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2023 BMW X5 PLUG-IN HYBRID Driving Functions Guidelines

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BMW X5 PLUG-IN HYBRID 2023 Driving Functions Guidelines 

Innovative engineering and cutting-edge technology come together in the 2023 BMW X5 Plug-in Hybrid to make a set of driving features that are designed to give you a driving experience like no other. With a mix of electric-only driving, dynamic traction and stability controls, and real-time adjustable suspensions, these features are good for both drivers who like speed and those who want to be good to the environment. With modes like Eco Pro and Sport, drivers can change the way their trip feels with the push of a button. Integrated carefully, high-tech features like adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and parking aid make the car easy to use and safe. Meanwhile, the brand’s connected app has real-time data that let drivers check on everything from the health of their batteries to how well they are driving. When all of these features work together, every drive becomes an orchestration of accuracy, comfort, and environmental friendliness. This shows how committed BMW is to pushing the limits of hybrid driving.

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BMW eDRIVE

Principle
BMW eDRIVE is the designation for electric drive technology. In addition to the combustion engine, the vehicle features a high-voltage hybrid system that consists of an electric motor and a high-voltage battery, among other things.
The hybrid system can move the vehicle entirely on battery power. It can also support the combustion engine in certain situations.

General information
The vehicle does not consume any fuel while running on battery power. This enables environmentally friendly driving without emissions in certain conditions, for example, in city traffic. During driving with the combustion engine, the hybrid system helps to lower fuel consumption. The electric motor is switched on to support this, if required by the situation.

In addition to this, the electric motor acts as an alternator: during braking and in rolling to a stop/overrun mode, the electric motor converts the vehicle’s kinetic energy into electrical energy. The electrical energy is stored in the high-voltage battery and is used to drive the electric motor.
The high-voltage battery can be charged via the charging socket at charging stations or do-mestic socket outlets.

Overview

Hybrid system componentsBMW-X5-PLUG-IN-HYBRID-2023-Driving-fig-1

  1. Combustion engine
  2. Power Electronics
  3. Electric motor
  4. High-voltage cables: orange
  5. Auxiliary battery, the combustion engine
  6. High-voltage battery
  7. Charging control unit
  8. Charging socket
    Settings of the hybrid system
    General information
    The hybrid system properties can be set to the following hybrid modes using Driving Dynamics Control:

Settings of the hybrid system

General information
The hybrid system properties can be set to the following hybrid modes using Driving Dynamics Control:

  • SPORT
  • HYBRID
  • ELECTRIC
  • ADAPTIVE
  • BATTERY CONTROL

Different system-related maximum speeds for electric driving apply to different settings. The electrical speed range that can be ach-ieved in each case is indicated by a blue marking in the speedometer.

HYBRID, ADAPTIVE and SPORT
The vehicle is moved in hybrid mode, i.e., the drive combines the combustion engine and electric motor.

ELECTRIC
In ELECTRIC, the vehicle is driven exclusively electrically.

BATTERY CONTROL
With BATTERY CONTROL, the electric range can be maintained and conserved for a later point in the trip or increased as needed.
Displays of the hybrid system
The displays of the hybrid system provide information about the current state of hybrid operation and show the system activity in a chart.

Additional information:
For displays of the hybrid system

While driving
Observe the descriptions on the following topics in Chapter Functions while driving:

  • General driving notes.
  • Safety information.
  • Functional requirements.
  • Auto Start/Stop function, coasting.
  • Energy recovery, CHARGE.
  • Support from the electric motor.
  • Anticipatory hybrid drive. Additional information:
    For functions while driving

Charging the vehicle
The high-voltage battery of the vehicle can be charged via the charging socket at charging stations or domestic socket outlets.
Regular and complete charging of the high-voltage battery reduces fuel consumption by using electric energy.

Additional information:
Charge vehicle

Climate control while parking and charging
The hybrid system makes it possible to operate the automatic climate control prior to start of the trip and with the combustion engine switched off.
During vehicle charging or if the high-voltage battery is sufficiently charged, the car’s interior can be cooled or heated in advance of the trip.
The pre-conditioning can also be switched on directly.

Additional information:
Stationary climate control

Energy-saving driving
To save energy while driving, read the following descriptions.
Additional information:

  • For saving fuel
  • Using the hybrid system efficiently
  • Driving modes for optimizing consumption

Safety of the high-voltage system
Additional information:
Working on the vehicle

Acoustic pedestrian protection
Depending on the national market version, the acoustic pedestrian protection generates continuous driving noise.

  • With a stationary vehicle and drive, readiness is turned on, as soon as the selector lever position P is exited.
  • With electric driving up to approx. 20 mph/30 km/h.

A speaker system broadcasts the noise to the environment.
As a result, other road users, for instance, pedestrians or cyclists, can better perceive the vehicle.

The high-voltage battery, long stationary periods
Observe the information on taking the vehicle out of service and on longer idle periods.

Additional information:
The service life of the high-voltage battery, long stationary periods, and taking the vehicle out of service

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Start/Stop button

Principle 

BMW-X5-PLUG-IN-HYBRID-2023-Driving-fig-2Pressing the Start/Stop button switches the drive-ready state on or off.
Drive-ready state is switched on when you depress the brake
pedal while pressing the Start/Stop button.
Pressing the Start/Stop button again switches the drive-ready state back off and standby state is switched back on.
The drive-ready state cannot be switched on as long as the charging cable is connected.

