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BMW X5 xDrive 40i 2019 review: snapshot

BMW X5 (M50d variant shown).

The BMW X5 was the first model to labour under the monicker "Sports Activity Vehicle" or SAV, and is now in its fourth generation. Bigger in every direction it's also loaded with a whole load of new features, new interior and, of course, new looks.

The X5 xDrive40i is currently the only petrol model available until the arrival of a four-cylinder petrol, plug-in hybrid and, presumably, the 4.4-litre V8 X5 M.

The 40i arrives with BMW's effortlessly smooth 3.0-litre twin-turbo straight six which delivers 250kW and 450Nm. Available a little later than the diesels, it will set you back $115,990 (plus on-road costs) and the specification mirrors the slightly cheaper 30d.

Standard inclusions consist of 20-inch alloys, panoramic glass sunroof, dynamic dampers, head-up display, active cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, auto parking, auto LED headlights, auto high beam, auto wipers, heated and auto dipping rear vision mirrors, configurable interior lighting, leather trim, electric split tailgate, "2.5-zone" climate control, electric front seats, keyless entry and start and run-flat tyres.

Entertainment comes via BMW's iDrive system, with a huge 12.3-inch screen, DAB digital radio, 10 speakers and the usual Bluetooth and USB. Apple CarPlay is standard, but you can't get Android Auto. A third-row seating setup is optional, but expensive.

You can choose from xLine, Indulgence and M Sport packages, shifting the focus to off-road shenanigans, luxury and on-road fun respectively.

On the safety front you've got the usual stability and traction controls, seven airbags, ABS, steering, rear-cross traffic alert, lane keeping warning and lane keep assist, speed limit information and three top-tether and two ISOFIX points.

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Peter Anderson
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