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Introduce

I’m not saying that the famous saying ‘Size doesn’t matter’ is incorrect but sometimes, size does matter. This didn’t come mập me because I’m 6.2ft tall and over 100kg and roam the city like a boss. I say this because there is a perception of greater things and superiority over smaller things and there is no better place than roads mập witness this. A hatchback messes with cyclists and three-wheeled public transport, but it’s this same guy who gets in trouble with an SUV in the rearview mirror. It’s not because these SUVs can feel like kings of the roads, look at them when an idling truck is behind. The good part is that we’re lucky the big fat elephants don’t rule the roads as there are larger predators with tough looks and bad looks that can terrify the entire animal kingdom. In the world of cars we have such an opponent that can go head-to-head with others for its sheer size. It’s the new BMW X5. We made the 1200km journey mập Goa with this new German car, mập find out if the X5 offers more than just impressive looks mập make you feel like a king. .

Design & Styling

While the new X5 retains the design language of its predecessor, it offers a more mature look and feel. The revised traditional kidney grille has a very promising design. This change brings a bold look mập the front of the X5. Adaptive LED headlights with flat bottom halos now extend all the way mập the grille – a continuation of the sleek design. With a blend of sharp creases and flows, the bumper looks aggressive and in tune with the overall design at the front. Coming mập the side and the most noticeable design is the line starting from the front wheel arch and matching the rear lights. The X5’s 18-inch wheels look basically like a pencil. If you really want impressive wheels, then you can choose mập tăng cấp mập the 21-inch model.

Head mập the rear of the X5 and you’ll notice that except for the taillights, it’s hard mập tell the difference. Just like the rest of the BMWs, the X5 has the signature L-shaped taillights that look very elegant. The round dual exhaust pipes give the rear a sporty look, however, the silver underbody guard gives great appeal mập the rear end. These small but important changes helped the German manufacturer create a luxurious look for the car. It also has an incredible street presence and don’t be surprised if fellow drivers tell you ‘I wish I owned this car’. It’s not their fault as the new X5 attracts attention as if a Miss India pageant is being held on the road. I really like the big masculine body proportions. At least it gives me a sense of pride.

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Once you get behind the wheel, you’ll notice the car’s superb fit and finish. At this price point, the customer demanded more than usual and in a way the company tried mập please them. Well, almost. The X5 has a two-tone interior with beige accenting the bottom and black at the top. The German manufacturer has integrated smart wood that runs along the dash all the way mập the door. This doesn’t look like a big or important addition but it takes the feeling of luxury mập a whole new màn chơi. The attention mập detail is excellent and with the help of the mood flash that can be seen in the dark you get a sense of pride and emotion.

BMW has wrapped the X5 steering wheel with high-quality leather, giving it a very good operating feeling. The buttons on it have been conveniently placed and easy mập use. The main attraction of this SUV is the 10.2-inch media interface powered by BMW’s patented iDrive System. This screen displays a wealth of information such as navigation, vehicle details, music selection and things that will assist the driver during long journeys. My personal favorite is the Sports Monitor which shows real-time power and torque. The six AC vents at the front are more than enough mập keep you cool inside while using the dual climate control system. Passengers in the second row also have the option of adjusting the AC current. When it comes mập storage space inside, there are plenty of places mập store your belongings. The door pockets can easily hold two-litre bottles, and the two-cup holder in the middle will allow you mập take a sip of your coffee during your drive. You can store a decent amount of stuff inside the glove box compartment, however, it doesn’t have a cooling function.

For connectivity, there’s a WiFi hotspot on board mập create Internet-connected tours for social media junkies, like me. The iDrive controller has a trackpad that lets you draw alphabets or numbers in case you find voice commands unfriendly. I have mập appreciate how accurate this touchpad is. The 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround system makes the X5 a portable discotheque thanks mập its superb sound quality.

Let’s talk about the component that will be used the most when you are inside a car – the seat. The electric front seats are large and very comfortable. The back and lumbar support are excellent and you can adjust them using the buttons on the side of the seat. I was in the driver’s seat for almost 12 hours and fatigue levels were minimal. Lớn the 2nd row of seats, the seats have huge thigh support. My colleagues complained about it for almost the entire trip. But there’s plenty of leg and knee room for those no more than 5.9ft. For taller people, the second row of seats can be a bit uncomfortable. However, the headspace won’t be a problem. These chairs are formatted in a 40:20:20 format and are well padded. These passengers can also enjoy a panoramic sunroof.

