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2019 BMW X5 xDrive50i: A sporty, tech-rich family runner

A twin-turbocharged V8 engine and optional M Sport equipment make the 2019 BMW X5 xDrive50i one hot family hauler.

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The 2019 BMW X5 xDrive50i is powered by a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 making 456 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque.

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With peak torque available from just 1,500 rpm, the X5 xDrive50i accelerates aggressively away from stops. BMW says it can 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds. 

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The engine works with an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels. 

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For improved handling, the X5 can be equipped with an optional Dynamic Handling Package that adds bigger brakes, a torque vectoring rear differential and active antiroll bars. 

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To the sound the part of a performance machine, a performance exhaust system can also be equipped for a deeper engine note. 

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When driving around normally, the EPA estimates that the xDrive50i will return 17 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway.

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When properly equipped, the X5 xDrive50i is capable of towing up to 7,200 pounds. 

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Visual updates for 2019 are evolutionary from the previous generation with a larger kidney grille, thinner headlights and new corporate taillights. 

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The 2019 BMW X5 xDrive50i starts at $75,750, not including $995 for destination. 

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As tested, the vehicle pictured here wears a steep price tag of $92,405.

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