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All BMW X5s are smooth, classy and luxurious SUVs. It's not quite as practical as the most spacious rivals out there but it's good enough where it counts, and where it really impresses is the quality of its lavish interior and superb infotainment system. Opt for the xDrive45e, and you are buying one of the most impressive plug-in hybrids around, combining many of the best points of the standard X5 with a substantial real-world electric range and low company car tax.
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This version of the X5 gets bigger brakes and sporty looks, with more aggressive bumpers and 20in alloys on the outside, along with illuminated door kick panels and M Sport pedals and steering wheel on the inside. It's a popular choice that should make it easier to sell and have better resale values, which is why it's our pick.
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Our pick of the range combines a 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol engine with a big battery and powerful electric motor to deliver incredibly swift performance – in our testing we managed 0-60mph in a rapid 5.1sec. Even on electric power alone it's punchy enough to keep up easily with rush hour traffic, and it’ll do an official 54 miles on a charge – as measured under the WLTP test cycle. That’s a staggering figure, considering rivals, such as the plug-in hybrid versions of the Audi Q5 and Volvo XC90, manage only around half that. On our real-world test route we managed 32.5 miles on a single charge, which wasn't bad at all, and it offers fantastically low company car tax.
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