2020 BMW X5 xDrive45e verdict

New plug-in hybrid BMW X5 xDrive45e trumps virtually all of its rivals with a 54-mile electric-only range - but what's it like?...

BMW X5 xDrive45e

This X5 xDrive45e plug-in hybrid is clearly a potential game-changer with an outstanding electric range. And it should also mean the X5 will be a cheap company car as of April, when tax bands take into account electric ranges; those 54 miles mean you'll only have to pay 8% company car (benefit-in-kind) tax.

Given that it’ll be slightly cheaper to buy than the equivalent Q7 or XC90, this X5 has a lot going for it. In fact, the only black mark against it is the lack of seven seats. So, unless a third row is vital to you, we'd certainly recommend putting it near the top of your shortlist.

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What Car? says

Rated 5 out of 5

BMW X5 xDrive45e xLine specification
£63,165 Engine 6cyl, 2998cc, turbo, petrol, plus electric motor Power 389bhp (combined) Torque 443lb ft (combined) Gearbox 8-spd automatic 0-62mph 5.6sec Top speed 146mph Economy 235.4mpg (WLTP combined) CO2, tax band 39g/km, 16% (NEDC)