parts and service on the 5 Series can be expensive. Adding the extended warranty can provide peace of mind after the initial coverage expires. It’s available in multiple terms and includes service from certified BMW technicians, OEM part replacements, mechanical breakdown towing and more.
Additionally, eligible 5 Series vehicles come with BMW Ultimate Care, which is a three-year/36,000-mile complimentary maintenance plan. There are other extended maintenance plans available for an extra fee.
About the BMW 5 Series
The BMW 5 Series is a line of luxury sedans and debuted in 1972, and it’s currently in its seventh generation. The 2022 model year features four variants: the core 530i and 540i models, the electrified 530e model, the performance M550i xDrive model, and the performance M5 model. A 2022 5 Series could run you $54,200 to $103,500 – the higher price point for the performance models if you’re the sportier sort.
The 2022 5 Series models haven’t been evaluated for crashworthiness by the IIHS yet, but the 2021 model year received the highest scores in all categories for crashworthiness. The standard safety features on the 5 Series models could qualify you for discounts on car insurance, and its superior safety ratings bode well for your rates too.
BMW is known for producing luxury coupes and sedans with top-notch safety ratings, and performance models for the thrill-seekers. However, the higher MSRPs of the 5 Series sedans could mean higher insurance premiums, so be sure to shop around with multiple insurance providers for a better chance of a good deal.
The 5 Series is a luxurious modern business sedan that comes packed with state-of-the-art technology. Starting at just over $50,000, this vehicle’s great safety features and crash test ratings make it a great daily driver or family vehicle. You should have no trouble finding a provider to insure your 5 Series, but compare your options to find a policy and price that’s right for you.
Roslyn McKenna Ayers is insurance manager at ValuePenguin and a former publisher at Finder, specializing in home and auto coverage. Her expertise and analysis has been featured on Bankrate, MSN and Reader's Digest. She holds a BA in writing and communications from Maryville College.
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