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

2019 BMW X5 front view

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 


With each new generation, the X5 has become more technology-laden and comfortable to ride in, and less of a crisp-handling, sporty SUV. We think this redesign better balances the driving experience than previous versions did.

It’s enjoyable to drive on winding roads, its engine delivers immediate power, and the luxurious interior is so comfortable it may be hard to get passengers to leave. But the 2019 BMW X5 is laden with so much technology that it can be tricky to learn how to use some of the new controls. 

This new X5 takes on competitors including the Lexus RXMercedes-Benz GLEPorsche Cayenne, and Range Rover Sport, as well as highly optioned versions of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Lincoln Nautilus. In its three-row configuration, the X5 competes with the Acura MDXAudi Q7Buick Enclave, and Volvo XC90.

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