Why we’re running it: To find out if this revised plug-in hybrid luxury SUV can offer the best of both
Life with a BMW X5: Month 1
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While plenty of people have already embraced the electric vehicle revolution, for others it remains a technology that's hard to trust, let alone fall in love with.
And that seems to be particularly true at the higher end of the market, where internal combustion remains - for now - the preferred choice for travelling long distances in great opulence.
The easiest way to convert those buyers of traditionally powered, big, luxurious SUVs to the electric future - which is already here, of course, in the shape of the BMW iX and its rivals - is a 'gateway' model, like this BMW X5 Drive50e plug-in hybrid.
On shorter trips, it offers all of the benefits of an EV in terms of its instant torque and efficiency, but it also has the reassurance of a traditional (and BMW signature) 3.0-litre straight-six petrol engine mustering 309bhp (up 26bhp on the pre-facelift Drive45e) for longer journeys.
The electric motor is mounted to the gearbox and makes 194bhp (up a whopping 83bhp on the Drive45ē) to give a combined 483bhp and a massive 516lb ft of torque.
That significant boost means that in EV driving mode the Drive50e feels, not unsurprisingly, a lot like the iX, albeit without that car's outrageous turn of pace when you really floor it.