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For the second consecutive year, the technologically advanced BMW 530e iPerformance has conquered the coveted Drive Car of the Year award for the ‘Best Luxury Car over $80,000’ category.

“As the first plug-in hybrid to claim a category win in Drive’s Car of the Year awards last year, the BMW 530e is a brilliant showcase of how cutting-edge technology and traditional luxury have converged,” said Andrew Maclean, Editor in Chief of the Drive Network.

“That it has successfully defended its title as Drive’s Best Luxury Car over $80,000 in 2018 highlights how far ahead of the game it is,” he said.

BMW Group Australia CEO Vikram Pawah added: “It is an honour to accept this Drive Car of the Year category award for the second successive year.

“It proves once again that the BMW 530e delivers the latest luxury, specification and performance requirements while showcasing a greener drive system.”

The $109,900* BMW 530e iPerformance combines a 135kW 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine and a synchronous electric motor for incredible performance, while using only 2.3L/100km of fuel n the combined cycle. Combined outputs are set at 185kW and 420Nm.

A 9.2kWh high-voltage battery pack provides a zero-emission, pure electric range of up to 43km.