2019 BMW X5 xDrive 30d / by Nicholas Kauffmann

The X5 history:

20 years ago BMW launched the sale of their X5 on the world market! Since then they have produced more than 2,000,000 X5s! It all started in 1999 at BMW's Spartanburg plant in South Carolina, USA!

The testcar:

So we where given the BMW X5 xDrive 30d with M sport fully loaded package! With 21 inch M sport alloy wheels and the car in mineral white metallic. This car is built in Spartanburg in the US and it is USA big both inside and outside.

Still it does not feel too big at all! It drive as easy as Fiat 500 only you sit a lot higher and feel really safe.

Prices in the United States start at $60,700. Prices in Europe start at 65.900,00 €. In Norway the X5 starts at 110.000,00 €

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The competition:

By comparison in this segment you can choose from the Mercedes GLE, Porsche Cayenne, Volvo XC90, and the Range Rover and Land Rover. The Mercedes is the only one without an e-powered large SUV(SAV).

The All New X5 gets longer e-range with the new hybrid version - 80 km. The benefit is longer e-range at the price of higher weight. The difference in weight is apx 200 kg from the new e-powered version and the “old” one. If you choose petrol or diesel you loose 500 kg of weight! Also you loose 150 liters of luggage space in the boot. We would choose the diesel versions! 500 kg of weight is significant.

The BMW x-factor:

BMW have always had a stunning way with their sporty design, quality feel and engine sound! This car is no exception. With the largest 21 inch wheels you would think it would be hard to keep the car stable due to the width of the tires compared to the “tracks” in the road. That is not the case. The X5 feels quick and easy to handle. Surprisingly taking the size of this car in to consideration.

Check out the gallery under for the history of all 4 generations starting with our picture of the car we tested just outside Stavanger, Norway.

The verdict:

BMW are on a roll these days. In 2019 they are introducing several new models and more to come in 2020! Yes all other carmakers are doing the same however BMW dare to be different in so many ways! This latest X5 is by far the best X5 ever made in our opinion. It should be as well of course. Still after selling over 2,000,000 cars there is always a risk when trying to repeat the success recipe. Still we love this car. The feel of driving a car where everything has been put together a little tighter than the competition. We have not tested any other luxury SUV/SAV on our site so we have to be open to there might be a tough competitor out there. Naturally it would be something like the Porsche Cayenne or the Mercedes GLE. We will have to wait for that.

The interior:

Stunning interior with ultimate luxury quality in leather and soft touch areas all over the interior space. In addition the car has ambient lighting system all over the place. Even the panoramic sunroof.