BMW’s Midsize SUV With Electro Mobility
We as AutoAndRoad tested and wrote about the X5 earlier.
BMW’s biggest member of the SUV Family (for now, until the X7 arrives), based on the 5-Series platform is a great product in the BMW model family and remains so since our earlier test three years ago. (You can read below)
The first generation X5 went into production in 1999. It is manufactured in Spartanburg, in South Carolina. In its 3rd generation since 2013, the X5 is a mature product BMW offers as a perfect response to today’s SUV-hungry customers in North America.
Say, driving characteristics, roadholding, steering or brakes. Each component adds up to a car-like driving that you would probably not expect from this vehicle; if you are not familiar with BMW driving dynamics.
The model we tested this time was the X5 40e, with e referring to electric. BMW fans and auto enthusiasts will easily remember that the Bavarian company takes electro-mobility very seriously and and they already have a dedicated model family called “i-cars”.
To be well-armed and prepared on the electrification front, it makes sense to add “electrification” to the core BMW brand.
Back in 2013, BMW launched a lineup of hybrids they called ActiveHybrids. However, those models with very limited electric-only range were the first dots into a steep learning curve and did not find much interest. But this was only the beginning.
Engine and Powertrain
As the company’s first plug-in-hybrid Sports Activity Vehicle (as BMW calls its SUV’s) this model has the well-know 2.0-liter Twin Power Turbo four-cylinder engine combined with an electric motor, powered by a lithium-ion battery, integrated into its 8-speed automatic transmission.
The practical result is a driving pleasure that you would hardly expect from a 4-cylinder engine in a big SUV (pardon, SAV). The combination of ICE and electric motor delivers 308 horsepower and produces 332 lb-ft. With its intelligent, permanent all-wheel drive system, the vehicle securely sticks to the road surface and is fast enough to accelerate to 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds. (We did not make instrumental measurements but were convinced that this value was realistic.)
BMW says that this model can travel approximately 21 kilometers on pure electric power and the average consumption is 4.3L/100 km (equivalent)
In our real-life test drive biased towards highway driving, we reached an average of 6.8 liters which is still great for this category. During our one-week test drive, pure electric drive was only possible up to 15 kilometers. Maybe, we could not create the ideal test conditions. We think that in the heavy stop-and-go traffic it seems possible though.
The high-voltage battery is housed under the luggage compartment. This is a safe and convenient place in terms of crash safety and weight distribution. But, you have to compromise the luggage space, which is still big enough to accommodate for people for a trip from Ontario to Florida or so.
Realistically, for those who can afford a vehicle priced at north of 80 Grand, saving a few drops of fuel is not the main issue. More importantly, you are the ambassador of a mighty German brand that is well prepared and advancing in all fronts of future’s power alternatives (worth to remember that BMW is also working on the hydrogen front)
And with this model, you not only enjoy a refined driving, but also “slightly” contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions.
Model: 2017 BMW X5 40e
Paint Type: Glacier Silver Metallic
Base /as tested MSRP: $74,700 /$84,250
Premium Package Enhanced ($6,300) includes:
- Universal Remote Control
- Comfort Access
- Soft Close Doors
- Manual Side Sunshades
- Lumbar Support
- Storage Compartment Package
- Heated Rear Seats
- Auto 4-Zone Climate Control
- Lights Package
- Active Blind Spot Detection
- Active Protection
- Driving Assistant
- Surround View
- Park Asisstant (inc PDC Front/Rear)
- Head-Up Display
- SiriusXM Satellite Radio Tuner
- Harman/Kardon Sound System
- Speed limit Info
Smartphone Connectivity Package ($750)
- Apple CarPlay Preparation
- Wireless Charging w/Extended Bluetooth and USB
- WiFi Hotspot
LED Lighting Package ($2,500)
- Active LED Headlights
- LED Fog Headlights
- High-Beam Assistant
Wheelbase (mm): 2810
Length/Width/Height (mm): 4671 / 1881 / 1624
Curb weight (kg): 1873
Engine: 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline-six
Horsepower: 241 hp @ 5000-6500 rpm
Torque: 258 lb-ft @ 1450-4800 rpm
Transmission: 8-speed Steptronic sport automatic with paddle shifters
Engine & Drive Configuration: Front engine, AWD (xDrive)
Suspension-Front: MacPherson struts, coil springs, adaptive dampers, anti-roll bar
Suspension-Rear: Multi-link, coil springs, adaptive dampers, anti-roll bar
Brakes-Front: Ventilated discs
Brakes-Rear: Ventilated discs
Fuel Consumption (City/Highway/Combined)- L/100 km: 11.8 / 8.4 / 10.3
Tires: Goodyear Eagle LS – 245/45R19
Article: Varol McKars
Test Drivers: Varol McKars, Basak Mc Kars, Burak McKars
Pictures: Varol McKars, Burak McKars
Test vehicle was provided by BMW Group Canada
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