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2020 BMW X5 Performance Review

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Performance: 8.4

The 2020 BMW X5 offers well-rounded performance. Its lineup of turbocharged engines enable brisk acceleration and strong passing power, and its adaptive suspension yields a comfortable ride without sacrificing spry handling and agility.

  • "From the driver's seat, it's hard to believe the X5 is a crossover/SUV at all. Thanks to the different drive modes, the adaptive suspension spans a range of comfort and control, while retaining control in the most comfortable setting and some comfort in the sportiest setting. Through the corners, the X5 delivers involving, athletic handling. High-speed stability is exemplary, with little road or wind noise. Crossovers don't get much better than this." -- Autotrader
  • "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 (2019)
  • "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 (2019)

Acceleration and Power

The BMW X5 is available in five main configurations: sDrive40i, xDrive40i, xDrive50i, M50i, and X5 M. All models come standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The sDrive is the only trim available with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. All other trims come standard with all-wheel drive.

The sDrive40i and xDrive40i models have a 335-horsepower 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine. The xDrive50i has a 456-horsepower twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8. The X5 M50i has an uprated version of this V8 with 523 horsepower. The X5 M squeezes 600 horsepower out of that V8 in standard trim and 617 horsepower in Competition trim.

The X5 hustles up to speed quickly and provides confident passing power, regardless of engine choice. The difference is how quickly they accelerate. The 40i models can hit 60 mph in just over five seconds, whereas the M50i and X5 M models complete the dash in around four seconds. Shifts from the eight-speed transmission are smooth and prompt.

The X5 sDrive40i returns an efficient 21 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, and the xDrive40i model gets a similar 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. The V8 models lower fuel economy to just 16/22 mpg city/highway.

  • "The 3.0-liter turbocharged inline 6 delivers smooth, strong acceleration, while the 8-speed automatic performs rapid yet seamless shifts. This should please most people. For those who like their crossovers to pack more thrills, the xDrive50i's twin-turbo V8 is magnificent. Or the M50i can sprint from standstill to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds, which is remarkable for a vehicle of this size and weight." -- Autotrader
  • 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 (2019)
  • "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 (2019)

Handling and Braking

The X5 is one of the most enjoyable SUVs to drive in the luxury midsize SUV class. Its adaptive suspension keeps the SUV from teetering around turns, instilling a sense of confidence on winding roads. It also does an excellent job of soaking up the impacts from bumps, dips, and potholes. Rear-wheel drive comes standard in the sDrive, while all-wheel drive is standard on all other models.

BMW offers a variety of upgrades to enhance the X5’s handling, including a height-adjustable air suspension, off-road traction control modes, a locking rear differential, and four-wheel steering.

  • "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 initially experiencing the new X5 on a legitimately challenging off-road course as well as on some twisty two-lanes around Atlanta." -- Car and Driver (2019)
  • "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 (2019)
  • "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 (2019)
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