Not only that, but in hybrid mode its computer will intelligently work out how best to juggle its petrol and electric motors for your route, using navigation data to assess the sort of roads you’ll be driving on. While the previous BMW X5 plug-in hybrid was a niche choice, the German manufacturer is hoping the all-new xDrive45e will form a key part of the X5 range, accounting for a good proportion of sales. It takes a while to charge, though – the 24kWh pack is the same size as that in an original Nissan Leaf, and the reason for the X5’s decent electric range. Using a large capacity 24kWh battery pack, BMW claims the xDrive45e can manage around 50-54 miles on a single charge, a range that is sufficient enough to tackle the average commute. Important: Not all of the capacities cited can be maxed out simultaneously. The fastest and most powerful diesel is the M50d, with no less than four turbochargers to squeeze 395bhp out of the same 3.0-litre diesel. Power, combined or not, is routed to all four wheels by way of an eight-speed automatic transmission. The steering is quick to react and BMW’s xDrive four-wheel drive sends power to the wheels with the most grip. Th is post has been do ne by GSA Content Gener at or Demoversion .
The xDrive moniker means the BMW has AWD so it is great in sleet, slush and snow. In the middle of the diesel engine line-up is the 335bhp xDrive 40d, which uses a tweaked version of the same 3.0-litre engine. It has an official top speed of 180mph. It sounds fantastic – even the speaker augmented engine note adds convincingly to the drama – and the acceleration is addictive. Top speed in Electric mode has increased from 75 mph to 84 mph, although toying with that limit is probably not the best way to eek out more electric miles. Power comes from a turbocharged 3.0-litre petrol engine, 11.2kWh battery and an electric motor, which is all shared with the BMW 545e saloon. One disadvantage of a plug-in hybrid is the added weight of its battery pack and electric motor, and the X5 xDrive45e ends up tipping the scales at over 2.5 tonnes. We were so impressed with the X5 xDrive45e that we named it our Best Large Plug-In Hybrid at the 2022 Carbuyer Best Car Awards. Better still, the BMW X5 supports Apple CarPlay, which is the best thing to happen to car infotainment since…
This is one of the best interfaces in the business; it’s powerful, logical and supports gesture and voice control, as well as offering more traditional controls. Prior to this, the X1 has been the sole long-wheelbase SUV offering from BMW, which made its debut in Beijing in 2016. What would be your choice for a large BMW SUV, dear readers – this, or the X7 flagship? At least the electric motor wins back some points by offering instant acceleration, helping the X5 feel a bit lighter on its feet. The switch between electric and petrol is so smooth as to be virtually unnoticeable, and the combined maximum power of the electric motor and six-cylinder petrol is a considerable 389bhp, resulting in 0-62mph in 5.6 seconds. BMW has worked hard on making the way power is juggled between the electric motor and petrol engine as intelligent as possible, and it uses the sat-nav to help decide; using battery power in a village or city centre and switching to the petrol on the motorway. The 3.0-litre diesel engine is fitted with mild-hybrid assistance, with a 48-volt starter-generator that gives an 11bhp power boost to help acceleration. These adjust the electronics to help the X5 find grip, and while it will be plenty for the vast majority of drivers, a Range Rover Sport is still more adept in the rough stuff. Article has been generated with the help of GSA C onte nt Gen erator DEMO.
While the M50i is quick for a large SUV, the flagship X5 M is on a different level entirely. It produces 282bhp, and gets from 0-62mph in 6.1 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 143mph. It’s plenty quick enough to overtake slower traffic with ease and feels flexible and relaxed on the motorway. Over speed bumps, the weight of the xDrive45e’s battery did not impede the drive or ride experience. Between the increased EV-only range and the higher operating speed range, the X5 should prove more attractive to a wider swath of moneyed commuters, more of whom may be able to reach their offices or run daily errands without using a drop of gas. BMW also installs a larger battery, which increases the SUV’s electric-only driving range from an estimated 14 miles to 30 miles, at which point the gas engine kicks in and the powertrain behaves like a normal gas-electric hybrid’s. Content w as generated by G SA C ontent Gen erator Dem oversion !