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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.

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