The new BMW X5 has no immediately visible flaws – it does everything well. It could be all the BMWs to almost everyone.
I’m still upset with how the new BMW X5 affected me. Quite literally, as I got home no more than 30 minutes after leaving the pick-up point, I threw my arms down by my sides and swore. I cursed because the BMW X5 is disturbingly competent. I blurted out the f-word because, for the vast majority of all BMW drivers, this is it. This is the BMW.
With the possible exception of the new BMW Z4 and the delicious BMW M850i, the new X5 is everything else that BMW does well. I’ve still not had a go at the new G20 3 Series but quite honestly, although it might turn out nimbler and mildly quicker, it won’t be more luxurious or prestigious.
All the BMW presence
Simply put, the new BMW X5 can replace the all the other X BMWs, and frightenedly, all the sedans, from the 3, all the way to the 7. I wish I could complete the thought by explaining that I’m off my meds but the doctor suggested I only stay away from sugar and avoid arguing with squirrels…
Somehow, the new X5’s massive kidney-grille should be shocking. I know for many it’s turned into a joke but the X5’s Everest-like presence shrinks the massive air inlets to a very “normal” size. Nothing else stands out about the X5 except for everything. The rear taillights are sculpted and superb, the slopping belt-line which drops below the front door handles, the xLine package, all of it is subtly powerful.
Many X5s are optioned out with the M Sport Package which further transforms the BMW into more sport than utility. The 21-inch M wheels and M Aerodynamics Package are to die for. And sitting squat as it is in my video and in some of the pictures thanks to the included Adaptive 2-axle Air Suspension, what more can I say?
Where luxury and purpose come together
The cabin is equally powerful in its design and presentation. The available cognac leather contrasts masterfully with the gloss black trim, aluminium finish and various digital controls. It’s all very busy but incredibly tasteful.
As far as functionality, navigating and familiarizing oneself with the multitude of menus and switchgear will take some time but it won’t be a chore. BMW’s Operating System 7.0 flows through one of two 12.3-inch screens and includes gesture controls and all the desirable connectivity features. The other large screen is the configurable Live Cockpit instrument panel.
There’s room for everyone especially up front where my tester, equipped with the Premium Enhanced Package, included the fabulous front multi-way adjustable comfort seats. As silly as it may sound, the standard power operated split tailgate is cool to watch operate. It also turns out to be a useful feature
xDrive40i is perfect
Climbing in and sliding behind the M leather steering wheel and prodding the turbocharged straight-6 to life feels almost unnaturally right. Admittedly, the xDrive50i’s V8 grunt wouldn’t be misplaced but somehow the xDrive40i’s 3.0-litre is guilt-less pleasure. Its 335-horsepower and 332 lb.-ft. of torque (from 1,500 to 5,200 rpm) provide enough power to get the near 5,000 lb. SUV to 100km/h in 5.5 seconds. With the superb 8-speed automatic transmission working its magic, going fast for one, it can also return a sub 10.5L/100km.
The M Sport Package also throws in an M Sport Exhaust System, M Sport Brakes along with the above-mentioned adaptive 2-axle air suspension. As impressive as the whole of the new 2019 BMW X5’s package is, the way it drives and transmits an overly cocky feeling of superiority to the driver is what always sells the SAV.
The straight-6 is supremely powerful, and perfectly suited to the X5. The M sport exhaust increases the event that is driving this SUV. With the drive mode set in “Adaptive,” the X5 sorts out comfort, handling, efficiency and power. The ride quality is superb with only the optional 21-inch wheels (there are 22s as well) occasionally disturbing the status quo.
Since my unfortunate experience with the 2019 BMW 430i Gran Coupé last year, I’ve feared BMW steering but so far, it looks as though it was an isolated disaster with the 4 Series. The X5’s is responsive with well-judged assistance and I’m a huge fan of the immense and powerful M brakes.
There’s a sense of superiority built into the BMW X5 and it is but one other reason why so many BMW buyers turn to the midsize SUV to satisfy their BMW craving. With all the performance, space, luxury features, handling and styling, the new BMX X5 could and may very well replace all BMW sedans. If the X5 won’t do it alone, it and the X3 are to signal the end. No need to wonder why we’re no longer entitled to the new 3 Series wagon…
The 2019 BMW X5 is the new ultimate BMW.