2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e Priced From $63,095


BMW X5 xDrive40e

BMW X5 xDrive40e

BMW’s first ever plug-in hybrid Sports Activity Vehicle, the 2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e, starts production in August 2015 and will arrive in showrooms in the fall. It will sell for an MSRP of $63,095.

With a total system output of 230 kW/308 hp generated by a four-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and a synchronous electric motor, the BMW X5 xDrive40e achieves a combined fuel consumption of 3.4 – 3.3 liters per 100 kilometers (estimated 55 MPG) and a combined electricity consumption of 15.4 – 15.3 kWh over the same distance.

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The Lithium-ion high-voltage battery has 96 cells and a capacity of 9.0 kWh. The electric motor produces 113 horsepower. The X5 plug-in hybrid powertrain has a combined output of 308 hp and 332 lb-ft torque, allowing the luxury X5 hybrid model to deliver a remarkable performance.

The car accelerates from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in 6.8 seconds. This is accomplished thanks to a max torque of 184lb-ft available from 0 rpm from the electric motor. Top speed is electronically limited to 130mph (210mph) or 75mph (130km/h) when running on electric power.

BMW X5 xDrive40e can go up to 13 miles of zero-tailpipe-emission pure electric driving.

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19 responses to "2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e Priced From $63,095"
  1. Martin B. says:

    It would have been nice a full electric X5 with Rex.

  2. David Murray says:

    13 miles…. Ugh.

    At that particular AER, every mile you add to it makes an enormous difference. When talking about a PHEV, once you get over 40 miles, each mile becomes less significant.

    But it makes you wonder why they couldn’t cram at least another 7 miles in there so you could have 20? As low as it sounds, 20 miles is significantly more useful than 13.

    1. Lou Grinzo says:

      Yes, yes, yes.

      The relationship between AER miles and portion of a driver’s overall travel that can be done on electrons is called the “utility function”. If you Google about for it, you’ll find curves based on analyses of trip lengths that show a graph of AER (x-axis) and percentage of total miles on electrons (y-axis). The curves rise very quickly and then flatten out, and the 10 to 20 mile AER range is definitely on the steep part of the curve, meaning, as David says, adding just a few miles in that range can make a Big Difference. It also shows that increasing the range from 40 to 50 miles isn’t really much of a win, except as a selling point. (But if it gets more people to buy a Volt instead of an ICE, I’m all for it.)

      Having said that, I have a hard time believing that people who buy a $63K+ BMW will be diligent about plugging it in, given that they don’t have to. This is why I think the average Volt will likely result in far greater emissions reduction than the average BMW or Mercedes PHEV, even with the same AER.

      1. Just_Chris says:

        I think the graph you are looking for is the minimum battery size required to meet various EU legislation. BMW are completely playing the system with this car.

        Love the i3, this is, IMO, synical.

        1. Just_Chris says:

          Ha! But they missed the London congestion charge (which changed recently to 75g co2/km) by 2g!!!!!!

          Hahahahaha, serves you right, looks like Mitsubishi got you there.

      2. no comment says:

        GM developed the Volt with specific utility objectives: design the car so that the typical driver could drive each day in EV mode with an ICE generator to allow the Volt to operate without the limitations of BEVs. even then, the Volt continues to operate as an EV with the ICE primarily generating electricity.

        by contrast, it seems like many European companies are just throwing batteries into cars just to increase fleet MPG. 13 miles is not particularly compelling. this car is targeted to people who just want to buy a BMW; much like is the case with the BMW i3. i can understand why GM is not in a rush to introduce PHEVs with such meager range.

  3. ggpa says:

    “xDrive40e achieves a combined fuel consumption of 3.4 – 3.3 liters per 100 kilometers (estimated 55 MPG) and a combined electricity consumption of 15.4 – 15.3 kWh over the same distance.”

    This is BS. I hope we can get real-workld metric for PHEVs. x40e has a 9kWh battery, so you cannot consume 15kWh.

    The only way to get 55MPG is to stop every few miles and recharge. People do not live that way.

  4. Speculawyer says:

    So Mitsubishi, Mercedes, and BMW now all have SUV PHEVs.

    GM . . . YOU SCREWED UP! Where is your Voltec SUV?

    No, you put out a Caddy land-barge that very few wanted. Ugh.

    1. tom911 says:

      EXACTLY!!!! – What are you waiting for GM?????!!!

      1. Paul Stoller says:

        NAIAS 2016

        1. Acevolt says:

          I hope so.

    2. abc123 says:

      Don’t forget Volvo has their XC90 PHEV as well.

    3. Just_Chris says:

      IMO GM were forced into the volt to secure their federal bailout, the spark by carb and the caddy was their idea.

      The SUV has been the elephant in the room for so long my belief is that GM’s heart really isn’t in it. I don’t think they’ll move until it is too late. They could have had the outlander phev 5 years ago but they built the volt. Really nice car but I suspect it will be out sold by any reasonable SUV offering 5 to 1.

      ( note, this is a made up number based on a gut feel not a calculated number)

      1. no comment says:

        you’ve been watching too much fox (non)news. the Volt development predates the bailout.

  5. Stephen says:

    So BMW can get 15 kWh out of a 9 kWh battery. I am impressed. Are these numbers BS NEDC or EPA?

    1. MTN Ranger says:

      15kWh consumed in 100km, not per charge.

      1. Just_Chris says:

        I think it is also based on a 25 km test cycle that cars from the 1970’s can handle and then fudge factored up.

  6. Pete says:

    13 miles? I am lying on ground, Germany engeneering looks like dooing the smallest battery they could buy from Asia in Plug-In cars!

  7. ModernMarvelFan says:

    Direct competitor for Volvo XC90 PHEV.