From the outside, the charging hatch on the left front fender is still practically the only detail that reveals Bemar's new X5 xDrive45e, which I have just driven into the parking garage, for charging.

Compared to the previous Charging X5, the car's traction battery has grown significantly and the internal combustion engine has also increased from a four-row to a more suited to a more powerful style.

The power line of the Töpseli ax is now practically exactly the same as, for example, in the brand's extended luxury ship 745Le xDrive. Thus, in spite of the weight, a rather soft and powerful reserve ride is promised, naturally with pleasingly low emission grams for tax purposes.

The driving experience with all its air springs is luxurious and you don't have to compromise on traction weights (2700 kg). Behind the large central display, you can also customize the detailed operation of the car's electric power line.

Photo: Tommi Lempinen

The large 24 kilowatt traction battery ensures that the heavy-duty luxury SUV moves in real driving situations with air conditioning and all possible other comfort equipment on just over 60 meters of electric power alone, and at best up to more than 70 kilometers at a time. It is easily sufficient for daily basic activities such as children's hobby visits, as well as business and trade trips.

On the other hand, of course, one can also think that even a small city electric car with the same battery size with the same energy could easily fold up to more than a hundred km. But well, one way or another - weight, power and other luxuries always come at a price.

No racing X5 is a race car, but the power as a whole is still so abundant that a heavy luxury car slips past even a long log truck like a brownie lying down. At the same time, a minimal beauty flaw in the power line emerges when the entry of the petrol engine feels like a small jerk here.

The traction battery eats up a bit of luggage, but when used it just doesn’t feel right. There is a place for the management in the space, but there is a little extra effort to charge.

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Once the battery is discharged, the go-ahead continues with a very pleasant line-up of six, and you run out of power in virtually no performance. Or what now the car’s consumption readings are escaping to multiple readings.

In other words, for those who no longer have much to do with the 1.2l / 100 km promised by the factory.

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So while the X5 doesn’t offer the true sporty joy of cornering, the ride is very enjoyable with a gorgeous soft brilliance and executive-class sound insulation. Almost so that when I turn to the mall my mind makes the drive even an extra round of fines.

However, I don’t do that, I turn right in front of the main door, to the payload of a large electricity company.

There, a surprise is revealed that I didn’t pay attention to when I downloaded from the “cleaning stool” of my own garage.

Namely, Fortum's charging bowl, which is capable of supplying tens of kilowatts, charges Bemaria with only 3.7 kW of power.

I suspect fault and car adjustments, but the result is a waterfall. The X5 charging hybrid's internal charger is indeed as weak as the old electric Nissan, which means it takes up to seven hours to charge the traction battery!

The traction battery in Bemar is big, but the charger is slow.

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For so long, I'm not going to shop or shop for espresso at the café, so after an hour of recharging, the going on is longer than planned on gas.

All in all, however, the Töpseli X5 is a great and, as has been said, a very comfortable car for its user.

At its best, it can also be very economical in terms of consumption, if one-off rides are mainly in the category of less than a hundred kilometers and the car is also allowed to rest between rides as an extension of the plug.

BMW X5 xDrive45e iPerformance

  • Engine 6-cyl. 2993 cm3, turbo and electric motor, total power 290 kW (394 hp), total torque 600 Nm

  • Traction battery 24 kWh

  • Charging time 6.8 h (1x16A, 3.7kW)

  • Operating distance by electricity 62 km

  • Performance 0–100 km / h 5.6 s, top speed 235 km / h

  • Consumption 1.2 l / 100 km 95E10 (WLTP)

  • CO2 emissions 28 g / km (WLTP)

  • Transmission four-wheel drive, A8

  • Dimensions p 4922 mm, l 2004 mm, h 1745 mm, wheelbase 2975 mm, unladen weight 2510 kg, load compartment 500-1720 l

  • Price 86853 euros


- Great comfort

- The size of the traction battery is a hybrid

we blame

- Slow down the internal charger

- Practical consumption