BMW X5 xDrive 40e

Plug-in Hybrid


Seats 5

17.7ft3 Cargo


9kWh Battery

BMW has added a 9 kWh battery and 113 HP electric motor to its standard X5 engine to create an eco-friendly hatchback SUV providing 309 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. The X5 xDrive 40e goes from 0 to 62 mph in 6.5 seconds and has a top speed of 130 mph. The BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive, the specially tuned suspension, the electronically controlled multi-plate clutch and DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system provide superb traction and excellent handling on all road conditions.

BMW’s plug-in hybrid iPerformance models are powered by an award-winning 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that works with the lithium-ion powered eDrive motor, delivering maximum efficiency and performance. When accompanied by the 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission, this engine produces 308 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of instant torque, enough to thrust it from 0–60 in 6.5 seconds. Whether you choose all-gas, all-electric or a smart mix of both, you’ll be equally impressed by the delivery of EPA rated 56 MPGe. The 40e is quicker than a Prius, bolting from zero to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds using an All Wheel Drive that's always active.

The New York Times calls the X5 xDrive 40e "a Hybrid for the Future," explaining that "inexpensive gasoline has fueled sales of the crossovers and sport utility vehicles that Americans love. That’s good for the automakers’ bottom line, but it also presents a challenge as fuel economy standards get stricter. What’s a company to do? Build something like the BMW X5 xDrive40e, a plug-in hybrid. It would appear that this technology is the way to go for the foreseeable future."

The X5 xDrive 40e combines Bavarian sportiness with the fuel efficiency of a plug-in hybrid. Its X5Dynamic Performance Control distributes power smoothly between the front and rear wheels, providing optimal agility and sporty handling. When cornering, for example, the outside wheel receives more torque, allowing you to drive “into” curves. Active Roll Stabilization incorporates two-piece anti-roll bars to create stronger resistance to body roll, keeping the vehicle more level and providing maximum stability and agility. The car's the outside wheel receives more torque, allowing you to drive “into” curves. An optional Wi-Fi Hotspot is available to keep you connected to the internet. Surround View gives drivers a continuous clear line of sight. Side and top view cameras offer a bird’s-eye perspective of the area behind and on either side of your vehicle, displayed on an intuitive 10.2" iDrive touch screen. Parking Assistant makes maneuvering in tight spaces simple. X5’s rear seats split 40/20/40, efficiently folding to convert 35.8 cubic feet of trunk space to a full 76.7 cubic feet. Two adults can stretch out in the back seats. Three can ride comfortably.

The plug-in comes with three drive modes: Max, Save and Auto. Max offers pure electric power; Save activates gas operation and even charges the battery a bit. Most owners will use Auto, which runs the car in the hybrid gas plus electric mode, assessing driving conditions and operating the vehicle efficiently without you having to think about it. In Auto, smooth electric-to-gas transition occurs at higher speeds, up to 45 miles an hour.

Price wise, the X5 costs approximately $20,000 less than the Porsche plug-in SUV and approximately $5,000 less than Audi’s Q7 plug-in. The New York Times says: "Today’s cheap gas makes it tough to break even financially. The car (xDrive 40e) starts at $63,095 and the eDrive hybrid system is $5,000 more. A $4,668 federal tax credit nearly covers that bill. Still, if plug-in hybrids are the future of efficiency, we could all do a lot worse than drive something as well engineered as the X5."



  • 2.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder, 16-valve, 240-hp engine; combines a twin-scroll turbocharger with variable valve control (Double-VANOS and Valvetronic), high-precision direct injection and eDrive 111-hp electric motor (total power output of 308 hp)
  • Electronic throttle control
  • Driving Dynamics Control with ECO PRO mode
  • eDrive button with AUTO eDrive, MAX eDrive and SAVE Battery modes
  • J1772 AC Charging (3.5 kW)
  • 9.2 kWh high-voltage lithium-ion battery pack
  • 8-speed STEPTRONIC automatic transmission with Sport and Manual shift modes and Adaptive Transmission Control (ATC)
  • Auto Start-Stop function
  • xDrive all-wheel-drive system
  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), including Brake Fade Compensation, Start-off Assistant, Brake Drying, and Brake Stand-by features, with Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), and Dynamic Brake Control
  • Hill Descent Control (HDC)
  • Double wishbone front suspension, Lightweight multi-link integral rear suspension
  • 4-wheel anti-lock ventilated disc brakes; electronic front/rear proportioning
  • Electric power steering, Servotronic power-steering assist
  • Dynamic Damper Control with rear-axle air suspension
  • 8-year/80,000-mile High-Voltage Battery Warranty


  • 14-way power-adjustable front seats including 4-way lumbar support and memory system for driver's seat, steering wheel and outside mirrors
  • 0/20/40 split-folding rear seats
  • Black SensaTec upholstery, Poplar Wood trim, Anthracite headliner
  • 3-spoke power tilt/telescopic leather-wrapped multi-function sport steering wheel with controls for audio system, cruise control, and Bluetooth® wireless communication for hands-free mobile phone
  • Enhanced USB and Bluetooth® including Mobile Office3 features; Message Dictation available with optional 3rd-party subscription
  • Advanced Real Time Traffic Information
  • BMW Online with MyInfo and BMW Apps
  • MW Connected App Compatibility
  • BMW eDrive Services including range and charging status display, charging station search, charging timer and cabin preconditioning
  • Electronic analog instrumentation with LED illumination
  • Dynamic Cruise Control
  • BMW Navigation system with 10.2" high-resolution screen; 3-D maps; 200 GB hard drive with 20 GB storage for audio files; voice feedback and Voice command system; and navigation map with Over-the-Air (OTA) updates iDrive 5.0 system with on-board computer, touchscreen, touchpad Controller and 8 programmable memory buttons
  • Anti-theft FM stereo CD/MP3 player with Radio Data System (RDS), HiFi Sound System with 9 speakers and 205-watt digital amplifier, D Radio™ with "multicast" FM station reception, Pre-wiring for SiriusXM® Satellite Radio Tuner
  • Driver's and passenger's front airbag supplemental restraint system (SRS) with advanced technology: dual-threshold, dual-stage deployment; and front-passenger-seat sensors designed to prevent unnecessary airbag deployment
  • BMW Assist eCall™ includes Emergency Request (SOS button) and Enhanced Automatic Collision Notification
  • Advanced Vehicle & Key Memory includes most recently used climate-control temperature and air-distribution settings; exterior mirror and power seat settings; audio tone settings and radio presets; central-locking preferences; and lighting preferences
  • Panoramic moonroof with fully automatic, 2-piece glass panel, power slide and lift control, wind deflector and power interior sunshade
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers with adjustable speed and automatic headlight control , Park Distance Control, front and rear
  • Power outlets in front center console storage compartment, rear center console and trunk


  • Star Spoke Orbit Gray light alloy wheels (Style 449), 19 x 9.0; and 255/50 run-flat all-season tires
  • Xenon Adaptive Headlights with dynamic auto-leveling, Corona headlight-rings and Cornering Lights, LED fog lights
  • Power-folding, heated side mirrors
  • Satin Aluminum roof rails, Roof spoiler with center brakelight
  • Silver matte exhaust tips
  • Non-metallic paint, Satin Aluminum exterior trim, High-gloss black Aero Blades
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