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2019 BMW X5 Performance Review

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Performance: 8.2

The redesigned 2019 BMW X5 lets you choose between two turbocharged engines, both of which can move this midsize SUV with ease. This BMW handles well both on and off the pavement, and it generally delivers a smooth ride. It also gets good fuel economy estimates.

  • "Whether negotiating dense Atlanta traffic or picking its way along a narrow forested two-track, it never felt unwieldy or underpowered." -- CNET
  • "Even at full chat, the two-axel air suspension keeps everything tidy. … Between the differential, the suspension, and the optioned Integral Active Steering, added for $1,150, the X5 navigates windy roads with aplomb. It handles like a much smaller vehicle, feeling nimble despite its size." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "North America gets the xDrive50i with the 456-hp, 479-lb-ft V-8 or xDrive40i with the 335-hp, 330 lb-ft I-6. Our drive was limited to the latter powertrain, and we found acceleration with the I-6 impressively strong, with a satisfying snort in Sport plus mode." -- Motor Trend

Acceleration and Power

The X5 xDrive40i features a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that puts out 335 horsepower. It's paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. This engine feels smooth and delivers ample power for most driving situations, though some drivers will undoubtedly prefer the V8 engine's extra pickup.

That V8 comes in the xDrive50i. It's a turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 that produces 456 horsepower, and it provides eager acceleration in all situations. BMW claims that with the V8, the X5 goes from zero to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds.

According to BMW estimates, the base X5 gets 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. Those are pretty good ratings for the class. With the V8, the X5 earns 17 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway.

  • "The X5 is downright fast, and its optional active steering contributes to stability at high speeds, where the X5 likes to live." -- Motor Trend
  • Getting the X5 up to freeway speeds takes a good whack of the throttle, but the turbo six-cylinder pulls smoothly up to redline. Power is adequate, so it's good to know there's a stout V8 available. Gear changes are quick and smooth, and the transmission calibration is well-balanced between fuel economy and response to throttle inputs." -- Edmunds
  • "You might hear a hint of the xDrive40i model's sweet-singing inline-six under hard acceleration, but the engine note is hushed, too. This 335-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter mill is familiar from elsewhere in the BMW lineup, and it works as beautifully in the X5 as it does in other Bimmers. Shifts from the ZF eight-speed automatic are snappy, and the engine is so smooth, satisfying, and potent throughout the rev range that the 456-hp twin-turbo V-8 xDrive50i, which we did not drive, seems like overkill." -- Car and Driver

Handling and Braking

The X5 feels planted around turns and handles winding roads with ease. This all-wheel-drive BMW also holds its own away from the pavement, and it rides smoothly over most surfaces.

You can choose between four modes (Eco Pro, Comfort, Sport, and Sport+) that alter driving dynamics to suit your preferences. All-wheel drive comes standard. The X5 offers some features to improve off-road performance, including an air suspension and a locking rear differential.

  • "This vast array of chassis tech is all part of BMW's assertion that the new X5 both handles better on-road and is more capable off-road. We can't dispute this claim after experiencing the new X5 on a legitimately challenging off-road course as well as on some twisty two-lanes around Atlanta." -- Car and Driver
  • "Curving back roads prove that BMW still believes the X5 must be fun to drive. There's no hiding its size, but in its two sport modes, the X5 stays flat and composed with nicely weighted steering and more grip than your passengers might like to experience." -- Edmunds
  • "The xDrive system is flat-out impressive in the bush. Clambering up steep muddy trails is too easy. I just hold the pedal at about 15 percent and the AWD system figures it out. You can hear it working, too. Power goes to one wheel and it spins; the next wheel, same thing. Finally, the rear left tire finds purchase and I jump forward a foot or two." -- Autoweek
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