What the critics say
The 2019 BMW X5
Car and Driver
The latest edition of BMW’s most popular crossover is also “the most accomplished BMW SUV yet.” Sporting a much-improved chassis and “one of the nicest BMW interiors in recent memory,” the fourth-generation X5 is simply a better, more capable people hauler than the one it replaces. Slightly larger, this luxurious rock climber can now be ordered with third-row seating or an off-road package, and it “wears its many different hats with aplomb.”
When an all-wheel-drive system gets as smart as this one, “clambering up steep muddy trails is too easy.” The X5 automatically rises to its tallest suspension height when wading through water or crawling over rocks, while surround-view cameras keep all obstacles in sight. “Steering effort is luxury-car easy on or off road,” and power from the 335-hp turbocharged inline-six engine makes the optional V-8 seem superfluous.
“Yes, the X5 is surprisingly capable. But it also remains a luxury vehicle.” There’s now a larger panoramic sunroof, four-zone climate control, and a choice of leathers. This smart car even has cup holders that can be heated or cooled and an infotainment system that reads hand-gesture commands. As we learned when a friend inadvertently changed the radio station, that system works, too—“almost too well.” ■