The new BMW X5 is now arriving in UK dealers after going on sale earlier in the summer. Prices for the new X5 start from £57,495.

There are three launch models available: the X5 xDrive40i xLine, X5 xDrive30d xLine and the high-performance X5 M50d. BMW will later launch a plug-in hybrid X5, called the xDrive45e.

Specs are generous. Every new BMW X5 has a Vernasca leather interior, for example. Merino leather is optionally available, in four colours. Electric heated sports seats are standard, which can be ventilated and equipped with a massage function as an option.

Other noteworthy options include heated and cooled cupholders, a ‘Skylounge’ panoramic roof which mimics a starlit sky (like the one you can have in a Rolls-Royce), four-zone climate control, CraftedClarity glass start-stop button and audio volume button, and air ionisation with a choice of eight scents.

Infotainment up front comprises two huge 12.3-inch displays. It’s tile-based on the centre screen and BMW’s new instrument graphics, first seen on its concept cars, is used in the driver display.

An optional rear-seat entertainment package includes two 10.2-inch HD 1080p touchscreen displays, Blu-ray DVD player and twin USB ports. A third row of seats is also optional.

xLine models have matt aluminium roof rails and kidney bar grilles, satin aluminium window surrounds and pearl-effect chrome highlights. M Sport, meanwhile, have body-colour wheelarch trim, matt aluminium kidney bar grilles and other exterior trim in high-gloss black. M Sport also have extra-large front air intakes.

Wheels are 19-inch on the xLine, 20-inch in the M Sport and 22-inch on the M 50d.

2019 BMW X5 engines

All engines are inline six-cylinder units. The xDrive40i petrol produces 340hp and does 0-62mph in 5.5 seconds; it averages 33.2mpg and emits 193g/km.

The xDrive30d diesel produces 265hp and will still do 0-62mph in 6.5 seconds, yet also averages 47.0mpg and emits 158g/km. Still worth demonising diesel, particularly as it has an SCR catalyst that makes it as clean as a petrol?

The M50d is the high-performance diesel with no fewer than four turbochargers. It produces 400hp for 0-62mph in 5.2 seconds and an average economy of 41.5mpg. It emits 179g/km.

All new X5 have an eight-speed automatic transmission and xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive. Dynamic Damper Control adaptive suspension is standard, with bespoke tuning for the M Performance M50d.

40i and 30d owners also get standard air suspension, and there’s an off-road package optionally available for the first time on an X5. It includes front and rear underbody protection and an electronic rear differential lock.

2019 BMW X5 prices

Source: MotoringResearch

December 6, 2018