The BMW X5 is getting a new trim, which is the xDrive30d SportX, and it is ₹8 Lacs cheaper than the xDrive30d xLine trim. This new variant replaces the xDrive 30d Sport, which costed Rs 72.9 lakhs (ex-showroom). A entry variant which is substantially cheaper means one thing, loss of features and styling elements, but does this loss of equipment make it a deal-breaker, let’s find out.
What the exteriors of the xDrive30d SportX X5 miss out on
A reduced price and not losing out on features, this just doesn’t go hand in hand, so it was quite expected for this trim to miss out on some of the features and design styles as present on the xLine and M Sport. The laser headlamps have been skipped, the front and rear bumpers, side skirts and air dams are styled in a different manner, and the alloy wheels of this variant have been reduced to 19 inches. Furthermore, the Comfort Access System feature for the split-tailgate has also been skipped.
What the interiors of the xDrive30d SportX X5 miss out on
On the inside, gone are the plush looking crystal elements, the 16 speaker set Harmon Kardon sound system, wireless charging, the futuristic BMW Key with LCD display and 360 degree camera. Even the Vernasca leather upholstery has been dropped, and instead this entry level trim uses a Sensatec seat upholstery.
I have mentioned most of the attributes and features that have not made it to this entry level variant, and after reading this you may feel it is under-equipped. While it may have missed out on some things, it still has a host of features, such as full LED lighting for the front and rear, rear-view parking camera with parking assist, panoramic sunroof, an automatic tailgate, a 12.3 inch infotainment system with gesture control, fully-digital instrument cluster, 4 zone climate control, ambient lightning and many others features as well. You could actually say it is quite well equipped.
The powertrain of the xDrive30d SportX
This trim of the X5 utilises a 3.0 V6 engine which produces 265 ps and 620 nm of torque. This engine is mated to an 8 speed automatic gearbox, and power is sent to all 4 wheels (being an xDrive variant). In terms of the powertrain, BMW has not held back in anyway, in spite of it being an entry level trim.
The entry level X5 xDrive30d SportX pricing is almost at par with base level variants of it rival, the rivals being, Mercedes Benz GLE and Audi Q7.
While we are talking about BMW, here are a few other recent launches which we had covered – BMW launches the X7 M50d in India at ₹1.63 crore and The third generation BMW X6 has been launched in India at a price of 95 lakh rupees.