The BMW X5 Series was first introduced to the global automotive market in 1999. SMC Asia Car Distributors Corp. brought the fourth-generation model to the Philippines in 2018. With a refreshed look, the latest generation X5 xDrive30d xLine was launched in March 2019, celebrating 20 years of the nameplate’s existence.
Much like the rest of the X Series nameplates, the BMW X5 is the epitome of an athletic yet sleek vehicle. Its muscular proportions and balanced out with clean lines, giving a more authoritative and intimidating stance while keeping the premium aesthetic.
Up front is the German brand’s signature, one-piece large kidney grille flanked by modern LED headlights. Trimmed in pearl chrome are the underguard, roof rails, and window surrounds that add to the elegance of the exterior. On the rear is a larger bumper with rear spoilers and three-dimensional LED lights. The X5 rides on 20-inch light alloy wheels as standard.
BMW equipped the X5 xDrive30d xLine variant with a plethora of premium finishes and comfort features. The minimalist layout stays true to the German brand’s design philosophy, decked in dark soft-touch materials and brushed with metal trims. Its newly improved comfort seats are wrapped in leather and comes with generous legroom and headroom.
Even the smallest details in the cabin are thoughtfully designed as the X5 comes with cooled and heated cupholders, individual USB ports, automatic climate control with privacy shades at the rear. An ambient lighting package is also furnished to create for a more luxurious atmosphere.
The rear seats are easily adjustable to a 40:20:40 split which expands the trunk space from 650 liters to 1,860 liters with the seats down.
Technology & Safety Features
The fourth-generation X5 comes with all the latest BMW tech and safety innovations starting with the brand’s newest Operating System 7.0. It features a simpler interface with highly customizable displays and personal settings. The system can be activated through the iDrive Controller, gesture control, and voice control.
Crowning the dashboard is the BMW Live Cockpit Professional package which comes with two 12.3-inch display clusters. The first one is for the fully-digital instrument panel and the second one is for infotainment. The driver can easily access navigation services, safety features, and the vehicle’s performance through the Live Cockpit Professional. Audio comes out of a Harman Kardon sound system.
Additional safety features include dynamic stability control, dynamic traction control, anti-lock brake system with cornering brake control and brake assist, crash sensor, keyless entry, front and rear parking sensors, and a surround view camera as standard.
Platform & Chassis
The 5-door SUV rides on a Cluster Architecture (CLAR) platform, which is the same one under the new-generation BMW 3-Series. Suspension comes in the form of Adaptive Suspension and stopping power comes from disc brakes.
Engine & Drivetrain
Powering the BMW X5 xDrive30d xLine is a six cylinder 3.0-liter Twin Turbo diesel engine that is mated to an eight-speed automatic Steptronic transmission, sending power to all wheels through BMW's intelligent all-wheel-drive system called xDrive. It produces an astounding 620 Nm of torque and 265 horsepower. The SUV can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h within 6.5 seconds.