2019 BMW X5

MSRP $60,700

Ranked #3 in Suv

8.8

Overall Rating

2019 BMW X5 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The BMW X5 has always impressed us with the way it drove and with the 2019 model, things have just gotten better than before. And it’s not just the driving abilities that have improved; the X5 now is more opulent on the inside and pampers its riders better. There are number of standard features as well as plenty of options and packages as well to suit your taste.

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Pros

Best-in-class power and performance numbers

Exquisite driving dynamics

Airy and luxurious cabin

Cons

The higher price tag

Bland exterior design

Mixed safety ratings from organizations

What's New?

Redesined for 2019

Only two trims with different engines


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$60700

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

160 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

183 cu.in.

horsepower

335 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

330 lb.-ft. @ 1500 rpm

transmission

8 speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

117.1 in.

length

194.3 in.

width

78.9 in.

height

69 in.

curb weight

4813 lbs.

ground clearance

8.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

98.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

72.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

7200 lbs.

payload capacity

849 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.9 sec.

zero to 100 mph

9.2 sec.

rolling start 5-60 mph

4.5

standing 1/4-mile

13.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/22/26 mpg

highway range

380.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

9 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

xDrive40i$60,700 onwards

40i$60,700 onwards

xDrive50i$75,750 onwards

Colors and Styles

2019 BMW X5 in Deep Amethyst Metallic color
Deep Amethyst Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

9.0

Engine and Performance

8.5

Fuel Economy

7.6

Interior

8.1

Exterior

9.4

Safety

9.0

Competition

9.6

8.8

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.8

Overall Rating


The 2019 BMW X5 comes in with a fresh new avatar with lots of equipment in its arsenal. It has two very good engines on offer. With less number of trim, things have becomes much simpler.So does this have the ability to be a class slayer? and can it beat opponents like Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, Volvo XC90, and Audi Q7?. Let’s find out!


8.5/10
Engine and Performance

7.6/10
Fuel Economy

8.1/10
Interior

9.4/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety

9.6/10
Competition


2019 BMW X5 Features

The X5 is offered in two trim levels – xDrive 40i and xDrive 50i. The biggest difference between the trims is that they are offered with different engines; the xDrive 40i trim gets a 3.0 turbo V6 unit while the xDrive 40i trim gets a massive 4.4L twin-turbo V8 unit. The features list on both the trims is pretty much the same and the xDrive 50i trim gets only a few upgrades over the base spec trim level.

Models

xDrive40i

xDrive50i

MSRP

$60,700

$75,750

Key Features

3.0L Turbocharged Inline Six-Cylinder engine

Adds/upgrades to ‘xDrive40’

 

19-inch V-spoke alloy wheels

4.4L Twin-Turbo, V8 engine

 

Sliding and tilting moonroof with a powered sunshade

16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system

 

Heated outside rearview mirrors

Vernasca leather upholstery

 

Powered liftgate

Multi-contoured front massage seats

 

10-speaker sound system

4-zone automatic climate control

 

12.3-inch infotainment display

 
 

12-way power-adjustable front seats

 
 

Dual-zone automatic climate control

 
 

Automatic emergency braking

 
 

Blind-spot monitoring system

 
 

Frontal collision warning with collision mitigation 

 
   

Coss-traffic alert

Off-Road Package offers 4 off-road modes, xOffroad Package, M Sport Differential, specific user interface in the instrument cluster and central display, and sump guard on the front and rear of the vehicle, and 2-Axle Air Suspension. With the Executive Package, you get Heated & Cooled Cup Holders, Remote Engine Start, Soft-Close Automatic Doors, and Icon Adaptive LED Headlights with Laserlight.

Which trim should you buy?

In our opinion, the base spec xDrive 40i trim of the X5 is the most sensible trim of the two. It comes with pretty much all the features that you would ever need, has enough power, and is also priced pretty well. The xDrive 50i has crazy power and performance numbers and you should go for that trim if you have no problem spending $15,000 extra and if you really need those extra horses.

2019 BMW X5 Engine and Performance

8.5/10

The 2019 BMW X5 is offered with two engine options. The standard base trim is powered by a 3.0L turbocharged, inline 6 barrel engine that churns out around 335 hp and delivers 330 lb-ft of torque. This engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox and power is sent to all four wheels via BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system. On the straight line, the 335 horses shoot the SUV to 60 MPH in flat 5 seconds and it covers the quarter-mile distance in 13.7 seconds which is pretty quick for a vehicle that weighs nearly 5000 lbs.

