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2017 BMW X5 xDrive40e Test Drive Review

When it comes to crossovers and SUVs, the BMW X5 has to be one of the most versatile models in the segment. Anyone looking at the BMW X5 for their next family cruiser has the choice of a regular gasoline model, a fuel-efficient hybrid, or a high-performance beast. Heck, you can even pick up the BMW X5 with a diesel engine.

Match the multiple powertrain options with an outstanding ride quality, a stylish exterior, along with a flexible interior, and you’ll realize that the BMW X5 is one of the most multifaceted vehicles on the road.

With that in mind, let’s dive in and check out the fuel-efficient version of the BMW X5, the xDrive40e. Yes, we do wish that we had the chance to spend some time with the 567 horsepower BMW X5 M, but we do love mother nature so we were pretty excited to see what this plug-in hybrid crossover has to offer.

2017 BMW X5 xDrive40e Exterior:

The exterior of the 2017 BMW X5 xDrive40e is just like every other X5 model, except for the charging port that is located on the front driver side fender area. Other than that, you have the menacing front end that is highlighted by the large BMW signature kidney grille and piercing headlamps that demand your attention. The taillights of the BMW X5 xDrive40e also have a lot of character thanks to their three-dimensional look.

When it comes to exterior dimensions, the 2017 BMW X5 has a total length of 193.3-inches with an overall width of 76.3-inches. The height stands at 69.4-inches. That means that while the width and the height of the X5 have stayed relatively the same over the past seven years, it has grown in length by almost 2.5-inches. That allows for more interior room, which is why BMW now offers the X5 with an optional third-row seating (but we’ll get into that later).

Overall, the exterior design of the second-generation BMW X5 has evolved into a stunning crossover that has a bold presence. When compared to its rivals, the X5 offers the perfect balance between aggressive and class.

2017 BMW X5 xDrive40e Interior:

As mentioned above, the longer length of the 2017 BMW X5 now allows the German luxury automaker to offer the model with an optional third-row seating. Legroom for the front passengers comes in at an ample 40.4-inches and 36.6-inches for the second row. Keep in mind, if you end up going for the extra row, the third-row only offers enough legroom for small children. Cargo capacity for the 2017 BMW X5 comes in at 34.2 cubic feet with the seats in user position and 72.5 cubic feet with the seats folded flat.

When it comes to tech, the 2017 BMW X5 xDrive40e comes packaged with a long list of standard features leaving very little need to tack on extra options. Some of the standard features include an iDrive 5.0 system with onboard computer, MW Navigation system with 10.2-inch touchscreen display, rain-sensing windshield wipers, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, keyless entry with push-button start, and much more.

Additional non-tech standard options include, 14-way power-adjustable front seats with 4-way lumbar support, panoramic moonroof, heated front seats, power-adjustable steering, cabin preconditioning for remote heating and cooling, and a range of driver assist technologies that we’ll get into later.

Overall, we were thoroughly fascinated with the interior of the 2017 BMW X5 xDrive40e. Not only is it packed with high-quality materials, it also offers an outstanding design in a well-thought-out layout.

2017 BMW X5 xDrive40e Performance:

The 2017 BMW X5 xDrive 40e is powered by a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo engine that is mated to an AC Synchronous electric motor. That allows for a combined output of 308 horsepower with a maximum torque of 332 lb-ft. The system is mated to 8-speed STEPTRONIC automatic transmission which allows this family hauler to go from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds with a top speed of 130 mph.

Now, this is a supposed to be a fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid, so let’s talk about that a little. The BMW X5 xDrive40e gets an EPA-rated 56 MPGe* combined with a total range of 540 miles between filling the gas and charging the battery. On a full charge of the battery, BMW says you should be able to average a total range of 14 miles on electric power alone. That’s not bad at all.

The overall ride quality of the 2017 BMW X5 xDrive40e is similar to that of every BMW X5 model – smooth when you need it to be and fun when you want it to be.

2017 BMW X5 xDrive40e Safety:

The 2017 BMW X5 xDrive40e does come with a long list of standard features which leaves little to be desired when it comes to adding packages. However, if you’re a fan of driver assist technologies, you can add on the Driving Assistance Package which gives you a rear view camera and a heads-up display. The Driver Assistance Plus Package adds blind spot detection, surround view camera, and speed limit info. Other stand-alone options include parking assistant, adaptive cruise control, and night vision with pedestrian detection.

2017 BMW X5 xDrive40e Overall:

The 2017 BMW X5 xDrive40e is packed with a bunch of innovative technologies, but it also comes with a price-tag that matches that. Prices start at $63,200** and we can absolutely say that that’s not bad for a vehicle that is packaged in this manner. Visit your local AutoNation-affiliated dealer for a test drive today.

*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

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