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Review: BMW X5 xdrive40e

The X5 xDrive40e SUV is powered by a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder, 16-valve, 240-horsepower engine and eDrive 111-horsepower electric motor, controlled by an 8-speed automatic transmission with Sport and Manual shift modes. Combined, the configuration provides a solid 308 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque—not segment-leading by any stretch but sufficient to qualify the car alongside its luxury peers. The X5 xDrive40e accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, which is as fast or faster than any other X5 model except for the V8-powered 50i. With the ability to plug in, X5 xDrive 40e achieves 13 miles in electric-only mode, and 24 mpg strictly from the gas engine.

Please read all published BMW Electric Cars reviews.

Key Specifications

  • Make: BMW
  • Model: X5 xdrive40e
  • Next Upgrade: February 2017
  • Electric/Hybrid: Electric
  • Seats: 5
  • Acceleration to 100km/h (60mph): 6.5s
  • Range: 13 miles 20 km
  • Price: $64,000
    Price: €59'500
    Price: £51'200

Range & Battery

  • Battery options

    • 9.2 kWh high-voltage lithium-ion battery pack
  • Charge time

    • 0-100% – 3 hours

Innovation & Self-driving

  • Enhanced USB and Bluetooth® including Mobile Office3 features; Message Dictation available with optional 3rd-party subscription
  • BMW Online with MyInfo and BMW Apps
  • BMW eDrive Services including range and charging status display, charging station search, charging timer and cabin preconditioning
  • BMW Navigation system with 10.2″ high-resolution screen; 3-D maps; 200 GB hard drive with 20 GB storage for audio files; voice feedback and Voice command system; and navigation map with Over-the-Air (OTA) updates

Please also read our published Electric Car reviews of other makes and models.

2 User Reviews on “BMW X5 xdrive40e”

  1. brad
    Great concept. But really needs more charge
    Reviewed
    - Other

    The BMW x5 xdrive40e plug-in hybrid, has finally brought electric power to the xDrive system. I’ve not sat in this car yet, but I’ve had a chance to sit in a regular petrol X5, and my first impression when it’s moving is that – it feels like it’s gliding.

    Under acceleration and braking you don’t feel as though you’re being jolted forwards and backwards. This is a cool feature of the xDrive system which can instantaneously shift how much torque is distributed between the front and rear tyres.

    Plus having a powertrain where the electric motor is combined with the engine, this ideally provides the same kind of power delivery in electric only mode, petrol mode, or a combination of both. This is an SUV at the end of the day, so having great control in all conditions and driving modes is a must.

    The overall hybrid concept has seemed to work well bringing a fantastic fuel efficiency of around 3.3L/100KM. Though for me, the biggest issue is the battery. For a short city drive in traffic, using the batteries are the best option, since no energy is wasted idling. But such tiny a 9 kWh battery capacity means a max range of only about 20 km. Times have really changed, and a 9kWh battery is absolutely nothing. Especially for a vehicle that weighs 2.2 tons.

    As a consequence, boot space is really reduced as the batteries are housed under the boot at the back of the X5. Whereas Tesla on the other hand has done the opposite with the Model X. By placing the batteries ( and very good ones) in the base of the car, they have actually increased cabin space significantly. This results in a lot more comfortable ride for the passengers traveling.

    I wouldn’t say the x5 xdrive40e is spacious on the interior as well, as many luxury sedans are offering similarly spacious cabins already. And the price? $64000! Yes it is innovative, but costs a lot for what you end up getting.

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  2. StephenSD
    BMW X5 xDrive40e iPerformance: BMW’s First Plug-In SUV
    Reviewed
    - Other

    by Stephen Fogel

    The 2017 BMW X5 xDrive40e iPerformance highlighted in this review is the Bavarian manufacturer’s first mainstream plug-in hybrid. It follows in the tire tracks of the exotic but slow selling i8. The i8 plug-in hybrid sports car was BMW’s first attempt at packaging this technology. The next step is this plug-in SUV, aimed at the mass market.

    The X5 xDrive40e iPerformance combines a 2.0-liter, 240-hp TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder gasoline engine with a 111-hp electric motor, feeding through an 8-speed automatic transmission with Sport and Manual shift modes. The total power rating is 308 hp and 332 lb.-ft. of instant electric-enabled torque. Zero to 60 MPH takes only 6.5 seconds. The EPA rates the X5 xDrive40e iPerformance at 56 MPGe. Total range on gasoline and electric is 540 miles.

    The X5 xDrive40e iPerformance’s 9.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack provides an all-electric range of up to 13 miles. Charging time with a Level 2 charger is 3 hours. The batteries can also be recharged by the onboard gasoline engine.

    It’s An X5 That Happens To Be Electrified
    The X5 xDrive40e iPerformance is first and foremost a BMW SUV. As such, it will be a good test of how electrification fares in one of its mainstream, in-demand vehicles. Following BMW’s less than successful sales of the i3 city car and the i8 sports car, this is the next logical step.

    This plug-in X5 has all the strengths of a typical X5. All-wheel drive, 19” alloy wheels, 14-way powered front seats, xenon headlights, poplar wood trim, panoramic sunroof, and many other standard features provide that BMW luxury ambience inside and out.

    Connectivity Features Throughout
    Connectivity features include BMW TeleService; BMW connected app compatibility; enhanced USB and Bluetooth® including Mobile Office3 features; message dictation (with optional subscription); and advanced real time traffic information.

    The navigation system has a 10.2″ screen, with 3-D maps, 200 GB hard drive with 20 GB storage for audio files, voice command system; and navigation map with over-the-air updates.

    X5 xDrive40e iPerformance owners can manage their charging needs with BMW eDrive Services. These include range and charging status display, charging station search, charging timer and cabin preconditioning.

    The Plug-In Prognosis
    The BMW X5 xDrive40e iPerformance is priced at $62,100, a $6,600 premium over the entry-level rear-wheel drive X5 sDrive35i and $4,300 more than the comparable all-wheel drive xDrive35i. Is it worth it?

    If you commute less than 13 miles each way and can charge at work, you could avoid using gas. Alternatively, if you need to drive in a city where vehicles are restricted to running on electric power, this vehicle will let you do that. This situation is coming, so BMW and other manufacturers are preparing for it.

    This type of plug-in hybrid, while not having much electric range, allows limited electric operation without compromising the total range. The small size of the battery pack keeps the cost of the system down, so the difference between the gasoline-only and plug-in hybrid versions is not excessive. For those who can benefit from this type of vehicle, it is a fairly painless solution.

    As battery costs come down, the electric-only range of these hybrids should increase. Many other plug-in hybrids already offer 25 miles of range, so BMW is behind the curve here and will have to keep up.

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