23 Jul BMW X5
This is the new BMW X5, and it is big. Really big. Longer, wider and taller than it’s predecessor, and much longer, wider and taller than the very first generation of the ground-breaking ‘Sports Activity Vehicle’ BMW launched back at the turn of the century.
We’re now on the fourth generation of X5, and it’s just shy of 5m long. The first one was 4.6m. Think about that, because there’s still another SUV that’ll be bigger than this X5, called the X7. We suspect there’ll be no mistaking this one for any other X5 that has come before it, though: it looks tauter, squarer-jawed, angrier. And that kidney grille is just getting out of hand now.
Underneath the sharper creases sit four engines, three of which you can buy in Europe, and one that you can’t. The one we don’t get is a hefty 4.4-litre petrol V8 (badged xDrive50i) that pumps out 460bhp and 479lb ft of torque and – together with an eight-speed auto ‘box and four-wheel-drive – can hit 62mph in 4.7secs.
The range-topper for Europe is the M50d, with its 3.0-litre quad-turbo straight-six. That’s right, four turbos: two for low pressure, two for high pressure. It produces around 400bhp and a simply ludicrous 560lb ft, of which 332lb ft is available at 1,000rpm. Basically, turn it on, point at the horizon, squirt. This new M50d will see off 0-62mph in 5.2secs.
The other two engines are a single-turbo 3.0-litre diesel (xDrive30d) with 265bhp, and a single-turbo 3.0-litre petrol (xDrive40i) with 340bhp.
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