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New 2018 BMW X5 revealed

  • Latest X5 piles on the tech, launches with fast M version
  • Retains split tailgate; seven-seat option available
  • Priced from £56,710 with December 2018 deliveries
  • Latest X5 piles on the tech, launches with fast M version
  • Retains split tailgate; seven-seat option available
  • Priced from £56,710 with December 2018 deliveries

BMW X5 2018 review summary

The 2018 BMW X5 is a very important product launch for the German firm. The fourth generation of this incredibly popular vehicle, which was the first X model released, has to live up to a badge that has sold more than 2.2 million units since the initial X5 broke cover back in 2000.

Built in South Carolina in the USA, the fourth-generation X5 is produced alongside the X3, X4, X6 and X7 SUVs. It’ll feature an optional third row of seats, meaning it’s possible to seat up to seven.

It goes up against the Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne and Range Rover Sport.

What’s new for the 2018 BMW X5?

Its distance between front and rear wheels is 42mm longer and the whole car extended by 36mm against the previous version, while it’s also 66mm wider and 19mm taller. That means more room inside for passengers, and luggage space expanded to 645 litres in five-seat mode.

The 2018 BMW X5 has a powered split tailgate

The split tailgate also returns, adding useful practicality, and this can be powered for extra convenience.

If you go for the seven-seat version you’ll also get a useful panel in the boot that allows you to control the electrically adjustable middle row, so you can fold the seats down or slide them back and forward.

BMW X5 2018 pricing and performance

Available to order from June 2018, the range comprises of five versions that hit UK roads in December, including a performance-focused M50d.

BMW X5 2018 will have xDrive all-wheel drive as standard

All engines are six-cylinder units and are bolted to an eight-speed automatic gearbox that feeds through the standard-fit xDrive all-wheel drive system. Basic engine specs are as follows:

  • X5 xDrive30d: xLine (£56,710) and M Sport (£60,210) – 265hp/620Nm, 6.5 seconds 0-62mph, 143mph top speed
  • X5 xDrive40i: xLine (£58,100) and M Sport (£61,600) – 340hp/450Nm, 5.5 seconds 0-62mph, 151mph top speed
  • X5 M50d: (£70,690) – 400hp/760Nm, 5.2 seconds 0-62mph, 155mph top speed

Off-roading in the 2018 BMW X5

As well as the revised xDrive all-wheel drive system, which now shuffles torque between the wheels more accurately than ever, there are a number of features available on the 2018 X5 to help when heading off the beaten track.

A rear differential lock is on offer alongside active anti-roll stabilisation, adaptive air suspension (that can alter the X5's ride height) and rear-wheel steering to offer previously unheard of agility when tackling tough terrain, according to BMW.

Customers can order an off-road package too, which includes the differential alongside air springs and four drive modes accessible on the car's central console.

Back on the road, the air suspension is able to lower itself by up to 40mm. This helps stability when driving quickly, and also lowers the loading height of the car.

BMW X5 2018 basic specifications

We’re expecting xLine spec to include:

  • LED headlights and tail lamps
  • Matte aluminium grille bars
  • An underguard for off-roading
  • 19-inch alloys
  • xLine-specific constrasting stitching and illuminated scuff plates
  • Cruise control
  • Automatic collision warning

While M Sport additionally gets:

  • M Sport bodykit
  • Gloss black exterior finishing
  • 20-inch alloys
  • M Sport steering wheel
  • Sports pedals

The M50d is a trim in its own right but is based on M Sport specification.

Customising your 2018 BMW X5

Optional extras are many and varied, but should include laser LED headlights with cornering, alloy wheel designs up to 21 inches in diameter, BMW Individual personalisation, puddle lamps, panoramic glass sunroof and adaptive cruise control.

LED headlights on the 2018 BMW X5

Furthermore, there are packs on offer including the Driving Assistant Professional package, which nets you lane-keeping assistance along with automatic lane-changing via the indicator stalk, cross-traffic protection, and wrong-way warning (useful for heading to France…).

You can also choose acoustic sensors or an automatic parking system, while a 360-degree camera is also on offer.

The BMW X5 features loads of clever technology

The BMW Digital Key allows the driver to access their car using an NFC (near field communication) equipped smartphone, while the multimedia system will download its own updates and will feature Microsoft Office 365 including Skype, so you can truly bring the office home with you. We’re not sure that’s a good thing…

BMW X5 2018 interior shot

You’ll be able to order a full digital dash that has a 12.3-inch screen that works in conjunction with a second screen of the same size alongside it. This is all fed from the familiar BMW iDrive system, controlled via a rotary touchpad. It’s a fully connected set-up that features realtime traffic information along with a Wi-Fi hotspot, two USB connections and a built-in Sim card.

BMW X5 2018 release date

Launch activity will ramp up before the X5's December 2018 arrival, though, so it’s worth checking back with this page for the latest news.

BMW X5 2018 rear driving shot

Keep an eye out for the full Parkers BMW X5 SUV review coming soon

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