BMW X5 Pros & Cons
- Spacious interior
- Excellent off-road capabilities
- High safety standards
- No petrol engine option
- Stiff ride quality
- Cramped optional third row
The X5 is a flagship model in the sports utility vehicle (SUV) segment from BMW. First launched in 1999, this nameplate is now on its fourth generation. The latest 2019 iteration is currently available in the Philippines, and it comes in just one variant -- the top-of-the-line XDRIVE30d xLine, which has a base retail price of PhP5,990,000.
The X5 is a product of Bayerische Motoren-Werke AG, otherwise known as BMW, a German multinational company that manufactures premium automobiles and motorcycles. BMW has been in the industry for over a century and is one of the leading brands for luxury vehicles in the global marketplace today.
Under the hood, the X5 is powered by a 3.0-liter TwinPower in-line V6 turbodiesel engine. Mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, it generates up to 265 horsepower at 4,000 revolutions per minute (rpm) and a peak torque of 620 Nm at 2,000 to 2,500 rpm. The model sports an all-wheel drive configuration. The BMW X5 packs a long list of safety features. This includes anti-lock braking system (ABS), automatic lock when driving away, cornering brake control, crash sensor, dynamic stability control, dynamic traction control, hill descent control, and run-flat tires with Tire Pressure Indicator. It also comes outfitted with several airbags, including side airbags for front seat occupants and head airbags for front and rear seats, along with side-impact protection.
The car's engine generates enough power to send it sprinting from zero to 100 kilometers per hour (km/h) in just 6.5 seconds. It has recorded a top speed of 230 km/h. The all-new X5 that is available in the local market is being positioned for road-use rather than for off-road adventures. Because of this, some features found in its predecessor such as air suspension, off-road modes and active suspension with dynamic dampers have been removed. As with the previous iterations, the all-new X5 is fun to drive. Body roll is well-controlled, and this is attributed to the XDrive technology and Dynamic Stability Control that this model employs. Others have noted that ride quality can be on the stiff side.
The all-new X5 stays close to BMW's current design language, and even though it adopts has the same proportions and styling found in previous iterations, several tweaks and enhancements levels up its visual appeal and overall road presence.
The front fascia is marked by bold character lines and a large version of BMW's signature double-kidney grille in satin aluminum finish. It is flanked by new angular dual LED headlamps with integrated daytime running lights that closely resemble those found in BMW X3. In the previous version of the X5, the headlamps were placed adjacent to the grille. In the latest model, there is some space between the grille and the headlamps. The new front bumper also shows off a full width lower air-intake and newly designed fog lamps.
Viewing the car from the sides, one will find the same bold character lines that also run along its hood. The side window frames, roof rails, and under guard get the same finish as the grille. The X5 runs on 20-inch light alloy V-spoke styled wheels as standard. The rear looks almost minimalistic compared to the front. It features a new pair of LED tail lights that appear thinner and longer than those found in the previous iteration. The rear bumper is also seen with bigger skid plates.
Inside the X5 is a roomy and well-designed cabin dominated by soft-touch and leather materials. Occupants are treated to comfortable and adjustable seats wrapped in design-perforated Vernasca leather. Meanwhile, ambient lighting and four-zone air conditioning make each riding experience enjoyable.
The latest iteration gets a new dashboard with cascading design. As a driver-centric car, the X5 gets the latest BMW Operating System 7.0 that provide a 12.3-inch all-new digital instrument cluster. With this, the driver gets access to pertinent information about the vehicle and the journey and personalization options as well. In front of the instrument cluster is a leather-clad steering wheel that holds multifunction buttons. A variety of driver-assist and convenience features is also available, including automatic operation of tailgate, automatic start/stop function, BMW gesture control, cruise control with braking function, driving experience control with ECO PRO, keyless start engine, and Servotronic electric power steering.
In terms of entertainment features, the all-new X5 comes outfitted with a 12.3-inch BMW Live Cockpit Professional high-definition display, BMW iDrive System, Bluetooth and USB support, and Harman Kardon surround sound system.
The X5 offers flexibility in terms of luggage space. It accommodates 650 liters of cargo with the rear seats up. This is increased to 1,860 liters with the rear seats folded. The seats split 40/20/40 for added luggage flexibility.