The xDrive40e is the best overall luxury SUV on the market. Once you take it for a test drive you will understand. You have a Twin Turbo 4-Cylinder engine and a 20 Mile Hybrid motor that gives a you virtually gas free driving around town. On long trips, you can maximize the Hybrid motor by Coasting and Breaking to recharge the engine to guarantee less fuel usage. Overall performance is fantastic. Though the heaviest of the X5 line you do not see any lag from stop to start with the engine combination. Gas mileage I have experienced in the city with combined driving is 58 mpg and on long trips of 150 miles plus I average 29 mpg. The ride is extremely smooth and I catch myself going a little fast. The heads-up display keep me in check while driving. The interior is beautiful depending on the options you select. I have the Black Dakota Leather and it is beautiful. Seat comfort is fantastic as you have an array of adjustment options for comfort. Navigation is great. The 10 inch plus display makes things very easy to use. The infotainment system is easy to use and navigate thru while driving. The exterior is beautiful. Dual exhaust and the traditional BMW kidney grill topped off with the high quality paint options makes the X5 a no brainier for someone looking for a new SUV. Many people complain about the xDrive40e not having a 3rd row seat. But honestly, unless your putting two or three midgets in the back, a 3rd row makes no sense. All and all, the 40e is an amazing SUV. I drove the Mercedes GLE and compared the two detail to detail. If your over 60 and looking for a grocery getter, get the Benz. If your looking for Performance AND quality, get the BMW. One side note, iOS compatibility is POOR due to Apple limiting the iPhone. Very tough to get Text Messages and Emails on the infotainment with an Apple device.
2016 X-5 Hybrid is our 5th X5 and a surprising step forward from our prior gas and diesel models. The batteries charge overnight and the drive can be full battery (so 50+ MPG) if you plan to be just around town. Mixed driving is about 30 MPG which for a vehicle this size is amazing. The steering seems distinctly smoother than our prior models, just extremely smooth. Brakes are awesome. Acceleration is indistinguishable from our gas and diesel priors, with plenty of torque always available. Storage capacity is completely comparable to our prior X5s despite the batteries storage requirements. Fast charging stations are quickly becoming more available. Finishes and quality overall and sound system are all BMW-level, meaning state-of-the-art. Best warranty available anywhere, and the BMW Service in Springfield is always a pleasure. The Hybrid is the future for all BMW Models, and if the X5 Hybrid is typical, then the future is here now, and very welcome. Wonderful to own and drive.
I bet this hybrid would exceed your expectation. my wife drives mostly local road for riding kids. I'm fueling once a 2 weeks. full tank delivers around 700miles range for our usage. smooth, quiet and fast riding and full of joy is guaranteed only when enough juice. once the juice ran out, the full of joy is suddenly stopped. it turns to a bit noisy Japanese SUV. but, Acceleration is still faster than Japanese SUV, thanks to fast/smooth shift. So, You should plug-in as much as you can. I've been to 800miles trip without charging, average mpg was 25mpg in case of mostly highway. I would say if you intend to drive it mostly long distance or travel, 6cylinder X5 would be better. but, if you drive mostly local short distance like riding kids or commute, you will see the excellent fuel efficiency.
My dealer was very generous enough in allowing me to test drive this car over the weekend. My overall impression of it..."NOT BMW PERFORMANCE!!!" This car is amazing when you have 50 percent or higher battery charged and put into ECO Pro with auto setting. The car accelerated smoothly and reached speed limit very quick. If you put it into any other drive mode and attempt to accelerate quickly, forget it. The twin turbo 4 cylinder is way under power to move this 5000 pound beast. The acceleration also lagged because it has to start up the gas engine and let the turbo build up. By the time everything is ready, the acceleration is delayed by 1 to 2 seconds. And once it's ready, you get a lurch effect. I charged the battery overnight with the supplied 120V cable and it only charged 75% for 12 hours. The manual says 7 hours for a full charge. With only 75% charge, I was unable to test the 14 miles of battery driving. But I have to say that I did get 10 miles from the 75% battery. So I guess that is accurate. The braking was very soft in that it had difficulties stopping the car from 30 mph. This SUV is beautifully designed but the engine/hybrid is under power for it.