Now, if those numbers weren’t good enough to impress you, you can always opt for the 50i trim level of the X5. The X5 xDrive 50i is equipped with a mammoth 4.4L, twin-turbo, V8 unit that makes a whopping 456 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. The engine is coupled to an 8-speed auto box and all-wheel-drive configuration is standard. The 50i trim is half a second quicker than its sibling and does a 0-60 MPH in 4.5 seconds and covers the drag strip in just 12.9 seconds. 

Models

2019 BMW X5 xDrive40i

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE 400 4MATIC

2019 Audi Q7 Premium 55 TFSI Quattro

2019 Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum AWD

MSRP

$60,700

$55,700

$59,950

$55,700

Engine

3.0L Turbocharged Inline Six-Cylinder

3.0L Twin-Turbo V6

3.0L Supercharged V6

2.0L Twin-Charged Inline Four-Cylinder

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power

335 hp @ 5,500 RPM

329 hp @ 5,250 RPM

329 hp @ 5,300 RPM

316 hp @ 5,700 RPM

Torque

330 lb-ft @ 1,500 RPM

354 lb-ft @ 1,600 RPM

325 lb-ft @ 2,900 RPM

295 lb-ft @ 2,200 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

5.0

5.6

5.3

6.3

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

13.7

14.1

15.1

15.4

Top Speed (MPH)

130

130

155

120

The BMW X5 is the most powerful and the quickest SUV in the competition. The Audi and the Mercedes both make 329 hp and are slower than the BMW by 0.3 and 0.6 seconds respectively. The Volvo XC90 on the other hand uses a twin-charged engine and delivers 316 horses and 295 lb-ft of torque which is lower than any other car in the competition. This setup takes XC90 from 0-60 mph in 6.3 seconds.

How well does the 2019 BMW X5 handle?

Even though X5 has a decent off-road capacity, it performs better on paved roads. It has a crisp engine, sharp steering, superb chassis, and excellent body control and that is all that you need to be a great handler. The X5 now gets air suspensions and they change their character with the driving mode you’re in. We expect things to heat up even more with the launch of the X5 M which is scheduled for next year.

Put it in sport mode and you’ll suddenly realize the suspension becomes stiffer to minimize unnecessary body movement, the throttle response quicker, gear shifts even more aggressive and the steering reaction sharper. Put it in comfort mode and you’ll find the throttle responses slightly relaxed, gear shifts a touch lazy, and suspensions softening up to absorb all the minor surface undulation. 

Braking Performance

The 2019 BMW X5 has a rather strong set of brakes and those just inspire a lot of confidence while you’re driving. The brakes have a nice and clean bite and you never feel jerky while you step on the pedal. X5 has a stopping distance of 119 feet which is better than average.

Models

2019 BMW X5 xDrive40i

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE 400 4MATIC

2019 Audi Q7 Premium 55 TFSI Quattro

2019 Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum AWD

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

NA

13

14.8

13.2

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

NA

12.8

13.8

12.1

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,991

4,751

4,927

4,394

60-0 MPH (feet)

119

NA

NA

122

The Audi Q7 is a heavy vehicle and weighs nearly 5000 lbs and also has the biggest pair of brake rotors. Volvo has the next best brakes and they bring the XC90 to rest from motion at a distance of just 122 feet. That said, GLE has the second biggest pair of brake rotors in the competition.

2019 BMW X5 Fuel Economy

7.6/10

X5 delivers impressive fuel economy numbers for its size and class. In the city, the X5 claims to chug a gallon of fuel for cutting 20 miles while it claims to haul up to about 26 miles on the highway. That said, it returns 22 MPG combined. 2019 X5 has a modest fuel tank capacity of 21.9 gallons which is 2.7 gallons less than the GLE’s fuel tank capacity.

Models

2019 BMW X5 xDrive40i

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE 400 4MATIC

2019 Audi Q7 Premium 55 TFSI Quattro

2019 Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum AWD

MPG (City)

20

17

19

19

MPG (Highway)

26

23

25

26

MPG (Combined)

22

20

21

22

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

21.9

24.6

22.5

18.8

Range (City/Highway/Combined; miles)

438/569/482

418/566/492

428/563/473

357/489/414

The Volvo XC90 returns the same fuel economy in the city and combined except the city where it lacks one mpg as compared to X5. On the flip side, the Mercedes-Benz GLE is the least fuel-efficient car as it returns fuel economy of 17/23/20 mpg in the city/highway/combined respectively. Lastly, Q7 is behind the X5 with one mpg in the city, highway, and combined. 

