2021 BMW X5 Hybrid

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2021 BMW X5 Hybrid Review: A Great Second First Impression

by Aiden Eksteen

The first-generation X5 Hybrid debuted in 2016 and was on the market for just three years before being discontinued. For 2021, the BMW X5 Hybrid returns to the US as a second-generation incarnation and is ready to make a much bigger splash. Beneath its sharply styled hood is a 3.0-liter turbo inline-6 plug-in hybrid system that develops combined outputs of up to 389 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. Put the pedal to the metal and the X5 Hybrid will launch from 0 to 60 mph in a brisk 5.3 seconds. Plus, by virtue of its PHEV system, it also offers a 30-mile all-electric driving range and returns a 50 MPGe combined mileage figure. These points position the X5 Hybrid favorably against other premium 5-door hybrid cars such as the Volvo XC90 Recharge, Audi Q5 Hybrid, and Lexus RX Hybrid.

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2021 BMW X5 Hybrid Changes: ๐Ÿš™Whatโ€™s the difference vs 2020 BMW X5 Hybrid?

The xDrive45e is a new addition to the BMW X5 SUV range for this model year. The previous hybrid X5 was phased out in 2019. The revived model is equipped with an all-new 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six engine that features BMW's latest eDrive technology and a larger high-voltage electric battery (now at 24 kWh) - this increases the electric-only range from 14 miles to 30, while the top speed in electric mode improves from 75 to 84 mph. The xDrive45e also benefits from the updates applied to the rest of the X5 range, including standard SiriusXM and some tweaks to the options list.

Pros and Cons

  • Strapping acceleration responses
  • Proficient and apt handling dynamics
  • Admissible PHEV performance
  • Lots of standard features
  • Numerous optional packages
  • Consummate reliability and safety rating
  • Somewhat mundane styling
  • Entry price is relatively high
  • Options are quite expensive
  • Steering lacks feedback

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2021 BMW X5 Hybrid Trims and Prices

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
xDrive45e Plug-In Hybrid
3.0L Turbo Inline-6 Hybrid
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive

X5 Hybrid Exterior

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  • Length 193.8 in
  • Wheelbase 117.1 in
  • Height 68.7 in
  • Max Width 78.9 in
  • Front Width 66.1 in
  • Rear Width 66.9 in
  • Curb Weight 5,646.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Black Sapphire Metallic +$550
  • Mineral White Metallic +$550
  • Phytonic Blue Metallic +$550
  • Arctic Grey Metallic +$550
  • Dark Graphite Metallic +$550
  • Carbon Black Metallic +$550
  • Sparkling Brown Metallic +$550
  • Manhattan Green Metallic, Late availability. +$550
  • Alpine White
  • Jet Black

X5 Plug-In Hybrid Performance

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Engine and Transmission

Powering the 2021 X5 Hybrid is a 3.0-liter turbocharged 6-cylinder gas engine that's been augmented with an electric motor and plug-in hybrid system, resulting in overall outputs of 389 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. Power is ceded through an 8-speed automatic transmission to a standard all-wheel-drive setup. Overall, the X5 Hybrid's performance is brisk and refined, its powertrain steadfastly providing quick and smooth acceleration responses throughout the engine's rev band while also remaining impressively fuel-efficient. When properly equipped, the X5 Hybrid is accorded a 7,200-pound towing capacity.

  • Engine
    3.0L Turbo Inline-6 Hybrid
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain

X5 Hybrid Gas Mileage

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    18.5 Gallons
* 2021 BMW X5 xDrive45e Plug-In Hybrid

X5 Hybrid Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 39.8 in
  • Front Head Room 40.8 in
  • Rear Leg Room 37.4 in
  • Rear Head Room 38.7 in

X5 Hybrid Trunk and Cargo Space

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X5 Hybrid Safety and Reliability


  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Hybrid/Electric Components:
    8 Years \ 80,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: ๐ŸIs the 2021 BMW X5 Hybrid a good SUV?

Once you climb behind the wheel of the 2021 BMW X5 plug-in hybrid, it's clear that the esteemed German automaker put more focus on the performance side of things rather than on the eco-friendly side. That's no criticism, however, as the X5 hybrid, while phenomenally fun, engaging, and adroit, is still an exceptional PHEV, too. Its acceleration responses are lively and it handles like a charm, and it'll return 50 MPGe driving the highways and city streets. Its 30-mile driving range is also quite nifty, and beats that of many of its competitors. It bears a rather modest exterior aesthetic, but it's contemporary and the cabin gets a whole lot more fanciful with the digital driver display and slick infotainment touchscreen. It's spacious, comfortable, and decently practical, too, and while it comes extensively outfitted with features as standard, there are still plenty of options to choose from. At $65,400, the 2021 BMW X5 Hybrid SUV's price is quite high, but this is an SUV that won't disappoint.

๐Ÿš—What BMW X5 Hybrid Model Should I Buy?

Being that the X5 Hybrid SUV is a standalone vehicle, the only choice you're left with is what optional packages and add-ons you'd want to include. After a quick review of the 2021 BMW X5 Hybrid's packages, we'd recommend adding in the Driver Assistance Professional Package for all the advanced driver assists it includes such as an Active Driving Assistant Pro, ACC with stop and go, active lane keeping assistant with side collision avoidance, steering and traffic jam assist, automatic lane change, an evasion assistant and cross-traffic alert front, and an extended traffic jam assistant.

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