MHH International Takes A First look At The New BMW X5
This writer is not usually a fan of the big, square German vehicles but this car does combine a chunkily elegant and strong design. With, say the company, supreme on-road and off-road ability (we didn’t get a chance to try it), the new X5 exuded a blend of premium luxury performance and comfort. It’s a successful formula with previous generations of X5 selling in excess of 2.2 million examples since 1999.
It’s on sale here in the UK now, meaning there are likely to be bargains amongst recent MK3 versions. At first look the new X5 offers the very latest advances in technology, design and safety and, right on-trend, the highest level of autonomous capability yet seen on a BMW X model, with a choice of TwinPower and M Performance petrol and diesel engines. For example, the X5 M50d darts to 62mph from rest in a scant 5.2 seconds whilst still delivering a combined fuel consumption of 41.5mpg and CO² emissions of just 179g/km.
Aspects Of The new BMW X5
It’s a striking car as can be seen in the images comes as standard with 19” light-alloy wheels on the xLine model, 20” M star-spoke light-alloy wheels on the M Sport model and 22” V-spoke alloy wheels on the M Performance model. Other options are also available.
There will be one petrol and two diesel units available from the latest generation of engines. The BMW X5 M50d is powered by a turbo-charged six-cylinder in-line diesel or with with a six-cylinder inline unit in the BMW X5 xDrive40i and BMW X5 xDrive30d. All engines drive through power through an improved, say BMW, eight-speed Steptronic transmission, while BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive is on hand to ensure that power is translated into safe progress, whatever the terrain.
The task of maximising traction, agility and directional stability in the new BMW X5 falls to the latest generation of the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system, which is now able to split drive torque between the front and rear wheels with even greater precision and speed on demand. The new xDrive system also offers a rear-biased set-up for those occasions when the driver adopts a particularly dynamic driving style.
The electronically controlled rear differential lock (available on M Performance models and/or in conjunction with the Off-Road package) gives the handling an even sportier edge. The locking function for the rear diff improves traction and power transmission when driving over loose ground or on road surfaces offering differing levels of grip for the left-rear and right-rear wheels.
On The Inside
The fully-digital instrument cluster and the Control Display share the same graphics and design, with the centre console hosting the Controller, the newly designed transmission selector lever and all other driving-related controls. A similarly new-look control panel for the heating and air conditioning is also on hand and the light functions in the new X5 are likewise operated using buttons.
The trim includes the really rather sumptuous Vernasca leather for the standard leather upholstery. Like the optional BMW Individual extended Merino leather trim, it is available in four colours. The new BMW X5 is fitted as standard with electrically adjustable and heated sports seats. Optionally, there are multifunctional front comfort seats, including a massage function and seat ventilation. With the new X5, BMW have taken another jump forward in SUV quality.
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