Additional information:

  • Drive-ready state
  • Standby state
  • Charging cable,

Driving off

  1. Turn on the drive-ready state.
  2. Apply gear position.
  3. Release the parking brake.
  4. Driving off.

The full drive power may not be available for approximately 30 seconds after starting the combustion engine. In this case, the vehicle will not accelerate as usual.
The maximum drive power can be utilized as soon as eBoost is available.
Additional information:
Power gauge

Auto Start/Stop function

Principle
The Auto Start/Stop function helps save fuel. The system switches off the combustion en-gine when conditions for electric driving have been met. The standby state remains on.

General information
READY is displayed in the instrument cluster. If necessary, the combustion engine starts automatically.
The combustion engine is also stopped during the trip when rolling without acceleration or braking. This driving condition, in which the ve-hicle is traveling without power and energy re-covery is not active, is referred to as coasting.
The combustion engine is not switched off automatically in the following situations:

  • The combustion engine is not at operating temperature.
  • Selector lever in M/S position.
  • The high-voltage battery is heavily discharged or vehicle’s electrical system is heavily burdened.
  • High stress of the automatic climate control in the heating or cooling phase.
  •  Hood is unlocked.
  • The vehicle is being optimized for the current driving style, for instance during the break-in period or after a workshop visit.
  • The hybrid system is malfunctioning.

Safety mode
An automatically stopped combustion engine does not start independently:

  • With the driver’s door open, if neither the brake pedal nor the accelerator pedal is depressed, and the driver’s seat belt is not fastened.
  • When the hood is unlocked.

The indicator lights come on. The combustion engine can only be started via the Start/Stop button.

Switching off the vehicle during an automatic engine stop
During an automatic engine stop, the vehicle can be switched off permanently, for instance when leaving it.

  1. Press the Start/Stop button.
    • The standby state is activated.
    • The Auto Start/Stop function is deactivated.
    • Selector lever position P is engaged automatically.
  2. Set the parking brake.

Malfunction
The Auto Start/Stop function no longer switches off the combustion engine automatically in the event of a malfunction. A message is displayed. It is possible to continue driving. Have the system checked.

Functions while driving

General information
The combustion engine provides the main drive power. If required, the high-voltage battery is charged at the same time. The hybrid system starts the combustion engine automatically.
While driving electrically with ePOWER, the vehicle is powered by an electric motor.
Depending on the charge state of the high-voltage battery, maximum speed, the vehicle’s capacity to accelerate, and range can vary.
For electric driving and driving with a combustion engine, the relevant conditions must be satisfied.
Driving off and accelerating require a lot of energy. To optimize acceleration and to reduce fuel consumption, the electric motor boosts the combustion engine.

Safety information 

Warning
When driving in electric mode, pedestrians and other road users might pay less attention to the vehicle due to the lack of engine noise. There is a risk of accident. Adjust driving style to traffic conditions. Watch surrounding traffic closely and actively intervene where appropriate.

Functional requirements

Electric driving

  • State of charge and temperature of the high-voltage battery is sufficient.
  • Selector lever position D or R engaged.
  • The accelerator pedal is not depressed too far.
  • The possible maximum speed for electric driving is not exceeded.

Automatic starting of the combustion engine while driving
Depending on the set hybrid mode, the combustion engine is automatically started under conditions such as the following while driving:

  • When accelerating heavily or on uphill grades.
  • By pressing the accelerator pedal beyond the resistance point at the full throttle position, kick down.
  • The charge state of the high-voltage battery is insufficient.
  • Selector lever position M/S is engaged.
  • During manual gear using the shift paddles.
  • Anticipatory hybrid drive with active destination guidance, e.g., out of town.
  • System-related demand from the hybrid components.

Automatic switching-off of the combustion engine while driving
Depending on the driving situation, the combustion engine is switched off if the conditions for electric driving are met.

Auto Start/Stop function, coasting

Principle
The Auto Start/Stop function switches the combustion engine off while the vehicle is moving when braking when rolling to a halt, and while the vehicle is stopped. The condition of rolling to a stop without energy recovery is also referred to as coasting. Comfort functions such as automatic climate control are supplied by the high-voltage battery and can remain switched on. After coasting, the combustion engine or electric motor provides the necessary drive power automatically again, depending on the hybrid mode.

Functional requirements
Coasting is possible under the following conditions:

  • In HYBRID ECO PRO driving mode when the traffic situation allows.
  • Transmission position D is engaged.

Energy recovery: CHARGE

Principle
With the CHARGE energy recovery, the electric motor acts as an alternator and converts the kinetic energy of the vehicle into electrical en-ergy during braking and rolling to a stop.
This recovered energy charges the high-voltage battery. If necessary, this stored electrical energy is output to the electric motor.

General information
Depending on the set hybrid mode, the high-voltage battery is charged at different speeds and the vehicle decelerates differently while rolling to a stop.

Functional requirements
Conditions such as the following prerequisites must be met to recover kinetic energy:

  • The vehicle is moving.
  • Selector lever position D, M/S is set.
  • The high-voltage battery is not fully charged.

