Costs and real consumption: BMW 520e Luxury Line

The BMW 520e Luxury Line, which costs 65,300 euros, is ready for a consumption check.

The 520e with 204 hp system performance costs at least 54,900 euros. If it comes as a Luxury Line like the sedan on these pages, at least 59,150 euros are due, i.e. around ten percent more, in each case calculated without the electric car premium. The BMW is good for the price, but not particularly lavishly equipped. For example, the innovation package (4,700 euros) with laser light, head-up display or Driving Assistant and the Driving Assistant Professional (1,700 euros) with active cruise control or lane functions are listed as extras for the test car, as well as the integral active steering (1,250 euros) and the electrically adjustable comfort seats including air conditioning (together 3,150 euros). And what about the fuel, electricity and maintenance costs? ,

Our test consumption

BMW specifies a WLTP consumption of 1.4 liters Super and 16.4 kWh per 100 kilometers for the 520e Luxury Line . He moves away from this value in everyday life. We have determined an average consumption of 2.3 liters and 18.4 kWh, which causes costs of 10.70 euros per 100 kilometers. The BMW consumed 6.1 liters on the eco lap, while consuming 8.9 liters on the commuter route. If the BMW was moved in a sporty manner, consumption increased to 10.4 liters. On the purely electric lap, the power consumption was 25 kWh. The fuel costs are calculated using the daily updated fuel price on our partner portal tank up more (08/17/2022 / Super: 1.67 euros/liter ). The electricity costs are calculated using the average household electricity price according to the BDEW Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft e.V. (Average electricity price for a household with an annual consumption of 3,500 kWh: 0.3730 euros/kWh . Basic price included proportionately, tariff products and basic supply tariffs incl New customer tariffs included, not volume-weighted). The electricity price at a public charging station is usually higher.

Monthly maintenance costs

If you drive as resource-efficiently as we do on our eco-lap, the fuel costs for 100 kilometers are reduced to 10.19 euros. The rather violent gait resulted in a sum of 17.37 euros. Electricity costs of 9.33 euros are incurred on the purely electric route. The vehicle tax costs 10 euros per year for the BMW, the liability insurance is 425 euros. Partial and fully comprehensive insurance cost an additional 198 and 766 euros respectively. Monthly maintenance costs of 249 euros are paid by those who drive the BMW 15,000 kilometers a year. If the mileage is double, the sum increases to 505 euros. We leave out the loss in value in this calculation.

How to test

The auto motor und sport test consumption for plug-in hybrids is made up of three differently weighted consumption drives driven in hybrid mode. So-called “commuter consumption” accounts for 70 percent. This is a journey from home to work, which averages 21 kilometers (starting with an empty battery). A particularly economical, approx. 275-kilometre-long eco-lap (start with an empty battery) counts for 15 percent. The remaining 15 percent is accounted for by the sports driver lap. The length is roughly the same as the Eco lap, but the route includes a larger proportion of motorway and thus higher speeds on average. An extra is the pure E round. This shows the maximum range in kilometers with a fully charged battery before the combustion engine starts. The consumption is calculated from the measured energy consumption including charging losses. The charging time for a full battery charge and the amount of energy in the battery, including charging losses, are also measured. The basis for calculating the fuel costs is always the price quoted on the "more tanken" portal on the day the article was created.

The monthly maintenance costs include maintenance, wear part costs and vehicle taxes assuming an annual mileage of 15,000 and 30,000 kilometers without loss of value. The calculation is based on the test consumption, a three-year holding period, no-claims class SF12 for liability and comprehensive insurance with Allianz including discounts for garage parkers and the restriction to certain drivers (not under 21). At Allianz, SF12 offers a discount rate of 34 percent for liability and 28 percent for comprehensive insurance.


In the auto motor und sport test consumption, the BMW 520e Luxury Line, which costs 65,300 euros and has a system output of 204 hp, ends up with an average value of 2.3 liters Super and 18.4 kWh per 100 kilometers. This means that the fuel and electricity costs for this distance are 10.70 euros. The monthly maintenance costs are 249 euros (15,000 km annual mileage) or 505 euros (30,000 km annual mileage).


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