At the moment, the big name in plug-in hybrid is BMW, with its i8 and now the X5 xDrive40e and 330e. BMW’s first plug-in hybrid X5 made its world debut earlier this year and it arrived in the U.S. this fall with an MSRP of $63,095.
The new BMW X5 xDrive40e comes to market to compete in a fast growing segment and opens the doors for future BMW SUV hybrids.
With a total system output of 308 hp generated by a four-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and a synchronous electric motor, the BMW X5 xDrive40e achieves a combined fuel consumption of 3.4 – 3.3 liters per 100 kilometers (estimated 55 MPG) and a combined electricity consumption of 15.4 – 15.3 kWh over the same distance.
The Lithium-ion high-voltage battery has 96 cells and a capacity of 9.0 kWh. The electric motor produces 113 horsepower. The X5 plug-in hybrid powertrain has a combined output of 308 hp and 332 lb-ft torque, allowing the luxury X5 hybrid model to deliver a remarkable performance.
The car accelerates from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in 6.8 seconds. This is accomplished thanks to a max torque of 184lb-ft available from 0 rpm from the electric motor. Top speed is electronically limited to 130mph (210mph) or 75mph (130km/h) when running on electric power.
The EPA rated the X5 xDrive40e @ 56 MPGe.
We spent a few days with the X5 xDrive40 driving it in different modes and scenarios, and you can watch our video review below:
Thanks to Baron BMW for loaning us the car to get this review in.