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Review: 2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e Plug-In-Hybrid on Everyman Driver

2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e Plug-In-Hybrid on Everyman Driver

By  – GreenCarReports: The 2016 BMW X5 xDrive 40e plug-in hybrid SUV won’t arrive in U.S. showrooms for a few more months, but we now have some new details–including pricing information. The plug-in X5 will start at $63,095 (including destination), making it the second most expensive X5 model, behind only the $71,695 X5 xDrive 50i with its V-8 engine.

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That price represents a $4,400 premium over the diesel version of the X5, and is $8,200 higher than the least expensive X5 sDrive model.

First shown at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show, the X5 xDrive 40e is one of five BMW plug-in cars, including the 330e and 740e xDrive plug-in hybrid sedans, the i8 plug-in hybrid coupe, and the i3 electric car.

Its powertrain consists of a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor integrated with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Together, they send 308 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels. That will get the X5 xDrive 40e from 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, BMW says.

The company also expects the X5 to achieve 55 MPGe combined on the U.S. EPA testing cycle, along with an electric-only range of 13 miles.

2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e Plug-In-Hybrid on Everyman DriverTop speed is limited to 75 mph in electric mode, and 130 mph in hybrid mode.

In addition to powering the vehicle, the 9-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack is also used to charge the X5’s 12-volt electrical accessory system through a transformer.

The pack is housed under the cargo area, but BMW still claims 34.2 cubic feet of luggage space with the rear seats up, and 72.5 cubic feet with the seats folded.

Recharging takes three hours, 50 minutes from a standard 120-Volt household socket.

Buyers can also opt for BMW’s own Level 2 home charging station, which gets the job done in two hours- 45 minutes.

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