While photos don’t do justice, the X5 in the flesh is massive. Then there’s the huge, shiny kidney grille which in any other cars rearview mirror looks like the X5 is coming to swallow you whole. The grille is flanked by angular headlamps which also get the laser light high beam system. Other than that BMW X5 boasts plenty of sharp lines and details which gives it a nice blend of premium and sporty.
That the BMW is full of features and has comfortable interiors is a given. But in the new X5, the interiors are more akin to a fancy lounge.
You get plenty of wood on the dash which looks and feels great. Also, it’s like a sea of leather in here and you can choose the shade from a bunch of options. Importantly, if it feels like a lounge it’s got to have ambient lighting and there are as many as 12 choices of colour combinations for the LED ambient lighting, which even extends to a panoramic sunroof. You even get a crystal effect gear selector that looks more like artwork. Even the front seats are brilliant and there are a million adjustments you can do to get it just right for your kind of driving.
Fast and Furious
265Bhp and 620Nm of torque, that’s the kind of numbers the 3-litre, 6-cylinder engine churns out. Sport mode enabled, the X5 is blisteringly quick. Quick enough to hit 100 kph in just over 6 seconds. And should you find the need for it, there’s launch control too. The 8-speed ZF gearbox works brilliantly too and aides in providing effortless performance. Helping put all that power down are some of the widest tyres out there. With a 275 section in the front and a massive 305 section at the rear, along with AWD, the X5 makes sure there is no dearth of grip in any condition whatsoever. Even the braking is herculean and the X5 just stops on a dime even from three-digit speeds.
Ride and Handling
Since BMW claims this is a Sports Activity Vehicle, it should handle like one right? And it does. For a car of this size and weight, the X5 pretty much defies physics.
While the steering is light it’s unbelievable how the X5 can just dart into corners. Body roll is surprisingly well controlled and it’s only in comfort mode that one can notice the body roll. On the suspension front, the X5 now gets air suspension on all four wheels and ride height can be raised or lowered in 5 steps. The ride quality can be a little lumpy over bumps thanks to those massive wheels but overall the ride feels quite plush over most surfaces.