Why We Love the 2022 BMW X5 PHEV

It’s no surprise that the 2022 BMW X5 PHEV is a crowd favorite, considering this SUV is currently in its fourth generation. Read on to find out what makes it such a great vehicle.
Written by Kerry Gibson
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
Jul 1, 2022
German automaker
BMW
has had over two decades to perfect the design of its original midsize SUV. Now, buyers have the option of a plug-in hybrid variant with the 2022 BMW X5 PHEV, and it does not disappoint!
This model year builds on its 2021 entry on the market with some slight changes. Pricing starts at $63,700. Other competitors in this luxury vehicle segment include the Lincoln Aviator PHEV, Volvo XC90
Recharge
, and Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid.

What is the 2022 BMW X5 PHEV?

This SUV is typically a five-seater, but a third row can be added, eliminating the need to upgrade to the X7 model. Of course, this may encroach on the comfortable and spacious cabin that it’s known for. This includes the adjustable multi-contour seats.
It has highly customizable climate control, as reviewed by
Edmunds
. More specifically, a new Climate Comfort package is available for the 2022 model year. This is in addition to the Black Vermilion Edition, featuring unique paint, styling, and equipment options.
The xDrive45e is the middle trim for the 2022 BMW X5. It’s equipped with a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six engine and single electric motor. This combination produces 389 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque.
It runs 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds thanks to all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission. And with a maximum towing capacity of 7,000 lbs, this vehicle is versatile.

What makes the 2022 BMW X5 PHEV so great?

Thanks to the introduction of a plug-in hybrid variant, the X5 became simultaneously more powerful and fuel-efficient. The combustion engine manages 19 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. The electric motor manages 46 MPGe for an overall fuel economy of 26 mpg.
The 24 kWh battery pack has a range of 30 miles and can be charged with a 110-volt or 220-volt connection.
HotCars
approves of the stiff suspension, crisp acceleration, and excellent cornering available with this sporty SUV.
The 2022 BMW X5 PHEV has a four-wheel disc brake setup, featuring ventilated rotors, automated emergency braking, ABS, and brake assist. Regenerative braking is also on offer thanks to its hybrid nature.
Passengers will especially appreciate the independent front and rear suspension with air springs for a soft and supple ride. The abundance of standard safety and driver-assistance features doesn't hurt either. Its five-star crash safety rating is well-deserved.
Premium materials stretch throughout the cabin from wooden accents, to aluminum trim and soft-touch leather. Among many of its technological features is the bright 12.3-inch display with high touch sensitivity.

Is there room for improvement?

Despite all the excellent qualities of the 2022 BMW X5 PHEV, critics will always find areas that could use some refinement. So although the cabin is well-insulated from traffic and wind noise, you can still hear the performance tires at highway speeds and the buzzy engine throttle.
Another point of contention is the lack of cargo space due to the battery pack beneath the trunk floor. There is also a shortage of small-item storage for such a spacious interior.
But overall, buyers looking for a luxury midsize SUV will not be disappointed with the performance, fuel efficiency, and comfortability of the 2022 BMW X5 PHEV. 
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