2019 BMW X5 Reviews Are Out

Published on January 30 2019

The BMW X5 pioneered the luxury SUV segment and was the first to show buyers you could get a truly luxurious utility vehicle that was also fun to drive and fast.

We talked about the 2019 BMW X5, now let’s look at some of the latest reviews from the experts.

Immediately after entering the new X5, one is greeted by an interior that’s far plusher and more luxurious than the one in the outgoing car. The overall design of the dashboard and interior represents an evolutionary move forward rather than a revolutionary one thanks to the driver-oriented dash, which is a BMW interior design tradition.

Being BMW’s largest crossover available, until the new X7 comes out, the X5 boasts the usual and comfortable interior for five adults found on previous X5s. And while the X5’s trunk offers plenty of space for stuff with 73 cu. ft. of cargo volume, we can’t imagine it being comfortable for full-size adults when BMW introduces the option for a third row of seating later in the production cycle.

The latest iteration features BMW’s Live Cockpit Professional technology, which is a dual high-resolution 12.3-inch infotainment system and digital instrument display. It unsurprisingly mimics the twin-screen system found in Mercedes-badged rivals. It’s controlled via the traditional dial selector with haptic and touch-sensitive controls and BMW’s gesture-control technology that first arrived on the 5 and 7 Series. 

If you’ve been acquainted with BMW’s iDrive system over the past decade or so, the 2019 X5 won’t feel like distant territory. Rather, it feels similar but more refined than in previous generations.


The X5 has one of BMW’s best cockpits in years, too. It strikes a great balance between concept-car purity and logical organization—and it looks especially right with crystal-tipped controls and supple premium leather.

BMW drives the X5 closer to sedan-style performance with each new generation. This time, again, it relies on a couple of powertrains to do the not-so-dirty work. We’d normally be all over the 456-horsepower, twin-turbo V-8, but BMW’s 340-hp turbo-6 drops 0-60 mph times of 5.3 seconds through a sweetly tuned 8-speed automatic and rear-biased all-wheel drive. Shod with street tires and steering that’s sometimes overly eager, the 2019 X5 comports itself with verve, if not outright driving joy. 

It’s adept in muck, too, even when run-flat summer tires wrap its big wheels. With a torque-vectoring rear axle, four off-pavement drive moves, and a dedicated off-road package, the X5 can slog its way up a cabin dirt road to respectability usually reserved for ancient pickups, beater sedans, and the entire Subaru oeuvre.

To learn more about the all-new 2019 BMW X5, contact us today at Elite BMW.

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