2021 BMW X5 PHEV

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2021 BMW X5 PHEV
2021 BMW X5 PHEV

Key specs

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The good:

  • Spacious interior
  • Strong acceleration
  • Comfortable ride
  • Quality interior materials
  • Plenty of second-row legroom

The bad:

  • Numb steering feel
  • Overly sensitive lane departure warning
  • Twitchy lane keep assist
  • Useless gesture controls
  • Split liftgate can make loading difficult

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Notable features

  • Android Auto connectivity now standard
  • Five- or seven-seat mid-size luxury SUV
  • Turbo six-cylinder or V-8 engine
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Plug-in hybrid and performance X5 M also offered

2021 BMW X5 PHEV review: Our expert's take

By Brian Normile

Competes with: Gas-powered BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GLE, Volvo XC60 and XC90 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, Tesla Models Y and X

Looks like: An X5 with an extra fuel door

Powertrain: Turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor and a 24-kilowatt-hour battery for a total system output of 389 horsepower and 443 pounds-feet of torque; eight-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: July

BMW actually first revealed the plug-in-hybrid version of its X5 SUV in September 2018, but said the U.S. version wouldn’t launch until 2020 as a 2021 model. Well, it’s 2020 and despite everything that’s happened between 2018 and now, the plug-in hybrid X5 is almost here. It boasts significant power increases over the previous X5 plug-in, more electric-only range and the latest in BMW’s safety and infotainment technology.

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The X5 xDrive45e PHEV doesn’t look much different from its gas-only counterparts. It’s even available with the M Sport Package that offers unique 20- or 21-inch wheels, blacked-out exterior trim and an aerodynamics kit. The best ways to spot the PHEV version are to read the badging or spot the telltale charging-port door located on the driver-side front fender.


Inside, there’s very little difference; the most significant change is the addition of buttons for Hybrid and Electric drive modes just left of the gear selector. Otherwise, the interior is standard modern BMW fare: a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel and 12.3-inch touchscreen multimedia system are standard, as are wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. SensaTec faux-leather upholstery is standard, and two grades of leather are optional. The addition of the battery pack does cut into cargo space slightly, however. According to BMW’s measurements, the PHEV version has 0.8 cubic feet less space with the backseat up, and 1.1 cubic feet less with the seats folded down.

Engine and Transmission

Under the hood is where the most significant changes are, both from contemporary gas-only X5s and the previous-generation PHEV. The combined system output from the turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder and electric motor with 24 kilowatt-hour battery pack is up 81 hp and 111 pounds-feet over the outgoing X5 PHEV. That generation used a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor and 12-kwh battery pack.

The result is a much quicker SUV that can go from 0-60 mph in 5.3 seconds, 1.2 seconds faster than its predecessor. It also results in increased electric-only range, now 30 miles instead of 14. Electric-only top speed also increases to 84 mph from the previous 75.


BMW’s Active Driving Assistant system is standard and includes forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian and cyclist detection, rear collision warning, blind spot warning, lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert and a display of the current speed limit.

The optional Driving Assistance Professional Package adds adaptive cruise control, lane departure prevention with side collision prevention and BMW’s semi-autonomous Extended Traffic Jam Assistant. It also adds front cross-traffic warning and BMW’s Evasion Assistant collision-avoidance feature.

Additionally, buyers can add the optional Parking Assistance Package, which provides self-parking capability and a drive recorder system that can be activated to record up to 40 seconds of video for later viewing and will automatically record and save 20 seconds of footage “around the moment of impact” if a crash occurs.

The 2021 BMW X5 xDrive45e is expected to arrive at dealerships in July with a starting price of $66,395 (including a $995 destination fee).

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior design 4.6
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value for the money 4.0
  • Exterior styling 4.6
  • Reliability 4.6

Most recent consumer reviews


World Class

satisfied with everything including dealer I would highly recommend all aspects. A must see And drive As well as incredible fuel mileage Trust me when I tell you you must on this one


Excellent vehicle AND $7500 tax credit!!

This is my second X5, and the X5 45e is a great hybrid vehicle without any of the usual compromises. It has all the amenities of a standard X5, with the added value of the electric drive and $7500 Federal Tax Credits. The vehicle can be plugged in, or even recharges while driving (when that feature is activated). I highly recommend this vehicle for those considering a new SUV or Hybrid.


BMW by name Inferior options for price

What can I say about BMW, I thought about luxury. NOT. for the price point I am disappointed of the interior quality and options included in the vehicle. You would think that even for a base luxury vehicle it would include a leather interior, instead is has a Sensatrac leatherette. It feels like vinyl like that in a cheaper manufactured vehicle. Options are like ordering ala carte. Each item is another up charge. You would think that BMW would include items like park assist. They would not even include a first aid kit, but has a compartment specially built for it. Another disappointment was the factory put in a trailer hitch option, but removed the hands free/foot rear hatch sensors. Why??? One positive is the mileage you get from this car. So far 720 miles and going on a full fuel tank. Unfortunately this may be my one and only BMW. I would suggest a Lexus, which provides better included options without up charging.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by BMW
New car program benefits
48 months/50,000 miles
144 months/unlimited distance
48 months/50,000 miles
Hybrid electric
96 months/80,000 miles
36 months/36,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Certified Pre-Owned Elite with less than 15,000 miles; Certified Pre-Owned with less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
1 year/unlimited miles from expiration of 4-year/50,000-mile new car warranty
Dealer certification required
196-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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