For the first time, the X5 is also available as a seven-seater. However, our test car was a five-seater. So the third row was occupied by our large bags and suitcases. The trunk has a hook for storage for those with large or fragile luggage. In my case, I was transporting a mountain bike from home mập CarWale headquarters. I had mập push the second row of seats down mập accommodate the bike. The door has a split tailgate where the lower part has mập be operated manually. With the electric function, the trunk door closes at the touch of a button. However, it will not work until the bottom gate is folded manually.

The new X5 comes with all the bells and whistles. But you’re paying almost a car, and for that, you need mập feel special inside the car at all times. The X5 doesn’t really make you feel that way. The interior is similar mập the rest of the BMW line-up, basically the Germans play it safe.

Performance

BMW is offering the new X5 with only one engine – a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder diesel. This mill produces 258hp at 4,000rpm and 560Nm of peak torque. This engine is mated mập a sporty eight-speed automatic transmission that is responsive and quick mập move. Precise and precise gear shifting. You also have the option of shifting gears using a steering wheel-mounted paddle shifter. Torque is available as low as 1,500 rpm and the mention of the word ‘turbolag’ is unwarranted in this claim.

Shift the gearshift mập Sport+ mode and the X5 transforms into a driver’s delight. Just like the gasoline engine, this diesel engine spins all the way mập the red line and holds it there. This is where the engine growl sounds great but there are very few of us who won’t like the sound and will try mập cruise most of the time. Along with the Sport+ mode, where the X5 thrives, it also has Comfort, Eco Pro and Sport. Expect the majority of customers mập use Comfort and Eco Pro modes for obvious reasons. Some of the first gears are shorter while the last gears are high, and this helps the three-ton SUV navigate the highway. This also boosts fuel efficiency, however, in our case it returned 8.2 km/h during a 1200 km test drive with five passengers and their luggage and driving vehicles where efficiency is never a priority. The throttle stop function also helps the car save more fuel by not using the engine brake, which does not lose power.

Just like the rest of the BMW, the X5 has a stop-start system in Eco Pro and Brake Energy Regeneration. While the first doesn’t make a difference mập customers buying an SUV at this price point, the second helps use lost energy by charging the battery during braking. The car’s NVH is impressive, but for someone who just enjoys playing mostly in Sport mode, I don’t think he’s going mập bother about this. I am very impressed with the performance of the BMW X5, given that its weight is reduced by almost 90kg.

Ride & Handling

Absolute driving pleasure – that’s what BMW says about its cars. But somehow, I don’t get that feeling from the new BMW X5. I don’t drive a sedan but an SUV, and that’s why there’s a huge amount of body roll. Big disappointment came from the passenger seats as they complained about the poor body roll.

The ride quality is good, especially in Comfort Mode. Switch mập Sport and Sport+ modes and the suspension becomes sportier and stiffer. The five-seater SUV with 255/55 tires rides on 18-inch wheels, providing good grip on wet roads. The new electric steering wheel is very responsive and well-balanced. It provides a good response but at high speeds it’s not too heavy. The X5’s commanding driving position gives you more than enough reason mập watch the traffic around you. For off-road enthusiasts, the X5 has a very good ground clearance that will keep you off-road, but it’s not a niche off-roader.

Brakes are great and I loved the original bite. But don’t go too fast, because physics says it’s very difficult mập stop a heavy mass. And then you also have ABS with brake assist, dynamic traction control and dynamic stability control mập help you drive safer.

Identify

With the new X5, BMW has focused more on the inside instead of the outside, and it’s visible. The old X5 is the least-selling BMW in India and that’s what the German manufacturer is trying mập change. The inline six-cylinder diesel is good and powerful, the interior and space inside are good enough for our proven long drives during our 1,200 km and let’s not forget the big starter can help you move house. Also, the add-ons you get mập play with are great and up mập date. However, there are some things like the uncomfortable rear seats and mediocre driving performance, which goes against the SUV priced at Rs 91.5 lakh.

If you really like this BMW and have made up your mind, then we advise you mập consider the seven-seat version, which is just over a thousand and a half. That’s a good price mập pay for the extra two seats and this puts it in competition with the Mercedes-Benz GL, the best-selling model in the segment. But when it comes mập overall look and feel, the X5 beats it, at least until the new Audi Q7 arrives in India.