2019 BMW X5 Interior

8.1/10

The 2019 BMW X5 has room for 5 passengers and it indeed does offer a generous amount of space to all its 5 passengers. The front seats are pretty snug and offer good support. They have a good side bolster and nice extended under-thigh support that makes you feel very comfortable. The same story at the back- the seats seem pretty comfortable, there is a good amount of space and 3 adults shouldn’t have any problem sitting there at the back. The X5 is also offered with an optional third row of seats but the third row doesn’t offer any practical space for adults and is best suited for kids and not even for young teenagers. 

The X5 feels opulent on the inside. Upfront there is a nice stubby steering wheel along with a fully digital instrument cluster. BMW offers you multiple interior color and theme options given on the 2019 X5. You also have a very upscale-looking transparent crystal gear-shifter that sits on the center console. Plus there are knurled knobs and dials for the AC vents and volume controls indicates that BMW has taken care of the minor details to give consumers an upscale luxurious experience. Leatherette upholstery is standard in the X5 which can be upgraded to leather upholstery.

Models

2019 BMW X5 xDrive40i

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE 400 4MATIC

2019 Audi Q7 Premium 55 TFSI Quattro

2019 Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum AWD

Seating Capacity

5

5

7

7

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

40.8/60/39.8

38.9/58.5/40.3

39.9/59.5/41.7

38.9/57.7/40.9

Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

38.7/58.1/37.4

38.5/58.4/38.4

38.8/58.5/38.8

38.5/56.5/37

Third Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

N/A

N/A

35.9/49.4/29.2

36.3/46.9/31.9

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

33.9

38.2

14.2

12.6

There is no doubt that the X5 is plush on the inside but there are other vehicles in the competition that seem a touch more luxurious and practical and usable on the inside than the Bimmer. For instance, the Volvo XC90 gets a more practicable third row. However, X5 has the most spacious first row while the Q5 has the airiest second row. Coming to the cargo capacity, GLE has the biggest trunk of all. If the third row of Q7 and XC90 gets folded down, their cargo capacity can be increased to 35.6 and 35.7 cu-ft respectively. Lastly, X5 offers a cargo capacity of 33.9 cu-ft which is 4.6 cu-ft less than what GLE has on offer.

There are plenty of creature comforts and interior features given in the 2019 X5 and some of those include power tilt and telescopic steering column, leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated and power front seats, keyless entry, ambient lighting, a configurable digital gauge cluster display. Heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors, Universal Remote Transmitter, power windows, leather dashboard, and 40/20/40 split-folding rear seat. 4-Zone Automatic Climate Control is given under Convenience Package while the Front Ventilated Seats, Multi-Contour Seats, Front Massaging Seats are given under Luxury Seating Package. 

Some of the standout interior features are as follows:

  • Leatherette seats
  • Leather seats (optional)
  • 12-way Power-adjustable, multi-contour front seats
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated rear seats (optional)
  • Power tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Customizable ambient lighting
  • Optional massaging seats
  • Optional heated front armrests and steering wheel

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The 2019 X5 features a brand new infotainment system. You get a large 12.3-inch iDrive infotainment system that sits in the center of the dash which is pretty slick and easy to use. The infotainment system gets a few gimmicky features like gesture control and voice command which come in handy while operating the system. Apple CarPlay is standard but Android Auto is not available. Other standard features consist of three USB ports, Bluetooth, HD Radio, and a 10-speaker sound system which can be replaced with the 16-speaker Harmon Kardon sound system or a 20-speaker Bowers & Wilkins sound system. Some of the highlights of the infotainment system are as follows:

  • 12.3-inch touchscreen
  • 10-speaker sound system
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Wifi-hotspot (optional)
  • Wireless charging (optional)
  • CD player
  • Rear-seat entertainment system (optional)
  • SiriusXM satellite radio (optional)
  • Heads up display(optional)

