Auto review by Veeno Dewan
BMW’s current line of plug-in hybrids (PHEV) are found in the 3 Series, X3, and now the larger X5 SUV. A big, refined, smart looking SUV, the X5 45e PHEV gains a larger battery that allows for 45 km of zero-emission driving, slightly up from the previous model. To clarify, the X5 45e is a plug-in hybrid you charge up via an external charge port, while the hybrid system does charge the battery as do the regenerative brakes.
The X5 45e uses the larger 3.0L straight-six engine and a bigger battery for better acceleration and an increased electric driving range of around 45km. The engine itself delivers 286 hp while the electric motor adds 111 hp, and in conjunction with the 24-kWh lithium ion battery delivers a combined output of 394 hp and 443 lb-ft. A full battery charge with a Level 2 charger will take just under six hours. While sadly a standard household power outlet will take a glacial 26 hours to charge. Please buy the dedicated Level 2 charger to make the most of this vehicle!
The 8-speed automatic transmission sends power to all four wheels and can do the 0-100 km/h dash at around the 5.6 second mark.
We tested a fully loaded X5 45e Base price starts at $83,500, while my tester was generously laden with options that brought it to a steep $100,400 before freight and taxes. As usual it is a neat fastidious interior with no vices.
The cabin is luxuriously outfitted and roomy enough with either 5 or 7 passenger third row seating. The dash is exquisite with its smart ergonomic design.
On the road the X5 45e has a nice turn of pace and can run in full electric mode for about 45km (available up to 135 km/h), but don’t expect X6 acceleration. The Drive mode function allows for the storage of saved charge when driving in hybrid mode on the highway, and then transfers to battery-only mode for urban areas., the X5 45e is a handsome, roomy, stylish, and comfortable drive with decent enough electric range. It is expensive and that’s down to the killer cabin, materials, and engineering. Wonderful to drive and own.
2021 BMW x5 45E PHEV SUV. Base priced from $83,400. Price as tested with option packages – $100,400. Plus, destination and taxes.
More info at www.bme.ca