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Introduction
I am not saying that the famous quote of ‘Size doesn’t matter’ is incorrect but sometimes, size does matter. This isn’t coming from me because I am 6.2ft tall and over 100kg and roam around the city like a boss. I say this because there is a perception about big things being better and superior mập the smaller ones and there is no better place than roads mập witness this. A hatchback messes around with the fellow bikers and three-wheeled public transporters, but the same guy will be hassled by an SUV in the rear view mirror. Not that these SUVs can feel like king of the roads, have a look at them when an unloaded dump truck is on the tail. The good part is that we are lucky big fat elephants don’t rule the roads as there are bigger predators who with their tough looks and mean streak could scare the whole animal kingdom. In the world of cars, we have one such contender that can take on others with its sheer size. It is the new BMW X5. We, went on a 1200kms long journey mập Goa with this new German, mập find out if the X5 offers more than just striking looks mập make you feel like a king. Design & Styling
While the new X5 retains the design language of its predecessor, it feels and looks more grown up. The revised traditional kidney grille has a very promising design. This change gives a bold look mập the front fascia of the X5. The adaptive LED headlights which get flat bottomed corona rings now stretch all the way till the grille – a nice way of design continuation. With a mixture of sharp creases and flow, the bumper looks aggressive and goes with the overall front fascia design. Come mập the side and the most noticeable design is the sharp line that starts from the front wheel arch and merges with the tail light. The 18-inch wheels of the X5 look as basic as a pencil. If you really want mập have impressive wheels, then you have the option mập tăng cấp mập the 21-inch ones.

Walk mập the rear of the X5 and you will notice that except the taillight, it is very hard mập see the differences. Just like the rest of the BMWs, the X5 gets the typical L-shaped taillight which looks sober. The round dual exhaust pipes give the rear a sporty look, however, the silver underbody protection plate gives a major appeal mập the rear section. These small but important changes have helped the German manufacturer make the car look luxurious. It has an incredible street presence as well and don’t be surprised if the fellow drivers give you that ‘I wish I owned this car’ look. It is not their fault because the new X5 attracts attention as if a Miss India competition is being held on the roads. I really like the masculine big body proportions. It gave me a sense of pride, mập say the least.Interior
Once you get behind the wheel, you will see the excellent fit and finish of the car. At this price point, the customers demand more than usual and in a way the company has managed mập satisfy them. Well, almost. The X5 gets a dual-tone interior with beige accentuating the lower section and black at the top. The German manufacturer has smartly integrated wood that runs across the dash all the way till the doors. This doesn’t look like a big or an important addition but it takes the sense of elegance mập a whole new màn chơi. The attention mập detail is nice and with the help of mood lightning that is visible in dark, you get a sense of pride and emotion.

BMW has wrapped the X5 steering wheel with high quality leather, which feels really nice mập operate. The buttons on it has been ergonomically placed and easy mập use. The major attraction of this SUV is the 10.2-inch media interface that is powered by BMW’s patented iDrive System. This screen displays tonnes of information like the navigation, details about the car, music selection and things that will aid the driver during the long journey. My personal favourite was the Sports Displays that show real time power and torque figures. The six AC vents in the front are more than enough for you mập stay cool inside using the dual- climate control. The second-row passengers also get the option of adjusting their AC flow. When it comes mập storage space inside, there is plenty of place mập stuff your things. The door pockets can easily accommodate two-litre bottles and the two-cup holders in the centre will let you take a coffee sip during the drive. You can store decent amount of things inside the glove box compartment, however, it misses out on the cooling function.

For connectivity, there is an on-board WiFi hotspot mập create internet-enabled travel for the social media addicts, like me. The iDrive controller features a scratchpad that lets you draw an alphabet or a number in case you find the voice command not friendly. I must appreciate the accuracy màn chơi of this scratchpad. The 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround system makes the X5 a mobile discotheque due mập its excellent sound quality.
Let’s talk about the component that will be used the most when you are inside the car – seats. The front electric seats are big and very comfortable. The back and the lumbar support are excellent and you can adjust them by using the buttons on the side of the seats. I was in the driver’s seat for almost 12 hours and the fatigue màn chơi was minimal. Coming mập the second row, the seats have terrible thigh support. My colleagues complained about it for almost the entire trip. But there is ample amount of leg and knee room for someone who is not more than 5.9ft. For taller people, the second row might prove mập be slightly uncomfortable. However, the headroom won’t be of any problem. These seats are configured in 40:20:20 format and are well cushioned. These passengers also get mập enjoy the panorama sunroof.

