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BMW X5 hybrid running costs

The BMW X5 hybrid's long electric range and low company-car tax make it one of the cheapest luxury SUVs you can own – if you charge regularly

BMW X5 hybrid
Insurance groupWarrantyService interval2021/22 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)
48-493yrs /unlimited milesTBCFrom £929 / £1,858

Plugging in the X5 hybrid to charge overnight will cost you around £3.40 on an average household electricity tariff, while using overnight off-peak tariffs can halve that cost. So, if your commute falls within the car's electric range on a full charge, the running-costs savings will add up very quickly indeed.

Bear in mind though, that getting close to the official fuel economy figures of between 188 and 235mpg relies on regular charging; forgetting (or not being able to) top up the battery will see something closer to 25mpg returned.

The X5 hybrid's Benefit-in-Kind company-car tax rate dropped to 6% for the 2020/21 financial year – far better than the diesel’s 37%. Buyers living in or near the UK's capital get free access to the London Congestion Charge zone until October 2021, thanks to the car's CO2 emissions of between 39 and 41g/km.

BMW X5 hybrid insurance group

The X5 hybrid falls into insurance groups 48 (for the xLine trim level) and 49 (for the M Sport). That's just short of the maximum group 50 rating, so the X5 won't be cheap to cover. That's not all too surprising given the car's high list price and significant performance, but it's something to consider when buying in any case.

Warranty

Like all new BMW cars sold in the UK, the X5 hybrid comes with a three-year/unlimited-mileage warranty, which is about par for the course for premium brands like BMW. More accessible brands such as Toyota, Hyundai, MG and Kia offer five- or even seven-year coverage.

Servicing

BMW has yet to provide a full service schedule for the X5 hybrid.

Road tax

As a hybrid, the X5 is liable for the 'alternative-fuel vehicle' road tax rate of £145 a year – a £10 deduction on the standard amount of £155. But as it also costs more than £40,000, owners have to pay a premium-car supplement of £335 a year the first five times it's taxed. This takes the annual bill to £480 during that time.

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