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2024 BMW X5 Review, Interior & Release Date -The 2024 BMW X5 combines characteristics from both the Porsche Cayenne and the Genesis GV80 to provide a medium ground that is acceptable and agreeably opulent. It may not be as much pleasure to drive as the Porsche Cayenne, and it may not be as effortlessly smooth as the Genesis GV80, but it does integrate qualities from both of those vehicles. It is very evident that the X5 is attempting to appeal to a very wide audience from the very beginning. Why else would BMW provide it with a trio of distinct powertrains, including a silky-smooth inline-six engine, an authoritative twin-turbo V-8 engine, and an ecologically friendly plug-in hybrid?
The inside of the SUV is adorned with high-end materials and, much like the cabins of other BMW vehicles, it has ingeniously incorporated technological components. One such component is a slick-looking curved digital display that runs almost the whole length of the dashboard. Because of this strategy, the luxury SUV that is produced is so well-rounded that its minor deficiencies are simple to look past, and the X5 continues to be one of our favorite mid-size crossovers.
The appearance of the 2024 BMW X5 has been modified with a number of improvements, including a redesigned front grille and bumper, updated headlights and taillamps, and improved wheel designs. The top-of-the-line M60i variant has gloss-black exterior highlights, quad tailpipes, and an M logo in the grille. Both the turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six and the twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 engines benefit from a new 48-volt hybrid system. Additionally, the six-cylinder engine has been massaged further to improve output to 375 horsepower. The performance-oriented variant used to be known as the M50i, but it has now been rebranded as the M60i. The horsepower rating has remained the same at 523.
The plug-in hybrid model xDrive45e from the previous year has been replaced by the more powerful xDrive50e, which boasts 94 more horsepower and 10 more miles of electric-only driving range, for a total of 483 horsepower and 40 miles of EV driving range. In addition, every X5 is outfitted with a brand-new curved infotainment display as well as BMW’s most recent iDrive 8 software interface. The iDrive 8 software interface is already slated to get an upgrade to iDrive 8.5 sometime around the summer of 2023. The new flagship luxury sedan from BMW, the new 7-series, was the first vehicle in which we had the opportunity to test out a hands-free driving technology called Highway Assistant. This option is now available for purchase on the X5.
We like getting outstanding performance nearly as much as we enjoy saving money, and this is one of the reasons why we believe the xDrive40i is the model of the X5 that should be purchased. It has the acceleration of a sports sedan, it comes standard with all-wheel drive, and it is relatively inexpensive in comparison to other vehicles in its high-priced class. We strongly suggest upgrading to the Premium package so that you can take advantage of its head-up display, LED exterior lighting, the option to start the engine remotely, and the Harman/Kardon sound system.
The first and second rows of the X5 provide a decent amount of room for adults within the vehicle, while the third row, which is optional, is designed exclusively for children. After getting seated inside, passengers are greeted with a cabin that is outfitted with high-quality materials throughout, an abundance of charging ports for electronic devices, and a plethora of other luxury amenities, depending on the configuration of the vehicle and the extras selected. The front seats are power-adjustable, and there is a storage area for the driver’s preferences in the basic package.
All versions come standard with a power-adjustable steering column, heated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic temperature control, a motorized rear liftgate, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and customizable ambient lighting. The BMW X5 may be outfitted with high-end luxury SUV features such as heated front armrests and a steering wheel, massaging seats, remote starting, soft-closing doors, acoustic glass, a leather dashboard, and more; however, this will result in a significant increase in the vehicle’s final price. When it comes to pricey add-ons, purchasers have the option of purchasing a surround-sound audio system designed by Bowers & Wilkins and outfitted with diamond-domed tweeters.
The X5 has a considerable amount of room available for freight. We were able to accommodate all 11 of our carry-on baggage behind the second row of seats in the vehicle even though the back seats were occupied. We were able to fit 26 cases in the space that was available after folding down the rear seats, which is a maneuver that can be accomplished from either the side or the back of the SUV. In this test, the GLE class achieved the same level of success as the X5, case for case; however, the rear seats of the GLE class are more difficult to store.
The driver and passengers of the X5 are greeted by a curving wall of display displays that takes up two-thirds of the dashboard as soon as they step into the vehicle. The instrument cluster is shown on a 12.3-inch screen located behind the steering wheel, while the iDrive infotainment system is accessed through a bigger 14.9-inch touchscreen located in the center console.
The X5 was first released with iDrive 8, however, since then, customers have been given the option to get a free upgrade to iDrive 8.5 through over-the-air download. This version is expected to become available sometime around the summer of 2023. Users also have the option of controlling the system by turning a rotary knob that is located in the middle of the console. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both included as standard features, in addition to a wireless charging pad for mobile devices and a 5G Wi-Fi hotspot.
The 2024 X5 may be had with one of three different types of powertrains, each of which is connected with a certain trim level. X5s that have the sDrive40i or xDrive40i badges on them are equipped with a turbocharged inline-six engine that produces 375 horsepower. The last time we drove an xDrive40i, it only produced 335 horsepower but still achieved a brisk run to 60 miles per hour in 4.8 seconds; thus, we anticipate a little bit more bustle from the version with more power.
The plug-in hybrid xDrive50e is equipped with a turbocharged inline-six engine as well as an electric motor; together, these two powertrain components provide a combined 483 horsepower. In conclusion, but certainly not least, the M60i’s twin-turbo V-8 produces 523 horsepower, which allows it to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.9 seconds.
Each of the three powertrains is mated with an eight-speed automatic gearbox, and none of them will ever leave the driver lacking power in practically any driving circumstance. This generation of BMW SUVs is defined by characteristics such as the X5’s smooth ride and solid handling, as well as its steering, which has a linked and direct feel to it.
In this respect, the Audi Q7 remains superior to the BMW X5, despite the fact that the two vehicles are neck and neck. If you throw the X5 into a fast turn, it will hang on reliably and will reward the driver with predictability that is lacking in the Mercedes-Benz GLE class.
BMW claims that the xDrive50e model’s basic battery pack, which has a capacity of 25.7 kWh and can power the vehicle for up to 40 miles when operating only on electric power, is sufficient for all-electric driving. To reach speeds of up to 84 miles per hour while driving only on battery power, the BMW X5 does not need the use of its internal combustion engine. The battery pack is capable of being recharged using outlets that provide either 110-volt or 220-volt power at home, as well as charging stations located in public spaces.
The EPA has not yet provided estimates for the fuel economy of the 2024 X5, but the inline-six edition of last year’s X5 was just as fuel efficient as a four-cylinder Mercedes GLE class and a little bit more frugal than a four-cylinder Audi Q7. When we next have the opportunity, we are going to put the 2024 X5 through our fuel economy test on the highway at a speed of 75 miles per hour, and we will update this article with the results of that test.
When it will be Available, and How Much it will Cost
The base price of the 2024 BMW X5 is $66,195, while the plug-in hybrid xDrive50e is $73,495 and the base price of the M60i with a V8 engine is $90,295. These prices include the destination charge. The manufacture of the midsize SUV is scheduled to get underway in April, and it is anticipated that sales will begin sometime during the spring.