The 2019 Lexus RX 350 or the 2019 BMW X5- which of the two will deliver the best bang for your buck? From its handcrafted trim to the elevated level of comfort and style, the 2019 Lexus RX 350 is an obvious marvel of captivating craftsmanship.

But, the 2019 BMW X5 also has lots to offer if you find yourself in the market for a well-rounded SUV luxury vehicle for your needs. So, which should you go for? Let's take an in-depth comparison of Lexus RX 350 and the 2019 BMW X5 to help you decide.


The 2019 Lexus RX 350 certainly has a lot of appealing qualities on offer for anyone looking for a luxury crossover SUV. This two-row non-hybrid model is one of the three versions available from the RX series- the other two are the hybrid RX 450h and the three-row hybrid RX 450hL versions. Part of the RX 350's appeal is largely as a result of the wide array of configurations available, as well as its endless list of features which among many include dual-zone automatic climate control and adaptive cruise control.

Comfort, unsurprisingly, also has a lot to do with why the 2019 Lexus RX 350 is so alluring thanks to its well-built cabin characterized by comfy front seats that are ideal for long distance travels. Add to it its modern appeal and value, as well as its reputation for reliability and you, have a car that is the stuff of dreams.

The 2019 BMW X5, on the other hand, also packs a mean punch in terms of the features available. However, when it comes to comfort, passengers in the back seat of the BMW X5 might find themselves slightly more packed than they would in the Lexus RX 350, which might be a challenge for some.


The RX 350 has a strong and capable 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers 268 pound-feet of torque, as well as 295 horsepower, which results in a quiet and gentle car ride. The cabin is extremely well insulated with suspensions in place to ensure that you are comfortable when using rough roads.

Thanks to the adaptive suspension, this crossover SUV has great handling and sharp steering response that makes the car easy to handle. If you are looking for more off-road performance, you might want to pick the RX 350 over other sporty rivals available in the market such as the BMW X5.

Because of the Lexus' 8-speed handling power delivery, the Lexus produces quick shifts on short gears that almost eliminate the need for paddle shifters. This is a welcome addition if you are looking for a more enhanced driving experience.

The Lexus RX 350 has a standard continuously variable transmission that helps to keep the engine as efficient as possible for fuel economy. The X5, on the other hand, lacks this feature which means that the driver cannot keep its peak horsepower indefinitely when looking for maximum acceleration.

In terms of environmental friendliness, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rates the RX as a Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle" (SULEV) while the BMW X5 is only certified as an "Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle" (ULEV).

Comfort And Design

When competing against popular rivals such as BMW, the Lexus had its work cut out in terms of comfort and design. However, nearly every element of the Lexus RX 350 has lived up to aesthetic expectations. There is no doubt that the Lexus RX 350 has a stunning and truly remarkable profile.

Compared to the BMW X5, the Lexus RX definitely has more front leg room, more rear headroom (8 inches more in particular), as well as 1.4 inches more rear legroom space than the X5. As such, passengers seated in the back might be a little more pressed for space in the BMW X5 than in the Lexus.

Inside, the Lexus has a slick and yet conservative interior, with the iconic Lexus analog clock as the standout feature. Everything in the interior is evocative of the Lexus luxury standard, thanks to the use of high-quality materials and its precise vehicle construction.


Safety has been taken to a whole new level in the Lexus RX 350 owing to the pretensioners that have been embedded to tighten the front and rear seat shoulder belts. The pretensioners also help to get rid of slack, which can be quite dangerous in the event or an accident or collision. The BMW X5, although exceptionally built, only offers pretensioners for its front seatbelts and not for the rear ones, which increases the pressure that the rear belt will exert should there be an accident.

For improved safety, the front shoulder belts can be adjusted to suit the passenger's height, which also means that the seats can accommodate a range of passenger heights and weights, thereby preventing the increased chances of injury. The BMW X5 sadly does not offer this height adjusting feature.

Both the Lexus and the BMW come equipped with standard passenger and driver airbags, front side impact bags, as well as passenger knee airbags. Some other safety features that are shared by both models include the presence of rear-view cameras, stability systems to prevent incidences such as skidding, traction control, antilock brakes and so on.

Final verdict

Your pick, between the 2019 Lexus RX 350 vs the 2019 BMW X5, will definitely rest on your preference and budget at the end of the day. The RX 350 is a great crossover SUV, but the Lexus RX 350 definitely has a lot of desirable features that cannot be ignored.