BMW X5 assessment, first drive

Over the previous few years, with buyer preferences shifting in direction of SUVs/crossovers, the phase has seen an enormous inflow, particularly of the type that focuses extra on their on-road capabilities reasonably than off it. However 20 years in the past, this wasn’t the case when BMW determined to introduce the first-ever X5.

The corporate was very clear that the X5 was targeted totally on on-road efficiency. In truth, they even referred to as it an SAV or Sports activities Exercise Car and never SUV to drive the purpose residence. In some ways then, BMW pioneered the entire sports activities SUV class with the X5 and 20 years later, the corporate got here out with the fourth-generation mannequin. It follows the identical philosophy as the unique and the earlier generations, however it has improved by leaps and bounds as an total package deal full with extra space, far more tech and vital adjustments in the way in which it drives.

The BMW X5 xDrive30d does 0-100kmph in 6.5 seconds. (Picture – Nishant Jhamb)

Rising considerably throughout its transition from third era to fourth, the brand new X5 is 36mm longer, 66 mm wider and 19mm taller. The wheelbase has gone up by 42mm as effectively. The nostril shows BMW’s newest design route with an upsized kidney grille flanked by all LED headlamps. In comparison with the entrance, the rear appears to be like far more understated with smooth LED taillights and twin tailpipes. It rides on combined tyres with 275/45 R20’s on the entrance and 305/40 R20’s on the again. In truth, the rear tyres are as vast because the Lamborghini Huracan’s!

BMW X5 measures 4,922mm lengthy, 2,004mm vast and 1,745mm tall. It sits on a 2,975mm wheelbase. (Picture – Nishant Jhamb)

Considered one of BMW’s major objectives with the brand new X5 was to elevate the atmosphere and make the cabin really feel extra luxurious than ever, and it has succeeded in doing that. In entrance of the motive force sits a totally digital 12.3-inch instrument console and also you get a similar-sized centrally mounted touchscreen as effectively. There’s a 4-zone local weather management on supply, 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system and electrically adjustable seats for the motive force and entrance passenger.

Dashboard appears to be like and feels a lot nicer and extra luxurious than the earlier era X5. (Picture – Nishant Jhamb)

The buttons and dials are top-notch by way of high quality and really feel and BMW has upped the posh quotient with the appliance of glass on the gear selector, engine begin/cease button and the controller for the infotainment system. The ‘CraftedClarity’ glass software divides opinion although. Whereas some suppose it appears to be like upmarket, others have labelled it as chintzy. Lit up at the hours of darkness, the ambient lighting which extends all the way in which to the sunroof does make the cabin really feel reasonably particular. Nonetheless, in contrast to a few of its rivals, there may be area for less than 5 occupants and those within the rear will likely be upset by the shortage of a recline operate for the rear seats.

BMW X5’s begin/cease button, gear selector and iDrive management knob long-established out of glass as a part of the ‘CarfteCalrity’ package deal. (Picture – Dhruv Saxena)

The BMW X5 boasts a handful of reasonably cool options. Within the boot, the rolling cowl will be tucked away on the contact of a button which is available in very useful particularly when there’s a have to fold the rear seats to make room for baggage. Sure options of the infotainment system will be managed by way of hand gestures reminiscent of growing the amount however transferring your finger in a round movement or rejecting or accepting calls by flicking left or ahead respectively.

One of many coolest options on supply, although, is Reversing Assistant. Each time you park, the car remembers the final 50m coated transferring ahead. So, whenever you wish to pull out of the parking spot, all you’ll want to do is have interaction ‘Reversing Assistant’ on the display and the automotive will reverse out alongside the very same path by assuming management of the steering. This specific function generally is a lifesaver particularly should you’ve needed to negotiate a very difficult or crowded path whereas parking.

A number of angles and views displayed on the display to make parking and negotiating cramped areas simpler along with Park Help and Reversing Assistant options. (Picture – Dhruv Saxena)

Very like the remainder of the automotive, with regards to driving really feel, there’s a marked distinction between the brand new X5 and its predecessor. Its behaviour now leans extra in direction of consolation than sporty primarily due to the noticeably lighter steering and softer suspension setup. Whereas this clearly going to bode effectively with most consumers since consolation is a precedence for many, that distinct BMW driving really feel is, I’m afraid, kind of misplaced. That stated, the X5 stays top-of-the-line, if not the most effective, dealing with SUVs this facet of the Porsche Cayenne. Whereas the earlier era X5 employed air suspension solely on the rear, the brand new one has it on each ends. Consequently, the trip high quality has witnessed an enormous enchancment making the X5 a way more comfy place to be in than earlier than.

BMW X5 will get a 12.3-inch fully-digital instrument console, just like the one we have been seeing in all-new BMW fashions. (Picture – Nishant Jhamb)

In Sport mode, above speeds of 138kmph, the trip top is robotically lowered by 20mm. And in case you do determine to take your reasonably costly SUV off-road, you’ll be able to at all times enhance it by 40mm over the usual top. Nonetheless, keep in mind that the India-spec mannequin doesn’t include an off-road package deal. It does get a rear-biased all-wheel-drive setup, although. Powering this xDrive30d variant is the very likeable 3.0-litre straight-six diesel mill from BMW churning out 265bhp and a really wholesome 620Nm of torque. Mated to an 8-speed automated transmission sourced from ZF, it offers no motive to complain. With a 0-100kmph time of simply 6.5s, this factor is definitely reasonably fast.

BMW X5 rivals in India embrace the Mercedes-Benz GLE and Volvo XC90. (Picture – Nishant Jhamb)


The brand new X5 may need misplaced a few of the distinct BMW really feel its predecessors had, however as an entire, it’s a vastly improved package deal. It feels far more luxurious than earlier than and is loaded with options. It is simpler to drive nature and a way more comfy trip ought to assist attraction to a wider viewers. BMW is assembling the X5 in India with costs ranging from Rs 76.50 lakh (ex-showroom) for the X5 xDrive30d SportX trim. The BMW X5 xDrive30d xLine we drove is priced at Rs 86.90 lakh (ex-showroom) whereas the range-topping X5 xDrive40i M Sport, which is the only petrol variant, is priced at Rs 88 lakh (ex-showroom). The fourth-generation BMW X5 provides extra by way of area in comparison with its predecessor and boasts enhanced luxurious, consolation and a plethora of options.

BMW X5 Specs

  • Variant: BMW X5 xDrive30d xLine
  • Engine:3.0-litre straight-six turbo diesel
  • Energy: 265bhp@4,000rpm
  • Max torque: 620Nm@1,500rpm
  • Gearbox: 8-speed auto
  • Wheelbase: 2,975mm
  • LxWxH: 4,922×2,004×1,745mm
  • 0-100kmph: 6.5 seconds
  • High velocity: 230kmph (claimed)

BMW X5 value in India (ex-showroom)

  • BMW X5 xDrive30d SportX: Rs 76.50 lakh
  • BMW X5 xDrive30d xLine: Rs 86.90 lakh
  • BMW X5 xDrive40i M Sport: Rs 88.00 lakh

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