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  • P11D: £64,690.00
  • Initial Payment: 9 months
  • Contract Length: 24 months
  • Annual Mileage: 5,000 miles
  • Maintenance: No thanks
  • Arrangement Fee: i £195.00 plus VAT
  • Road Tax: Included
  • Breakdown Cover: Included
  • Delivery: Free UK Mainland
  • Colour/Trim: Undecided
  • Options: Undecided

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Vehicle info

  • Manufacturer OTROTR: £64,745.00
  • Fuel typeFuel: Petrol Plugin
  • No. of SeatsSeats: 5
  • RangeRange:54.7 miles
  • Battery CapacityBattery:24 kWh
  • Connector TypeConnector:Type 2
  • Gearbox: Automatic
  • 0-62mph: 5.6 SECS
  • Engine PowerPower: 394 BHP
  • Engine powerPower: 394 BHP
  • 0-620-62: 5.6 SECS
  • Top SpeedTop Speed: 146 MPH
  • Engine SizeSize: 2998 CC
  • GearboxGearbox: AUTOMATIC
  • Combined MPGComb. MPG: MPG
  • Urban MPGUrban MPG: MPG
  • Service Interval MilesService Miles:
  • Service Interval MonthsService Mths:
  • Extra Urban MPGExt. Urban MPG: MPG
  • CO2CO2: TBC G/KM
  • Number of seatsNo. of seats: 5
  • NCAP ratingNCAP: Not Available
  • LengthLength: 4922mm
  • WidthWidth: 2004mm
  • Boot SpaceBoot Space: 500cm3
  • HeightHeight: 1745mm

Std Equipment

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    Driver Convenience

  • 20GB hard disc drive (HDD) memory
  • 5 metre standard charge cable
  • AC Fast charge cable
  • Active guard plus
  • Attentiveness assist
  • Automatic tailgate with top hinged section open and manual bottom hinged section
  • BMW ConnectedDrive online services
  • BMW digital live cockpit professional - 12.3" digital instrument panel and 12.3" CID, with touch/voice command
  • BMW legal emergency call
  • BMW Teleservices
  • Brake force display
  • Brake pad wear indicator warning light
  • Driving readiness sound
  • eDrive button to select between AUTO eDrive, MAX eDrive and SAVE Battery settings
  • Enhanced bluetooth hands free facility with Telephony wireless charging
  • Front/rear park distance control
  • Galvanised plastic keyfob
  • Infinity symbol with line graphic on reset of average consumption
  • Lights on warning
  • Oil sensor for level and grade
  • On board computer inc. average speed, fuel consumption, liquid crystal Info display, journey computer, outside temperature display, personal profile
  • Service interval indicator
  • Speed limit info display
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Cruise control with brake function (Available as no-cost option)
  • Electric Power Steering (EPS) with Servotronic (Available as no-cost option)
  • Parking assistant with ultrasound based assistance system, reversing assistant, lateral parking aid and rear view camera (Available as no-cost option)
  • Speed limiting function (Available as no-cost option)
  • Entertainment

  • DAB Tuner enables digital radio reception
  • Favourite buttons
  • USB connection, USB type A 1.5A in cupholder, USB Type C 3A in centre armrest
  • Hi-Fi loudspeaker system (Available as no-cost option)
  • Exterior Features

  • Active Air Stream kidney grille with high-gloss chrome
  • Adaptive air flap control bar in high-gloss black
  • Automatically dimming rear view mirror
  • BMW individual exterior line aluminium satinated
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour mirror housing
  • Dynamic brake lights with LED technology
  • Exhaust tailpipes - single, left and right with Chrome finisher
  • Follow me home headlight function
  • Front and rear electric windows with open and close fingertip control, anti trap facility and comfort closing
  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • High beam assistant
  • High gloss black outer and central air intakes on front bumper with pearlescent chrome finish
  • High gloss black Side elements
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED fog lights
  • LED rear lights
  • Left charging flap on the front side
  • Matt aluminium roof rails
  • Pearlescent chrome front grille bars
  • Rain sensor with automatic headlight activation and windscreen wiper control
  • Satin aluminium side window graphic
  • Third brake light in rear spoiler
  • Variable intermittent rear wash/wipe
  • Welcome light carpet
  • X5 on left tailgate
  • xDrive designation on right tailgate
  • Adaptive LED Headlights (Available as no-cost option)
  • Interior Features

