Starting from € 82,900
6 cylinder petrol in line + electric motor
Cumulated power: 394 hp
No ecological penalty
BMW in turn accelerates in the electric. The Bavarian firm announced last summer its intention to launch 25 electrified models by 2023. "More than half will be entirely electric and the other part will be hybrid," announced the boss of the group, Harald Krüger. The aim is, of course, to provide a new mobility solution for its customers, but above all to escape the ever-tougher taxation in Europe.
Indeed, the times are hard for manufacturers who have to juggle ecological maluses, new pollution standards (WLTP), traffic restrictions in some major cities and the future tax "95 g". Starting in 2021, manufacturers will be subject to a tax based on the average CO2 emissions in their range. The regulations require each brand to sell an average of less than 95 grams of CO2 on the fleet of new vehicles sold. A manufacturer who exceeds this threshold would be subject to considerable fines (€ 95 for each gram of excess CO2, multiplied by the number of cars sold). That's why BMW, like many manufacturers, is starting mass production of electric vehicles to lower their average emissions figure.
The new generation of X5 tested by us is part of this vast plan of electrification established by BMW. The SUV offers the services of a hybrid group that combines a 286-hp in-line petrol engine with a 112 hp (82 kW) electric motor. The set provides a combined power of 394 hp. Lithium-ion batteries, with a capacity of 24 kWh, are housed under the boot floor above the rear axle. The X5 45 th is WLTP approved for an all-electric range of 87 km, which is a very good score for a plug-in hybrid at the moment. CO2 emissions drop to 39 g / km, which allows the X5 squeezer ecological penalty.
Charging takes place via a Type 2 plug. The charging capacity is not exceptional since it is in the presence of a charger 3.7 kW (16 ah), which is equivalent to a domestic plug strengthened. In the best case, it will take a little less than 7 hours for a full charge. This is disappointing compared to its competitor Star, the Mercedes GLE diesel hybrid, which can cash up to 50 kW and recover 80% in 20 minutes via its combo.
Apart from the socket located on the left front wing of the X5, the aesthetic differences with a thermal model are non-existent. The SUV retains its muscular look and XXL grille that seems to appeal to the first customers of the X5 in the world, the Americans.
On board, the owners will appreciate a neat universe that skillfully mixes classic and modern. There is 100% digital instrumentation fully customizable, coupled with a central touch screen and fully connected. The installation of the batteries under the floor clean this rechargeable hybrid version has limited the break in terms of livability.
The batteries housed under the trunk amputate the load capacity of 150 liters compared to the thermal version.
At least for rear passengers who will not feel any difference to the legs, shoulders or head compared to a conventional X5. The space on board is very correct, however, the trunk volume, it loses 150 liters. It is now displayed at 500 liters base which is honorable. Note that it is impossible here to benefit from the two additional places as on the thermal version.
Starting a 2.5 ton SUV in a cathedral silence is always a surprising experience. The different driving modes (Sport, hybrid, electric) placed along the gear lever allow the driver to favor efficiency or sportiness.
We traveled 70 km in 100% electric, a nice score.
For this test, we chose to operate the "Hybrid" mode which manages only the electrical and thermal phases according to the demand at the accelerator. Transitions from one energy to another are imperceptible and the peak speed of the electric mode has been improved from 120 to 135 km / h. The 6-cylinder takes over without signaling its presence. Accelerations are quiet, reassuring and perfectly controlled by the Steptronic 8-speed gearbox. The overall torque is close to a diesel with 600 Nm of available when the two units work together and yet, rarely the driver has the impression to have nearly 400 hp under the right feet. This X5 45 e offers a character oriented driving comfort.
At the end of our test, we will have traveled 70 km in 100% electric mode in normal driving. If you manage brake energy recovery as best as possible and switch on the "EcoPro" button, the 80 km must be easy to reach. Despite its standard size cabinet and liner mass, the X5 45 th offers an almost interesting fuel economy with an average of 7.8 l / 100 km recorded over our entire route, of about 250 km, including speed spikes over 230 km / h on unlimited portions. Note that the arrival of the batteries slightly amputates the fuel tank of about ten liters (69 liters), compared to the thermal version.
The chassis of our X5 45 th test, XLine high-end finish (€ 88,700), combines an xDrive transmission and an air suspension (€ 2,150) which is a model of comfort. So much so that it was almost impossible to guess that our test version was based on huge 21 '' rims equipped with low-size tires.
This X5 is an excellent traveler cut for large areas. In the city, the appeal is real with this rechargeable hybrid version able to travel more than 70 km without a drop of gasoline. However, it will be necessary to apprehend the size of this beautiful baby and why not invest in several driving aids which the camera 360 ° to preserve the duration of fast of the rims and the assistant reverses which runs automatically the last 50 meters.
The new BMW X45 e is available in France from € 82,900 in Lounge finish. The latter embeds the fatigue alert, the rain and light sensors, the three-zone air conditioning, the electric parking brake, the cruise control, the parking aid, the 5.7 '' digital instrumentation, the navigation 12.3 "touchscreen infotainment system, leather upholstery and steering wheel, fog lights, two-piece tailgate, 40/20/40 folding bench seat, 18" alloy wheels etc.
The XLine finish, from € 88,700 adds, a specific leather upholstery, induction charging, access and keyless start, alloy wheels of 19 '', etc.
The top finish M Sport, from 89 550 €, adds on the basis of the finish the upholstery leather with stitching "Braun", the seats with seat length adjustments and backrest width, Wi-Fi, larecharge induction, the M steering wheel, the M Sport brakes and suspensions, the shiny black roof rails, the M aerodynamic pack and the 20 'alloy wheels.
Its main competitor chose diesel
BMW has chosen to combine gasoline with electricity, while its main rival Mercedes GLE has chosen diesel. The large GLE 350 Rechargeable Hybrid Diesel offers a total output of 320 hp, via the 2.1 liter 194 hp block and the 136 hp boosted unit. It is illustrated by a greater battery capacity. The latter shows 31.2 kWh and the possibility of driving 99 km in electric according to the WLTP cycle. CO2 emissions are limited to 29 g / km. The other advantage of the GLE 350 is its speed of charge. It can recover 80% in 20 minutes and collect a power of 50 kW, via a Combo CCS outlet. The X5 has not said its last word, since it could return by 2025 with a declination running on hydrogen, if we believe the prototype (BMW i Hydrogen NEXT) presented at the last Frankfurt Motor Show, in September.