Here’s Why The “Slow” 2019 BMW X5 Is The Best X5

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It’s the best car Tommy has driven all year.

As automotive journalists, we have the unique and awesome opportunity to drive hundreds of new cars every single year. So when there’s one particular vehicle that rises above the rest to become the best car we’ve driven all year, it’s certainly a bold claim. Though in this video, Tommy throws his hat in with the 2019 BMW X5. So why is it the best car he’s driven all year?

One of the first things you notice when you step into the 2019 BMW X5 is the high-quality materials on every surface. From the steering wheel to the door panels and the center console to the dashboard and the seats, this fourth-generation X5 provides a pleasant tactile experience.

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Under the hood of this 2019 BMW X5 xDrive40i model is a 3.0-liter straight-six engine with 335 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque. Power makes its way to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. While the all-wheel drive model starts at $61,200, there is a less expensive rear-wheel drive version available for $58,900. If you’re really feeling flush, you can buy an xDrive50i model from $76,150. For that substantial chunk of money, you get a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 with 456 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque.

Do you really need all that power? It’s always fun, sure — I especially enjoyed the power in the new X7. However, you can save a lot of money by sticking with the standard xDrive40i. You still get a wide range of standard equipment, and as much power as you’d likely need in everyday driving.

Check out more of Tommy’s impressions in the video above!