Revamped 2019 BMW X5 Blends Luxury and Performance

Redesigned SUV makes a strong first impression

Update: Since this first drive was originally published in November 2018, we have posted a complete BMW X5 road test.

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The 2019 BMW X5 is the fourth generation of the German automaker’s midsized luxury SUV. Like previous generations it comes standard with five seats, although a small third-row seat will be available as an option.

We’ve purchased our own X5, an all-wheel-drive xDrive40i trim. We’ll put it through a full evaluation after 2,000 break-in miles. But here are our first impressions.

What we bought: 2019 BMW X5 xDrive40i
Powertrain: 335-hp, 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine; eight-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive
MSRP: $60,700
Options: $7,035 (Phytonic blue metallic paint, cognac vernasca leather, convenience package, driving assistance package, premium package, remote engine start, front and rear heated seats, heated front-seat armrests, Harman Kardon surround sound)
Destination fee: $995
Total cost: $68,730

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