BMW X5: Facelifted SUV Brims with Tech, Keeps Bold Look

The BMW X5, the SUV that revolutionized the market in 1999, continues to set the bar high with its latest facelift. This fourth-generation X5 (G05), first introduced in 2018, has undergone significant updates in 2023, focusing on enhancing both its exterior and interior.

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Its updated front end features a more refined design, while the interior boasts a cleaner and more modern look. Despite the efforts to tone down its bold front grille, the X5 retains its distinctive and somewhat controversial aesthetic, a hallmark that has sparked debates among enthusiasts.

Underneath its striking exterior, the X5 packs a punch with advanced technology and luxurious features. The 2023 refresh includes BMW’s latest driver assistance systems and a 14.9-inch infotainment touchscreen. It also comes with a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel, providing a seamless and connected driving experience. Optional high-end amenities, such as heated and cooled cupholders, a motion-activated boot, a premium Bowers and Wilkins sound system, rear-seat entertainment, and front massage seats, cater to those seeking the ultimate luxury.

Performance-wise, the X5 offers four robust engine options. There are three 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder engines in petrol-hybrid and diesel variants and a powerful 4.4-litre V8 in the M60i. In the plug-in hybrid model, these engines deliver impressive power. It comes with 0–62 mph times ranging from 4.3 to 6.1 seconds and fuel efficiency from 23.4 mpg to 283 mpg. BMW’s understanding of its SUV buyers is evident, providing a blend of power, agility, and efficiency that meets diverse driving needs.

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