BMW reckons a new platform and added comfort will give fourth-generation SUV an edge of rivals including the Porsche Cayenne and Mercedes-Benz GLE
12 June 2018

The fourth-generation BMW X5 promises “new-found comfort and refinement”, according to Johann Kistler, the model’s project manager. The car starts at £56,710 for entry-level xDrive30d xLine trim. 

Two trim lines will be available: xLine and the higher-spec M Sport. Deliveries in the UK will kick off in December, with pricing to start from £56,710 for the xDrive30d xLine — a rise of £2935 over the equivalent outgoing X5. At launch, the range topper will be the 155mph X5 M50d, at £70,690, it sits above the only petrol in the lineup so far, the 335bhp xDrive40i xLine, which costs £58,100.

Kistler said the improvement is thanks to the X5’s new platform, which shares key elements with the brand’s CLAR architecture used by the 5 Series and 7 Series

It also elevates the X5’s capabilities to a new level, said Kistler, with the model’s established reputation for performance and handling now enhanced by an improved ride. The advancements are enough to give it an edge over rivals, he added, including the Audi Q7, Jaguar F-Pace, Porsche Cayenne and Mercedes-Benz GLE.

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The X5 sticks to BMW's well-proven SUV formula, delivering a competent and refined off-roader – but one that's lacking the extra flourishes found in a Range Rover Sport or Porsche Cayenne Turbo

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Launching in the UK towards the end of the year following a debut at the Paris show in October, the premium SUV has been comprehensively re-engineered for what will be its 20th anniversary next year.

Along with the new platform, which is shared with the upcoming X7, the X5 is bigger inside and out, has updated powertrains and features BMW’s latest digital cockpit and infotainment functions in a more luxurious cabin.

X5: “extra layer of comfort” Kistler said: “We’ve built on the X5’s dynamic qualities with the inclusion of developments such as Integral Active Steering [four-wheel steer] and the latest version of Dynamic Drive Active Roll Stabilisation [electrically operated anti-roll bars], but we’ve also added an extra layer of luxury and comfort that we think will provide the new model with more appeal than ever.”

Chassis developments include optional air suspension featuring air springs both front and rear. Available as part of an off-road package that also brings off-road driving modes and a differential lock, it replaces the suspension set-up of the outgoing model, which only used air springs at the rear, and is combined with front double wishbones and a fivelink arrangement at the rear.

A stiffer bodyshell with added aluminium is also said to offer a 33% increase in torsional rigidity, to help better isolate road shock and secondary vibration. The new platform and chassis will also be used by the third-generation X6 that’s due in the middle of next year.

Viewed by Autocar in an engineering workshop at BMW’s Spartanburg factory in the US, where the new model will once again be exclusively produced alongside the X3, X4, X6 and upcoming X7, the new X5 is larger than its predecessor in every vital dimension.

X5 grows in size

Length stretches by 35mm at 4921mm, width increases by 32mm at 1970mm and height is up by 11mm at 1737mm. The wheelbase has also increased by 42mm at 2975mm in a move that provides the new BMW with slightly shorter overhangs as well as larger door apertures both front and rear.

Despite the increase in size, the new BMW offers the same boot capacity as the outgoing third-generation X5 at 645 litres (rising to 1860 litres when the 60:40 split rear seat is folded away).

The new model can be ordered with optional electronic control for both the upper and lower sections of the two-piece tailgate. It also receives an electric luggage blind cover that can be stowed automatically within the boot floor at the press of a button.

The new X5’s evolutionary styling includes an angular kidney-shaped grille that is joined in the middle to help give it greater prominence. It also has active air flaps to help the model achieve a drag coefficient of up to 0.31.

Headlights come with a laser light option, which is said to increase high-beam reach by more than 200 metres compared with standard LED headlights.

Inside, there is more space for all occupants. Tech highlights include a 12.3in digital instrument panel and a similar-sized infotainment screen, both featuring BMW’s new ID7 operating system.

At the rear, an optional third row of seats is said to provide added leg and head room compared with the existing X5.

Other options include a head-up display with a larger screen than the outgoing X5’s, a Bowers & Wilkins sound system, conversational speech recognition control, gesture control and a touch-control rear seat entertainment system.

