BMW X5 Plug-In Hybrid: The Complete Guide For The UK

BMW X5 Plug-In Hybrid
Price: £73,425
Type of electric vehicle: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Body type: SUV
Battery size: 22.29 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 50 - 54 miles
Tailpipe emissions: 31 - 27g (CO2/km)

Overview


BMW (Bayerische Motoren Werke AG), is a leading global automotive manufacturer headquartered in Munich, Germany. BMW is well known for its portfolio of luxury vehicles, to include the famed Rolls-Royce luxury cars. The group manufacturers a number of cars under its BMW brand, to include battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). The company currently has the following portfolio of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs):

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The BMW X5 SUV PHEV


The BMW X5 luxury SUV has been on sale since 1998. The SUV is manufactured in a number of global locations to include the United States of America and Mexico. The BMW X5 is available as plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV).

If you are seeking a larger upmarket SUV that can deliver lower driving costs for shorter distances, the latest generation BMW X5 plug-in hybrid SUV is worth considering. The electric vehicle (EV) has a much larger than average onboard EV battery, compared to other PHEVs. The X5 xDrive45e has a 22.29 kWh EV battery, with a WLTP certified range up to 54 miles.

Though the real-world electric range will be lower, the EV is well positioned for urban driving and shorter motorway trips and should be able to deliver close to 50 miles emission-free. Real-world e-range is impacted by a number of factors, to include: the way the electric vehicle (EV) is driven, road conditions, passenger load, regenerative braking profile, speed, wheel size, weather conditions, etc. Of course, if the driving profile involves higher speeds and sportier performance, the EV range will be impacted further.

By leveraging the hybrid technology i.e. an internal combustion engine (ICE) paired with an electric motor, this large family hybrid SUV achieves both, lower tailpipe emissions and financial savings. The X5 plug-in hybrid has claimed tailpipe emissions up to 31g (CO2/km), much lower than the conventional petrol engine X5 SUV (249g CO2/km). Lower tailpipe emissions help improve local air quality. Moreover, due to the lower tailpipe emissions, company-car drivers can take advantage of the reduced Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax rate (8%), resulting in lower monthly bills.

Given that the average distanced travelled in the UK is 30 miles per day, with the BMW X5 EV battery kept topped-up on regular basis, the electric vehicle (EV) owner can leverage the cheaper cost of zero-emission electric driving (between 5 pence and 10 pence per mile), and increase the overall fuel economy of the EV. BMW claims the plug-in hybrid can achieve up to 235.4 mpg, but in the real-world, the fuel economy will depend on the use of the electric mode. The greater the EV is driven on zero-tailpipe emissions, the better the fuel economy.

We recommend charging the EV overnight at the convenience of your home, when the electricity tariff rates are lower. It is worth noting that the onboard charger for the X5 PHEV is limited to 3.7 kW. Given the size of the onboard EV battery and the premium-badge, a 7.4 kW onboard charger should have been incorporated as standard.

Charging the EV from 0% to 100% SoC (state-of-charge) using a dedicated EV charger like Easee will take up to 7.25 hours. We encourage EV charging via a dedicated residential EV charger, and discourage the use of a domestic 3-PIN plug. An EV charging station is safer and achieves a faster charging speed. The X5 EV does not offer fast DC charging.

The X5 EV delivers a decent driving performance. The all-wheel drive X5 plug-in hybrid pairs a 3.0-litre (six-cylinder) petrol engine with an electric motor (83 kW). Given the size of the EV, the acceleration achieved is decent: 0-62 mph in 5.6 seconds (maximum power: 394 hp). The top speed on electric mode is 83 mph and when the EV is being propelled by the combustion engine, the top speed is 146 mph. Of course, the PHEV can take advantage of the instant torque available from the electric propulsion.

The electric SUV is also practical. Given the exterior styling of a more traditional SUV roofline, the EV offers ample headroom and legroom for adults seated in the rear. The front seats also offer generous space. Despite, the addition of a relatively larger EV battery, the EV boot space is still useful (500 L). The interior is completed to a high quality, as would be expected from a premium-badged BMW SUV. The EV is well specified in terms of technology, to include: driving assistant, steering and lane control assistant, active slide collision protection, BMW intelligent personal assistant, BMW Digital Key and a lot more.

The BMW PHEV does not qualify for the UK government plug-in car grant.


PROS CONS
Good electric range (54 miles) for a PHEV. Above average EV battery size for PHEVOnboard charger limited to 3.7 kW. DC charging not available
Efficient engines and reduced tailpipe emissions Cheaper alternatives available in the market
High quality interiors and good boot space Exterior styling not as progressive as recent competitor models

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The BMW X5 Plug-In Hybrid (credit: BMW)


At A Glance
EV Type:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Body Type:SUV
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Petrol-Electric
Available In UK:Yes

Variants (1 Option)
BMW X5 M Sport (from £73,425)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 22.29 kWh
Charging:DC charging not available. On-board charger 3.7 kW AC (0% – 100%: 7.25 hrs)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type: Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:31 – 27g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 8.8 kWh £1.27
Battery net capacity : 11.6 kWh£1.67
Battery net capacity : 12.0 kWh£1.73
Battery net capacity : 13.10 kWh£1.89
Battery net capacity : 14.10 kWh£2.03
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in the UK varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for the UK is 14.40 p/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)

Dimensions
Height (mm):1745
Width (mm):2004
Length (mm):4922
Wheelbase (mm):2975
Turning Circle (m):12.8
Boot capacity (L):500

BMW X5 xDrive45e M Sport
EV Battery Capacity:22.29 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):50 – 54 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (miles/kWh):2.4 – 2.6
Fuel Consumption (MPG):201.8 – 235.4
Charging: DC charging not available. On-board charger 3.7 kW AC (0% – 100%: 7.25 hrs)
Top Speed:146 mph (electric mode: 83 mph)
0-62 mph:5.6 seconds
Drive: All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):83
Max Power (hp):394
Torque (Nm): 450
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Unladen Weight-EU (kg):2,510
Colours:9
NCAP Safety Rating:Five-Star

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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