The 2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e

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The 2016 X5 xDrive40e is a fancy and expensive way to tell the world that you have an ecological conscience and some money in the bank. This model features the best of the amazing X5 SUV from BMW, now in an eco-friendly presentation. Don’t see it as an incapable vehicle, because it isn’t.

Its hybrid layout provides a really impressive power outlet, which seems to beat some of the most valuable models in its segment. While the price tag is bulky, the features are abundant, mostly in terms of comfort. This is a BMW SUV, so don’t expect half-way feats. You will get the whole package if you have enough to pay for it.

Let’s see more details about the 2016 X5 xDrive40e.

Hybrid Powerhouse from Germany

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We love German cars. We always make this statement when we talk about BMW, Mercedes or Porsche. Why? If you read Up and Coming Cars’ posts frequently, eventually you will find out that reviewed models from these carmakers always offer top-notch features. With these companies, mediocre means unacceptable. The same for the 2016 X5 xDrive40e.

For this luxury SUV, we will have the following hybrid layout: a turbocharged intercooled DOHC 16-valve 2.0 L inline-4, along with a permanent-magnet synchronous AC electric engine. The first one described is capable of producing up to 240 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of maximum torque. In the meanwhile, the electric one provides 111 hp. The total powertrain’s output is rated at 308 hp and 332 lb-ft of tasty torque.

We also find an 8-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting for “those” moments. With this setup, the 2016 X5 xDrive40e can go from standstill to 60 mph (100 km/h) in just 6.2 seconds, reaching a top speed of 127 mph (204 km/h), which is electronically limited.

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The 5283 lb (2396 kg) SUV from BMW feature decent numbers in terms of fuel economy. This new model is rated at 23 mpg for the city and 25 mpg for the highway. This factor is highly relative, due the mechanical behavior of the vehicle under the different modes available.

When the EV mode is on, the top speed goes down to 75 mph (121 km/h), which seems more than enough for cruising in the city. In fact, this mode should be saved to be used in crowded roads, because on the highway its use represents a waste. The EV mode uses exclusively the battery charge, leaving on the side the gas engine.

The two other modes, the Max eDrive and Auto eDrive does exactly what their names suggest. As expected, the three modes available for the powertrain are totally compatible with the already existent driving modes from past models, which one adjust the suspension and steering.

Design and Comfort

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As expected from an X5 SUV, we have a really good-looking design, following some trends of the rising crossover market. This generation’s X5 are all elegant and beautifully crafted. They seem bold and brawny while the front fascia and legendary grille tell everybody to get out of its way.

But inside is where the opulence and comfort beholds. When you arrive the cabin, you can feel a lot of space. The curvy and opulent dashboard design allows a great range of vision through the windshield, not matter the driver’s height. The instruments’ cluster has a stylish and elegant arrangement while accessibility and grace come together. Wood details in some configurations are extremely beautiful and represents a must-have in terms of interior decoration.

The Bottom Line

While the diesel version of this same SUV is cheaper and more resource-efficient, it lacks the ecologic spirit. So, this decision widely depends on the buyer’s profile. Plug-in models, like this 2016 X5 xDrive40e, is an important part of BMW’s strategy to launch all their car in ecological versions with great accessibility.

And don’t get it wrong: it feels powerful. The base price starts at US$63.095.

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