The 2019 BMW X5 is a mid-size SUV that delivers the luxurious experience expected from the lofty segment its predecessors helped pioneer. Unlike some of those early X5's, however, the current version is hardly the athlete of the segment. Nevertheless, its blistering performance and poised handling still shine through despite the X5 prioritizing comfort, quiet and refinement. It should strike a just-right balance for many luxury shoppers. The 2019 X5 is also a technology tour de force, boasting nearly every infotainment goodie in BMW's bag plus standard accident avoidance features. As it's always been, the X5 should be a must-drive for anyone seeking one of the finest five-passenger SUVs available. What's new for 2019? The BMW X5 was completely redesigned for 2019. It has bolder exterior styling, and a more overtly luxurious interior featuring a ritzier design and posher materials. Technology is also on full display in terms of infotainment (the latest iDrive 7 interface), driving aids (the new Backup Assistant parking system) and safety features (automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assist are among items now standard). Mechanically, the X5 rides on BMW's latest modular platform, and it promises an improved suspension that offers a more controlled ride and better handling. There's also a newly available height-adjustable air suspension and rear-wheel steering. The base engine remains a turbocharged inline-six, but it gains an extra 35 horses and 30 pound-feet of torque. Similarly, the upgrade engine is still a 4.4-liter turbo V8, but it gains 11 hp. Torque remains the same. %Slideshow-1035092% What's the interior and in-car technology like? The X5's cabin is less austere than has been typical from BMW, boasting a snazzy design with ritzy materials that de-emphasize buttons in favor of large swaths of wood, the huge iDrive display and more interestingly shaped center air vents. The X5's Mercedes GLE competition in the past has often seemed more overtly luxurious inside, while Audi's Q7 could seem more high-tech – the 2019 X5 seems to successfully meet them in the middle. As is typical for this lofty segment of luxury SUVs, you can outfit the X5 in a truly opulent manner with things like a leather-wrapped dash, heated just-about everything (front and rear seats, steering wheel, armrests and cupholders), a 20-speaker Bowers & Wilkins sound system, fancier leather upholstery, multiple choices of wood trim, and glass finishings on center console controls. With the latter, you can make the electronic shifter look like some sort of crystal talisman from a fantasy novel. As for technology, make sure to set aside lots of time during a test drive (and delivery, if you buy one) to learn about the innumerable features and customization settings controlled by iDrive. This isn't a car you just hop in and drive away. Everything from the way the gauges look to your preferred combination of powertrain and chassis settings can be programmed the way you like it. Plus, this latest iDrive can be controlled through a multitude of different means: the center console knob and surrounding capacitive …
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