The luxury SUV segment is one of the most exciting in the world of SUVs. I’ve been siding with the Volvo XC90 for the longest time and thought there was nothing out there that could make me change my mind… well, that was until I recently had a week long affair with the new 2019 BMW X5.
This is definitely the best BMW X5 ever made, and after driving it around for seven days, I’m completely torn between the new X5 and the XC90. Of course, there are other great choices in this segment including the Acura MDX, Audi Q7, Lexus RX, Mercedes-Benz GLE, Porsche Cayenne, and the Range Rover Sport. So, how does the new BMW X5 stack up to its rivals? Let’s find out together as I bring you all the interesting facts and details on the 2019 BMW xDrive50i!
2019 BMW X5 xDrive50i Exterior
Yes, let’s get the most obvious thing out of the way. BMW’s recent design language is getting a bit controversial and most of that controversy exists on the front-end with the giant grilles. The most extreme application of this can be seen on the new 7-Series and the all-new X7. Well, the new 2019 BMW X5 is no exception when it comes to giant grilles, although it’s not as polarizing as the ones seen on the two aforementioned models.
That being said, I absolutely love the design of the new BMW X5. Most of the time, the front-end of a vehicle is the most interesting for me, but with the BMW X5, it’s the rear-end. The outgoing BMW X models never really had an impressive rear design, particularly when it came to the taillights. However, that changes with the new BMW X5 thanks to sleek new LED taillights that really give the new BMW X5 a lot of personality and charm. Another major highlight for the BMW X5 is the power split tailgate for ease of access to the cargo area. All new BMW’s comes standard with adaptive LED headlights, but you can upgrade to the BMW Laserlights as a part of a package or a standalone $1,000 option. Tech wise, they really do a great job of lighting up the road at night and style wise they add cool blue x-shaped elements. The M Sport Design trim I test drove here also adds some additional muscular elements.
Overall, the new BMW X5 just looks sophisticated and refined.
2019 BMW X5 xDrive50i Interior
I’m really loving the upgrades BMW has been making to its interiors and the 2019 BMW X5 is one of the best examples of the improvements made by the German brand. Standard features include heated front seats, Panoramic moonroof, 12-color ambient lighting system, power split rear tailgate, and BMW Live Cockpit Professional, which is the 7th-gen iDrive system. The setup consists of two 12.3-inch displays, one behind the steering wheel and one in the center that’s controlled by the iDrive touch controller. The system also includes Bluetooth, two USB ports, Apple CarPlay, and navigation.
Along with the everything mentioned above, there are a bunch of other standard features. Adding on additional options and packages can really transform the cabin, but it can also really beef-up the price tag. The 2019 BMW X5 xDrive50i I test drove was almost fully-loaded and costs $91,488*. One option that really stood out to me was the $650 Glass Controls which adds a glass gear selector, iDrive Controller, start/stop button and volume control. I also appreciated gesture control, heads-up display, wireless charging, heated/cooled cup holders, cooled seats, massaging seats, heated armrests, a Harman Kardon sound system, and a range of driver assist technologies.
Let’s talk space. The 2019 BMW X5 does come with an optional third row but it’s really only big enough for small kids. Second-row legroom comes in at 37.4 inches and cargo capacity comes in at 33.9 cubic-feet behind the second row, and 72.3 cubic-feet with all seats folded.
2019 BMW X5 xDrive50i Performance
The BMW X5 xDrive50i I tested here is powered by a powerful 456-hp engine that allows it to go from zero to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds, beating rivals like the Porsche Cayenne S and the Range Rover Sport HST as well as the Range Rover Sport Supercharged.
Now if you’re concerned with off-roading capabilities the 2019 BMW X5 now comes with an Off-road Package for $3,950. The option adds a two-axle air suspension that can raise or lower the height with a total range of 3.1-inches. One really cool feature I noticed was that if you increased the ride height for ground-clearance during off-roading and never brought it back to normal, the next time you go to load up the cargo area you can use a button in the trunk to activate a loading mode that lowers the height for easier access. The Off-road Package also adds an M Sport mechanical differential lock, and four xOffRoad driving modes including xSand, xRocks, xGravel, and xSnow.
Nevertheless, the 2019 BMW X5 is not only an exceptional performance SUV with impressive off-roading capabilities, but it’s also an excellent daily driver. Buyers in this segment are very concerned with looks, luxury, utility, and a comfortable ride, and the new BMW X5 delivers in all those aspects.
Fuel economy wise, the 2019 BMW X5 xDrive50i averages 17/22 mpg* (city/highway).
2019 BMW X5 xDrive50i Safety
Of course, BMW offers a range of optional advanced driver assist technologies including blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, lane departure control, night vision, adaptive cruise control, 360-degree camera, forward collision warning, rear cross traffic alert, and much, much more.
2019 BMW X5 xDrive50i Overall
The 2019 BMW X5 xDrive50i I drove here carries a starting price of $75,790** but with all the options and packages it has a final price tag of $91,455. I was able to configure a fully-loaded X5 xDrive50i for over $100,000. Unless performance is really your thing, you can go for the X5 xDrive40i which starts at $60,700**. I was able to configure a fully-loaded X5 xDrive40i for $92,380. Visit your local AutoNation BMW dealership for a test drive today.
*MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.