Displays in the instrument cluster
Additional information:
Displays of the hybrid system

Support from the electric motor

Principle
The combustion engine provides the main drive power.
The electric motor provides assistance as needed with additional drive power.

eASSIST
During normal driving, the electric motor assists the combustion engine, depending on the situation.

eBOOST
Accelerating quickly, such as when passing, requires the maximum available power from the electric motor. To do this, depress the accelerator pedal firmly.
Anticipatory hybrid drive

Principle
The system facilitates an optimal distribution of the available electric energy to permit electric driving with active destination guidance of the navigation system in the city and in the destination region. If the high-voltage battery is sufficiently charged, additional route sections will be selected for electric driving.

General information
For example, downhill gradients are taken into account for efficient energy recovery.
Depending on the route section, the combustion engine is automatically switched on or off, which supports an efficient driving style and emission-free driving in the inner city.

Additional information:
Using the hybrid system efficiently

Functional requirements

  • Selector lever position D engaged.
  • Destination guidance active.
  • Depending on equipment, HYBRID STANDARD, HYBRID ECO PRO or ADAP-TIVE activated.

Activate/deactivate

  1. “CAR”
  2. Settings”
  3. General settings”
  4. Anticipatory hybrid drive”

Displays

  1. CAR”
  2. Driving information”
  3. “Energy flow”

DisplayBMW-X5-PLUG-IN-HYBRID-2023-Driving-fig-3

Example: out of town situation. Electric driving is prepared before arriving in a town. When the town is reached, the vehicle switches to electric driving automatically.
Other situations are also shown on the Control Display:

  • Downhill gradient: the vehicle drives electri-cally on the downhill gradient and the high-voltage battery is charged.
  • Target zone: electric driving is preferred in the target zone.
  • Energy distribution: when the state of charge of the high-voltage battery is sufficient, electric driving is preferred when driv-ing extended distances out of town.

eDrive zone
Depending on the national-market vehicle, electric driving is supported with the eDrive zone app in select urban areas. The driving mode will automatically switch to ELECTRIC when driving in an eDrive zone.
The eDrive zones are highlighted in color in the map view of the navigation system.
The eDrive zone function and the display of the map view can be activated or deactivated. After the vehicle delivery, the function and the display of the map view can be activated or deactivated.

Driving Dynamics Control

Principle
Driving Dynamics Control influences the driving dynamics and hybrid system properties of the vehicle.
The vehicle can be adjusted depending on the situation using various driving modes.

General information
The following systems are affected, for in-stance:

  • Engine characteristics.
  • Properties of the hybrid system.
  • Steptronic transmission.
  • Steering.
  • Integral Active Steering.
  • Two-axle ride level control.
  • Display in the instrument cluster.
  • Cruise control.

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Displays in the instrument cluster
BMW-X5-PLUG-IN-HYBRID-2023-Driving-fig-5The selected driving mode is displayed in the instrument clus-ter.

Driving modes
Button Driving mode

  • BMW-X5-PLUG-IN-HYBRID-2023-Driving-fig-6SPORT STANDARD SPORT INDIVIDUAL
  • BMW-X5-PLUG-IN-HYBRID-2023-Driving-fig-7HYBRID STANDARD HYBRID ECO PRO
  • BMW-X5-PLUG-IN-HYBRID-2023-Driving-fig-8ELECTRIC STANDARD ELECTRIC INDIVIDUAL
  • BMW-X5-PLUG-IN-HYBRID-2023-Driving-fig-9ADAPTIVE
  • BMW-X5-PLUG-IN-HYBRID-2023-Driving-fig-10BATTERY CONTROL
    Some driving modes can be configured individually.

Driving modes in detail

SPORT STANDARD

Principle
The SPORT driving mode is a dynamic setting for more agility with an optimized suspension.

Turning on
BMW-X5-PLUG-IN-HYBRID-2023-Driving-fig-6Press the button repeatedly until SPORT is displayed in the instrument cluster.

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SPORT INDIVIDUAL

Principle
In the SPORT INDIVIDUAL driving mode, individual settings can be adjusted to support driv-ing dynamics properties.

Configuration

  1. CAR”
  2. Settings”
  3. Driving mode”
  4. SPORT INDIVIDUAL”
  5. Select the desired setting.

Reset SPORT INDIVIDUAL to the standard settings:
“Reset to SPORT STANDARD”.

HYBRID STANDARD

Principle
HYBRID STANDARD is activated with each starting procedure that uses the Start/Stop button.
In HYBRID STANDARD, the vehicle is driven in hybrid mode based on the various driving situations, i.e., the drive combines the com-bustion engine and electric motor. The respec-tively most effective drive type is preferred.

Turning on
BMW-X5-PLUG-IN-HYBRID-2023-Driving-fig-7Press the button repeatedly until HY-BRID is displayed in the instrument cluster.

HYBRID ECO PRO

Principle
In HYBRID ECO PRO, the vehicle is driven in hybrid mode based on the various driving situations. HYBRID ECO PRO supports a fuel-efficient driving style by adapting the engine control and comfort functions, such as climate control output.

Turning on

BMW-X5-PLUG-IN-HYBRID-2023-Driving-fig-7Press the button repeatedly until HY-BRID ECO PRO is displayed in the in-strument cluster.

