BMW X5: Quick glance
The all-new BMW X5 has the Bavarian butch-looks, and is the perfect height to ‘lord over’ people. It more importantly has the right moves, with the perfect grunt and grip on the road.
BMW X5: Background
Introduced in 1999, as the marque’s first SUV, the BMW X5 was branded a Sports Activity Vehicle – a sav-vy move – to emphasise its on-road ability.
BMW X5: Driving
The fourth-generation BMW X5 has just arrived in the showrooms. There will be one petrol and two diesel units available from the latest generation of engines. The BMW X5 M50d is powered by a six-cylinder in-line diesel engine with a quartet of turbochargers, with a six-cylinder inline unit in the BMW X5 xDrive40i and BMW X5 xDrive30d. All engines channel their power through an eight-speed Steptronic transmission, while BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive is on hand to ensure that power is translated into secure progress.
|0 – 62mph (Seconds)||Top Speed (mph)||Combined
|CO2 Emissions (g/km)||From
|X5 xDrive40i xLine||340||450||5.5||151||33.2||193||£58,100|
|X5 xDrive30d xLine||265||620||6.5||143||47.1||158||£56,710|
With its new chassis-system, customers can specify an Off-Road package. The Driver Stability Control system can activate the ideal settings, including corrective inputs in preparation for driving on a range of surfaces, such as sand, rock, gravel or snow.
BMW X5: Exterior
The new BMW X5 has both an imposing appearance and generous levels of space for passengers and their luggage. With the fourth-generation, the wheelbase is 42mm longer than its predecessor, there’s an increase in vehicle length of 36mm, an extra 66mm of width and a 19mm increase in height. The wheels are 19-inch standard, up to 22-inch formats.
There are slight design differences between the X5 variants, mainly the use of aluminium matt or pearl-effect chrome and underbody gloss black, but nothing to make this Bavarian beast look too different from each other.
BMW X5: Interior
As you would expect, this luxury SUV is as smart as its owner. The newest feature in this generation is all about the heating and air conditioning: with four-zone air conditioning system and the panoramic glass roof, whose clear surface is 30 per cent larger than on the outgoing car.
As well as increased levels of comfort and air-quality, the new BMW X5 now also offers enhanced functionality. Folding down the 40 : 20 : 40 split rear seat backrest increases boot capacity from 645 litres to a maximum of 1,860 litres. The new BMW X5 also has a two-section tailgate for ease of loading.
BMW X5: Tech
The BMW Live Cockpit Professional in the new BMW X5 combines a new display and control concept and the ultimate in connectivity to create a superb all-round package. The latest-generation display and control concept comprises a high-resolution instrument cluster behind the steering wheel with a 12.3-inch screen and a Control Display also measuring 12.3 inches across.
Available as an option, especially for executives on the road, is the new Driving Assistant Professional package comprises Active Cruise Control (ACC) with Stop & Go function, which is capable of braking the vehicle to a standstill and sending it on its way again automatically. For greater convenience in stop-start traffic, the period between stopping and automatically moving off has been extended up to 30 seconds.
BMW X5: Fuel consumption.
The new BMW X5 xDrive40i completes the zero to 62mph sprint in just 5.5 seconds. Fuel consumption averages 33.2mpg and CO2 emissions are 193g/km. The new BMW X5 M50d darts to 62mph from rest in 5.2 seconds yet it succeeds in posting a combined fuel consumption of 41.5mpg and CO2 emissions of 179g/km. To sum-up instantaneous pulling power and sporty performance credentials with exemplary fuel consumption and emissions
Who drives one?
According to BMW blog, these celebrities have been papped leaving gyms, shopping or even, for singer Selena Gomez, awkwardly filling her BMW X5 up in a petrol station. Celebrity drivers include movie stars, Jessica Alba and television talent, Jerry Ferrara, who played fictional character Salvatore “Turtle” Assante in Entourage
Where can I get one?
James Wilson, of FCS Vehicle Solutions says: “BMW X5 is great to drive and maintains torque so well, whatever kind of road you drive. At FCS Vehicle Solutions, there is a lot of interest for the next generation of BMW X5.”