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The ever-stylish BMW X5 is not just sold as a single model with no customization. To get the exact version of the BMW X5 you want, BMW sells the X5 in four different trims. Two trims are based on the standard engine, one includes a much more powerful engine, and one features an electric powertrain.
Overall, the BMW X5 delivers the same great performance, comfort, and quality on every trim except for the M50i, but more on those distinctions later. The chart that follows shows how each trim differs from the others.
BMW X5 sDrive40i
BMW X5 M50i
BMW X5 xDrive45e
|Rear-Wheel Drive||All-wheel Drive||All-wheel Drive||All-wheel Drive|
|3.0L I-6 Turbo||3.0L I-6 Turbo||4.4L V8 Turbo||3.0L I-6 Turbo with Hybrid Electric Motors|
|335 Horsepower||335 Horsepower||523 Horsepower||389 Horsepower|
|5.3 sec. 0-60 MPH||5.3 sec. 0-60 MPH||4.1 sec. 0-60 MPH||5.3 sec. 0-60 MPH|
As far as powertrain, the one that really sticks out is the BMW M version of the X5 with its exuberant engine. The V8 option delivers horsepower and performance that rivals the best BMW models ever built, and that’s for a larger SAV®. If you want an X5, but engine power is not a big concern to you, the sDrive40i and xDrive40i are still great options.
The BMW X5 xDrive45e is also a bit of an outlier in that it is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Owning one calls for owning your own plug in your home so you can charge your vehicle overnight. This version of the X5 is great for anyone who wants to save money on gas and doesn’t drive too far on any given day.