BMW X5 hybrid engines, drive & performance

Like any BMW X5, the hybrid doesn't feel nearly as big as it is from behind the wheel. It's extremely fast, too

BMW X5 hybrid
0-62mph Top speed Driven wheels Power
5.6s 146mph Four 394bhp

Big plug-in hybrid SUVs like the Volvo XC90 T8 and Audi Q7 TFSI e tend to be fast and powerful as well as ultra-efficient, and the BMW X5 hybrid is no different, with its sub-six-second 0-62mph time, near-400bhp output and surprisingly sporty handling.

BMW X5 hybrid 0-62mph, top speed and acceleration

The X5 hybrid's 3.0-litre, six-cylinder turbocharged engine produces 282bhp, while its electric motor provides another 111bhp. Total system output is 389bhp, driving all wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. This is good news because, at two-and-a-half tonnes, the X5 hybrid is not a light car: fortunately, the instant torque from the electric motor is enough to disguise its bulk from behind the wheel.

Hybrid mode is the default setting on start-up, which means you’ll pull away silently from a standstill. However, burying the throttle will engage the engine, too, resulting in 0-62mph in a strong 5.6 seconds en route to a top speed of 146mph. The automatic shift between the two modes is impressively seamless, and BMW also gives drivers the option of manual control.

Using a button next to the gear selector, you can choose to cap the amount of battery power consumed during a journey, ensuring you have enough for the next leg if there’s nowhere to charge up along the way.

Handling

Despite the extra weight of the hybrid drivetrain components, the X5 hybrid drives pretty much like any other X5; that is to say, it never completely disguises its significant bulk, but it's still surprisingly fast and agile for something so large.