  • 12V - Power sockets with 2x centre console and 1x luggage compartment
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats
  • Ambient interior lighting with 6 pre-designed selectable lights including dynamic function
  • Centre and rear interior light
  • Child seat ISOFIX attachment with rear outer seats includes top tether
  • Electric front seat adjustment with driver and front passenger memory function
  • Electrical steering column with adjustable height and length with activation and control on the steering column
  • Foldable rear centre armrest with 2 cupholders and storage compartment
  • Front and rear cupholders x 2
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • Front and rear side armrest integrated into door trim
  • Front footwell lights
  • Front reading lights
  • Light inside glove compartment
  • Lockable glove compartment
  • Luggage compartment floor panel with integral storage tray
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Make-up mirror lights
  • Multifunction controls for leather steering wheel
  • Multifunctional hooks
  • Rear head restraints
  • Seat back with flap pocket
  • Seat occupancy detection for driver and passenger side
  • Securing rings in luggage compartment
  • Storage bins on all doors
  • Storage tray and compartment with cover in centre console
  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Three spoke sport leather steering wheel
  • Toolkit located in luggage compartment
  • Velour floormats
  • Automatic air conditioning with 2.5 zone control (Available as no-cost option)
  • Driver and front passenger seat heating (Available as no-cost option)
  • Driver and front passenger sports seats (Available as no-cost option)
  • Front and rear door sill finishers with illuminated BMW designation (Available as no-cost option)
  • Perforated Vernasca leather upholstery (Available as no-cost option)
  • Packs

  • Connected Package Professional - X5 xDrive45e
  • Expanded exterior mirror pack - X5/X5 M
  • Luggage compartment pack in combination with 7 seat and x drive 45e - X5
  • Non-smokers pack - X5
  • i Driving Assistant Professional Pack -X5 (Available as no-cost option)
  • i Front heated comfort pack - X5 (Available as no-cost option)
  • Safety

  • Acoustic protection for pedestrians
  • Airbags - driver/front passenger, rear and side, first and second row seats head airbags, front passenger seat airbag deactivation + knee airbag
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
  • Brake drying
  • Brake energy regeneration
  • Brake fade compensation
  • Braking pre-tensioning
  • CBC - (Cornering brake control)
  • Crash sensor activating central locking release, hazard warning lights, fuel cut off, interior lighting + activation of safety battery terminal clamp
  • Deformation zones - front and rear with door reinforcements and bumpers up to 2.5 mph
  • DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
  • Dynamic brake control
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Electromechanical parking brake with automatic drive away release and auto hold function
  • Electronic brake force distribution
  • Front and rear seatbelts with seatbelt stopper, seatbelt tensioner for front and outer rear seats and belt force limiter
  • Front head restraints with anti-whiplash
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Hill start assistant
  • Integrated brake system
  • Mechanical child proof lock on rear doors
  • Side impact protection
  • Three 3 point inertia reel seatbelts
  • Two tone horn
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Ventilated front and rear disc brakes
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Security

  • Closing system with central locking
  • Driver and front passenger door centre lock switch
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Thatcham 1 alarm system with remote control and engine immobiliser
  • Vehicle key
  • Technical

  • 48V Mild hybrid technology
  • Adaptive 2-axle air suspension
  • Double VANOS
  • Double wishbone front axle
  • Drive performance control with ECO PRO comfort + sport mode
  • Eight speed steptronic sport automatic transmission and gearshift paddles on the steering wheel
  • High precision injection
  • Petrol Particulate Filter
  • Safety battery terminal clamp
  • Twin scroll turbocharger with Valvetronic
  • Trim

  • Start/stop toggle diamond shaped trim finisher in pearl chrome
  • Dark aluminium mesh effect interior trim (Available as no-cost option)
  • Sensatec instrument panel (Available as no-cost option)
  • Wheels

