2019 BMW 530e vs. 2019 Lexus LS Series

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the 530e helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The LS Series doesn’t offer a night vision system.

Both the 530e and the LS Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive and around view monitors.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the 530e its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 36 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The LS Series has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The 530e’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the LS Series’ (12 vs. 6 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the 530e for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Lexus only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the LS Series.

There are over 43 percent more BMW dealers than there are Lexus dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the 530e’s warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the 530e gets better fuel mileage than the LS 500h:

 

 

 

MPG

530e

 

RWD

Electric Motor (MPGe)

70 city/75 hwy

 

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl. Hybrid

27 city/30 hwy

 

AWD

Electric Motor (MPGe)

66 city/68 hwy

 

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl. Hybrid

27 city/31 hwy

LS Series

 

RWD

500h 3.5 DOHC V6 Hybrid

25 city/33 hwy

 

 

500 3.5 turbo V6

19 city/30 hwy

 

AWD

500h 3.5 DOHC V6 Hybrid

23 city/31 hwy

 

 

500 3.5 turbo V6

18 city/27 hwy

The 530e can drive on battery power alone for up to 16 miles. The LS Series must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Transmission

The 530e’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The LS Series doesn’t offer launch control.

Tires and Wheels

The 530e’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the LS Series’ standard 50 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The 530e handles at .85 G’s, while the LS 500h AWD pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The 530e executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the LS 500h AWD (26.6 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 27 seconds @ .65 average G’s).

Chassis

The BMW 530e may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 700 pounds less than the Lexus LS Series.

The 530e is 11.5 inches shorter than the LS Series, making the 530e easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the BMW 530e amounts to more than styling. The 530e has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .26 Cd. That is lower than the LS Series (.27 to .3) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the 530e get better fuel mileage.

The front grille of the 530e uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The LS Series doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

The 530e has 1.5 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front legroom and .2 inches more rear headroom than the LS Series.

Cargo Capacity

The 530e’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The LS Series doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

Ergonomics

The 530e’s optional Parking Assistant can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The LS Series doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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