The slight increase in wheelbase length will benefit second-row passengers; the third-row is still best reserved for children.
Gesture control is still present. But this time around, it recognises an additional two gestures, enabling you to turn pages like Tom Cruise did in Minority Report. I’m not a fan of this feature, though.
Equally futuristic is “Hey BMW”, the brand’s Intelligent Personal Assistant. This voice- activated feature can tell you, in real-time, the latest news and current weather. It can also set the fastest navigation route for you during peak-hour traffic.
If you’re less tech-inclined, the less fancy but perhaps more practical iDrive knob and touchscreen interface are still present.
At the heart of OS 7.0 is Open Mobility Cloud, which interfaces with other digital devices. The operating system can receive over-the-air updates as well.
Like many newer BMWs, the latest X5 has Apple CarPlay. Wireless charging, USB-A and even USB-C ports are also standard. But strangely, there is no Android Auto.
Compared to its predecessor, the new X5 (codenamed G05) is 4922mm (plus 36mm) long, 2004mm (plus 66mm) wide and 1745mm (minus 17mm) tall.
The X5 has a distinctly athletic appearance, thanks to its new design language, which is sharper and more chiselled overall. There is a prominent shoulder-line kink towards the rear haunches which makes it look sportier.
An oversized single-piece kidney grille certainly creates a bolder, chunkier face to match. As expected, this signature grille comes with active air-flaps for increased aerodynamic efficiency.
The LED lamps have been redesigned, too. The M Sport variant has long-reach Laserlights, which have a range of up to 500m. If that’s not “bling” enough, there are optional 22- inch wheels for buyers who want an even more macho look.