ELECTRIC STANDARD

Principle
In ELECTRIC STANDARD driving mode, the vehicle is driven exclusively electrically.
If necessary, the maximum electric speed that applies to ELECTRIC STANDARD may be deliberately exceeded with the aid of kick-down. The combustion engine is automatically started and the system switches to the last selected HYBRID mode.
Additional information:
BMW eDrive

Turning on
BMW-X5-PLUG-IN-HYBRID-2023-Driving-fig-8Press the button repeatedly until ELECTRIC is displayed in the instrument cluster.

ELECTRIC INDIVIDUAL

Principle
The vehicle is driven exclusively by electric power.
In ELECTRIC INDIVIDUAL driving mode, individual settings can be made for comfort functions, such as climate control output. This supports a fuel-efficient driving style.

Configuration
ELECTRIC INDIVIDUAL can be specified as the default mode, for example.

  1. “CAR”
  2. “Settings”
  3. “Driving mode”
  4. “ELECTRIC INDIVIDUAL”
  5. Select the desired setting.

Reset ELECTRIC INDIVIDUAL to the default settings:
“Reset”.

ADAPTIVE

Principle
The ADAPTIVE driving mode is a balanced driving mode that automatically adapts to the driving situation and driving style.
If the navigation system is active, upcoming road sections are considered.

Turning on
BMW-X5-PLUG-IN-HYBRID-2023-Driving-fig-9Press the button. ADAPTIVE is displayed in the instrument cluster.

BATTERY CONTROL

Principle
A certain charge state of the high-voltage battery can be maintained or increased with BAT-TERY CONTROL.

General information
The state of charge can be adjusted. The electric range can be conserved in this way for a later point in the trip, for instance.
If the current charge state is too low, the battery is charged during the trip. This charging process increases the average consumption.

Turning on

BMW-X5-PLUG-IN-HYBRID-2023-Driving-fig-10Press the button.
The LED in the button lights up.

Adjusting the charge state
The charge state can be set in various ways. Using the button:

  1. Press the button.
    BATTERY CONTROL is shown in the instrument cluster and on the Control Display.
  2. Select “Set target value” on the Control Display.
  3. Target:”: set the desired value.

Via iDrive:

  1. CAR”
  2. Settings”
  3. Driving mode”
  4. BATTERY CONTROL”
  5. Set the desired value.

The charge state to be conserved is displayed as a percentage value on the Control Display.
A marking is set in the instrument cluster for the adjusted value in the charge state indicator of the high-voltage battery.

Additional information:
High-voltage battery charge state indicator

INDIVIDUAL configuration

General information
The individual configuration set last is activated directly when the driving mode is called up again.
Activating the configuration of the driving mode
Press the button for the desired driving mode several times.

Parking brake 

Principle
The parking brake is used to prevent the vehicle from rolling away when it is parked.

Safety information 

Warning
An unsecured vehicle can begin to move and possibly roll away. There is a risk of an accident. Before leaving the vehicle, secure the vehicle against rolling away.
In order to ensure that the vehicle is secured against rolling away, follow the following:

  • Set the parking brake.
  • On uphill grades or on downhill slopes, turn the front wheels in the direction of the curb.
  • On uphill grades or on downhill slopes, also secure the vehicle, for instance with a wheel chock.

Warning
Unattended children or animals in the vehicle can cause the vehicle to move and endanger themselves and traffic, for instance due to the following actions:

  • Pressing the Start/Stop button.
  • Releasing the parking brake.
  • Opening and closing the doors or windows.
  • Engaging selector lever position N.
  • Using vehicle equipment.
    There is a risk of accidents or injuries. Do not leave children or animals unattended in the vehicle. Take the vehicle key with you when exiting and lock the vehicle.

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BMW-X5-PLUG-IN-HYBRID-2023-Driving-fig-12Parking brake

Setting the parking brake  With a stationary vehicle 

BMW-X5-PLUG-IN-HYBRID-2023-Driving-fig-12Pull the switch. The LED lights up.

BMW-X5-PLUG-IN-HYBRID-2023-Driving-fig-13The indicator light in the instrument cluster illuminates red. The parking brake is set.

While driving
General information
Use while driving serves as an emergency braking function.

BMW-X5-PLUG-IN-HYBRID-2023-Driving-fig-12Pull the switch and hold it. The vehicle brakes hard while the switch is being pulled.
BMW-X5-PLUG-IN-HYBRID-2023-Driving-fig-13The indicator light in the instrument cluster illuminates red, a signal sounds, and the brake lights illuminate.

A Check Control message is displayed.
The parking brake is engaged when the vehi-cle is stationary.
With Emergency Stop Assistant

BMW-X5-PLUG-IN-HYBRID-2023-Driving-fig-12Pull the switch briefly to activate the emergency stop function.

Additional information:
Emergency Stop Assistant

Releasing the parking brake

Releasing the parking brake manually 

  1. Turn on drive-ready state.
  2. BMW-X5-PLUG-IN-HYBRID-2023-Driving-fig-12Press the switch while stepping on the brake pedal or selector lever position P is set.
    The LED and the indicator light go out. The parking brake is released.

Releasing the parking brake automatically
The parking brake is released automatically when you drive off.
The LED and the indicator light go out.

Automatic Hold

Principle
Automatic Hold assists the driver by automatically setting and releasing the brake, such as when moving in stop-and-go traffic.
The vehicle is automatically held in place when it is stationary.
On uphill grades the system prevents the vehicle from rolling back when driving off.

