2021 BMW X5 xDriv45e

Combined power with one elegance

X5 xDrive45e start at $65,400.00

Is the BMW X5 XDRIVE45E all new for 2021?

The exterior styling of the new X5 was introduced in 2019. 2021 introduces the second generation PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle). It has gain two cylinders, from four to six with towing capacity improving as well from 5,527 pounds to 7,200 pounds.

X5 XDRIVE45E Trim levels

The XDrive45E is offered in two trim levels:

  • XLine
  • M Sport (as tested)
As tested with MSRP of $81,695.00 including destination charge. Base price of $64,400.00.

The M badge is given to the sportiest trim level. The M Sport option of $5,500 offers distinctive sport styling. Some features include, 21″ M wheels and M Sport brakes with blue calipers.

What is the x5 XDRIVE45E warranty?

  • 4-year/50,000-mile New Vehicle Limited Warranty
  • 12-year /Unlimited-mileage Rust Perforation Limited Warranty
  • 4-year Unlimited Mileage Roadside Assistance Program

What engine comes with the X5 XDRIVE45E?

3.0 liter TwinPower Turbo Inline 6-cylinder with electric motor

The turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve 3.0-liter inline-6 produces 282 hp and 331 lb-ft of torque. The electric motor produces 111 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque with a combined output of 389 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. It uses a 17.1-kWh lithium-ion pack. Combined it makes 50 MPG.

Engine is mated to an 8-speed Sport Automatic Transmission.

What are the interior features of the x5 XDRIVE45E?

The interior is still very classic and distinctive BMW, clearly luxury and pure comfort. Technology functions are through the iDrive 7.0 infotainment system touchscreen. Commands are done by speech voice prompts, or the console-mounted knob with an embedded trackpad on top. Your main screen is a 12.3-inch gauge cluster display. Wireless Android Auto an Apple Car play are standard.

Front passengers can use the wireless device charging, one USB-A port and a 12-volt outlet. There is a USB-C port in the center armrest and the rear passengers get two USB-C outlets built-in right into the front seatbacks. There is another 12-volt outlet for backseat riders and a third 12-volt plug in the cargo area as well.

Finally of course my favorite feature, the glass shift knob. It’s a perfect refined element reminding you are a high-end vehicle.

How does the BMW X5 XDRIVE45E Drive?

I have two perspectives to answer this question:

As a fairly tall, family man, It is the perfect daily for hauling around children and getting around town. It’s comfortable, spacious and practical. Designed for the modern family in mind with USB ports and outlets throughout. It has tons of safety features and best of all a friendly 52 MPG! An impressive number for an SUV, especially one with so much performance, which leads me to my next point.

As a car enthusiast, The car has aggressive exterior features, big wheels and means real business when it comes to performance. BMW claims 5.2 seconds from 0-60 MPH. having the e-boost makes such a big difference with acceleration off the line. Despite being slightly heavier due to battery packs, the handling felt very tight and sporty.

Final thoughts

I like how BMW considers this the PHEV, but doesn’t emphasis it, both physically and driving experience. It truly delivers the remarkable world of electric vehicles with the flexibility of combustion engine. It’s well balanced and reflective of what we want in a driving machine and the future. Not to mention the beautiful styling and safety BMW is synonymous for.

X5 XDRIVE45E standard Features

xDrive45e Mechanical Features

  • 3.0L TwinPower Turbo Inline 6-cylinder, 24-valve engine with variable control, high-precision direct injection and integrated electric motor.
  • Driving Dynamics Control with various driving modes.
  • 8-speed sport Automatic transmission

Convenience Features

  • 16-way power heated front sport seats, including 4-way lumbar support with driver’s seat memory .
  • 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats
  • Panoramic moonroof


  • LED fog lights
  • Rear-view camera
  • Front and rear Head Protection System (HPS) with side-impact airbags
  • Adaptive Full LED Headlights
  • Park Distance Control, front and rear
  • Active Driving Assistant

*Features available with M Sport trim

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