Which Plugin Hybrid SUV Should I Buy Today? German or Swedish? |

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Published on November 24th, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez

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Which Plugin Hybrid SUV Should I Buy Today? German or Swedish?

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Recently launched is the all new BMW X5 plugin hybrid. This SUV comes with an intelligent hybrid powertrain control and permanent all-wheel drive. The new BMW X5 xDrive40e has a drive system comprising of a 2-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and a synchronous electric motor integrated in the 8-speed Steptronic transmission. It generates a maximum output of 245hp and 350Nm of peak torque. The electric motor meanwhile, delivers an output of 83kW with a maximum torque of 250Nm, instantly available in typical electric drive fashion. This boosts the engine’s output for increased responsiveness with absolutely no delay when accelerating from stationary, as well as providing strong performance whenever speed is required.

Together, the new BMW X5 xDrive40e completes the 0 to 100km/h sprint in just 6.8 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 210km/h and 450Nm of peak torque. In all-electric mode meanwhile, the new SAV is able to travel at a top speed of 120km/h. The dynamic acceleration of the new BMW X5 xDrive40e is accompanied with lesser fuel consumption of 3.3 litres per 100 kilometres and C02 emissions of just 77 grams per kilometre. When switched to MAX eDrive, the driver will travel in all-electric mode, in which the vehicle is powered solely by the electric motor. This mode offers a maximum range of 30km at a limited top speed of 120km/h.

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Luxury appointments and top class safety equipment is included and like all other BMW’s a full 5-year warranty gives a piece of mind to the buyer.

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BMW X5 Plugin Hybrid Specifications

Engine: Plug-In Hybrid_Turbocharged/Electric Motor

Capacity: 1998cc

Transmission: 8-speed

Max Power: 313hp

Max Torque: 450Nm

Acceleration: 6.8 seconds

Max Speed: 250km/h

Price: RM388,800.00

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Then there is the all new Volvo XC90 T6. The new XC90 comes with a 2-litre, 4-cylinder Drive-E supercharged and turbocharged petrol engine with an electric motor, offers an unrivalled combination of power and clean operation: around 400 horsepower with carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of around 60 g/km (NEDC driving cycle). Normal driving is conducted in the default hybrid mode. But at the push of a button the driver can switch to quiet and emission-free city driving on pure electric power where the range will be more than 40 kilometres, and then, when needed, immediately revert back to the combined capacity of the petrol engine and electric motor.

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The XC90’s interior is the most luxurious with a tablet-like touch screen control console. This system is virtually button free and represents an entirely new way for drivers to control their car and access a range of Internet-based products and services. The new XC90 interior combines materials such as soft leather and wood with handcrafted details, including a gear lever made of crystal glass from Orrefors, the famous Swedish glassmaker, and diamond-cut controls for the start/stop button and volume control. Craftsmanship has been in sharp focus during the whole development work.

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This genuine 7-seater features new, innovatively designed seats that also free up interior space for passengers both in the second and third seat rows. The third row offers class-leading comfort for two passengers up to 170 cm tall. A full 5-years warranty and service package is included and Volvo delivers a brand new design and platform which is very hard to fault.

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Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine Hybrid Specifications

Engine: Plug-In Hybrid_Super/Turbocharged/Electric Motor

Capacity: 1969cc

Transmission: 8-speed

Max Power: 407hp

Max Torque: 640Nm

Acceleration: 5.6 seconds

Max Speed: 230 km/h

Price: RM403,888.00

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Now 2 plug-in hybrid SUV options have been presented and their facts and figures that matter are at your disposal. Your decision on which to purchase will be better decided after a personal test drive and detailed meet and feel with both options.

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