General information
Under the following conditions, the parking brake is automatically engaged:

  • The drive-ready state is switched off.
  • The driver’s door is opened while the vehicle is stationary.
  • The moving vehicle is brought to a standstill using the parking brake.

Safety information

Warning
An unsecured vehicle can begin to move and possibly roll away. There is a risk of accident. Before leaving the vehicle, secure the vehicle against rolling away.
In order to ensure that the vehicle is secured against rolling away, follow the following:

  • Set the parking brake.
  • On uphill grades or on downhill slopes, turn the front wheels in the direction of the curb.
  • On uphill grades or on downhill slopes, also secure the vehicle, for instance with a wheel chock.

Warning
Unattended children or animals in the vehicle can cause the vehicle to move and endanger themselves and traffic, for instance, due to the following actions:

  • Pressing the Start/Stop button.
  • Releasing the parking brake.
  • Opening and closing the doors or windows.
  • Engaging selector lever position N.
  • Using vehicle equipment.

There is a risk of accidents or injuries. Do not leave children or animals unattended in the vehicle. Take the vehicle key with you when exiting and lock the vehicle.

NOTICE
If the vehicle is stationary, Automatic Hold engages the parking brake and prevents the vehicle from rolling in a car wash. There is
a risk of damage to property, among other potential damage. Deactivate Automatic Hold prior to entering the car wash.

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BMW-X5-PLUG-IN-HYBRID-2023-Driving-fig-15Automatic Hold

Establishing operational readiness of Automatic Hold

  1. Turn on drive-ready state.
  2. BMW-X5-PLUG-IN-HYBRID-2023-Driving-fig-15Press the button. The LED lights up.

BMW-X5-PLUG-IN-HYBRID-2023-Driving-fig-16The indicator light lights up green. Automatic Hold is ready to use. After every vehicle restart, the last se-lected setting is active.

Automatic Hold holding the vehicle
Operational readiness is established and the driver’s door is closed.

BMW-X5-PLUG-IN-HYBRID-2023-Driving-fig-37After the brake is applied, the vehicle is kept from rolling away as soon as the indicator light illuminates green.

Driving off
Press the accelerator pedal to drive off.
The brake is released automatically and the indicator light of the parking brake is no longer illuminated.

Activating the parking brake automatically
The parking brake is automatically set if the drive-ready state is switched off while the vehicle is being held by Automatic Hold or if the vehicle is exited.

BMW-X5-PLUG-IN-HYBRID-2023-Driving-fig-38The indicator light changes from green to red.
The parking brake is not set automatically if the drive-ready state was switched off while the vehicle was coasting. Automatic Hold is deactivated.

Switching operational readiness off

BMW-X5-PLUG-IN-HYBRID-2023-Driving-fig-15Press the button. The LED goes out.
BMW-X5-PLUG-IN-HYBRID-2023-Driving-fig-16The indicator light goes out.

Automatic Hold is switched off.
If the vehicle is being held by Automatic Hold, also press on the brake pedal when switching off.

Malfunction
If the parking brake fails or in case of a fault, secure the vehicle against rolling away before exiting.
A Check Control message is displayed.
Secure the vehicle against rolling away, for in-stance with a wheel chock, after getting out of the vehicle.

After a power interruption
To reestablish parking brake functionality after a power interruption:

  1. Turn on standby state.
  2. BMW-X5-PLUG-IN-HYBRID-2023-Driving-fig-12Pull the switch while stepping on the brake pedal or selector lever position P is set and then push.
    This process may take a few seconds. Some mechanical sounds associated with this process are normal.

BMW-X5-PLUG-IN-HYBRID-2023-Driving-fig-38The indicator light is no longer illuminated as soon as the parking brake is ready for operation again.

Turn signal

Turn signal in the exterior mirror
When driving and during the operation of the turn signals or hazard warning system, do not fold in the exterior mirrors so that the turn signal lamps on the exterior mirror are easy to see.

BlinkingBMW-X5-PLUG-IN-HYBRID-2023-Driving-fig-17

Press the lever past the resistance point.

Triple turn signal activation
Lightly tap the lever up or down.
The triple turn signal duration can be adjusted.

  1.  “CAR”
  2. “Settings”
  3. “Exterior lighting”
  4.  “One-touch turn signal”
  5. Select the desired setting.

Brief blinking
Press the lever to the resistance point and hold it there for as long as you want the turn signal to flash.

High beams, headlight flasher

Press the lever forward or pull it backward. BMW-X5-PLUG-IN-HYBRID-2023-Driving-fig-18

 

  • High beams on, arrow 1.
    The high beams light up when the low beams are switched on.
  • High beams off/headlight flasher, arrow 2.

Window wiper system

Safety information 

Warning
If the wipers start moving in the folded away state, body parts can be jammed or damage may occur to parts of the vehicle. There is a risk of injury or risk of damage to property. Make sure that the vehicle is switched off when the wipers are in the folded-away state and the wipers are folded in when switching on.

NOTICE
The wiper blades can wear out or become damaged prematurely when wiping on a dry window for a longer period of time. The wiper motor can overheat. There is a risk of dam-age to property, among other potential dam-age. Do not use the wipers when the window is dry.

NOTICE
If the wipers are frozen to the windshield, the wiper blades can be torn off and the wiper motor can overheat when switching on. There is a risk of damage to property, among other potential damage. Defrost the windshield prior to switching the wipers on.

