2019 BMW X5 Owners Manual – Go with the xDrive40i. It provides an agreeable amount of performance, and it serves as a more affordable starting point than the 50i to add packages and options. Of course, there is a myriad of them. An easy way to add a bunch of luxury-grade extras is to get the Executive package, which automatically requires a couple less expensive packages.
When the BMW X5 came out for the 2000 model year, it resembled a lifted station wagon than anything that passed for an SUV in those days. Sure, it offered a commanding driving position, more ground clearance, and usable cargo capacity, but BMW also made it fun and engaging to drive. Now, almost two decades later, the redesigned 2019 BMW X5 sticks to the same formula. It’s larger and more tech-laden than ever before, but it can still make quick work of a twisty road.
2019 BMW X5 models
The 2019 BMW X5 is a midsize luxury SUV available as the xDrive40i or the xDrive50i. Both models have standard all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Many of the same packages and options are available between the two trim levels, but a few are reserved solely for the V8-powered xDrive50i. Seating for five is standard, but you can order an optional third-row seat to boost passenger capacity to seven.
The X5’s six-cylinder engine has enough power, and its smooth shifting and responsiveness work well for the daily commute. And while its brakes are up to the task of slowing things down, handling can be a mixed bag. Depending on drive mode, the suspension can feel either a little too floaty or too stiff.
The X5 is a comfortable SUV for long-distance driving. And with a few adjustments to the seat bolsters and drive modes, it’s competent and safe on a twisty mountain road. The climate control system is powerful enough to set it and forget it, which is good because it’s tricky to operate.
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Once you’re in the X5, you’re presented with a technologically advanced interior that focuses on the driver. Aside from the lackluster visibility out of the front corners, our only other complaint arose from the optional running boards, making it harder to get in and out of the cabin.
The X5 has a roomy cargo area and a useful power tailgate system that’s great for loading bulky cargo. The rear seatbacks fold in a 40/20/40 split for flexibility, and you can lower the suspension for reduced liftover height. We found the interior storage compartments and pockets on the small side.
BMW’s latest iDrive system is the most advanced yet, but it also comes with a steep learning curve. Helping you are its combination of menus, handwriting recognition, and voice and gesture control. iDrive gives you tons of features such as traffic and weather information and extras, including parking availability.