BMW Malaysia has welcomed the new X5 xDrive45e PHEV M Sport with several changes when compared to the xDrive40i model launched last year.

Along with the sales tax exemptions and the fact that it’s locally-assembled, the plug-in hybrid SUV costs around RM200k less than the fully imported model introduced in May 2019.

So what’s different then? As for the exterior, the xDrive45e is also dressed in M Sport attire and finished with the same wheel design however it’s been fitted with Bridgestone Alenza tyres as opposed to the Pirelli P Zero tyres found in the xDrive40i.

As for the vital figures, the non-PHEV xDrive40i produces 340 hp and 450 Nm of torque – capable propelling it from 0 to 100km/h in just 5.5 seconds – while the xDrive45e makes a combined 394 hp and 600 Nm. Unfortunately, due to its immense 2.5-tonne weight, it’s actually 0.1 second slower than the xDrive40i from 0 to 100 km/h.

There is however a silver lining. If you’re right foot is made of feathers, BMW claims that the X5 is capable of doing 2.5L/100km with a pure electric driving range of 77km.

The X5 xDrive PHEV can be yours with a monthly payment starting from RM5,028 based on estimates of an 80% loan, on a 5-year tenure. It also comes with a 5-year Unlimited Mileage Warranty with Free Scheduled Service and 8-year or 160,000km Battery Warranty.


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Regularly spend countless hours online looking at cars and parts I can't afford to buy. How a car makes you feel behind the wheel should be more important than the brand it represents - unless resale value is your thing.