  • 19" V spoke light alloy wheel - style 735 (Available as no-cost option)
  • Tyre repair kit (Available as no-cost option)

Tech Data

    Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity in kWh:24
  • Battery Charge Slow kW:2.3
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage:0-100
  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes):708
  • Battery Charge Fast kW:2.3
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage:0-80
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes):528
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW:3.7
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage:0-100
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes):426
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW:3.7
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage:0-80
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes):312
  • Battery Leased:No
  • Battery Type:Lithium-ion
  • Coupler/Connector Type:Type 2
  • WLTP - AER (km) - City:95
  • WLTP - AER (km) - Comb:78
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - City:60.3
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - Comb:49.7
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - City:24.9
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - City - Max:34
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - City - Min:24.9
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb:28.2
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Extra High:34.5
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - High:24.9
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Low:25.9
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Medium:24.9
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - City:2.4
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - City - Max:1.8
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - City - Min:2.4
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb:2.1
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Extra High:1.8
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - High:2.4
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Low:2.4
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Medium:2.4
  • WLTP - EC AC Ch Dep (kWh/100km) - Comb:28.3
  • WLTP - EC AC Ch Dep (miles/kWh) - Comb:2
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb:24.3
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb - Max:25.8
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb - Min:24.3
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb:2.5
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb - Max:2.4
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb - Min:2.6
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - City:98
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb:87
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Max:82
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Min:88
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Extra High:71
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - High:96
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Low:98
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Medium:97
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - City:60.9
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb:54.7
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Max:51
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Min:54.7
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Extra High:44.7
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - High:60.3
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Low:60.9
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Medium:61.5
  • Emissions - ICE

  • CO:0.28
  • CO2 (g/km):39
  • HC:0.014
  • HC+NOx:Not Available
  • NOx:0.012
  • Particles:0.0007
  • Standard Euro Emissions:EURO 6
  • Emissions - PHEV

  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Comb:225
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Comb - Max:241
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Comb - Min:225
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Extra High:233
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Extra High - Max:252
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Extra High - Min:232
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - High:202
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - High - Max:211
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - High - Min:202
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Low:302
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Low - Max:331
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Low - Min:302
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Medium:197
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Medium - Max:208
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Medium - Min:197
  • WLTP - CO2 Charge Depleting (g/km) - Comb:2
  • WLTP - CO2 Charge Depleting (g/km) - Comb - Max:Not Available
  • WLTP - CO2 Charge Depleting (g/km) - Comb - Min:Not Available
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb:27
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Max:32
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Min:27
  • Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft:DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor:Yes
  • CC:2998
  • Compression Ratio:11.0:1
  • Cylinder Layout:IN-LINE
  • Cylinders:6
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm):82
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm):94.6
  • Engine Code:B58B30M1
  • Engine Layout:NORTH SOUTH
  • Fuel Delivery:TWIN TURBO
  • Gears:8 SPEED
  • Number of Valves:24
  • Transmission:SEMI-AUTO
  • Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies:No
  • Fuel Consumption - PHEV

  • WLTP - FC Ch Dep (l/100km) - Comb:0.1
  • WLTP - FC Ch Dep (mpg) - Comb:2824.8
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb:9.9
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb - Max:10.6
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb - Min:9.9
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Extra High:10.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Extra High - Max:11.1
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Extra High - Min:10.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - High:8.9
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - High - Max:9.3
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - High - Min:8.9
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Low:13.3
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Low - Max:14.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Low - Min:13.3
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Medium:8.6
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Medium - Max:9.1
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Medium - Min:8.6
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb:28.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb - Max:26.6
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb - Min:28.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Extra High:27.7
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Extra High - Max:25.4
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Extra High - Min:27.7
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - High:31.7
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - High - Max:30.4
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - High - Min:31.7
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Low:21.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Low - Max:19.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Low - Min:21.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Medium:32.8
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Medium - Max:31
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Medium - Min:32.8
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb:1.2
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Max:1.4
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Min:1.2
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb:235.4
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Max:201.8
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Min:235.4
  • General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying:Yes
  • Badge Engine CC:3.0
  • Badge Power:394
  • Based On ID:Not Available
  • Coin Description:e xDrive
  • Coin Series:xLine
  • Generation Mark:3
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07:48E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years:12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years:3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %:Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %:Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09:Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %:Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %:Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?:No
  • Special Edition:No
  • Special Order:No
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months:Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage:Not Available
  • Vehicle Homologation Class:M1
  • Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs):5.6
  • Engine Power - BHP:394
  • Engine Power - KW:290
  • Engine Power - RPM:5000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT:332
  • Engine Torque - MKG:45.9
  • Engine Torque - NM:450
  • Engine Torque - RPM:1600
  • Top Speed:146
  • Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle:WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level:RDE 2
  • Tyres

