BMW X5 xDrive45e: full details, pricing and specs

New plug-in hybrid BMW X5 gets 389bhp, with pure electric driving for up to 54 miles and CO2 emissions as low as 39g/km

The new plug-in hybrid BMW X5 xDrive45e has gone on sale, with a combined power output of 389bhp and pure-electric range of up to 54 miles. 

Power comes from a 282bhp, 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, as well as a 111bhp electric motor that draws energy from a 24kWh lithium-ion battery pack. 

Intended to offer the full four-wheel-drive, performance SUV experience as well as efficiency, the X5 PHEV will do 0-62mph in just 5.6 seconds and go on to a top speed of 146mph. Even in pure electric mode, the xDrive45e will do over 80mph before having to wake the petrol engine.

The big battery and long electric range give the X5 impressive CO2 emissions, too, with a figure as low as 39g/km and fuel economy of up to 235.4mpg. Upgrading the standard 19-inch alloys to bigger alternatives can drop the efficiency to 49 miles of electric running, 41g/km of CO2 and 188.3mpg.

As ever with plug-in hybrids, achieving such figures requires charging frequently, as routinely running the petrol engine for long periods of time will inevitably result in economy befitting a petrol-fuelled performance SUV.

A full charge should take under four hours from a dedicated 7kW wallbox, while a standard three-pin socket will do the same in around 11 hours. Charging happens through a Type 2 socket located on the car's front passenger wing. 

Even if you do go for bigger wheels, the X5 falls into the lowest BiK company-car tax band of 16% and also gets free entry into the London Congestion Zone until October 2021

Pricing starts from £63,165 for the xLine trim, which includes adaptive air suspension, acoustic warning for pedestrians, leather upholstery, digital driver’s readout, full phone connectivity and infotainment system.

M Sport trim gets uprated brakes, 20-inch alloy wheels, illuminated door sill finishers and various other style upgrades inside and out, and tops the range at £66,665 on the road. 

The BMW X5 xDrive45e is available to order now, with deliveries expected later in 2019 when it will take on rivals including the Volvo XC90 T8 and Range Rover Sport P400e.