A Buyer’s Guide to the New 2018 BMW X5
The X5 is the largest crossover in BMW’s SUV lineup and features all the luxury you expect from a BMW and the utility you want from an SUV. Here is a quick buyer’s guide to the 2018 BMW X5.
The 2018 X5 comes in four different trim levels starting with the base 35i and the 35d. These both have 19-inch wheels, LED fog lights, and heated side mirrors that have a power-folding feature. You’ll also get a panoramic sunroof, roof rails, and a power liftgate with these two models. The 40e is the plug-in version of the X5, and it adds adjustable suspension dampers and a rear air suspension. The X5 50i adds leather seats to the 35i along with an updated stereo system.
Power and Performance
The base engine for the XT5 is a 3.0-liter turbo six cylinder that generates 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. The 35d gets a diesel six-cylinder that produces 255 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. The plug-in hybrid 40e has a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder which BMW pairs with an electric motor, and the combination of the two produces 308 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. If you want some extra power, you can opt for the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine for 445 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque.
All the models come standard with a rearview camera and both front and rear parking sensors. Add the Driver Assistance Package for extra driver safety aids including forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and pedestrian detection. The Driver Assistance Plus package adds adaptive cruise control. You can also get a head-up display for the X5 and a body-roll mitigation system to help improve handling on the road.
The X5 comes with the latest technology, including a 10.2-inch touch-screen display, the iDrive infotainment system, navigation, and voice controls. Apple CarPlay is an available option along with a Bang & Olufson surround-sound stereo system, and BMW offers a Wi-Fi hotspot as an option.
Inside, the X5’s cabin is spacious and comfortable with two rows of seats, room for up to five passengers, and in some models, you can add a third row for extra seating. The front seats have a multi-contour design with 20 different power adjustments. The base models come with synthetic leather with the option for Nappa leather, and you can also add a leather-wrapped dashboard and ceramic controls. There is 35.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat which opens up to over 76 cubic feet when you fold the second row down.
The X5 is a full-size crossover luxury SUV with some of the latest technology and convenience features. It combines luxury and sporty SUV driving in a sleek looking package that is fun to drive no matter which engine is in it. Also compare it to the Audi Q7 to learn more. If you think the X5 can be the ideal fit for you, check out our inventory today!