The 2020 BMW X5 is a mid-size SUV that delivers luxury and performance in a segment that’s chock full of both. It was completely redesigned for the 2019 model year, bringing it up to date in every aspect. Unlike previous X5's, however, the current version is far from being the athlete of the segment. Today it prioritizes comfort, quiet and refinement while still offering blistering performance and handling that's poised if not exactly zesty. It should strike a just-right balance for many luxury shoppers and for those still seeking a high-performance luxury SUV, the X5 M50i and X5 M are now available for those who want them. The 2020 X5 is also a technology tour de force, boasting nearly every infotainment goodie in BMW's bag plus standard accident avoidance features and advanced driver assistance technology. The Mercedes-Benz GLE is still the high-tech master of this class, but the new X5 isn’t far behind. As it's always been, the X5 is a must-drive for anyone seeking one of the finest five-passenger luxury SUVs. What's new for 2020? BMW didn’t change much for the standard versions of the X5, but we did get some fantastic new high-performance trims: the X5 M50i and X5 M. The M50i adds a more powerful 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that makes 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque — that’s 67 horsepower and 74 pound-feet more than the regular xDrive50i. The real catch is the X5 M, which ramps things up to 600 horsepower. If that’s not enough, the X5 M Competition makes 617 horsepower. BMW says the X5 xDrive45e plug-in hybrid will go on sale at some point this year, but there’s no hard date on that model yet. It will be equipped with a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six and paired to a single electric motor, producing a combined 394 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. Final all-electric range numbers aren’t available yet, but it’s expected to go much further on a full charge than the previous X5 plug-in that was rated for only 14 miles. [slideshow id='1287544'] 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 2020 X5 successfully meets 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, metal weaves, and glass finishings on center console controls. With the latter, you can make the electronic shifter look like a sort of crystal talisman from a …
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|Power||335 @ 5500 rpm|
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