The BMW X5, launched in 1999, was the first luxurious large SUV to offer handling capable of putting a grin on your face. Four generations later, the BMW X5 has a far tougher job, with an established list of alternative large, luxurious SUVs to tempt buyers away.
Pull up alongside a new X5 (G05) and you might not immediately tell it apart from the previous-generation car. Both have a substantial towing capacity.
You will notice it's larger. Growth of the new X5’s wheelbase (+42mm), overall length (+36mm) and width (+66mm). At 2110kg, the X5 is now also 40kg heavier than before.
There are slightly more spacious seven-seaters with slightly bigger boots, but truth-be-told the BMW X5 G05 will provide all the space a family is likely to need and more. The X5’s boot has grown from 500 to 650 litres. Still sporting a split tailgate - they look great and are very practical, plus you can lower the X5’s suspension to help you sling heavy stuff inside.
As you'd expect, the new X5 gets a wider array of driver assistance features, using cameras and radars as its sensory system and processed by a more powerful onboard brain.
The active cruise control can pause the car at standstill for 30 seconds before automatically moving again, the speed limit recogniser can adjust the cruise control, it can drive autonomously in traffic jams, steering through moderate corners by reading road lines, and change lanes by itself when you indicate, checking your blind-spot before it does so. It'll also park itself.
BMW has identified comfort as a core dynamic attribute for the G05 X5. Consequently, this new X5 uses acoustic glass for the windscreen and, optionally, the side windows; the suspension is now pneumatic; there is electronic roll stabilisation on some models, and passengers can enjoy four-zone climate control and an enlarged panoramic glass roof.
The new X5 ticks all the same boxes as its predecessor and given it's long been the top-seller in its class, it's clear than BMW knows what people want.
Can the new BMW X5 tow? The G05 X5's tow rating is 2700-3500kgs, it is model dependent so check your owners manual.
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