BMW’s first ever core Plug-in Hybrid, the BMW X5 xDrive40e, arrives

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The new BMW X5 xDrive40e arrives as BMW’s first ever core plug-in hybrid and goes on sale in the UK later in 2015. A plug-in variant of the X5, the BMX X5 xDrive40e is capable of returning 83mpg and emits just 77g/km of CO2. Let’s take a closer look at what it offers.

 Revealed recently in anticipation of its UK launch, the new BMX X5 xDrive40e first arrived in the guise of the Concept X5 eDrive, and, owing to the popularity of the brand’s i3 and i8, now arrives as BMW’s first fully fledged core plug-in hybrid. It comes with a hefty four pot turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol that develops 242bhp, and which is wedded to a 111bhp electric motor. The total output is 309bhp and 350Nm of torque, while electric power by itself can keep the car running for 19 miles. The petrol engine is a highly coveted unit and has won International Engine of the Year three times so far.

Acceleration figures are impressive, with the BMX X5 xDrive40e launching itself to 62mph in just 6.8 seconds before maxing out at 130mph. Fuel consumption figures are excellent, with the car able to return on average 83mpg – but the numbers can go as high as 85.5mpg. Meanwhile, it emits just 77g/km of CO2. It ultimately misses out on being exempt from the London Congestion Charge by one gramme.

Anyone who is interested in the new BMX X5 xDrive40e will be pleased to hear that 4WD is offered along with self-levelling rear air suspension and dynamic damper control. There are three driving modes on offer – Comfort, Sport and EcoPro – while a nifty feature is the fact that the car works alongside the sat-nav to recognise which is the most economical route the driver can take. The route is worked out according to drive mode and traffic situation, with BMW claiming that such a feature helps to reduce emissions and gives drivers a better chance of driving for longer on just electric power.

The new BMX X5 xDrive40e also comes with an eDrive button, which allows drivers to customise the power train. Options available are Auto eDrive, Max eDrive and Save. The Auto option utilises the power of both the engine and the battery, while the Max option relies on pure electric power. The Save option, meanwhile, relies on petrol power only and builds up charge.

The aesthetics are a little different from the standard X5. The inclusion of a charge port is the only real noticeable difference that sets this car apart from its stablemates, with the eDrive badging one of the subtler differences that is barely noticeable. Exterior highlights include blue lights and a twin-tailpipe exhaust. Inside, the dashboard is taken from the original X5 but comes with hybrid-specific functions. The instrument cluster displays all kinds of useful information, such as the vehicle’s range and fuel consumption.

The BMX X5 xDrive40e is a big car but obvious spatial sacrifices arrive when you consider there needs to be room for the bulky transformer. Because it’s positioned beneath the boot, luggage space is limited to 500-litres, which is 100-litres shy of what you’ll find in the standard X5. This can be increased to 1,720 if you fold the rear seats.

The price range hasn’t yet been set, while news relating to equipment and options is also expected a bit later in the year. The general feeling, though, is that the new BMX X5 xDrive40e will be available from £55,000, which makes it cheaper than a Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid.

 

 

 

 

Will Titterington
  • 18th March 2015

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