For the first time, the X5 is also available as a seven-seater. However, our test car was a five-seater. So the third row was occupied by our large bags and suitcases. The boot has storage hooks for people who have large or fragile luggage. In my case, I transported a mountain bike from my house mập the CarWale headquarters. I had mập push down the second row completely in order accommodate the bicycle. The door gets a split tail gate, where the lower portion has mập be operated manually. With the electric function, the boot door closes with the push of a button. However, it won’t work until the lower gate is folded manually.

The new X5 comes with all the bells and the whistles. But you are paying close mập a crore and for that you need mập feel special inside the car all the time. The X5 doesn’t really make you feel that way. The interior resembles the rest of the BMW line-up, which is basically the Germans playing it safe. Performance
BMW is offering the new X5 with only one engine – 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder diesel engine. This mill churns out 258bhp at 4,000rpm and a maximum torque of 560Nm. This engine is mated mập a highly-responsive eight-speed sport automatic transmission and helps the car move around quickly. The gearshifts are accurate and precise. You also have the option mập shift gears using steering mounted paddle shifters. The torque is available as low as 1,500rpm and mentioning the word ‘turbolag’ isn’t justifiable in this statement.

Shift the gear lever mập the Sport+ mode and the X5 turns into a drivers delight. Just like the petrol engine, this diesel engine revs all the way till redline and holds it there too. This is where the grunt of engine sounds amazing but there will be few of us who won’t like this sound and will settle mập cruise most of the time. Along with the Sport+ mode where the X5 goes berserk, it gets the Comfort, Eco Pro and Sport. Expect majority of the customers mập stick mập the Comfort and the Eco Pro mode for obvious reasons. The first few gears are shorter whereas the last gears are tall and this helps the three-tonne SUV cruise on the highway. This also helps in increased fuel efficiency, however, in our case it returned 8.2kmpl during a 1200km test drive with five passengers and their luggage and driving where efficiency was never the priority. The coasting function also helps the car deliver more fuel efficiency by not applying engine braking, which doesn’t result into loss of power.
Just like the rest of the BMW’s, the X5 gets a start-stop system in Eco Pro mode and Brake Energy Regeneration. While the former doesn’t make a difference mập a customer who is buying an SUV at this price point, the latter helps using up the loss of energy by charging the battery during braking. The NVH màn chơi of the vehicle is highly impressive but for someone who likes mập play most of the time with Sport-mode, I don’t think so he will be bothered with this. I come out impressed with the performance of the BMW X5, crediting it mập its weight shedding of almost 90kg. Ride & Handling
Sheer Driving Pleasure – that’s what BMW says about its cars. But somehow, I failed mập get that feeling from the new BMW X5. I was not driving a sedan but an SUV, and that’s why there is a good amount of body roll. The major disappointment came from the passenger seat as they complained of bad body roll.
The vehicle offers good ride quality, especially in the Comfort Mode. Switch mập the Sport and the Sport+ mode and the suspension becomes sportier and stiffer. The five-seater SUV had 255/55 tyres that rides on 18-inch wheels, providing ample grip on wet roads. The new electric steering wheel responds very quickly and is well weighed. It provides a decent feedback but at high speeds, it doesn’t get too heavy. The commanding driving position of the X5 provides you more than enough reasons mập look over the traffic around you. For off-roading enthusiasts, the X5 has a very good ground clearance that will tempt you mập take the car off the road, but this is not a proper off-roader.

