At $118,900 the X5 40e is pitched at a segment where the extra whack for the electrics and electronics isn’t as savage as on less expensive models.
The i8’s development has flowed down to the X5 in the form of the smarts that regulate which power source is used. The infotainment screen has hybrid-specific displays for power flow and battery status.
No complaints here. Put the right foot to the floor — in any mode — and the full outputs briefly kick in to help with overtaking. It isn’t a rocket but most large SUV owners don’t drive them like sports sedans.
The customised tune for the rear air suspension makes this the most comfortable X5 we’ve been in at urban pace and it will still turn corners at pace when required. Switching between petrol to electric is pretty seamless.
A flap for the power cord ahead of the front passenger door and an eDrive logo on the boot are the sole conspicuous differences from any other X5.