Turning on window wiper systemBMW-X5-PLUG-IN-HYBRID-2023-Driving-fig-19

Press the lever up until the desired position is reached.

  • Resting position of the wipers, position 0.
  • Rain sensor, position 1.
  • Normal wiper speed, position 2.
  • Fast wiper speed, position 3.

When the journey is interrupted with the win-dow wiper system turned on: when the journey continues, the wipers resume at their previous speed.

Turning off the window wiper system and flick wipeBMW-X5-PLUG-IN-HYBRID-2023-Driving-fig-20

Press the lever down.

  • Turn off: press the lever down until it reaches the 0 position.
  • Flick wipe: press the lever down from the 0 position.
    The lever automatically returns to its 0 po-sition when released.

Rain sensor

Principle
The rain sensor automatically controls the wiper operation depending on the intensity of the rainfall.
General information
The sensor is located on the windshield, di-rectly in front of the interior mirror.

Safety information

NOTICE
If the rain sensor is activated, the wipers can accidentally start moving in car washes. There is a risk of damage to property, among other potential damage. Deactivate the rain sensor in car washes.

Activating rain sensorBMW-X5-PLUG-IN-HYBRID-2023-Driving-fig-21

Press the lever up once from its 0 position, arrow 1.
Wiping operation is started.
The LED in the wiper lever is illuminated.
In frosty conditions, wiping operation may not start.

Deactivating rain sensor
Press the lever back into the 0 position.

Adjusting the rain sensor sensitivityBMW-X5-PLUG-IN-HYBRID-2023-Driving-fig-22

Turn the thumbwheel to adjust the sensitivity of the rain sensor.
Upward: high rain sensor sensitivity. Downward: low rain sensor sensitivity.

Windshield washer system

Safety information

Warning
The washer fluid can freeze onto the window at low temperatures and obstruct the view. There is a risk of accident. Only use the washer systems if the washer fluid cannot freeze. Use washer fluid with antifreeze, if needed.

NOTICE
When the washer fluid reservoir is empty, the washer pump cannot work as intended. There is a risk of damage to property, among other potential damage. Do not use the washer system when the washer fluid reser-voir is empty.

Cleaning the windshieldBMW-X5-PLUG-IN-HYBRID-2023-Driving-fig-23

Pull the lever.
The washer fluid is sprayed on the windshield, and the wipers are turned on briefly.

Windshield washer nozzles
The windshield washer nozzles are automati-cally heated while standby state is switched on.

Rear wiper
Switching on the rear wiperBMW-X5-PLUG-IN-HYBRID-2023-Driving-fig-24

Turn the outer switch upward.

  • Resting position of the wiper, position 0.
  •  Intermittent operation, arrow 1. When re-verse gear is engaged, the system switches to continuous operation.

Clean the rear window
Turn the outer switch in the desired direction.

  • In resting position: turn the switch down-ward, arrow 3. The switch automatically re-turns to its idle position when released.
  • In intermittent operation: turn the switch further, arrow 2. The switch automatically returns to its interval position when re-leased.
    The function is deactivated if the washer fluid reservoir fill level is low.

Fold-out position of the wipers

Principle
In the fold-out position, the wipers can be folded out from the windshield, which is impor-tant, for instance, when changing the wiper blades or for folding away under frosty condi-tions.

Safety information

Warning
If the wipers start moving in the folded away state, body parts can be jammed or damage may occur to parts of the vehicle. There is a risk of injury or risk of damage to property. Make sure that the vehicle is switched off when the wipers are in the folded-away state and the wipers are folded in when switching on.

NOTICE
If the wipers are frozen to the windshield, the wiper blades can be torn off and the wiper motor can overheat when switching on. There is a risk of damage to property, among other potential damage. Defrost the windshield prior to switching the wipers on.

Folding out the wipers

  1. Turn on standby state.
  2. Press and hold the wiper lever down until the wipers stop in a nearly vertical position.BMW-X5-PLUG-IN-HYBRID-2023-Driving-fig-25
  3. Fold the wipers all the way out from the windshield. BMW-X5-PLUG-IN-HYBRID-2023-Driving-fig-26

Folding in the wipers

  1. Fold the wipers back in onto the windshield.
  2. Switch on standby state and press and hold the wiper lever down again.
    Wipers return to their resting position and are ready again for operation.

Steptronic transmission

Principle
The Steptronic transmission combines the functions of an automatic transmission with the possibility of manual shifting, if needed.

Safety information

Warning
An unsecured vehicle can begin to move and possibly roll away. There is a risk of accident. Before leaving the vehicle, secure the vehi-cle against rolling away, e.g. by applying the parking brake.

Selector lever positions

Gear position D
Selector lever position for normal driving. All gears for forward travel are activated automat-ically.
R is reverse
Engage selector lever position R only when the vehicle is stationary.

Neutral N
The vehicle may be pushed or roll without power, for instance in car washes, in selector lever position N.

Parking position P
General information
Selector lever position, for instance for parking the vehicle. The transmission blocks the indi-vidual wheels in selector lever position P.
Engage selector lever position P only when the vehicle is stationary.

P is engaged automatically
Selector lever position P is engaged automatically in situations such as the following:

  • After the drive-ready state is switched off and selector lever position R, D or M/S is engaged.
  • After the standby state has been turned off when selector lever position N is engaged.
  • The driver’s seat belt is unbuckled, the driver’s door is opened, and the brake pedal is not pressed while the vehicle is stationary and the selector lever is set to D, M/S, or R.

