BMW X5 hybrid costs, insurance, warranty & tax
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
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service interval||2021/22 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)|
|48-49||3yrs /unlimited miles||1yr / 12,000 miles||From £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.
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.
BMW recommends the X5 hybrid be serviced once a year or every 12,000 miles – whichever comes first.
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.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe BMW X5 xDrive45e is a spacious and sporty SUV offering up to 54 miles of electric range, which is among the best of any plug-in hybrid
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingThe BMW X5 hybrid boasts an excellent electric driving range and good efficiency figures, but its big battery takes quite a while to charge
- 3Running costs & insurance - currently readingThe 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
- 4Performance, engine & driveLike any BMW X5, the hybrid doesn't feel nearly as big as it is from behind the wheel. It's extremely fast, too
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortSupremely comfortable on nearly any type of road, the BMW X5 hybrid also has a fittingly high-tech and high-quality interior
- 6Practicality & boot spaceThe BMW X5 hybrid has a smaller booth than the petrol and diesel, and a third row of seats isn't available, but it's still hugely spacious
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThe BMW X5 hybrid has a strong crash safety rating, but long-term reliability is less certain
- 8Living with itBMW X5 plug-in hybrid offers impressive electric range, excellent efficiency and a comfortable ride, but did it hold up when we lived with it for several months?