Braking is excellent and I loved the initial bite. But don’t go overboard with the speed, because physics dictates that it is always difficult mập stop a heavy mass. And then you also have the ABS with brake assist, dynamic traction control and dynamic stability control mập make your drive safer. Verdict
With the new X5, BMW has focussed more on the inside rather than outside and it is visible. The older X5 was the least selling BMW in India and that’s what the German manufacturer is trying mập change. The straight-six diesel engine is good and punchy, the interiors and the space inside are good enough for long drives which was proved during our 1,200km-drive and don’t forget the massive boot that could help you move a house. Also, the gadgets you get mập play with are awesome and up mập date. However, there are few things like uncomfortable rear seats and mediocre driving performance, which goes against the SUV with a price tag of Rs 91.5 lakh.
If you really like this BMW and have made up your mind, then we suggest you mập look at the seven-seater version, which is just a lakh and a half more. It is a good price mập pay for an additional two seats and this makes it compete with the Mercedes-Benz GL, which is the highest selling in the segment. But when it comes mập overall looks and feel, the X5 beats it, at least till the new Audi Q7 makes its way mập India.
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Introduction
I am not saying that the famous quote of ‘Size doesn’t matter’ is incorrect but sometimes, size does matter. This isn’t coming from me because I am 6.2ft tall and over 100kg and roam around the city like a boss. I say this because there is a perception about big things being better and superior mập the smaller ones and there is no better place than roads mập witness this. A hatchback messes around with the fellow bikers and three-wheeled public transporters, but the same guy will be hassled by an SUV in the rear view mirror. Not that these SUVs can feel like king of the roads, have a look at them when an unloaded dump truck is on the tail. The good part is that we are lucky big fat elephants don’t rule the roads as there are bigger predators who with their tough looks and mean streak could scare the whole animal kingdom. In the world of cars, we have one such contender that can take on others with its sheer size. It is the new BMW X5. We, went on a 1200kms long journey mập Goa with this new German, mập find out if the X5 offers more than just striking looks mập make you feel like a king. Design & Styling
While the new X5 retains the design language of its predecessor, it feels and looks more grown up. The revised traditional kidney grille has a very promising design. This change gives a bold look mập the front fascia of the X5. The adaptive LED headlights which get flat bottomed corona rings now stretch all the way till the grille – a nice way of design continuation. With a mixture of sharp creases and flow, the bumper looks aggressive and goes with the overall front fascia design. Come mập the side and the most noticeable design is the sharp line that starts from the front wheel arch and merges with the tail light. The 18-inch wheels of the X5 look as basic as a pencil. If you really want mập have impressive wheels, then you have the option mập tăng cấp mập the 21-inch ones.

Walk mập the rear of the X5 and you will notice that except the taillight, it is very hard mập see the differences. Just like the rest of the BMWs, the X5 gets the typical L-shaped taillight which looks sober. The round dual exhaust pipes give the rear a sporty look, however, the silver underbody protection plate gives a major appeal mập the rear section. These small but important changes have helped the German manufacturer make the car look luxurious. It has an incredible street presence as well and don’t be surprised if the fellow drivers give you that ‘I wish I owned this car’ look. It is not their fault because the new X5 attracts attention as if a Miss India competition is being held on the roads. I really like the masculine big body proportions. It gave me a sense of pride, mập say the least.Interior
Once you get behind the wheel, you will see the excellent fit and finish of the car. At this price point, the customers demand more than usual and in a way the company has managed mập satisfy them. Well, almost. The X5 gets a dual-tone interior with beige accentuating the lower section and black at the top. The German manufacturer has smartly integrated wood that runs across the dash all the way till the doors. This doesn’t look like a big or an important addition but it takes the sense of elegance mập a whole new màn chơi. The attention mập detail is nice and with the help of mood lightning that is visible in dark, you get a sense of pride and emotion.

BMW has wrapped the X5 steering wheel with high quality leather, which feels really nice mập operate. The buttons on it has been ergonomically placed and easy mập use. The major attraction of this SUV is the 10.2-inch media interface that is powered by BMW’s patented iDrive System. This screen displays tonnes of information like the navigation, details about the car, music selection and things that will aid the driver during the long journey. My personal favourite was the Sports Displays that show real time power and torque figures. The six AC vents in the front are more than enough for you mập stay cool inside using the dual- climate control. The second-row passengers also get the option of adjusting their AC flow. When it comes mập storage space inside, there is plenty of place mập stuff your things. The door pockets can easily accommodate two-litre bottles and the two-cup holders in the centre will let you take a coffee sip during the drive. You can store decent amount of things inside the glove box compartment, however, it misses out on the cooling function.

For connectivity, there is an on-board WiFi hotspot mập create internet-enabled travel for the social media addicts, like me. The iDrive controller features a scratchpad that lets you draw an alphabet or a number in case you find the voice command not friendly. I must appreciate the accuracy màn chơi of this scratchpad. The 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround system makes the X5 a mobile discotheque due mập its excellent sound quality.
Let’s talk about the component that will be used the most when you are inside the car – seats. The front electric seats are big and very comfortable. The back and the lumbar support are excellent and you can adjust them by using the buttons on the side of the seats. I was in the driver’s seat for almost 12 hours and the fatigue màn chơi was minimal. Coming mập the second row, the seats have terrible thigh support. My colleagues complained about it for almost the entire trip. But there is ample amount of leg and knee room for someone who is not more than 5.9ft. For taller people, the second row might prove mập be slightly uncomfortable. However, the headroom won’t be of any problem. These seats are configured in 40:20:20 format and are well cushioned. These passengers also get mập enjoy the panorama sunroof.

