X Factor: The new BMW is powerful and preys on the cards

A new and more powerful plug-in version of the BMW 5 Series, the 545e xDrive, came to me for a road test. In Israel, the 5 Series markets the prestigious executive car (apart from the biting M version, at a price that exceeds one million shekels), in two electrically charged hybrid propulsion versions: e035 with a “modest” two-liter engine with four cylinders, alongside an electric motor, with total power Of 292 hp.

It is now joined by another version, with a three-liter, six-cylinder turbo gasoline engine, alongside an electric motor, with a power of 394 hp, 100 hp more, and a combined maximum torque of 61.18 kg (grrrrr). The propulsion is for all The wheels, xDrive dual propulsion and an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Just to give you an idea about the vehicle’s agility, the acceleration from the place to 100 km / h, in a model that weighs two tons and 139 kilograms, will take about 4.6 seconds. , And it’s very noticeable, and it sounds very, and it’s a sheer pleasure to listen to this engine, after a series of tests for electric vehicles.

The beautiful sounds are heard in two out of three driving modes, a sport mode and a hybrid driving mode, which combines the petrol engine and the electric motor, depending on the nature of the driving. The third driving mode is “full electric” mode. A mode in which the electric motor drives the vehicle alone for a range of up to 48 kilometers. The battery (capacity of 12 kWh) can only be charged at home / slow charge, for three to six hours.

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48 km sounds small, but can be enough for short urban and long-distance travel, and even on long trips low combined fuel consumption can be achieved, thanks to the intervention of the electric motor in hybrid travel, and in general increase the intervals between refueling. Only, on a trip that was mostly in sport mode, and lots of fun presses.In between, cruising in hybrid and electric mode balanced consumption, and without the existence of the electric motor, it would have dropped below eight km per liter.

And this is the time, for the umpteenth time, to praise the regeneration system in the car, as in any hybrid or electric model I have come across from a BMW brand. The only energy recovery system, or between the units, in which the driver can clearly and explicitly distinguish the energy generated by the driving itself, and the battery percentages that are added to the range. There is another system for “saving battery life” and recharging the battery, which can be turned on and off at the touch of a button.

At the beginning of 2021, the facelift of the 5 Series was marketed in Israel, which included an upgrade in the exterior design of the vehicle, a grille with upgraded contours, headlights with new lighting graphics and taillights in 3D design and a black frame, updated front and rear bumper design, sculpted and wide body-colored surfaces, air vents Vertical on both sides of the front bumper, double trapezoidal exhaust and more.

The same BMW grille that has been inflated over the generations, and in the new electric iX model, has grown and taken over the front of the vehicle, remains modest and impressive in the 5 Series, even in the new generation and facelift, and it’s good that way.

The proportions of this series, as well as of the 7 series, are perfect in my eyes. Every angle, even the one at the back, that is a bit flattened, and not too aggressive or attractive, has its own charm. With the model name in bright silver on the right, and the brand logo in the center. In profile, the 545e is a ship and animal-looking, with additions and sporty finishes from BMW’s M worlds.

The generous dimensions of the vehicle can be easily discerned, inside and out. I know that the value of the car crosses the half-million shekel line, and is not suitable for every Israeli family, but the 5 Series, as well as the 3 Series, are the ultimate family cars in my eyes, in terms of dimensions, equipment and usability. Apart from the volume of the relatively flat and narrow trunk in the hybrid model, its volume amounts to 410 liters.

BMW e530 (Photo: Manufacturer)

Driving in the 545e is very enjoyable. The vehicle accelerates very quickly, to my surprise, in the hybrid and electric mode a little less than I would like to feel. So, as I mentioned, the sport mode was stressful most of the time, simply because it provided the best driving experience. The vehicle is comfortable, soothes bumps well, and only the steering wheel, which became a bit “light” on a fast ride, took the “wind out of the sails” for me and took my foot off the gas.

I did not feel confident to press as hard as I wanted. Yes, in maneuvers and curves I felt that I and the vehicle were one unit. The 545e holds and is very stable, sharp and agile, and the brand’s sporty DNA is noticeable, even on this large body. The super-elegant and impressive cabin and passenger compartment are very pleasant. It is equipped from side to side, and quiet is maintained, even at high speeds. The big gasoline engine through the engine housing seal.The wind and road noises just stayed out up to long-distance plus-plus speed.

When it comes to comfort armor, there is a lot of it. The multimedia system is good and easy to operate, mainly due to the fact that I met it several times in different models, and learned to recognize and understand it. The first meeting with her was not easy. Multimedia with a 12.3-inch touch screen, which includes many operations and settings. In fact, it eliminates the operation pulley to the right of the driver, next to the gear lever, and also eliminates the control bar for selecting radio stations.

A beautiful and beautiful 12.3-inch dashboard that displays a wealth of information, and also displays graphics of the road and the road users around me. Very impressive are the comfortable seats upholstered in Napa leather, the Bowers & Wilkins audio system with 16 speakers, which is only available in this plug-in hybrid version, 545, at this level of finish, M-Superior.

The mobile charging pad, an important and necessary accessory, is inactive – living evidence of the chip crisis and production limitations, due to the corona. The safety equipment includes many advanced safety systems, which increase the safety rating of the vehicle at the highest level of equipment to a score of 8 out of 8. There is no warning system against forgetting children in the vehicle. Also, correcting the deviation from the lane impairs the driving experience, and therefore remains off during the road test. The vehicle’s hybrid propulsion system entitles it to an extremely low pollution rating, only 2 (out of 15). And the price – NIS 595,000. 

News and events

Closing year: 289,291 cars hit the road in Israel in 2021, compared to only 214,544 cars in 2020. The best-selling car brand in Israel in 2021 is Hyundai. Followed by 2nd to 6th places: Toyota, Kia, Skoda and Mazda. Mitsubishi ranks in a respectable seventh place with 12,828 cars. Seat followed, closing the year with a total dedication of 11,453 vehicles.

Tesla, a new brand in 14th place (out of 57 places and brands), with a total dedication of 6,299 cars, and a larger sales figure. The luxury brand Genesis, which competes with traditional German brands, which began operations in the country in February 2021, closes a year with the delivery of 330 vehicles (in ten months). During 2022, three new electric models will be marketed: Genesis G80 EV, GV70 EV and GV60 EV, which will be launched at the end of the current quarter.

The Eastern Company, an importer of Land Rover, unveils the impressive fifth generation of the new Range Rover 2022, in Israel, two months after its world premiere (pictured right). The Range Rover is offered in 3.0-liter gasoline and diesel engine versions (350/400 hp), and a beastly and well-equipped 4X4 version, with a 4.4-liter V8 engine and 530 hp.

The vehicle is equipped with safety, comfort and first-class safety systems, with a starting price of NIS 1,299,000. The new generation will arrive in Israel in the second quarter of the year, the plug-in version will arrive at the end of the year, and an electric version only in 2025.

Range Rover (Photo: Sand Press)Range Rover (Photo: Sand Press)

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