Unlike some manufacturers from the US and Europe, BMW is a bit late to the hybrid-car party because they did focus mostly on highly efficient diesel engines and high performance petrol engines for a really long time. However, this changed with the release of the i3 and i8 and not too long ago, BMW also started to release hybrid engines for their usual models such as the 5 Series or the X5.
2017 BMW X5 xDrive40e Review
The all new 2017 BMW X5 xDrive40e has been officially released a few months ago and while it may not be the perfect hybrid, it is a really nice choice for those looking to get the befits of a plug-in hybrid with the hassle-free operation of a normal petrol powered car.
Unlike with some cars out there, the X5 eDrive can be charged from a normal 110volts socket in just around seven hours while from a 220volts socket the car will completely charge in less than two.
This is great but the 12 miles of all electric-range is a bit lower than the usual plug-in model but it still is more than enough for those looking to travel short distances inside the city limits.
The best part about it is the fact that it is not much more expensive than its six-cylinder counterpart at just over $60,000 and in some countries, the government will even give some money extra or will allow the buyer to skip some road fees altogether.
BMW X5 xDrive40e Design
Design wise, the 2017 BMW X5 xDrive40e is not that much more different than the usual X5 and in fact the car might seem identical to the usual model for an untrained eye. The front end is identical but instead of coming with the usual Xenon headlamps, the hybrid actually gets the fully-LED lit headlights as standard.
On top of that, on the left front fender there is a small hatch which can be opened in order to allow the car to be plugged-in to a wall. Also, the wheels are unique to the hybrid and the tires are low-rolling resistance ones that make a lot less noise than most.
Interior of BMW X5 xDrive40e
Inside the cabin, the eDrive X5 is also very similar to the usual model and there aren’t many things to separate it from the usual cars.
The seats are just as comfortable, the car comes equipped with a great infotainment system and the materials and driving position are certainly above the average of its class.
The only real difference is the feel behind the wheel due which is a bit more isolated than on the base petrol engined car due to the extra 300 to 400 pounds of weight.
BMW X5 xDrive40e Engine
Under the hood, the 2017 BMW X5 eDrive40e is offering a 2 liter turbocharged inline 4 petrol engine coupled to an 110 horsepower electric motor. The total combined output clocks in at just 308 horsepower and 302 lb-ft of torque which is very close to the 3 liter model.
The performance is also very similar with the hybrid being able to get to 60 MPH in just 6.2 seconds and up to a limited top speed of 130 MPH. The best part about the hybrid powertrain is just that, it is a hybrid and it can run on electricity alone for up to 12 miles which is more than enough for the average driver.
Also, even when the car runs out of juice, the petrol engine will offer enough power and torque to make the car feel reasonably fast and while it can’t match the fuel efficiency of a diesel, it is around 10 to 15% more efficient than the equivalent inline 6 engine which is a nice tradeoff to benefit from the smoothness of a petrol engine.
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