• 2019 BMW X5 G05 by AC Schnitzer

This German tuner further enhances the driving dynamics of the fourth-gen X5 with its mods

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BMW is known for its elegant, capable, and good-looking vehicles, be it the sedans, SUVs, or sports cars. It’s been 20 years since the X5 was launched, and this is the fourth-gen of the SUV. However, the latest design philosophy has kind of diluted the last aspect for the majority of people. The kidney grille is not exactly a favorite, but BMW, for some reason, thinks this design will age well and is persistent to continue with it. But, thanks to companies like AC Schnitzer, these vehicles are looking quite good even in the latest iteration. AC Schnitzer got its hands on the 2019 X5 and has done magic on the SUV to make it look a lot better than what it does in stock condition. Are there any changes except for the makeover?


  • Front Spoiler
  • Hood Vents
  • Rides on 22-inch Wheels
  • A Variety Of Lip-Smacking Wheel Designs To Choose From
  • Wheel-arch Wideners On Offer
  • Protective Foils For The Rear Skirt
2019 BMW X5 G05 by AC Schnitzer
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To be able to incorporate this design language and turn it into something beautiful by making only subtle changes is actually a big deal. For starters, AC Schnitzer did not take out the kidney grille or make any changes to it.

The main focus has been on aerodynamic components.

Customers who have picked up their X5 with the M Aerodynamic package can opt for the front spoiler that the German tuner has to offer. This not just improves stability, but also makes the X5 look a lot sportier. The front, otherwise, remains pretty much the same. The slim, evil-looking headlights should have been given the smoked effect to make things even nastier. AC Schnitzer is kind enough to offer hood vents as well to keep things cool under the hood.

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Move to the side and you will immediately notice the bigger tires and wheels. The standard X5 comes with 18-inch wheels on the base trim, the xLine rides on 19-inch wheels, whereas the M Sport comes with 20-inch wheels. The AC Schnitzer X5, however, rides on 22-inch wheels wrapped in 275/35 tires at the front and 315/30 tires at the rear. If you will burn the rubber frequently – which you sure will (why else would you go for this package otherwise?) – be ready to keep a huge chunk of extra money just to swap these low profile tires often. The German tuner offers a variety of wheels to choose from. These include - AC1 Racing Forged Rims, AC1 Light Alloy Wheels, Type V Lightweight Forged Rims, and Type VIII Racing Forged Wheels.

If you live in Germany, you will soon be able to procure the wheel arch wideners to accommodate these tires even better. This will help widen the body by 14 mm and 26 mm in the front and rear, respectively. The side skirts have gotten sharper, too, and there are protective foils for the loading edge of the rear skirt. You can also opt for the AC Schnitzer rear emblems for the doors. But, that’s not all. Throw in wheel spacers to push out the wheels by 12 mm and you will have a meaner BMW X5 at your disposal.

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The rear comes with some more aerodynamic components.

AC Schnitzer has thrown in a roof wing to create more downforce, which is a big issue in such tall vehicles.

I don’t know what got into BMW with this fourth-gen X5. The taillights were a distinct feature, but BMW thought it would be a good idea to swap them. The new taillights have an uncanny resemblance with the Skoda Kodiaq’s taillights. It would be tough to distinguish if the taillights were any sharper and edgier. The overall appearance looks quite sporty, even though the most prominent addition is the rear wing.


  • Supremely Comfortable
  • Oodles of Space In The Cabin
  • AC Schintzer Offers Aluminium Pedals
  • Exclusive Key Holder And Paddle Shifters
2019 BMW X5 Interior
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The interior of the BMW X5 is as posh as it can get at this price point and there’s nothing much an aftermarket company can do to further accentuate these levels of luxury. AC Schnitzer does not have much to offer either. The main parts that the company is currently offering include a set of aluminum pedals, a key holder, and a set of paddle shifters. Other than it, it’s pretty much in stock condition. The BMW X5 exudes elegance and luxury. For a five-seater, this SUV offers amazing space and comfort as well. A lot of credit for the space-management must go to the new architecture that the fourth-gen BMW X5 rides on. It comes with features such as wireless charging, heated seats, LED headlights, automatic climate control, and navigation, to name a few. BMW also offers Apple CarPlay compatibility but charges annually for the services. Call me old-school, but if I’m paying over $60,000 for a vehicle, I better get all the basic features without terms and conditions.

BMW X5 dimensions
Length 194.3 inches
Width 78.9 inches
Height 69 inches
Wheelbase 117.1 inches
Cargo Space 33.9 cubic feet / 72.3 cubic-feet (with rear seats folded)
Legroom 39.8 inches (front) / 37.4 inches (back)
Headroom 40.8 inches (front) / 38.7 inches (back)


  • 4.4-liter, Twin-Turbocharged V-8 mill
  • 456 Horsepower
  • 479 Pound-Feet of Torque
  • 0-60 mph in 4.6 Seconds
  • 3.0-liter, Turbocharged Six-Cylinder Mill
  • 340 Horses
  • 330 Pound-Feet of Torque
  • 0-60 mph in 5.3 Seconds
  • Suspension Goes Lower By 20-25 mm
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BMW offers two engines in the fourth-gen X5. One is the 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8 mill that churns out 456 horses and 479 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. It takes 4.6 seconds to touch the 60 mph figure from a standstill and goes all the way up to 130 mph. The other one is a 3.0-liter, turbocharged, six-cylinder mill that makes 340 ponies and 330 pound-feet of twist. This mill takes 5.3 seconds to reach 60 mph, before the speed governor kicks in at 130 mph. Opt for the appropriate options and the speed will be unlocked up to 150 mph.

BMW X5 specifications
BMW X5 50i BMW X5 40i
Engine 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8 3.0-liter, turbocharged, six-cylinder
Horsepower 456 hp 340 hp
Torque 479 lb-ft 330 lb-ft
0 to 60 mph 4.6 seconds 5.3 seconds
Top Speed 130 mph 130 mph

Now, coming to the changes AC Schnitzer has made.

The tuner says that thanks to the wider track width, the X5’s lateral support of the chassis and driving stability is improved by a large extent.

Engineers at the company have also developed a suspension spring set for models without air suspension. The set lowers the X5 by 20-25 mm compared to the standard vehicle at the front and rear, therefore, resulting in a lower center of gravity which attributes to better handling and overall driving dynamics.

Final Thoughts

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The BMW X5 is a complete package in itself, but AC Schnitzer has made its presence felt here in whatever little vacuum it could work in. The tuner could have added a few more niceties on the inside in terms of AC Schnitzer-branded seats and stuff, but that’s just me being picky. The components used on the outside enhance not just the aerodynamics, but also make the X5 look much better. In terms of engine tweaks, the tuner made changes to the suspension setting primarily. It does improve the ride and handling noticeably. There is no word on the warranty as of now, but I don’t think it will interfere with the Bimmer’s original warranty. The biggest advantage here is that you can choose what components you’d like on your 2019 X5 instead of whole packages offered by other tuners. For the prices, you’ll have to head over to AC Schnitzer’s website and contact them.

  • Leave it
    • The cabin is left untouched
    • Prices of these add-ons with the top-spec X5 could go north of $100,000
    • Low profile tires will need frequent changes

Further reading

2019 BMW X5 Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2019 BMW X5.

Sidd Dhimaan
Sidd Dhimaan
Senior Editor, Truck Expert, EV Expert - sidd@topspeed.com
Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. Fast forward to today, and he is currently serving as a senior editor, pickup truck expert, and EV expert.  Read full bio
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