To all intents and purposes the X5 PHEV looks just like its petrol/diesel-powered sibling. The only giveaway signs are its iPerformance-specific insignia – and an unobtrusive charging flap, which is located between left front wheel and door. Speaking of doors, this vehicle has five, ensuring that access to cabin compartments and load bay is a hassle-free process.
The X5 is a great family car option since it features, for instance, ISOFIX anchor points that help to ensure that younger passengers remain safe and secure. A 500-litre boot space should suffice in most instances but, whenever more capacity is needed, simply drop the rear seats and you’ll have 1,720 litres of luggage volume at your disposal.
A 3.0-litre petrol engine operates in conjunction with a 24kWh battery, producing 389bhp and 0-60mph in approximately 5.4 seconds. In electric-only (EV) mode, the vehicle is capable of a top speed of 83mph – and following a full charge, it offers a 54-mile EV range. What’s more this six-cylinder petrol-electric combination returns as much as 235mpg, while producing CO2 emissions from just 39g/km. The X5 features a number of selectable drive modes too, including Hybrid, which calculates the most appropriate fuel and/or electric configuration, depending on the route chosen. And despite what you might think, the added weight of a large battery pack doesn’t compromise this SUV’s ability to handle well.
Two 12.3-inch screens (one behind the wheel and the other on the dash) provide access to a whole host of iDrive infotainment features. As well as DAB radio, there are numerous AUX, USB and iPod inputs, enabling you to plug, play and charge your compatible devices. Apple users will be pleased to know that they can mirror their iPhone via one of the car’s displays, which is a very useful, not to mention safe, feature. Rated a maximum five stars for crash-test competency by Euro NCAP, the X5 is loaded with protective features and driver aids. For instance, rain-sensing headlights activate automatically, allowing you to concentrate on the driving.
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