The new BMW 5 Series is the first generation to feature an all-electric version, the i5.
Buyers have the choice of two models, the BMW i5 eDrive 40 or the more powerful M60 xDrive. Having driven both, we prefer the less powerful car, as it rides more comfortably and the smaller tyres pick up less road noise at speed.
The eDrive 40 has 340hp, rather than the 601hp available in the four-wheel-drive M60, but that’s still enough for a rapid 0-62mph time of six seconds. It should easily handle any tourer within the maximum towing weight of 1500kg.
Performance and stability are two important factors when choosing the best tow cars for caravans. These two things aren’t usually problems when towing with a powerful electric car – however, range and recharging while towing are more significant barriers.
The BMW i5 eDrive 40 has an official range of 312-357 miles. While the i5’s arch-rival, the Mercedes EQE, will go further on a charge, the BMW’s range is still competitive. We typically find the real-world range halves while towing, so a reasonable estimate when pulling a caravan would be around 150 miles.
Although the i5 is only available as a saloon for now, an estate will arrive during the second half of 2024. BMW has promised to fit one with towing gear for a full test.
I’ve also taken a first look at the all-electric Ford Explorer recently – it’s going on sale over the summer, with a choice of rear-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive versions.
- Price: From £74,105
- Kerbweight: 2205kg
- 85% match: Above max tow
- Max towing weight: 1500kg
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