2019 BMW X5 Reviews

2019 X5 New Car Test Drive

Introduction

The 2019 BMW X5 luxury crossover SUV is completely new, with more space, a new body with sharper character lines and a cockpit worthy of any luxury vehicle, utility or no.

For 2019, the lineup includes two all-wheel-drive models: the turbo-6 xDrive40i, and the xDrive50i with a twin-turbo V-8. A plug-in hybrid edition is coming soon.

In the 2019 X5, overall length increases by 1.1 inches to 194.3 inches. The wheelbase is 117.1 inches. It weighs 4,813 pounds with its inline-6, or 5,170 pounds with the V-8. 

The xDrive40i is EPA-rated at 20 mpg city, 26 highway, 22 combined, while the xDrive50i gets 17/22/19 mpg. 

The new X5 has not been crash tested yet, but each version gets automatic emergency braking, parking sensors, blind-spot monitors, run-flat tires, LED headlights, automatic high beams, and active lane control. An option package called Active Driving Assistant Pro adds lane-change assist and traffic jam assist. Other safety options include a surround-view camera system, night vision, and a head-up display.

Lineup

The X5 xDrive40i costs $61,695 including destination, and comes standard with power features, synthetic leather, run-flat tires, a panoramic roof, power heated front seats, wood trim, LED headlights, navigation, and 19-inch wheels. Standard audio includes AM/FM/XM with Bluetooth audio streaming and USB connectivity, with Apple CarPlay compatibility that's free for the first year. A third-row seat is available. 

The xDrive50i is $76,745, and adds leather upholstery, multi-contour front seats, a universal garage door opener, four-zone climate control, and satellite radio.

Options include Bowers & Wilkins 1,500-watt, 20-speaker surround-sound audio system, open-pore wood trim, and a digital key that enables a smartphone to lock and unlock the vehicle.

An off-road setup gets a sport differential, air suspension, and underbody protection. 

There is also a separate Dynamic Handling package, with sport brakes, 21- or 22-inch wheels, the sport differential, an adaptive M-tuned suspension, active roll stabilization, and active steering.

Other options include 20- and 21-inch wheels, remote start, air suspension, cooled and heated cupholders, and a leather-upholstered dash. 

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