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The bottom line is that with improved engines and safety technology, the X5 has never been a better value. If you liked the last generation of the BMW X5, there€„¢s even more to like for 2019.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - Despite being all new, the 2019 X5 is instantly recognizable as the latest version of the BMW mid-size SUV that is so popular in the Pacific Northwest.

As a luxury SUV maker, BMW competes with the best from Audi, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Cadillac, Lincoln, and Range Rover. BMW has been selling over 50,000 X5 mid-size SUVs every year, so the stakes are high for the all-new 2019 model.

BMW has placed the new X5 on its new shared-architecture vehicle platform. The popular BMW 3-series sedans also ride on this chassis, which helps keep performance high and production costs down. Buyers can choose between the X5 xDrive40i with a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline 6-cylinder engine at 330 horsepower, or the X5 xDrive50i with a 4.4-liter turbocharged V8 good for 456 horsepower. Both versions include an eight-speed automatic transmission and BMW's xDrive all-wheel-drive system. A rear-wheel-drive version is expected to follow, but here in Portland the xDrive system will be overwhelmingly popular.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The newest version of the X5 continues to offer all the luxury and advanced automotive technologies that BMW drivers have come to expect.

Inside, BMW aficionados will find the kind of quality and luxury they've come to expect. The X5 is comfortable and well-made throughout. Plus, BMW always brings a lot of technology to the dashboard, with features like adaptive cruise control and a full set of advanced safety features like active lane control and automatic emergency braking. The driver information display on the dash is now entirely screen-based, and the center screen is a massive 12.3-inch unit mounted high on the dash for easy visibility. BMW has gotten good at delivering a lot of features without cluttering up the dashboard, but it will still take you some time to learn the system.

The driving experience of the new X5 is a great improvement on what was already an excellent vehicle. The new generation features rear-wheel steering assistance, an adaptive suspension that responds to driving modes for comfort or sport, and a new suspension design courtesy of the new chassis platform. The result is one of the best handling mid-size SUVs on the market. It's still a big vehicle, so don't expect it to corner like a BMW sport coupe, but within its class the X5 is one of the best.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The 2019 BMW X5 is available with a turbocharged inline six or turbocharged V8 engine, and the legendary optional xDrive system that increases traction in wet weather conditions.

Our test X5 came with the Active Driving Assistant Pro package, which gives you features including traffic jam assist, which handles braking, movement, and even light steering during rush hour. It also includes an automatic lane change feature that will change lanes for you when you put on the blinker. Like any modern BMW, the X5 is also fast, with a 0-60 time of about 5.3 seconds from a standing stop.

The bottom line is that with improved engines and safety technology, the X5 has never been a better value. If you liked the last generation of the BMW X5, there's even more to like for 2019. The new X5 is available at area BMW dealers now.

COURTESY BMW - Rear seat passengers ride in luxury in the 2019 BMX X5.

2019 BMW X5 xDrive40i

Base price: $60,700

Price as tested: $73,980

Type: Mid-size SUV

Engine: 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder (335 hp, 330 lbs-ft)

Transmission: 8-speed automatic

EPA estimated mileage: 20/26

Overall length: 194.3 inches

Curb weight: 4,813 pounds

Final assembly: Spartanburg, South Carolina


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