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2019 BMW X5 Overview

BMW released the X5 in the late 1990s, when it became the first SUV to don a BMW badge. For 2019, the X5’s fourth generation rolls into the market with new design features and smart improvements. The fourth-generation X5 is longer, wider, and taller than its predecessor, and its new body will improve handling, comfort, and off-roading. The new X5 is also more efficient with the choice of two gasoline engines. However, buyers will have to wait until next year for a hybrid model. On top of all of these improvements, the X5 also features a new suite of driver assistant and infotainment technology.

The new X5’s styling fits seamlessly into BMW’s modern design template, complete with the trademark BMW grilles. It rides on a longer wheelbase than previous generations, and it’s also the first BMW offered with 22-inch alloy wheels. BMW offers just two versions of the fourth-generation X5: the six-cylinder X5 xDrive40i and the V8 X5 xDrive50i.

The xDrive40i model gets a 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six engine good for 335 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque while the xDrive50i features a newly developed 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 that makes 456 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. Both engines for the new X5 come with an 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission and a cutting-edge exhaust gas treatment system for added efficiency.

BMW has reworked its xDrive all-wheel-drive system for the X5 with a more efficient control system and rear-wheel bias, and the new X5 is the first BMW offered with an Off-Road package with two-axle air suspension, guards at the front and rear, and specific displays in the instrument cluster. The all-wheel-drive system can also be optimized for sand, rock, gravel, and snow. Other packages offered include BMW’s Integral Active Steering, Adaptive M suspension, and active roll stabilization.

On the inside, BMW has continued to improve its iDrive system with a fully digital instrument cluster and a 12.3-inch Control Display. There is also a new BMW Head-Up Display with a larger surface and 3D graphics. The new X5 debuts the BMW Live Cockpit Professional display as standard, which adds to the iDrive system with new controls, a tablet-like touchscreen, upgraded navigation, a hard-drive-based multimedia system with 20 GB of memory, and many customizable settings.

As a luxury SUV, leather upholstery is standard, and buyers can choose plenty of convenience features in addition to standard goodies like wireless device charging. Massaging seats, four-zone automatic climate control, heated armrests, heated and cooled cupholders, a larger panoramic glass roof, interior fragrancing, a Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound stereo, and a rear-seat entertainment system with 10.2-inch screens fitted into the back of the front seats are all available. The X5 is also available with third-row seats, and the second-row seats can be tilted forward for easier access to the back. The X5’s tailgate is a two-piece unit that is power operated, and an automatic boot cover can be lowered into the floor.

While the 2019 X5 is too new for crash testing, the previous model got five stars overall in federal testing. BMW’s Driving Assistant Professional system includes improved active cruise control, steering and lane-control assist, lane-change and lane-departure warnings, evasion aid, cross-traffic warning, priority warning, and wrong-way warning. The optional Emergency Stop Assistant applies the brakes automatically when necessary and steers the vehicle to the side of the road on its own. A new Reversing Assistant system also steers the vehicle along a path recently negotiated forward over a short distance.


Since 2012, Andrew Newton has been writing about cars both old and new. Andrew has been an associate editor at Sport Car Digest as well as a contributor to sites like BoldRide and JamesEdition. He was also the Education Manager at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, MA before becoming the Auction Editor at Hagerty Classic Car Insurance. He currently splits his time behind the wheel between his NA Miata, 1994 Corvette, and Triumph TR6.

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