  • Alloys?:Yes
  • Space Saver?:No
  • Tyre Size Front:265/50 R19
  • Tyre Size Rear:265/50 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare:TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style:V SPOKE - STYLE 735
  • Wheel Type:19" ALLOY
  • Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height:1745
  • Height (including roof rails):Not Available
  • Length:4922
  • Wheelbase:2975
  • Width:2004
  • Width (including mirrors):2218
  • Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres):69
  • Gross Vehicle Weight:3150
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down):1720
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up):500
  • Max. Loading Weight:715
  • Max. Roof Load:100
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked:2700
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked:750
  • Minimum Kerbweight:2435
  • No. of Seats:5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb:12.6

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Independent review


BMW's X5 gets the plug-in hybrid treatment with the 313PS xDrive40e. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

Once in a while BMW manages to make all of its rivals look like a bunch of hacks. The X5 xDrive40e plug-in hybrid is one such instance. Yes, the range you can travel on electric power is only 13 miles, but that still means that the car will average about 85mpg for a typical UK commute if you can charge it between both legs of the journey. Oh, and it has 313PS worth of grunt.


Think plug-in hybrids and you're probably imagining some joyless citycar, a box on wheels that's designed to schlep noiselessly along in stop-start traffic, while you remain transfixed by your power usage meter and quietly sweat because you've realised that running the air conditioning drains the battery. In other words, they haven't exactly been that big on desirability to date. BMW hopes to change that with its X5 xDrive40e, a plug-in hybrid with big power, big presence but a surprisingly petite environmental footprint. The Munich company has dabbled in the past with ways of squeezing more economy out of its cars, the i3 and i8 models showing that it knows a thing or two about both hybrid and pure electric power, but the X5 xDrive40e brings those lessons to a package more people can identify with.

Driving Experience

The engine in this one probably isn't what you expect. It's a two-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol unit that makes 245PS and 350Nm of peak torque. It's backed up by an electric motor that's good for 113PS, with instantly-on torque of 250Nm. When combined, these two units will punt the all-wheel drive X5 to 62mph in just 6.8 seconds and on to 130mph. Yes, you can drive in purely electric mode, but here the top speed is limited to 75mph, and short, everyday journeys in urban areas can easily be completed with zero tailpipe emissions. The combined power of the two drive units is deployed by an 8-speed Steptronic transmission with shift paddles on the steering wheel available as an option. An eDrive button on the centre console lets drivers tailor the powertrain according to their own preferences and situation. When the vehicle is first started, the default AUTO eDrive setting is activated, with both engine and electric motor working efficiently together. The electric motor alone is used for setting off with normal power requirements, while the engine cuts in at around 44mph or when the driver wishes to accelerate a bit more sharply. In this mode, the intelligent operating strategy determines the most efficient drive combination at all times and switches to it automatically. The driver can also switch to the all-electric drive mode setting MAX eDrive, or there's also a SAVE Battery setting, which allows the driver to conserve or build up the high-voltage battery's reserves for later on. There's also a Driving Experience Control switch, which changes between Comfort, Sport and Eco Pro modes. These each have the effect of altering the throttle mapping, the steering characteristics and the responses of the 8-speed Steptronic transmission, as well as the characteristics of the Dynamic Damper Control included as standard.

