There are some things in life we just can't change. The past, the weather, and the X5's heritage. Much like the Russian president, the X5 is getting a firmer grip. To understand why this mid-size crossover keeps becoming more popular, we thought we should clear our heads of the weather which could cloud our judgment. We need to take a good look at this car's past. It should be known that the X5 was introduced to the market when all its rivals were offering objectionable solutions. The Landcruiser was as big as a house. The Land Rover Discovery was more of a farming solution. And Lexus RX needed a healing judging by how it handled. Needless to say, the X5 filled the gap. And it has given birth to 4 other crossovers since. It has over time become what Google became to the world. Something with a thing for everyone. If some plague struck SUVs and the only survivor was the 2018 X5, the world would still be a happy place. The newly redesigned X5 gives to the family space in quite the same way it does for the spirited driver precision and acceleration. More than 16 years since inception, it continues to face off with its ancient rivals, now improved greatly, with confidence.
What is new?
The 35i and 35d versions now have trapezoidal tailpipes as standard features. There is a new design of 21-inch alloy wheels offered by the M Sport package and the X5 just acquired a new transmission across all trims. The new transmission still carries eight gears; this doesn't have any significant change in the fuel consumption.
What trims are available?
There are 5 levels of the 2018 X5; sDrive35i- $57,945 which has rear-wheel-drive, xDrive35i-$60,245, xDrive35d-$61,745, xDrive40e-$64,495 iPerformance and the xDrive50i-$74,795.
Which are the standard and optional features?
Standard features on the 2018 X5 include 19-inch alloy wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, LED fog lights, a roof spoiler, a power tailgate, power-folding and auto-dimming mirrors, a universal garage door opener, a power adjustable steering wheel, leatherette upholstery, 10-way power front seats (heated) with drivers-side memory functions, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, a 9-speaker audio setup (including two subwoofers) and the iDrive infotainment system which features navigation, 20GB of storage and a 10.2-inch high-resolution screen. Higher trims add all-wheel drive, hybrid hardware, a diesel engine, a twin-turbo V8 4-zone climate control, satellite radio and a rearview camera among others.
What can be said about the safety of this vehicle?
Standard safety features on the 2018 X5 include 4-wheel antilock disc brakes, stability control, six airbags (front, side, and full side curtain), automatic crash notification from BMW's Telematic assist system and emergency assistance. The Driver Assistance Plus package adds blindspot monitoring, an autonomously stopping collision mitigation system, lane departure warning, driver drowsiness monitor, infrared night-vision with pedestrian detection and a 360-degree view camera.
Is it a thirsty SUV?
Fuel economy varies across the various variants of the X5. The sDrive35i does 18 mpg city 25 highway and 21 combined with it's 300 hp turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine. The xDrive50i achieves 15 mpg city, 21 highway and 17 combined with its twin-turbocharged 4.4 liter V8 that produces 445 hp and 480 lb-ft. The most fuel economical is the xDrive40e iPerformance plug-in hybrid which uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine in combination with an electric motor to produce 308 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. Running on electricity alone gives you a 13-mile range. A 240-volt supply of power recharges the lithium-ion battery pack in less than 3 hours. This variant returns 24 mpg combined on gas only and 56 mpg combined on both gas and electricity.