For the first time, the X5 is also available as a seven-seater. However, our test car was a five-seater. So the third row was occupied by our large bags and suitcases. The boot has storage hooks for people who have large or fragile luggage. In my case, I transported a mountain bike from my house mập the CarWale headquarters. I had mập push down the second row completely in order accommodate the bicycle. The door gets a split tail gate, where the lower portion has mập be operated manually. With the electric function, the boot door closes with the push of a button. However, it won’t work until the lower gate is folded manually.

The new X5 comes with all the bells and the whistles. But you are paying close mập a crore and for that you need mập feel special inside the car all the time. The X5 doesn’t really make you feel that way. The interior resembles the rest of the BMW line-up, which is basically the Germans playing it safe. Performance
BMW is offering the new X5 with only one engine – 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder diesel engine. This mill churns out 258bhp at 4,000rpm and a maximum torque of 560Nm. This engine is mated mập a highly-responsive eight-speed sport automatic transmission and helps the car move around quickly. The gearshifts are accurate and precise. You also have the option mập shift gears using steering mounted paddle shifters. The torque is available as low as 1,500rpm and mentioning the word ‘turbolag’ isn’t justifiable in this statement.

Shift the gear lever mập the Sport+ mode and the X5 turns into a drivers delight. Just like the petrol engine, this diesel engine revs all the way till redline and holds it there too. This is where the grunt of engine sounds amazing but there will be few of us who won’t like this sound and will settle mập cruise most of the time. Along with the Sport+ mode where the X5 goes berserk, it gets the Comfort, Eco Pro and Sport. Expect majority of the customers mập stick mập the Comfort and the Eco Pro mode for obvious reasons. The first few gears are shorter whereas the last gears are tall and this helps the three-tonne SUV cruise on the highway. This also helps in increased fuel efficiency, however, in our case it returned 8.2kmpl during a 1200km test drive with five passengers and their luggage and driving where efficiency was never the priority. The coasting function also helps the car deliver more fuel efficiency by not applying engine braking, which doesn’t result into loss of power.
Just like the rest of the BMW’s, the X5 gets a start-stop system in Eco Pro mode and Brake Energy Regeneration. While the former doesn’t make a difference mập a customer who is buying an SUV at this price point, the latter helps using up the loss of energy by charging the battery during braking. The NVH màn chơi of the vehicle is highly impressive but for someone who likes mập play most of the time with Sport-mode, I don’t think so he will be bothered with this. I come out impressed with the performance of the BMW X5, crediting it mập its weight shedding of almost 90kg. Ride & Handling
Sheer Driving Pleasure – that’s what BMW says about its cars. But somehow, I failed mập get that feeling from the new BMW X5. I was not driving a sedan but an SUV, and that’s why there is a good amount of body roll. The major disappointment came from the passenger seat as they complained of bad body roll.
The vehicle offers good ride quality, especially in the Comfort Mode. Switch mập the Sport and the Sport+ mode and the suspension becomes sportier and stiffer. The five-seater SUV had 255/55 tyres that rides on 18-inch wheels, providing ample grip on wet roads. The new electric steering wheel responds very quickly and is well weighed. It provides a decent feedback but at high speeds, it doesn’t get too heavy. The commanding driving position of the X5 provides you more than enough reasons mập look over the traffic around you. For off-roading enthusiasts, the X5 has a very good ground clearance that will tempt you mập take the car off the road, but this is not a proper off-roader.

Braking is excellent and I loved the initial bite. But don’t go overboard with the speed, because physics dictates that it is always difficult mập stop a heavy mass. And then you also have the ABS with brake assist, dynamic traction control and dynamic stability control mập make your drive safer. Verdict
With the new X5, BMW has focussed more on the inside rather than outside and it is visible. The older X5 was the least selling BMW in India and that’s what the German manufacturer is trying mập change. The straight-six diesel engine is good and punchy, the interiors and the space inside are good enough for long drives which was proved during our 1,200km-drive and don’t forget the massive boot that could help you move a house. Also, the gadgets you get mập play with are awesome and up mập date. However, there are few things like uncomfortable rear seats and mediocre driving performance, which goes against the SUV with a price tag of Rs 91.5 lakh.
If you really like this BMW and have made up your mind, then we suggest you mập look at the seven-seater version, which is just a lakh and a half more. It is a good price mập pay for an additional two seats and this makes it compete with the Mercedes-Benz GL, which is the highest selling in the segment. But when it comes mập overall looks and feel, the X5 beats it, at least till the new Audi Q7 makes its way mập India.
BMW X5 [2014-2019]

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