Bestselling X5 will be 261bhp diesel

One six-cylinder petrol and two six-cylinder diesel engines will be available at launch.

The petrol engines is BMW’s familiar turbocharged 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder with 340ps and 500Nm in the xDrive40i.

The most popular unit for the UK is expected to be the 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel-powered xDrive30d, which produces 261bhp and 457lb ft.

Positioned at the top-of-the initial line-up will be the M50d M Performance, whose quad-turbocharged 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder diesel engine delivers 400ps and 531lb ft of torque.

Additional engines will follow, including a plug-in hybrid that will use a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine in combination with a gearbox-mounted electric motor to deliver a combined 321bhp and 664lb ft as a successor to today’s xDrive40e.

As with the current X5, all models come as standard with an eight-speed torque converter-equipped automatic gearbox and BMW’s xDrive four-wheel drive system.

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5 June 2018
... the F-Pace isn't a competitor to this nor the Q7. It just isn't.

This looks quite good, indiferente and out. It may be my favourite of the last gen of Beemers.

 

 

6 June 2018
*INSIDE and out.

No editing on the Jag thing though.

 

 

JJ

6 June 2018
...if a little predictable.

Except: the new Fiesta called. It wants its tail lights back.

6 June 2018
Agree that the exterior is neat enough, if too safe.

But the radical change is the interior with the dash integrated screen and especially the digital dials. Whether the new dials are visually and ergonomically an improvement on the old analogue ones, remains to be seen.

6 June 2018

BMW can me bottom of the JD power dependability survey. Jag are half way up the table by contrast. The interior of the BMW is drab and this isn’t class leader in any respect. BMWs also depreciate faster than any other premium model. So why buy this one?

6 June 2018
TStag wrote:

BMW can me bottom of the JD power dependability survey. Jag are half way up the table by contrast. The interior of the BMW is drab and this isn’t class leader in any respect. BMWs also depreciate faster than any other premium model. So why buy this one?

Because much of what you say is personal opinion - certainly in terms of design, what is a class leader etc - and dependbility surveys are often questionable, affected by different responses from customers in different georgrpahical areas, different age groups, brand loyalities etc. For examples the 'Whatcar Reliability survey puts BMW in the mjiddle, well above the likes of Jaguar and Land Rover, which is one from the bottom (just above Jeep). Source:

https://www.whatcar.com/news/reliability-survey/

6 June 2018
Overdrive wrote:

TStag wrote:

BMW can me bottom of the JD power dependability survey. Jag are half way up the table by contrast. The interior of the BMW is drab and this isn’t class leader in any respect. BMWs also depreciate faster than any other premium model. So why buy this one?

Because much of what you say is personal opinion - certainly in terms of design, what is a class leader etc - and dependbility surveys are often questionable, affected by different responses from customers in different georgrpahical areas, different age groups, brand loyalities etc. For examples the 'Whatcar Reliability survey puts BMW in the mjiddle, well above the likes of Jaguar and Land Rover, which is one from the bottom (just above Jeep). Source:

https://www.whatcar.com/news/reliability-survey/

Not at all see my last post for link to JD power survey. Audi is now second from bottom.

Land Rover now more reliable. I say this as someone who owns 2 BMW, both of which depreciated faster than rival models. 

Lastly it's not just my opinion Autocar have said both Alfa and Jaguar make the 'ultimate driving machines' these days. BMW are going backwards.

 

6 June 2018

@ TStag, I just looked at the JD powers survey for 2018 and BMW is quite near the top and Jaguar is quite near the bottom. I also looked at the Whatcar results late last year and JLR products are way behind BMW in terms of reliability and customer satisfaction.  

As for the car. For me it's a safe design which is damning with faint praise. I do like the interior though.

6 June 2018
Oktoberfest wrote:

@ TStag, I just looked at the JD powers survey for 2018 and BMW is quite near the top and Jaguar is quite near the bottom. I also looked at the Whatcar results late last year and JLR products are way behind BMW in terms of reliability and customer satisfaction.  

As for the car. For me it's a safe design which is damning with faint praise. I do like the interior though.

 

not sure what your looking at but:

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.carscoops.com/2017/09/jd-power-uk-reliability-study-says-bmw/amp/

Shocking results for BMW and Audi! 

 

 

 

6 June 2018

Because it's not this one.

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