The Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90 have a new rival to battle with the top spot BMW's brand new X5 SUV. Since it's initial release in 2000 the X5 has gone through four generation. The most recent rendition of the X5 is longer, wider, and taller as well as this the new model features a completely reworked body.
Besides the improvements to the body, the X5 has also seen significant improvements to its interior. The button-heavy style we are used to from BMW has been scrapped for a more minimalistic approach. A 12.3-inch display has been insulated to the centre console giving you access to BMW's iDrive system. Just below you will find a secondary display which is completely customizable allowing you to tweak and tinker to your heart's content.
At its launch, UK customers are able to choose either one petrol or one of two diesel engines. The petrol option offers 340hp and can accelerate from 0-62 in just 5.5 seconds. However, if you are looking for something which is a bit more fuel efficient then you are probably better off going with one of the diesel options.
All three variations of the X5 come with four-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard. While no official statement has been made about a hybrid version of the X5, BMW has confirmed they are working on a plug-in variant.
On top of the four-wheel drive, the X5 also has an optional air suspension system with active roll stabilisation. While four-wheel steering helps improve the manoeuvering and stability at high speeds the air suspension helps to improve your driving experience off-road. The air springs can vary ride height by as much as 80mm so you should have no problem if you take the X5 off-road.
For the tech lovers out there you won't be disappointed either. BMW has invested a significant amount of time in packing the X5 with all of its latest tech advancements. This includes their new and improved Traffic Jam assistant which keeps the car in with semi-autonomous steering.
Another system BMW has installed is its Emergency Stop Assistant (or ESA). EAS is able to step in and take control of the vehicle if something is to suddenly happen to the driver. It is able to bring the X5 safely to a standstill and can even perform lane changes if the BMW has to stop on a hard shoulder.
We should start to see the new X5 in dealerships in June 2018. If you are interested in getting your hands on your own X5 then feel free to give us a call or drop us an email and a member of our team will be more than happy to help!
1st of January 2019