BMW X5 xDrive45e: full details, pricing and specs
Prices new plug-in hybrid BMW X5 xDrive45e start from £63,165, with the entry-level xLine trim including adaptive air suspension, acoustic warning for pedestrians, leather upholstery, a digital driver’s readout, full phone connectivity and an infotainment system.
Power comes from a 282bhp, 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, as well as a 111bhp electric motor that draws energy from a 24kWh lithium-ion battery pack. As such, combined power is given as 389bhp, with pure electric range of up to 54 miles.
Intended to offer the full four-wheel-drive, performance SUV experience as well as efficiency, the X5 PHEV will do 0-62mph in just 5.6 seconds and go on to a top speed of 146mph. Even in pure electric mode, the xDrive45e will continue to deliver four-wheel drive and manage speeds of over 80mph before needing to wake the petrol engine.
The big battery and long electric range give the X5 impressive CO2 emissions, too, with a figure as low as 39g/km and fuel economy of up to 235.4mpg. Like any plug-in hybrid, achieving those figures in the real world relies on regular charging of the battery via the Type 2 plug, which is located on the car's front passenger wing. Not doing so will result in fuel economy befitting a petrol-fuelled performance SUV.
A full charge should take under four hours from a dedicated 7kW wallbox, while a standard three-pin socket will do the same in around 11 hours.
Meanwhile, upgrading the standard 19-inch alloys to bigger alternatives can drop the efficiency to 49 miles of electric running, 41g/km of CO2 and 188.3mpg.
Thanks to the positioning of the battery, boot space in the X5 xDrive45e falls from 550 to 500 litres when compared with the non-hybrid models in the line-up. With the rear seats folded down, luggage capacity rises to 1,720 litres.
M Sport trim gets uprated brakes, 20-inch alloy wheels, illuminated door sill finishers and various other style upgrades inside and out, and tops the range at £66,665 on the road.