Before exiting the vehicle, make sure that se-lector lever position P is set. Otherwise, the vehicle may begin to move. Also set parking brake.
Additional information:
Parking brake

Engaging selector lever positions

General information
To prevent the vehicle from creeping after you select a gear position or reverse, main-tain pressure on the brake pedal until you are ready to drive off.

Functional requirements
Only when the drive-ready state is switched on and the brake pedal is depressed is it possible to change from selector lever position P to an-other selector lever position.
The selection lever position P cannot be changed until all technical prerequisites are met.

Engaging selector lever position D, N, R
A selector lever lock prevents the following in-correct operation:

  • Unintentional shifting into selector lever po-sition R.
  • Unintentional shifting from selector lever position P into another selector lever posi-tion.
  1. Fasten driver’s seat belt.
  2. Press and hold the button to release the selector lever lock.BMW-X5-PLUG-IN-HYBRID-2023-Driving-fig-27
  3. Push the selector lever in the desired direction, past a resistance point, if needed. The selector lever automatically returns to the center position when released.BMW-X5-PLUG-IN-HYBRID-2023-Driving-fig-28

Engaging selector lever position PBMW-X5-PLUG-IN-HYBRID-2023-Driving-fig-29

Press button P.

Rolling or pushing the vehicle

General information
In some situations, the vehicle is supposed to roll without its own power for a short distance, for instance in a car wash or to be pushed.

Engaging selector lever position N 

NOTICE
Selector lever position P is automatically engaged when standby state is switched off. The wheels are blocked. There is a risk
of damage to property. Do not switch off standby if the vehicle is meant to coast, e.g., in a car wash.

  1. Switch on drive-ready state while pressing on the brake pedal.
  2. If necessary, release the parking brake.
  3. If necessary, switch off Automatic Hold. Automatic Hold
  4. Depress the brake pedal.
  5. Touch the selector lever lock and engage  selector lever position N.
  6. Switch off the drive-ready state.
    In this way, standby state remains switched on, and a Check Control message is displayed.
    The vehicle can roll.

Selector lever position P is engaged automatically after approximately 35 minutes.
If there is a malfunction, you may not be able to change the selector lever position.
Electronically unlock the transmission lock, if needed.
Additional information:
Electronic unlocking of the transmission lock

Kickdown
Kickdown is used to achieve maximum driving performance.
Step on the accelerator pedal beyond the resistance point at the full throttle position.

Sports program M/S

Principle
The shifting points and shifting times in the Sport program are designed for sportier handling. The transmission, for instance, shifts up later and the shifting times are shorter.

Activating the Sport program BMW-X5-PLUG-IN-HYBRID-2023-Driving-fig-30

Press the selector lever to the left from selector lever position D.
The engaged gear is displayed in the instrument cluster, for instance, S1.
The sport program of the transmission is activated.
ePOWER electric driving and the Auto Start/Stop function are deactivated. Rolling to a stop and braking phases are used more often to recover energy. The high-voltage battery can be charged depending on the driving situation. Charging may increase the fuel consumption.

Ending the Sport program
Press the selector lever to the right.
D is displayed in the instrument cluster.

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Manual mode M/S

Principle
Manual gear-shifting is possible in manual mode.

Activating manual mode

  1. Press the selector lever to the left from selector lever position D, arrow 1. BMW-X5-PLUG-IN-HYBRID-2023-Driving-fig-31
  2. Press the selector lever forward or pull it backward, arrows 2.
    Manual mode becomes active and the gear is changed.
    The engaged gear is displayed in the instrument cluster, for instance, M1.
    Shifting
    • To downshift: press the selector lever forward.
    • Upshifting: pull the selector lever rear-wards.

The transmission continues shifting automatically in certain situations, for instance when RPM limits are reached.

Steptronic Sport transmission: prevent automatic upshifting in M/S manual mode
Depending on the motorization: if driving mode SPORT is selected, the Steptronic Sport trans-mission does not automatically upshift in
M/S manual mode once the maximum speed is reached. In addition, there is no downshifting for kick-down.

Additional information:
SPORT

Ending the manual mode
Press the selector lever to the right.
D is displayed in the instrument cluster.

Shift paddles

Principle
The shift paddles on the steering wheel allow you to change gears quickly while keeping both hands on the steering wheel.

General information

Shifting
The vehicle only shifts at suitable RPM and road speeds.

Short-term manual mode
In selector lever position D, actuating a shift paddle switches into manual mode tempora-rily.
After conservative driving in manual mode without acceleration or shifting via the shift paddles for a certain amount of time, the transmission switches back to automatic mode. It is possible to switch into automatic mode:

  • Keep the right shift paddle pulled until D is displayed in the instrument cluster.
  • In addition to the pulled right shift paddle, pull the left shift paddle.

Continuous manual mode
In selector lever position S, actuating a shift paddle switches into manual mode permanently.

Steptronic Sport transmission
With the appropriate transmission version, the lowest possible gear can be selected by simultaneously activating kickdown and operating the left shift paddles. This is not possible in short-term manual mode.

