2019 BMW X5 Review: The best take on a familiar formula
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 Published On Jul 08, 2019

The broad strokes haven't changed all that much for this 2019 revision. It still looks like an X5 with familiar proportions and the split-tailgate design. However, nearly every element of this SUV has been revised, updated and improved. The all-new X5 is better than ever, with a smartly designed cabin and new technology.

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The xDrive40i trim means it carries BMW's 3.0-liter turbocharged I6 gas engine, good for 335 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque. The eight-speed automatic works well in conjunction with this engine, shuffling through the gears smoothly. Throwing it into Sport mode sharpens everything up, but we find the standard Comfort mode to be the best blend of thrift and shifts.

The remainder of the driving experience is equally well bolted together. The steering is direct and responsive, aligning itself with some of the sportier SUVs in the segment like the Porsche Cayenne. The throttle is easy to modulate making for easy donuts and drifts in the snow with the stability control set to its sportier, let-you-have-a-little-fun setting. The brakes are consistent, although sprightly downshifts from the transmission below 20 miles per hour make it a little difficult to come to a stop smoothly every time.

The BMW X5 might be brand-new, but it has to deal with the Mercedes GLE-Class and Porsche Cayenne, both of which are also new. Slightly older competition like the Volvo XC90 and Audi Q7 are still kicking, and both are plenty enjoyable in their own rights, but we prefer the BMW's driving dynamics to the XC90 and Q7.

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