Design and Build

Badging aside, there are a few things that identify this as not your garden-variety X5. The most noticeable feature is the charging connection for the high-voltage battery located in the left front wing. Blue light effects also appear here at the start of the charging process to indicate the flow of energy, while the exhaust system has a twin-tailpipe design with trapezoidal tips. You'll notice more differences inside. The BMW X5 xDrive40e features hybrid-specific functions added to its readouts. The drive readiness display positioned in the lower part of the engine rev counter switches from "OFF" to "READY" when the start/stop button is pressed. There's a battery symbol below the gear display. The Driving Experience Control switch setting is also indicated, as is the operating mode selected with the eDrive button. Model-specific menu options and readouts are also available in the iDrive operating system's Control Display. An energy flow display can be called up while on the move, illustrating in graphical form the interaction between combustion engine and electric motor as well as how energy is being fed to the high-voltage battery. Charging of the battery from the mains power supply can also be controlled from the iDrive menu. A timer function is available for this purpose, which can factor in a planned departure time as entered by the driver. In addition to this, preconditioning of both the interior and the battery can be programmed in the iDrive menu as well.

Market and Model

Equipment levels are generous, with Dynamic Damper Control, self-levelling rear air suspension and a custom climate control system that preconditions the car prior to driving. Other standard features include Xenon headlights, LED fog lights, an automatic tailgate, leather upholstery, heated front seats and 40:20:40 split folding rear seats. You can't specify a third row of seats, but you can option in 'Design Pure Experience', 'Design Pure Excellence' or 'M Sport' packages. Fortunately, you really don't need to tick too many other boxes on a car that already comes with sat nav, a DAB radio, a cruise control system with braking function and BMW ConnectedDrive services, such as eDrive Services providing the driver with charging stations details, BMW Online Services and Real Time Traffic Information. I would be tempted to put my hand in my pocket for the Head-Up Display but I could probably manage without Parking Assistant, Night Vision, or either 19 or 20-inch alloy wheels. The eighteen-inchers that are supplied as standard with the car look just fine.

Cost of Ownership

How economical is the X5 xDrive40e? To be honest, we're not quite sure. That's because the NEDC economy test that normal cars undertake is completely hopeless when it comes to plug-in hybrids. BMW themselves hint at this when stating that undertaking short, urban drives of around 15 miles will see an average fuel economy figure of 94mpg, while long motorway journeys will see that consumption fall to just 25.4mpg. The first figure is largely due to the car being on electric power most of the time: the latter due to it running almost exclusively on petrol power. With that in mind, the official combined figure of 85.6mpg seems faintly ludicrous. The same goes for the carbon dioxide emissions rating of 77g/km, though that will certainly catch the eye of business users with a decent car budget. In comparison, the volume diesel X5 model, the xDrive30d variant, manages a combined cycle fuel return of 47.9mpg and 156g/km of CO2. The X5 xDrive40e's high-voltage battery offers a gross energy capacity of 9.0 kWh and can be topped up with energy from any domestic power socket, from a wall box that has been designed for higher currents, or of course from public charging stations. When hooked up to a conventional domestic power socket, the high-voltage battery can be fully recharged from flat in around 3 hours and 50 minutes. Get yourself the optional 'BMW i Wallbox Pure' home charging set-up and you'll be able to replenish this car's high-voltage battery at a charging rate of 3.5 kW (16 A/230 V). As a result, it'll take just 2 hours and 45 minutes to fully recharge an empty battery pack. Charging progress can be checked on a graphic displayed in the vehicle's instrument cluster or on a smartphone using the BMW Remote app.


The days when people got a bit testy at your planet-destroying SUV are, to be honest, long gone. Modern diesel-engined and hybrid-motored sports utes have seen to that. While BMW has been good at developing the former, it has lagged with the latter until now. The X5 xDrive40e does all it can. We'd need to get our hands on one for a while to see what sort of 'real world' fuel economy figures it could generate, but the omens look cautiously promising. Will it ever stack up on the balance sheet better than a diesel X5? That's another question that only real world usage is going to answer. Until we get definitive answers, we'd be wary of ordering this plug-in hybrid. It's clearly going to work really, really well for some buyers while others may find themselves disappointed. Until then we'll just have to dream of a 313PS BMW SUV that really can average 85mpg.

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