Shifting BMW-X5-PLUG-IN-HYBRID-2023-Driving-fig-32

  • Upshifting: pull the right shift paddle.
  • Downshifting: pull left shift paddle.
  • Downshifting to the lowest possible gear: keep the left shift paddle pulled.

The selected gear is briefly displayed in the instrument cluster, followed by the current gear.

Displays in the instrument cluster
BMW-X5-PLUG-IN-HYBRID-2023-Driving-fig-33The selector lever position is displayed, for example, P.

Electronic unlocking of the transmission lock

General information
Unlock the transmission lock electronically, e.g., to maneuver the vehicle out of a hazardous area in the event of a malfunction.
Before unlocking the transmission lock, set the parking brake to prevent the vehicle from roll-ing away.

Engage selector lever position N

  1. Press and hold down brake pedal.
  2. Press and hold the Start/Stop button.
  3. With your free hand, press the button on the selector lever, arrow 1, and press the selector lever into selector lever position N and hold, arrow N, until selector lever posi-tion N is displayed in the instrument cluster. A Check Control message is displayed. BMW-X5-PLUG-IN-HYBRID-2023-Driving-fig-34
  4. Release Start/Stop button and selector lever.
  5. Release the brake.
  6. Maneuver the vehicle from the hazardous area and secure it against rolling away.

Additional information:
Tow-starting/towing

Launch Control

Principle
Launch Control enables optimum acceleration on roads with good traction under dry sur-rounding conditions.

General information
The use of Launch Control causes premature component wear since this function represents a very heavy load for the vehicle.
Do not use Launch Control during the break-in.
Do not steer the steering wheel when driving off with Launch Control.

Additional information:
Breaking-in period

Functional requirement
Launch Control is available when the engine is at operating temperature. The engine is at operating temperature after an uninterrupted trip of at least 6 miles/10 km.
Starting with launch control

  1. Turn on drive-ready state.
  2. BMW-X5-PLUG-IN-HYBRID-2023-Driving-fig-35Press the button.
    TRACTION is displayed in the instrument cluster and the indicator light for DSC OFF lights up.
  3. Engage selector lever position S.
  4. With the left foot, forcefully press down on the brake.
  5. Press and hold down the accelerator pedal beyond the resistance point at the full throt-tle position, kickdown.
    A destination flag is displayed in the instrument cluster.
  6. The starting engine speed adjusts. Wait briefly until the engine speed is constant. Keep the accelerator pedal in this position.
  7. Release the brake within 3 seconds after the destination flag illuminates.
    The vehicle accelerates.
    Upshifting occurs automatically as long as the destination flag is displayed and the accelerator pedal is not released.

Repeated use during a trip
After Launch Control has been used, the transmission must cool down for approx. 5 minutes before Launch Control can be used again. Launch Control adjusts to the surrounding conditions when used again.

After using Launch Control
To support driving stability, reactivate Dynamic Stability Control as soon as possible.

System limits
An experienced driver may be able to achieve better acceleration values in DSC OFF mode.

FAQ

What type of driving modes are available in the X5 Plug-in Hybrid?

The vehicle typically offers various modes, including Eco Pro, Comfort, Sport, and Adaptive, tailored for different driving experiences.

How does the eDrive button work?

The eDrive button allows drivers to toggle between pure electric driving, hybrid mode, or conserving battery power for later use.

What is the estimated electric-only driving range?

While specific figures can vary, the X5 Plug-in Hybrid offers an electric-only range suitable for short commutes and city driving.

How does the adaptive cruise control function?

The adaptive cruise control maintains a set speed while automatically adjusting the speed to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front.

Does the X5 Plug-in Hybrid feature lane departure warning?

Yes, this safety feature alerts the driver if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane without a turn signal activated.

How does the dynamic traction and stability control enhance driving?

These systems help maintain control in challenging driving conditions, reducing wheel spin and counteracting oversteering or understeering.

Does the vehicle feature hill descent control?

Yes, the X5 often comes with hill descent control, allowing a controlled descent on steep inclines without constant braking.

What is the function of the Auto Hold feature?

Auto Hold maintains brake pressure when the vehicle is stationary, like at traffic lights, and releases automatically when you accelerate.

Can I control the vehicle’s regenerative braking strength?

Some hybrids allow adjustable regenerative braking levels, capturing energy during deceleration to recharge the battery.

Does the X5 Plug-in Hybrid have a head-up display?

Many high-end models feature a head-up display, projecting vital information onto the windshield, minimizing the need to look away from the road.

How does the parking assistance feature work?

Parking assistance uses sensors and cameras to assist in parking maneuvers, providing visual and auditory cues to the driver.

Is there a function for automatically switching between electric and hybrid modes?

Yes, the vehicle can automatically switch based on driving conditions, battery state, and other factors to optimize efficiency.

How does the dynamic damper control work?

This adjusts the suspension settings in real-time, offering a balance between comfort and sporty driving dynamics.

Is there a pedestrian warning feature in electric mode?

Given the silent nature of electric driving, some hybrids have a feature to alert pedestrians of the vehicle’s presence at low speeds.

Can I monitor driving functions through a mobile app?

BMW typically offers a connected app that allows drivers to check various vehicle metrics, including battery state and driving efficiency.

Useful Link

BMW X5 PLUG-IN HYBRID 2023 User Guide
https://www.bmwusa.com/owners-manuals.html
2023 BMW X5 Specs, Price, Features, Mileage (Brochure)

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