CARS.COM — BMW’s plug-in hybrid X5 eDrive SUV can operate in a fully electric mode with 14 miles of range before switching on the gas engine. It pairs a 245-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with an electric motor for a combined 308 hp. Although it offers less cargo room than the traditional X5, the plug-in hybrid offers the same amount of rear legroom at 36.6 inches, which is plenty for two child-safety seats. For this Car Seat Check, we tested the 2016 X5 xDrive40e M Sport model.
How many car seats fit in the second row? Two
What We Like
- The three tether anchors are midway down the seatbacks; they’re clearly labeled, making them easy for parents to find.
- The rear-facing convertible was easy to install and did not require moving up the front passenger seat. To access the Latch anchors, we were easily able to push past the X5’s stiff leather seat cushions with the convertible’s rigid Latch connectors.
- The forward-facing convertible also installed easily and fit well on the flat seat-bottom cushion.
What We Don’t
- We had a little trouble using the Latch system to install the infant car seat with its thick, hooklike connectors because the X5’s two sets of lower Latch anchors sit about an inch into the seat right behind stiff leather cushions. It took a lot of muscle to connect to the anchors.
- We had to move up the front passenger seat to accommodate the rear-facing infant seat; taller passengers will need more room to be comfortable.
- Although the booster fit well on the seat, the seat belt buckle sits low in the seat-bottom cushion, which could make it tough for younger kids to use independently.