BMW Starts Deliveries Of X5 xDrive40e To US, Configurator Now Live (Update)

OCT 7 2015 BY JAY COLE 24

BMW X5 xDrive40e - Price Yours Out Today

BMW X5 xDrive40e – Price Yours Out Today

BMW X5 xDrive40e Button (First Drive Review Here)

BMW X5 xDrive40e Button (First Drive Review Here)

Not so long ago, if you wanted a new electric vehicle in the US, you had your choice of … a virtual sea of passenger cars (most of which were compacts), and the Porsche Cayenne S e-Hybrid.

That situation has been rapidly changing of late, as the latest plug-in offerings to enter the US have been utility vehicles – namely, the Tesla Model X and the Volvo XC 90 T8 Plug-In (albeit both still being a few weeks away from mass deliveries).

Now enters the BMW X5 xDrive40e, which has just started arriving at dealerships across the country.

Starting from $62,100 (+$995 DST), the BMW X5 xDrive40e adds another capable, plug-in performance SUV for Americans to choose from.

BMW X5 xDrive40e Rear Seating (from Frankfurt Motor Show)

BMW X5 xDrive40e Rear Seating (from Frankfurt Motor Show – large X5 plug-in show gallery here)

Inside The BMW X5 XDrive40e

Inside The BMW X5 XDrive40e

Some basic stats on the X5 plug-in:

  • total system output of 230 kW/308 hp
  • 2.0L four-cylinder petrol engine 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque
  • ~80 kW/111 hp synchronous electric motor
  • 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds
  • 130 mph top speed (75 miles per hour in all-electric mode)
BMW X5 xDrive40e US Window Sticker (click to enlarge)

BMW X5 xDrive40e US Window Sticker (click to enlarge)

InsideEVs own Michael Beinenson recently got the opportunity to take an early US demonstrator model for a spin, and can confirm (thanks to the sticker in the window) that the BMW will indeed get a 13 mile electric range rating from the EPA via its 9 kWh battery.

In Europe, the the X5 plug-in is rated at 31km/19 miles on the NEDC system.

We should note max charging on the BMW is limited to just 3.6 kW – so expect to set aside ~3 hours to get a full boost.

If you are interesting in optioning out your own X5 xDrive40e, BMW just went live with its online configurator – which you can find here.

BMW X5 xDrive40e "M Sport" Adds Lots Of Exterior Tweaks - And $4,350 To The MSRP

BMW X5 xDrive40e “M Sport” Adds Lots Of Exterior Tweaks – And $4,350 To The MSRP

Of interest, the M Sport line (which adds 19″ wheels and all the “M” trimings: steering wheel, seats, door sills, etc.) will set you back an additional $4,350.

Of course, as with all configurators when they are released, we like to see “how high can we make it go” …with the inclusion of something called “Night Vision with Pedestrian Detection” for $2,300 (which sounds cooler than it likely is), we got the X5 xDrive40e up to $83,395!

Below you can find some expanded specs on the BMW X5 xDrive40e:

BMX X5 xDrive40e Specs

BMX X5 xDrive40e Specs

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24 Comments on "BMW Starts Deliveries Of X5 xDrive40e To US, Configurator Now Live (Update)"

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13 mile EV range. *yawn*


How hard would it have been to give it at least 7 more miles of range, for a total EV range of 20? Seriously? I mean, 20 is still low but at least a usable amount for a lot of people.

Around 50% harder to find decent room to install battery.

59MPGe combined is still better than the average Prius. And deliveries late this month to normal customers* means they probablly beat Model X to market.

*I think normal customers are equal to model X sig holders.

13 miles why bother. I would like to get one for my wife but 13 miles barely gets you out of the driveway.

This car is not for driving electric its about reducing gas usage.
You are saying your driveway is more than 13 miles long? Sure, things are different in the middle of nowhere when the next house is 100 miles apart.

If you drive each day far more than 100 miles other cars might save you more fuel.

Secondly who wants a white interior. My grandkids would make short work of that.

Well I would say that this interior is hands down more refined than the Tesla. Just compare the door panel material, shapes, and angles.

I drove this the other day at the dealer in Austin and it was pretty amazing in the all electric “Eco Pro” style mode.

I would still get the Model X for its $77,000.00 price tag but it will work well for some people.

While I agree that BMW should have upsized the range, the more people who drive electric, the more people who will like it. The next time they shop for a car, they’ll be looking for something with more electric range.

Already on the lot and for sale at our local dealership since early last week.

We know that we can add a roof rack on this easily. The other two key questions are:
1) Do the second row seats fold flat?
2) How much can it tow?

That looks really great 🙂 Now all the disgruntled Model X reservation holders can order this marvellosu car instead! Or buy the Volvo XC90.

And how many people does it seat. We already know it won’t have wing doors for tight parking spaces 🙂

It seats 7. The link says 7 passenger.

HOV eligible in CA? Why the slow charger and limited range? FAIL.

I don’t see it on the list:

The Tesla Model X is, but not the Volvo.

I also don’t see it on the California rebate list:

They don’t even have the BMW i8 on that list, which is surprising. The Mercedes 550e is though as well as the Tesla Model X.

111 hp electric motor to move a 5,000 lb SUV. Not many of those miles will be driven in pure EV mode. 0-60 in 15 seconds, maybe. Notice how they never list those specs.

One tiny baby step up from a regular hybrid :/

I think it would do better than that. Remember the Chevy Volt is 3,543 pounds and only has 100 Kw drive motor. So I would suspect something closer to 10 or 11 seconds to 60 in EV mode. Depends a lot on how it is geared, I suppose.

While I would have liked to see ~ 20 miles AER, 13 miles AER will still cover all surface street and stop and go driving for a great many people, without paying for or having to haul around lots of extra battery weight, or taking up space in the cargo area. PHEVs remain the gateway drug to BEVs (as batteries improve), in what is currently a more flexible, zero-anxiety form for mainstream customers.

I’m surprised to see a PHEV with a mere 13 mile EV range get such a positive write-up here. And 24 MPG in gas-burning mode isn’t exactly setting any records for fuel efficiency, either.

It’s not even appropriate to say “Well, at least it is a plug-in EV.” Most drivers would burn less gas per week by driving a fuel-efficient gasmobile, or a Prius — even the non-plug-in kind.