Barely spinning much above 5,000rpm, the engine is silky smooth in its delivery and is hardly intrusive. With a ground clearance just shy of 8. Despite riding on 20-inch wheels and run-flat tires, our X5 test car softened the impacts from potholes with expert dampening from the available height-adjustable air suspension. The vehicle with internal code G06 should offer the same output as the X5, which also means it will be sold in 40i and 50d variants, depending on the market. Claimed fuel economy of 41. The base engine remains a turbocharged inline-six, but it gains an extra 35 horses and 30 pound-feet of torque. That kind of stuff is better left to the guys in Wranglers and lifted trucks.
Petrol options are available at launch and a full-blooded X5 M is due in 2020, but right now, the M50d version driven here takes its place right at the top of the model ladder. Obviously, things are shaping up quite nicely for the next-gen X5. It should strike a just-right balance for many luxury shoppers. So, whether you drive a 40i, 50i or some other future variation, the X5 will come with this digital cluster. Similarly, the upgrade engine is still a 4.
Going without brakes drops your towing capacity to just 750 kg or about 1,652 pounds. A 30d trim is also up for grabs with 265 horsepower and 457 pound-feet while a 50d trim will get you 400 ponies and 560 pound-feet. The is also within spitting distance of this group, but costs much less. As for technology, make sure to set aside lots of time during a test drive and delivery, if you buy one to learn about the innumerable features and customization settings controlled by iDrive. The Driving Assistance Professional package provides steering assistance for lane-keeping and evading obstacles. In short, the biggest notable change is that the old swirly camo is gone and has since been replaced by something more stylish and glossy.
We get the X5 back to our Michigan headquarters for a more complete test drive. The Integral Active Steering, which adds rear wheel articulation, doesn't really help in this regard, but does make for a tighter turning circle. That configuration, along with its general exterior dimensions, makes it consistent with a it has the exact same length , and. For starters, the dash has been completely revamped. It proved a bit controversial, especially the steering. What's its safety equipment and crash ratings? Opt for the Professional set-up and four-wheel steering is added. Check out our more complete breakdown of features, options, specs and local pricing here on Autoblog.
This is a bit less impressive; it feels a little inconsistent in action, and X5s without the four-wheel system offer a sweeter, more natural steer. Resistance really is futile in the face of this thing: the top-spec Range Rover Sport diesel falls around 100 units short in both measures, and you need a V8 Porsche Cayenne diesel to beat it. No good deed goes unpunished, though, as it looks like cargo room does suffer a bit. Selecting Sport or Individual tightens the steering, suspension, transmission and throttle response accordingly. We can now make out two horizontal louvers in the small air dam below, and the corner vents are now taking shape, losing the weird bubbled look at the ends shown on the last mule. The central vents have a new look, and that huge grouping of controls in the center stack have been reduced to one smaller, thinner unit that helps make things nice and tidy here. The most important option, however, is the third row of seats that will take up some boot room but are still easy to enter as the second row automatically tilts forward when needed.
This isn't a car you just hop in and drive away. The 50d uses the same inline-six diesel engine, but its tuning allows for a 5. At the time of launch, it will be offered in four different trim levels that include xDrive40i replaces the 35i, the xDrive50i, xDrive30d, and the M50d. We tried the system in optional M Sport Professional form. With a fuel consumption of 6. Unfortunately, the steering is not, and it's our main dynamic complaint with the X5. There's also a newly available height-adjustable air suspension and rear-wheel steering.
Either way, the choice is yours, but there are plenty of options to choose from. The 550e delivers 436 horsepower and 479 pound-feet from a 3. As for the engine, power from the base turbo inline-6 is abundant. We found we liked to accomplish different tasks using different means of interface, which speaks to the value in such control redundancy. The X5 is soft, quiet and buttery smooth around town or on the highway, feeling impeccably engineered to make you only mildly aware of your surroundings.
For stopping power, the G05 X5 M50d braking system includes Vented Discs at the front and Vented Discs at the rear. The two lower trims can be options with the 2. Headroom in the front and rear should have increased by at least an inch. The infotainment display measures 12. Nevertheless, its blistering performance and poised handling still shine through despite the X5 prioritizing comfort, quiet and refinement. Unlike some of those early 's, however, the current version is hardly the athlete of the segment.
A new head-up display comes courtesy of the 2019 X5 as well, and it offers a larger display with more information. The rear end is where you can see that the X5 is actually wider than before. It should be making its debut in the early months of 2018 and is expected to borrow its drivetrain options from the 5 and 7 Series lineups. This breadth of driving feel is actually quite extraordinary. This package is a must-have if you expect to go beyond anything worse than a typical American dirt road and even comes with special off-road drive modes to help make exploring a little easier. The xDrive40i has a 3. If you are confused by the M50i designation, it will replace the current xDrive50i for the 2019 model year.
It has helped to emphasize the muscularity of the hood. Like most of the auto news industry, we also sometimes accept travel, lodging and event access for vehicle drive and news coverage opportunities. My car had £2495 of Dynamic Adaptive suspension fitted, one of four active suspension options. The seat back also doesn't recline. We'd suspect the standard adaptive suspension would be pretty exceptional in this regard as well.