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2016 BMW X5eDrive xDrive40e Review
BMW, like many automakers, is moving quickly to introduce plug-in hybrids. In fact, the Bavarian outfit plans to have a plug-in version of every model it sells. We’ve already driven a prototype of the plug-in-hybrid 3-series, and now the brand has unveiled a plug-in-hybrid version of the BMW X5, the X5 xDrive40e. (The 'e' moniker was used by BMW in the past, when it stood for the company's early-to-mid-1980s 'eta' engines. Going forward, however, it appears that BMW will use the “e” designation to indicate its plug-in variants.)

Walkaround
Despite what its model designation suggests, the X5 xDrive40e is not fitted with a 4.0-liter engine. The internal-combustion component of the powertrain is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, which is paired with an electric motor. The 111-hp e-motor is integrated into the eight-speed automatic transmission; depending on the driving mode, it works on its own or in conjunction with the 241-hp turbo four. Total system output is 309 horsepower. The corded SUV can go up to 19 miles on an electric charge; top speed on electricity alone is 75 mph, although don’t expect to get 20 EV miles at that speed. The power boost from the synchronous electric motor is so significant that it and the four-banger are sufficient to move the heavy SUV with alacrity. Even though this version of the X5 tips the scales at a whopping 5080 pounds, BMW says it can reach 62 mph in just 6.8 seconds. Top speed, by contrast, is governed at an unremarkable 130 mph, even in its German home market. All-wheel drive is standard and always operative, even when this X5 is running as an EV. The powertrain has three different modes. Auto eDrive strives for the most efficient use of the powertrain; Max eDrive allows driving on electricity only; and Save Battery aims to maintain and raise the battery charge so it can be used at a later time. The three hybrid modes can be combined with BMW's familiar Comfort, Sport, and Eco Pro adjustable-chassis settings. In Eco Pro, the X5 will decouple the powertrain from the driveline when the driver lets off the accelerator pedal. Visually, this hybrid X5 is differentiated only by minor details, such as the door on the front fender that houses the charge port and the model-specific badging inside and out. In this way, this X5 mostly hides the fact that it's electrified; you can even opt for 19- or 20-inch wheels or an M Sport package, further obscuring the fact that it’s designed to save energy, not waste it M-style.

Summary
One of the hybrid’s disadvantages is its smaller cargo hold, which shrinks significantly in order to make room for the lithium-ion batteries. And in a prototype that we drove last year, the switch between electric and gasoline-fueled travel was discernible, although we expect that issue to be ironed out by the time of launch. Taking into consideration the considerable extra heft and the expected higher cost, drivers of all stripes—eco-minded, performance-minded, and everyone in between—might conclude that they’re better off with a nonhybrid gasoline or diesel X5. But as we know, it’s government regulations that are providing the impetus behind automakers’ rush to plug-ins, not consumer demand—at least not yet.
2016 BMW X5 eDrive xDrive40e AWD
Call:  1-800-851-9000 | 1-888-861-8080
Int'l: 1-561-862-5657 | 1-310-860-8986
Bodystyle:  Sport Utility
Ext Color:  Sparkling Brown Metallic
Int Color:  Mocha
Engine Description:  4 Cylinder Engine 2.0L
Transmission:  8-Speed A/T
Drivetrain:  All Wheel Drive
Item Number:  BMWX5XD40E16003
MSRP:
$70,720
Member Price:
$63,769
Monthly:
$616
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