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BMW charges into the future with a plug-in hybrid version of its popular X5 SUV. The xDrive40e features gas and electric motors as well as a large battery pack for pure-electric driving. How does it all come together? The AutoNation New Car Test Drive gives you a closer look.
BMW installs a plug-in hybrid powertrain in its biggest SUV. Offering a painless way to use less gasoline it also helps to meet those pesky governmental requirements.
BMW is no stranger to electrification. The company put the world on notice with the launch of its innovative i sub-brand. But the lessons learned from the i3 and i8 arent limited to these small-volume cars. The more mainstream X5 xDrive40e impresses with lessons learned from i, all without compromising the SUVs character.
The combination of a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine with an electric motor is good for 308 overall horsepower and 302 pound-feet of torque. Sure, 240 hp and 260 lb-ft come from the four-cylinder engine alone, but the electric motor – integrated within the ZF eight-speed automatic transmissions housing – chips in a maximum of 111 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. The 9.2-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery can sock away enough electricity to drive up to 14 miles on a single charge and will recharge at your average 110-volt socket in about seven hours.
Of course, the battery pack and electric motor are a big weight penalty. At 5,220 pounds, the xDrive40e is 430 pounds heavier than the standard xDrive35i. Still, the gas-electric powertrain hustles this husky X5 40e to 60 miles per hour in just 6.5 seconds, less than half a second slower than the 35i. The stopwatch figures are complemented by the best fuel economy of any gas-powered X5, at 56 miles per gallon equivalent and 24 mpg combined. Only the diesel X5 xDrive35d is more efficient, at 27 mpg. But achieving top fuel economy in the 40e isnt as simple as going easy on the throttle. Perhaps more than any vehicle weve tested recently, understanding how all the X5s systems work together is crucial to eking out the most mpgs.
A large SUV with a look as polished as its interior mechanisms, the 2016 BMW xDrive40e Plug-in Hybrid disappoints in no quarter. The 2016 BMW xDrive40e features all-wheel drive and dual-motors for making it a highly functional and utilitarian plug-in hybrid. A 4-cylinder turbocharged motor is mated to an 111-horsepower electric motor stored within an 8-speed automatic transmission.
The second row has a spacious design and boasts passenger-friendly comforts like air con, a map light, and a panorama sun roof. The battery for the 2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e is conveniently stored in the trunk, causing the SUV to never feel cramped. Sitting in the drivers seat allows you to enjoy a textured faux wood trim as well as a digital and analog center cluster.
With three different driving modes and BMW iDrive keeping your driving fun and efficient, the 2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e is everything you could want from a plug-in hybrid and more. Visit your nearby AutoNation-affiliated BMW dealership .
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