2019 BMW X5 Is A Luxurious Technological Tour De Force – But Is That Enough?

The new BMW X5 has arrived, claiming to be not just better in every way than its predecessor but also one of the most luxurious and tech-laden models in the premium full-size crossover segment.

While the untrained eye will have some difficulties in pointing out what’s changed on the outside, the interior of the new X5 has been completely overhauled with plush materials, impressive switchgear and lots of new tech features.

The 2019 X5 is slightly bigger in every dimension compared to its predecessor, further improving the already roomy interior and luggage space. The new Operating System 7.0 along with the Live Cockpit digital instrument display are also present.

The engine range contains no surprises, including both petrol and diesel powertrains. Customers in North America will be the only ones to be offered a V8 petrol unit from the get-go, in the form of the 455hp xDrive50i model. The rest will get to choose between the 335hp xDrive40i petrol, the 262hp xDrive 30d diesel and the 394hp xDrive M50d that’s powered by the company’s quad-turbo diesel unit.

These models will soon be followed by the plug-in hybrid xDrive45e, which combines a 282hp 3.0-liter straight-six engine with a 110hp electric motor for a combined 388hp and 442lb-ft.

Other new features include a rear-wheel steering system for better agility and maneuverability and a full suite of driver assistance systems, including a semi-autonomous function. Customers can also specify an off-road pack that adds things like underbody protection, a specific rear differential lock and driving modes, as well as specially tuned air suspension.

In theory, then, the new BMW X5 has everything it takes to shine in a very challenging segment. Does it? Carwow delivers its first impressions in the video that follows.


  • Six Thousand Times

    To sell, yeah. They will sell every one. Do I want one? Golly, no.

    • Rivaldo

      No one cares if you don’t want one 🙂

      • Belthronding

        it seems you care a bit

        • GT

          Agree, that guy cares a lot

      • Six Thousand Times

        The headline asked.

  • no25

    when it comes to design, i just cannot get over that KIA rear end.

    • europeon

      I just can’t get over all the stupid people that think outline style taillights are a KIA trademark.

      • no25

        i just can’t get over all the easily triggered commenters on here. sweetheart, i never said it was a KIA trademark. I said it looks like a KIA rear end. get over yourself.

        • europeon

          You would be entitled to that opinion if KIA would have been the first with that design.
          My take is that KIAs look like the new X5. Deal with it.

          • no25

            Yes, old KIAs look like the “NEW” X5. You’re making sense now. Should’ve known an idiot when I saw one – you can’t even spell **europeAn** right.

  • Andrewthecarguy

    Mercedes who?

  • Bo Hanan

    It looks like it was formed with a chisel and hammer. And not in a good way.

Ferrari 488 Pista Demonstrates That McLaren’s 720S Is Not Invincible

Although not exactly direct rivals, they’re both really fast and capable around the track, so it makes for an interesting comparison.

Toyota Corolla Hatch Gets New Gear Down Under, Starts At AUD $23,335

Equipped with new safety and convenience features, the updated Corolla will arrive at Aussie dealers on November 1.

2020 BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe Teased Ahead Of Tomorrow’s Debut

BMW is finally ready to fully embrace front-wheel drive sedans.

Hyundai And Kia Settle Class Action Lawsuits Over 2.0- And 2.4-Liter GDI Engines

The settlement covers approximately 4.1 million vehicles in the United States.

Audi Grounds Their Flying Car Project

The company has suspended work on the project and is reviewing their partnership with Airbus.

Pimp Your 2020 Chrysler Pacifica With Official Red S Edition Package For $3,995

The Red S Edition package is available for 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Limited gas and hybrid models and focuses mostly on the interior.

Morris Commercial Teases Their Carbon Fiber-Bodied Electric Delivery Van

The upcoming model draws inspiration from the 1950’s Morris J-type van.

Buick Puts Bigger Battery Into China’s Velite 6 EV, Extends Range To 255 Miles

The new version of Buick’s EV gains an 148 HP electric motor and a 52.5 kWh battery pack, which extends its range by 68 miles.

Jeep Gladiator XMT Unveiled As A Light Tactical Military Truck

The Gladiator XMT could go into production during the second half of next year.

Hyundai Nexo And Tucson FCVs Have Racked Up Over 8.4 Million Miles In The U.S.

Despite not selling in high numbers, mainly due to the limited refueling infrastructure, the two models have covered a distance equal to 17 round-trip journeys to the surface of the Moon.