BMW has given the X5 a mid-life facelift shortly before the model faces increased competition from its competitors. The exterior changes are low-key; there’s a new front bumper with larger air ducts to cool the engine, altered headlamps and tail-lights, and a deeper rear bumper.
Inside, the X5 receives new trim, the latest iDrive and with a wider range of options, including park assistance systems. But while the styling changes are subtle, BMW has done much to improve the performance and economy. So the X5 gets the latest engines and an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard.
For the UK markets, there will be the xDrive30d, with 245bhp, and BMW says the fuel consumption on this SUV has been improved with a lower CO2 emission.
Further up the range, the xDrive35d has been replaced by the xDrive40d, again with more power, torque and improved fuel consumption. The entry-level sDrive30i has been dropped, in light of the new, more upmarket X3 that will be launched later this year.
The entry-level model is now the xDrive35i, while the range-topper gets the twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8, replacing the naturally aspirated 4.8.