The BMW X5 is offered with two engines, and neither are slouches in any way. The base xDrive40i gets a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder making 340 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque. This allows it to hit 60 mph in just 5.3 seconds, which is quite a bit faster than many smaller cars. The xDrive50i gets a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 with an output of 456 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque, which allows it to hit 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds. For an SUV that weighs almost two-and-a-half tons, those are some impressive numbers. Both of these engines are some of BMW's best, and pair excellently with the eight-speed automatic transmissionand standard all-wheel drive that can send extra power to the rear wheels for enhanced on-road vehicular dynamics.
The X5 has a good suspension set up at base trims, but it really can shine with the optional air suspension. The system constantly adapts, lowering the X5 as speeds increase to improve aerodynamics and lower the center of gravity. The suspension will also help in hauling applications, helping the X5 achieve a max towing weight when properly equipped is an oddly specific yet impressive 7,209 pounds. It also helps the X5 as a standard feature of the Off-Road Package, giving the SUV the ability to ford up to 20 inches of water, and adapting alongside the transmission and differential to give the best traction depending on what drivetrain terrain setting is chosen, be it snow, sand, gravel, or rocks.