2020 BMW X5 Prices, Reviews, and Pictures

Overview

The BMW mid-size SUV is a classic BMW model. It has been around since the beginning of the century. It has evolved from a vehicle that prioritized sporty driving to one that combines power, refinement and luxury with better-than average road manners. The X5 lineup is now complete with three models that offer a higher price and better performance. The BMW X5 is a class stalwart, competing against the Audi Q7 or the Mercedes GLE-class. The BMW X5 evokes the brand’s long-standing sporting heritage, with its powerful and refined turbocharged V-8 and inline-six engines, as well as its impressive cornering grip and eye-opening acceleration. The X5 can also be equipped luxuriously with luxurious interiors, extensive infotainment systems and the most recent driver-assist technology. The X5 line, which is conservatively designed and exquisitely crafted, is a leader in premium SUVs.

What’s new for 2020?

The big change in the X5 lineup this year can be summarized in three words: more performance. BMW has added the M50i to its lineup. It produces 523 hp, 553 lbft of torque, and a turbocharged 4.4 liter V-8. This is 67 horsepower more than the xDrive50i’s 4.4-liter V-8. The M50i package features an eight-speed automatic transmission, an electronically limited-slip rear differential and an M Sport exhaust. It also has larger brakes and sportier suspension tuning with adaptive dampers. Both sDrive (rear drive) and xDrive configurations are available for the X5 40i models. All-wheel drive is standard on the V-8 models. They also have Wi-Fi hotspot and wireless phone charging capabilities. BMW claims that a plug-in hybrid six-cylinder version of the X5 will be available in 2020.

We love saving money as much as we love great performances, which is why the xDrive40i is our choice. It has a 4.8 second sprint from 0 to 60 mph and all-wheel drive. This makes it a great value in this price range. The $600 front-and rear heated seats option, which includes a heated steering column, is recommended. We also recommend the $2300 Premium package, which includes a head-up display, SiriusXM satellite radio, four-zone automatic temperature control, four-zone climate control, and SiriusXM satellite television (includes a 1-year subscription), remote engine start capability, wireless phone charging and Wi-Fi hotspot.

Performance, Transmission and Engine

Three gasoline engines are available for 2020, each one associated with a different model of X5. Those X5s with the sDrive40i and xDrive40i badges are powered by a turbocharged 335-hp inline-six. The xDrive50i has a powerful 456-hp twin turbocharged V-8. Both models were tested side-by-side. The 40i ran to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds, while the 50i took 0.7 seconds. The M50i’s twin-turbo V-8 engine, 523 hp, allows it to accelerate to 60 mph in just four seconds. The three engines can be paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, so drivers won’t have to sacrifice power for any driving conditions. BMW also stated that a plug-in hybrid X5 was in development and will be available sometime in 2020. The X5’s smooth ride and stable handling is a huge improvement over the previous-generation model. We also like its steering which feels more direct and connected, but not as sporty as we would have liked. Although the Q7 is still a better choice in this area than the X5, it’s not a perfect match. The X5 can be pushed into a tight corner and holds it steady, a characteristic that is missing in the GLE-class. The maximum towing weight of the X5 is 7200lbs, regardless of which engine it uses.

Fuel Economy and Real World MPG

With the inline-six, the X5 is as fuel-efficient as the four-cylinder-powered version of the GLE-class and a tad more fuel-stingy than the four-cylinder Q7, according to the EPA. The V-8s’ EPA ratings fall dramatically, but they still match the supercharged V-6 version of the Land Rover Discovery. However, both the 40i & 50i performed better on highway fuel economy testing: The 40i achieved 28 mpg while the 50i was able to achieve 23 mpg. This is despite the fact that the BMW has two more cylinders and 127 horsepower.

Interior, Comfort, & Cargo

The interior space is spacious for adults in the first and second rows. However, the optional third row of the X5 is reserved for children only. After settling in, passengers are treated to a cabin filled with high-quality materials and plenty of charging points. There is also a wide range of luxury features depending on the option chosen. Standard features include power-adjustable front chairs with memory for drivers. All models include a power-adjustable steering wheel, heated front seats and a panoramic sunroof. There is also a dual-zone automatic climate system, power rear liftgate, rain sensing windshield wipers, customizable ambient lighting, and a power-adjustable steering columns. The X5 can feel luxurious and high-end, but it costs a lot more to buy. For $4200, buyers can upgrade to a Bowers & Wilkins surround sound audio system with diamond-domed speakers. The X5 has plenty of cargo space. We were able to fit 11 carry-on bags behind the second row of seats when the rear seats were in use. We were able to fit 26 bags into the back seats when they are folded. This can be done either from the rear or side of the SUV. Although the Mercedes GLE was able to match the X5’s results in this test case by case, its rear seats aren’t as easy for people to store.

Connectivity and Infotainment

The otherwise conservative cockpit is given a modern look by twin 12.3-inch displays. The one serves as a digital gauge, a feature that is becoming more common among luxury carmakers. The other allows for access to the infotainment software. Users can control the system using a variety of methods, including gesture controls, which are less intuitive than just touching the screen or using the center-console-mounted rotary knob. Android Auto is not available in the options list, but Apple CarPlay is standard.

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