2018 BMW X5: Ultimate Driving Machine Of Mid-Size Luxury SUVs













The BMW X5 was first introduced as a 2000 model. It was BMW’s first SUV. It was the first German luxury SUV to use unibody construction, and shares its platform with BMW’s 5 Series sedan.

The 2018 BMW X5 represents the fifth year of the third generation model, which has been available since the 2014 model year. The vast majority of BMW X5 production comes from BMW’s Spartanburg plant in South Carolina. This huge plant, which is BMW’s second-largest production facility, makes several different BMW SUVs, most of which are exported to countries all around the world.

What’s New For 2018 On The X5

A new, quicker-shifting automatic transmission comes on all versions of the 2018 BMW X5. A backup camera is now standard across the board.

Expect an all-new X5 in 2019, built on BMW’s new modular platform. It will be larger, and will use lightweight materials like aluminum and magnesium to keep its weight down.

2018 BMW X5 Trim Levels And Pricing

The 2018 X5 is available in 5 trim levels: sDrive35i, xDrive35i, xDrive35d, xDrive 40e iPerformance, and xDrive 50i. The sDrive35i has rear-wheel drive as standard, and all the others come with all-wheel drive. Pricing starts at $56,950 for the sDrive35i and goes up to $73,800 for the xDrive 50i.

A Wide Variety Of Engines And Propulsion Systems

The standard engine on the sDrive35i and xDrive35i is a 3.5L turbocharged six-cylinder engine with 300 horsepower. The xDrive35d comes with a 3.0L six-cylinder turbodiesel that puts out 255 horsepower. The xDrive 40e iPerformance has a gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid drive system, with a total system output of 308 horsepower. The top-of-the-line xDrive 50i is powered by a 4.4L twin-turbo V8 with a massive 445 horsepower.

An Extensive List Of Standard Equipment On The 2018 X5

Standard features on the 2018 BMW X5 include 19” V-spoke wheels, adaptive HID headlights, LED fog lights, poplar wood trim, panoramic moonroof, Black SensaTec upholstery, 14-way powered and heated front seats, dynamic cruise control, a 10.2” display screen with BMW navigation, iDrive system with touchpad controller, front and rear parking sensors, and interior ambient lighting. 

Lots Of Space Inside The X5

If you are looking for a BMW with a very large cargo space, this is it. You get a very impressive 35.8 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats. This expands to a massive 76.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. There is also an optional third row seat that adds to the x5’s passenger capacity, and even includes its own climate controls.

Step Up To The xDrive50i

The xDrive50i is the top model in the X5 lineup. Powered by a 445-horsepower V8, it grips the road with xDrive all-wheel drive. Outside, there are Xenon adaptive headlights with dynamic auto-leveling, satin aluminum exterior trim, and LED foglights. Inside, you relax in 20-way power multi-contour front seats covered with soft Dakota leather upholstery. A 600-watt Harmon Kardon audio system with 16 speakers plays your favorite music in perfect fidelity. The BMW navigation system has a 10.2” touchscreen with 3-D maps and over-the-air updates. A panoramic moonroof lets in the sun and the stars. Very nice!

The 2018 BMW X5 Is The BMW Of Mid-Size SUVs

The 2018 X5 is a well-done blend of luxury, utility, and performance. For nearly twenty years, it has been a style leader in its class. If you are considering a mid-size luxury SUV, give it a look, and definitely take it for a test drive!

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Stephen Fogel

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