With a steadfast high-speed stability, a huge list of features, efficient and potent engines, and a comfortable and luxurious interior, the 2017 BMW X5 is undoubtedly a standout in the luxury crossover SUV segment. Its release date should be expected sometime in the first half of 2017, though it is debatable.
The new 2017 BMW X5 is a source of many strengths, and of them is a standard all-wheel drive system that works even in full EV mode. And regardless of its weight due to the added sophisticated hybrid hardware, the X5 is still potent just as the regular xDrive35i model. In fact, its acceleration from 0-60 mph takes about 6.5 seconds.
Another strength the 2016 X5 plug-in hybrid offers is its general versatility and power. Under its skin lies an electric motor and lithium ion battery working synergistically with a turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine. The 14 miles of electric-only range may not be enough, but is suitable in running local errands within the city. The output of the whole system is a healthy 308 hp, according to BMW.
When it comes to the fuel economy, the green credentials of the 2017 BMW X5 might not be stellar as might be suggested, as the xDrive40e model offers 25 mpg highway fuel economy. But this is dependent, of course, by your driving pattern. The longer you travel the mediocre the fuel economy become, but the more you stay on EV the better they’re going to be.
Areas you will find the BMW X5 disappointing in, include a cramped third-row seat, and a costly price tag relative to what the competition offers. There are no shortage of appealing rivals in this segment. They include the 2017 Audi Q5 Hybrid, the 2017 Lexus RX 450h, and Porsche’s 2017 Cayenne S E-Hybrid.
Available Trims – BMW X5
The 2017 BMW X5 is offered in a single well-equipped trim all-wheel drive (xDrive40e) model. The xDrive50i, xDrive35i, and the xDrive35d reviews are separately covered, as is the high-performance X5 M and LCI models.
Exterior Changes & 2017 BMW X5 Interior Review
Accessories and features provided as standard for the plug-in X5 include roof rails, 19” wheels, a panoramic sunroof, adjustable suspension dampers, 10-way heated front power seats, rear and front parking sensors, remote keyless entry, adaptive xenon headlights, a rear air suspension system, Hybrid-specific instrumentation, auto-dimming heated mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, and automatic dual-zone climate control.
Standard electronics include a USB port, a nine-speaker sound system, a 10.2” central display screen, BMW Assist, HD radio, an auxiliary audio input, a navigation system, a CD player, hybrid-specific iDrive menu, and voice controls.
Different color schemes, wheel designs, upholstery and trim selections are offered by many customizable option packages. For example, three equipment “line” – M Sport, xLine, and Luxury – offer plenty of interior customization depending on the user’s taste and style. The Luxury Seating, for instance, offers retractable headlight washers, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel. The Premium package offers a leather upholstery, keyless ignition and entry, automatic dual-zone climate control, and satellite radio, while the M-Sport line tacks in shift paddles and sport front seats.
Standalone options, as of this writing, include manual rear window sunshades, an upgraded leather upholstery, deluxe Harman Kardon audio system, a night-vision camera, a rear-seat entertainment system, pedestrian detection, power-closing doors, a self-parking system, an upgraded interior trim, and smartphone integration app.
2017 BMW X5 Engine Specs
Under the hood of the 2017 BMW X5 xDrive40e plug-in hybrid is a side-to-side working relationship between a four-cylinder gasoline engine and battery pack housed under the cargo floor. The familiar gasoline mill comes mated to an eight-speed specialized automatic transmission system.
There are also rumors of an additional mill but the claims haven’t been substantiated yet. We expect BMW to make an announcement regarding the same, months ahead of its official release date after which an update will be made to this post.
The total power production by the system stands at about 308 horsepower and 332 lbs. ft. of torque. Zipping from 0-60 mph, according to BMW, should be expected in just under 6.5 seconds, while 130 mph is the electronically limited top speed.
2017 BMW X5 Release Date & Price
The 2017 BMW X5 SUV should be expected to cost $54,700, and $3,000 more for the BMW X5 Diesel. The model are scheduled to be offered for sale sometime in the first half of 2017.