2019 BMW X5 Review | Asian Car Guide
December 12, 2019

2019 BMW X5 Review

2019 BMW X5

The fourth-generation X5 has a bolder design, keener performance and comes with even more advanced tech, which includes a digital personal assistant.

Smart devices with cloud connectivity have become an inescapable part of our lives. Apart from smartphones, we also have Google Home.

In the automotive world, cars are also becoming more sophisticated with models increasingly featuring technology powered by artificial intelligence (A.I).

This new BMW X5, the fourth-generation, is a good case in point. Within BMW’s line-up, it is the first model to showcase their latest operating system, OS7.0 looking after the multimedia and sat nat system along with other modern gadgets.

The big 12.3-inch touch screen is mighty impressive, it looks stylishly futuristic. BMW says that this design expands configurable data space in-between the two main gauges.

Gesture control is still present. But this time around, it recognises an additional two gestures, enabling you to turn pages.

Equally futuristic is “Hey BMW”, the brand’s Intelligent Personal Assistant. This voice-activated feature can tell you, in real-time, the latest news and current weather.

It can also set the fastest navigation route for you during peak-hour traffic.

If you are less tech-inclined, the less fancy iDrive knob and touchscreen interface are still present.

At the heart of OS 7.0 is Open Mobility Cloud, which interfaces with other digital devices. The operating system can receive over-the-air updates as well.

Like all new BMWs, the latest X5 has Apple CarPlay, wireless charging, USB-A and even USB-C ports are also standard.

Other standard features include, push button start, LED headlights, daytime running lights, “2.5-zone” climate control air-con, front and side view camera and a front and rear parking sensor setup.

Compared to its predecessor, this latest X5 (codenamed G05) is 4,922mm (plus 36mm) long, 2,004mm (plus 66mm) wide and 1,745mm (minus 17mm) tall.

The latest X5 has a distinctly athletic appearance, thanks to its new design language, which is sharper and more shaped overall. There is a prominent shoulder-line kink towards the rear haunches which makes it look sportier.

An oversized single-piece kidney grille certainly creates a bolder, chunkier face to match. As expected, this signature grille comes with active air-flaps for increased aerodynamic efficiency.

The LED lights have been redesigned; having long-reached Laser lights which have a range of up to 500m.

Doing a brilliant job of hauling the 3,160kg of our test car M50d is BMW’s sweet turbocharged 3-litre diesel, which is mated to a wider-ratio 8-speed automatic gearbox.

With 294kW of power and 760Nm of torque, the new X5 M50d does zero to 100km/h in 5.2 seconds, and can probably embarrass many hot hatches.

Yet commendably, the X5 M50d does this with refined verse and quiet resolve. During the drive, the ride quality has gone up a notch, thanks to the now standard dynamic dampers and air suspension.

Helping the X5 M50d remain agile is the Integral Active Steering. It makes for quicker and tighter turns at low speeds and greater stability on the highway.

During the drive the X5 M50d can still corner fluidly at speed, but there is a bit of roll due to the ride height. Overall the SUV remains wieldly than its size suggests.

With wheelbase length of 2,975mm (42mm longer than previously), the new X5 M50d is roomier than ever. Legroom at the back has improved; passengers have plenty of room in all directions.

BMW’s X5 warranty – at three years/100,000km. Like all BMWs, servicing is condition-based, but you can pre-pay your service cost for five years on the basic package for $1,995.

Service intervals are then set at 12 month/24,000km maximums. You can also increase your maintenance cost coverage with further levels of cover.

2019 BMW X5 M50dPrice and Specifications:

  • Price: $149,900 plus on-road-cost
  • Engine: 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbo diesel
  • Power: 294kW at 4,000rpm
  • Torque: 760Nm
  • Transmission: Eight-speed automatic, AWD
  • Fuel use: 7.5L/100km
  • Fuel tank: 70 litres