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2019 BMW X5 looks good without looking too different

Our tester's 3.0-liter I6 provided plenty of get-up-and-go.

Andrew Krok
Cars are Andrew's jam, as is strawberry. After spending years as a regular ol' car fanatic, he started working his way through the echelons of the automotive industry, starting out as social-media director of a small European-focused garage outside of Chicago. From there, he moved to the editorial side, penning several written features in Total 911 Magazine before becoming a full-time auto writer, first for a local Chicago outlet and then for CNET Cars.
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By the time the 2019 X5 was announced, the 2018 X5 felt behind the times in the face of newer, prettier, more tech-forward competition. 

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But the latest generation of BMW's O.G. SUV makes up for all that, resulting in a package that's not only competitive, but also easily capable of gunning for the top of the pops once more.

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I want to call the 2019 X5's styling derivative, but the only design it's 'borrowing' is its own. 

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The front end may have slightly thinner lights and a more hunkered-down look than before, but it looks largely the same as the X5 it replaces.

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If you're after the most pliant ride in the segment, you won't find it in the X5. 

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BMW has never been shy about making its vehicles interesting to drive, and that always comes with trade-offs. 

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While my tester packs a $1,000 air suspension upgrade, the ride borders on stiff even with the suspension in its cushiest mode.

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It'll soak up the occasional pothole well enough, but if the road becomes a washboard, you're going to bounce around a fair bit. 

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The powertrain, on the other hand, is damn near velvety.

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Keep scrolling to check out more pictures of the X5, and don't forget to read our full written review.

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