2020 BMW 745e xDrive Plug-In Hybrid Struggles as a Green Machine

While more powerful than its predecessor, the hybrid 7-series remains a luxury statement first.

Plug-in hybrids, by their nature, exist in an awkward limbo between conventional gasoline and fully electric vehicles. Some, such as the Chevy Volt or BMW i3, make a genuinely compelling case toward greater electrification of the automobile. Others, however, can seem like little more than an experimental stepping-stone toward full EVs, which is the case with the 2020 BMW 745e xDrive iPerformance. With minimal useful range as an EV and a lofty asking price cutting into its polar bear-hugging modesty, the 745e, as with the conventional 2020 7-series, remains a pure luxury statement above all else.

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