It seems strange that the car that started BMW’s obsession with giant SUVs seems so lost in the company’s vast lineup, but what began in 1999 as the X5 has now expanded to encompass a whole range of mirrored BMW models. conventional from 1 to 7. and even with some additional electric cars, the iX and iX3.
It’s not just the BMW range that’s crowded…
At the time, the X5 was a revolution. Just before the turn of the last century, the original X5 became the first all-rounder to behave like a car on the road, and the German firm is now in its fourth generation of cars. Where the all-important X5 went, the Range Rover Sport, Porsche Cayenne, Audi Q7 and others followed. It is occupied territory.
Introduced in 2018, the X5 switched to BMW’s modular longitudinal platform and received a major redesign. The engines and transmissions are still familiar, but even they have been completely modified.
Isn’t the X5 supposed to be suitable for Series 5?
It’s hard to forget, looking at it, but you have to remember that the X5 is now a pretty big car, with an optional third row of seats. The real replacement for the first X5 is today’s X3 – a better choice for everyday family life, in all honesty.
So the X5 is bigger and more luxurious than ever, comes only four-wheel drive (so at least it’s not one of those clueless smooth-roaders), and has air suspension that does it all. Not only does this help off-road clearance, but it also means better cornering and comfort on the road. Four-wheel steering is a budget option across the line if you want a more agile X5.
On the technical side, the X5 benefits from BMW’s most sophisticated driver assistance settings and the requisite digital instrument panel. Out of respect for its girth, all the parking assistance you could possibly need comes as standard, while all sorts of gimmicks are available to the spec if you want them. You can stack your command sheet with heated cup holders, a kick-open trunk, a fancy Bowers and Wilkins sound system, rear-mounted TVs, massaging front seats, and real laser headlights. But you can’t shoot anything with them, unfortunately.
What engines are available?
There are five engine options for the X5: 40i and 50i petrol, 30d and 40d diesel, and 45e PHEV petrol. All are BMW’s latest 3.0-litre inline 6-cylinder modular engines. The petrols produce 328hp and 523hp respectively, the diesels 282hp and 335hp, while the 45e manages a total of 282hp from its powertrain. That means 0-60 mph times of 5.5 to 6.1 seconds, unless you’re in the M50i and have to keep your hat to 4.3 seconds.
Our choice of the range.
What’s the verdict?
BMW knows SUV buyers well and has built a really strong entry. The basics are good. It’s competent and you don’t have to spend a lot of options to get a desirable spec. You just have to keep in mind that driving an SUV of this size has a certain image: you can just lean into it and opt for the noisy M version, or try to appease onlookers with the vaguely greener plug-in hybrid.
Whichever X5 you choose, they all have excellent power and are great to drive despite our reservations about four-wheel steering. It will also go off road, which cannot be taken for granted in this class.
The cabin is spacious and comfortable and offers reasonable accommodation for seven people if desired, but did it have to be that lightning bolt?
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