BMW’s latest X5 takes all of the newest tech features of the German brand
The new X5 is an average model and a take for entrance level. It’s more at home navigating mall parking than on a backwoods trail. BMW is changing that with its latest X5 that starts at $60,700 ( N22,034,100) for the XDrive 40i. The new SUV (or Sports Activity Vehicle, as BMW calls it) has sporting capabilities along with an impressive suite of new technology that’s premiering on the X5.
The new X5 features a great infotainment system, an updated driver’s assist and a big pile of other features that should keep X5 owners of the future happy even if they never take it off-road which they totally could. It also takes on good quality like off road mode, Easier to use infotainment system, Added lane-change and reverse out of parking space semi-autonomous features, and Heated and cooled cup holders, however, it also takes on some cons like the overly and aggressive Lane keeping assist and no Android Auto support.
The new X5’s technology upgrades start inside with the iDrive 7 infotainment system. It removes the squarish cards found on the current system and replaces them with a customizable layout that supports two to four individual “widgets.” Like nearly the rest of the automotive world, BMW has reduced the number of taps needed to navigate to the most used features. By surfacing more items at the top level drivers speed less time with their eyes off the road. The X5 which also houses a V6 engine which pushes out up to 335 horsepower and, according to BMW, will go from zero to 60 in 5.3 seconds.
While the tech is new, the interior is just a slight evolution of what’s already found in current BMWs. Which is fine, the automaker’s cabins exude luxury without feeling too ostentatious. That is, except for the new crystal gear shift. BMW took a page out of Volvo’s book and fancied up the transmission control. It’s even got an X engraved on the inside. It’s nice, but not as nice as the heated and cooled cup holders.
In conclusion, it is never over-emphasized that BMW threw everything at the X5 in an unbelievable (sort of) way which can not be properly listed in a review. The X5 features some other basics like USB-C ports, optional third-row seating, unlocking the car with an Android phone, a camera that makes sure you’re paying attention/not tired, among others. The result could have been a mess of new features mucking up what makes the X5 a big seller for the automaker. Instead, BMW enhanced an already solid SUV and made it better ground master.