Luxury Sport Utility. The X5 50e, it's just right
Purchased 2 months ago. Driven only 535 miles. Still on the dealership's tank of gas and have 300 mile range left on remaining gas. Most drives are within 10-15 miles of my home. A couple of 20-30 mile trips so far (40-60 miles round trip). At this rate, it could be 2024 before needing to fill the tank for the first time. Thrown the X5 into Sports Mode a few times to experience the power but routinely use electric only. Stable, great control, heads up display best I've seen, autobraking and sense of the road is great. Good visibility and neither too sporty or too luxury. It's just right.
BMW vs Mercedes
After have had Mercedes since 1985 this is my First BMW. My 2024 x5 is a winner. I love almost all of it.. The only issue is the seats are not as good as the GLE Mercecedes. The Dealership is the Best!!! Avery and Gregg are as nice as they could be...
A reliability nightmare
I acquired a new X5 50e with 8 miles on it. After roughly 160 miles of easy driving, the car simply died. I came one morning to find it in my garage with a severe drivetrain malfunction message that prevents the engine to turn on (cannot engage the transmission in drive mode). More malfunction messages kept on coming afterwards as well. The car got towed to the dealership and they told me the next day that the combined charged unit needs to be changed. This piece is back ordered from Germany and it would take a minimum of 7 to 10 business day to receive. They stressed the word "minimum". Not what you expect from a new vehicle from any car manufacturer, certainly not from a manufacturer of luxury cars. The best bmw has offered me initially was to pay for my Uber rides, up to a clip. The dealership refused to loan me a car because I am waiting for something that it backordered (against their policies). They then allowed me to rent at Enterprise for less than 50 USD per day. If you plan on purchasing this and do not mind such nightmares, you certainly can. Regardless, you have been warned :)