The new BMW X5 is packed with more tech than ever before.
As is the way with modern examples of the brand, the 2019 BMW X5 is packed to the brim with technology. Among that is an “Off-Road Package” available in the new model. The latest version of the BMW xDrive all-wheel drive system comes yoked to an electronically controlled rear differential lock, which uses an electric motor to move power from the faster turning wheel to the slower turning wheel. The car works out the best way to send power when you need traction off-road, but is that enough to make it as dirt-worthy as a Land Rover or a Jeep? In this video, Roman takes the 2019 BMW X5 on a prepared course to see how well it can handle challenges.
Articulation is an important aspect of off-roading. Being able to cope with oddly-cambered obstacles that test the suspension travel is a must. The BMW copes fine on a light off-roading course. Then there’s approach and departure angles to consider, so you don’t smack either end into steep terrain when you’re cresting hills. The 2019 BMW X5 does have a very reasonable 10.3 inches of ground clearance thanks to its adjustable air suspension, which does help approach and departure to some extent.
The third test to determine the off-road capability of the 2019 BMW X5 is visibility. With its 360-degree camera system and a plethora of sensors to detect approaching obstacles from the front and rear, the BMW does use technology to help visibility.
What about performance?
There are two powertrains available on the 2019 BMW X5, each paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The X5 xDrive40i uses a turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six with 335 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque. A step up from there is the xDrive50i, which houses a turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 with 456 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. Out-and-out power isn’t as critical when you’re off-roading, but for what it’s worth the V8 engine makes the 2019 BMW X5 significantly faster on-road.
Overall, the 2019 BMW X5 provides a usable package if you’re looking to traverse some light to moderate off-road terrain. Making it up to the mountains, for instance, shouldn’t prove a huge challenge to the X5. If you’re looking to do more technical off-roading, there are options out there like a Jeep Wrangler or a Land Rover. Don’t forget, either, that the 2019 BMW X5 starts off at $60,700. Spec out an xDrive50i, and you’ll easily reach into the $80,000 and up range.