2019 BMW X5 Exterior

9.4/10

The 2019 BMW X5 has been refreshed and the SUV now looks more modern and youthful. At the front, there is that signature chrome surround kidney grille along with very sharp and aggressive dual-barrel headlights. The design on the front isn’t very radical as such. The side profile isn’t very interesting as there are no crazy lines and creases flowing along the body, no large wheel arches, and just a simple design. At the back, there is a nice sculpted tailgate that looks good and there are those split LED taillights that add more flavor to the overall design. You’ll also find a rear fake skid plate that just gives that tough off-road appearance to the SUV. We find the exterior design of the X5 a little bland. The panoramic moonroof and 19-inch V-spoke wheels are standard on 2019 X5. That said, the M Sport Package adds 20-inch M star-spoke bi-color wheels, high-gloss shadowline roof rails, and shadowline exterior trim.

Models

2019 BMW X5 xDrive40i

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE 400 4MATIC

2019 Audi Q7 Premium 55 TFSI Quattro

2019 Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum AWD

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,813

4,751

4,927

4,771

Length (inches)

194.3

189.1

199.6

194.9

Width (inches)

78.9

76.2

77.5

79.1

Height (inches)

68.7

70.7

68.5

69.9

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.7

NA

NA

9.4

Wheelbase (inches)

117.1

114.8

117.9

117.5

Q7 is the bulkiest of all while XC90 is the lightest one. GLE is the most compact SUV in the segment in terms of exterior dimensions, but it is the tallest of all. That said, Q7 is the biggest SUV. In terms of wheelbase, except GLE, X5 and other rivals are in a similar range. Some of the standout exterior features are as follows:

  • 19-inch V-spoke wheels
  • Raining sensing wipers with heated jets
  • Fog lights
  • Panoramic moonroof
  • Powered liftgate
  • Rear window defroster
  • Roof Rack Rails
  • LED brake lights
  • Power heated outside mirrors

2019 BMW X5 Safety

9.0/10

The X5 is IIHS’ 2019 ‘Top Safety Pick+’ and gets a ‘Good’ rating for all the tests conducted by the agency. However, story is different with the NHTSA as 2019 X5 has received an overall safety rating of 5 stars and score 4-star in all frontal crash and rollover resistace test.The X5 comes equipped with several safety features. however, under driving assistance plus package you can avail of features such as active lane-keeping assist, steering, and traffic jam assist, evasion assistant and cross-traffic alert front, and steering and traffic jam assist. on the other hand, the parking assistance package adds surround-view w/3D view, rearview camera, and parking assistant plus. Some of the standout safety features include the following:

  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Lane departure warning
  • Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Frontal collision warning with city collision mitigation
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • front and rear parking sensors

2019 BMW X5 Competition

9.6/10

2019 BMW X5 xDrive40i vs 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE 400 4MATIC

In terms of exterior looks, the GLE does not stand against the freshly redesigned BMW X5. The X5 has more power and better performance numbers, offers better fuel economy, offers more space on the inside as compared to the GLE. Therefore, despite having a heavier price tag, the 2019 X5 is better to pick against the 2019 GLE.

2019 BMW X5 xDrive40i vs 2019 Audi Q7 Premium 55 TFSI Quattro

The X5 outclasses the Q7 in almost every area except that Q7 has a standard third row. The Bimmer has more power and performance on offer, has a better cabin and space, and offers a better driving experience than the Audi. There is no marginal difference in the price either. Hence, X5 becomes more alluring.

2019 BMW X5 xDrive40i vs 2019 Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum AWD

The Volvo XC90 is the better-looking car here and also features a more sophisticated and plush cabin. The Volvo gets a standard third-row option and is equipped with the smaller 2.0L four-cylinder. That’s why XC90 is slower as compared to the X5 because of low engine output. Both SUVs have nearly similar fuel economies as well. That said, a price difference of $5000 does make XC90 more enticing but X5 with its brand value and driving capability keeps the competition warm.

2019 BMW X5 Final Verdict

The 2019 BMW X5 just proves that power and performance shouldn’t essentially come at the cost of fuel economy. In other areas such as interior space, options, and safety ratings, X5 does not disappoint. The only downside of the X5 is that it is priced slightly higher than its rivals. Hence, If you’re looking to spend around $60,000 on a luxury SUV, we would highly recommend you to consider the 2019 BMW X5. But if you want to save some money and utilize it on options for a better experience, XC90 is the best alternative provided you don’t mind the 1.3 seconds difference between X5 and XC90 for 0-60mph.

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