The arrival of the brand-new 2019 X5 put BMW’s longest-running SUV again on the high of its sport. In base xDrive40i guise, affiliate editor Andrew Krok even mentioned it could be the most effective luxurious crossover in its extremely aggressive class.

The xDrive50i model you see right here is much more spectacular. With its greater engine and sizable record of efficiency tools, the X5 50i hunts prey of a sportier nature — particularly, Porsche’s Cayenne S. Does this highly effective Bimmer have what it takes to face toe-to-toe with its great-driving rival from Stuttgart?

M-Lite

Whereas the xDrive40i isn’t any slouch, what with 335 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque on supply, the 50i is an entire completely different animal. The X5 50i makes use of a Four.Four-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 that places out 456 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of twist. The latter is obtainable from simply 1,500 rpm to Four,750 rpm, for muscular giddy-up and spectacular mid-range punch.

Working with BMW’s acquainted, ZF-sourced eight-speed automated transmission and all-wheel drive, the drivetrain returns an EPA-estimated 17 miles per gallon within the metropolis and 22 mpg on the freeway. BMW says the xDrive50i accelerates to 60 miles per hour in Four.6 seconds and high out at 155 mph. Loopy numbers for positive, which can be prone to be bettered when the inevitable X5 M arrives. As for the 434-horsepower Porsche Cayenne S, it is a smidge slower, reaching 60 mph in Four.9 seconds, however hits a high velocity of 164 mph giving it Texas Mile bragging rights over the Bimmer.

Numbers apart, the V8-powered X5 is critically fast in day-to-day driving. In Sport mode, it costs away from stoplights in a speedy, grin-inducing style. The gearbox is great, performing swift and well-timed up- and downshifts inflicting me to by no means actually need to use the paddles for do-it-yourself gear choosing. There is not any turbo lag or any muted throttle response, simply intense acceleration, particularly for a automobile weighing in at a not-insignificant 5,170 kilos. There’s even a correctly imply notice from the elective efficiency exhaust.

The dual-turbo V8 is punchy with 456 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque.

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Adaptive dampers are commonplace concern on the 50i, however my tester’s $Three,650 Dynamic Dealing with Package deal raises the dealing with stakes additional with rear-wheel steering, a torque-vectoring rear differential, lively antiroll bars and upgraded brakes. Sadly, I am unable to totally expertise the advantages of all of the , since my check automobile is fitted with cold-weather-friendly Basic Grabber AT3 all-terrain tires.

Whereas the Generals certainly helped get the X5 by way of winter in a single piece, on dry pavement the draw back is elevated physique roll, much less cornering grip and fewer steering suggestions. Wonderful journey high quality is an upshot, however I’ve little doubt that inventory all-seasons or the obtainable efficiency rubber will agency up issues and put the X5 close to the highest of the category when it comes to reflexes.

M Sport looker

To convey its elevated efficiency, this X5 wears BMW’s M Sport Design trim. This bundle provides body-colored exterior trim, black roof rails, a matte aluminum model of BMW’s kidney grille and, most noticeably, 20-inch black M wheels. Together with the Carbon Black Metallic paint job, greater grille, skinnier headlights, extra shapely taillights, and evolutionary sheetmetal, the brand new X5 xDrive50i appears to be like actually sharp.

M Sport touches make the X5 look barely meaner.

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Inside, a thick-rimmed M Sport steering wheel, metallic pedals and aluminum accent trim are added to the X5’s easy environment. The 20-way, heated, energy entrance seats are tremendous comfy with enough aspect bolsters, and the heated armrests assist me address cool spring mornings. A leather-wrapped sprint, which is able to price you an additional $1,200, can also be a pleasant premium contact to the spacious cabin. As for cargo-carrying skills, the X5 provides 72.Three cubic ft of area with the rear seats folded.

Some might grumble concerning the abundance of buttons on the middle stack, however I a lot favor this to cramming every little thing right into a touchscreen. It is simpler to get acclimated to the situation of laborious buttons and much much less distracting than sifting by way of quite a few menus simply to do issues like change vents settings or swap between preset radio stations.

An entire lot of tech

Talking of screens, they’re prevalent within the X5. A 12.Three-inch gauge show is commonplace and provides particular colours and structure modifications relying on which drive mode the automobile is in. Consolation and Sport modes name up purple backgrounds, whereas the Eco Professional makes use of a blue scheme.

BMW’s newest iDrive interface appears to be like nice on the 12.Three-inch middle touchscreen.

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One other 12.Three-inch infotainment touchscreen resides on high of the middle stack working the most recent iDrive 7 infotainment system. iDrive is intuitive and responds instantly to instructions from both the touchscreen or bodily controls on the middle console. Navigation, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon encompass sound setup, satellite tv for pc radio, Bluetooth and elective Wi-Fi hotspot are alongside for the journey. One yr of Apple CarPlay can also be included, however after that you’re going to disappointingly must pony up a subscription price to make use of it.

BMW’s gesture management characteristic can also be included on my check X5. It is foolish, however works pretty nicely to regulate audio quantity with a twirl of a finger, or settle for and reject cellphone calls with a wave of a hand. It is type of a gimmicky, pointless piece of expertise, however does present excessive leisure worth for passengers. Powering up telephones and tablets should not be a problem, both, with a wi-fi cost pad up entrance, together with 12-volt retailers, and USB-C ports sprinkled all through each rows.

As for security, ahead collision warning with automated emergency braking, lane-departure warning and blind-spot monitoring come on all X5s. A $1,700 Driving Help Plus bundle including full-speed adaptive cruise management and lane-keep help that lightly retains the automobile within the middle of the lane when marching down the expressway. A head-up show and 360-degree backup digicam may also be had.

How I might spec it

When constructing out an X5 xDrive50i, I might start with an M Sport Design trim, which begins at $79,550. A slick Phytonic Blue Metallic paint job is a no-cost selection, so I will take that, too. Then I will add the Dynamic Dealing with Package deal that is solely obtainable on the M Sport mannequin for $Three,650. My solely concession for additional luxurious would be the $250 heated entrance arm resets. All in, my automobile wears a price ticket of $84,445, together with $995 for vacation spot, which is a little more inexpensive than my $92,405 check automobile.

Straight line worth

The 2019 X5 is spectacular regardless of which trim you select, and the xDrive50i provides energy that’ll fulfill velocity demons. The spacious, nicely-trimmed inside and a boatload of tech are simply icing on the cake.

However do you go for the V8-powered X5 over the Cayenne S? In the event you’re searching for the worth play, the xDrive50i begins at $75,750, undercutting the $82,900 Porsche. However with its unimaginable energy, luxurious and nice on-road demeanor, it hardly appears like a compromise in any respect.

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