2006 BMW X5 Review – SUV – CNET Reviews

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The good: The BMW X5 is a solid performer, with drive and plenty of power the optional V-8. Various driving aids and options as Bluetooth enhance safety and

The bad: The 2006 BMW X5‘s system and other interior are woefully outdated. No new vehicle–let one this expensive–should come a CD player.

The bottom line: most conditions, the 2006 BMW X5 drives as well as its more designed competitors, but it shows its age in the of its interior tech offerings.

When BMW unveiled the X5 for the 2000 year, its rivals in the over-$50,000 SUV were few and far between. Times changed. Despite record gas the market appeal of large, and thirsty 21st-century station has only increased.

The 2006 BMW X5 that the model has aged well in terms of overall characteristics, with running an improved xDrive AWD system on the X5) and larger engines–giving better

But the X5’s interior infotainment have not kept pace recent improvements. The redesigned X5 will likely adopt for control of cabin systems, and for we can say this will be a big improvement. form they take, next-generation equipment packages arrive soon enough.

Few new cars at any price come the factory lacking a CD player, but the BMW X5 we tested was equipped with which replaces the CD system for it–a tape deck. the total suggested retail for our X5 at $62,275, it’s time for tech offerings to fast-forward the 21st century.

The interior of the BMW X5 is visually warm and pleasant, beige leather nicely the dark wood accents. Our car had the optional Sport Package which includes 18-inch alloy wheels (different alloys are standard); an anthracite various exterior trim sport suspension; sport and a sport steering wheel.


The Premium Package ($2,500) a huge power moonroof, mirrors, and a power-adjustable rear back, as well as the BMW Assist which includes Bluetooth roadside assistance, vehicle notifications, and emergency calling

So far, so good. But the main interface in the center of the dashboard is a reminder of the 2006 BMW X5’s The optional DVD navigation ($1,800) screen is nicely sized, but is low, and the plastic buttons the screen feel cheap and intuitive functionality. These switch between major with further input via a twist-and-click knob.

Setting destinations this way is and distracting and would be improved by the use of the knob, which is larger, is to the driver, and offers tactile

The 2006 X5’s navigation is cumbersome and is likely to be replaced by iDrive systems in future

The real problem with the system is that it replaces the in-dash CD player. BMW surely most buyers to upgrade to a changer, which mounts a cover in the left rear area, but our test car was not so equipped. our surprise the first time we the button, which lowers the screen, and realized it was hiding a for cassettes (you remember–the we used to listen to in the ’80s).

Buyers of a $62,000 SUV outfitted a $1,200 Premium sound shouldn’t have to pay more to be to play CDs. We’ll judgment on the sound quality, as our (weak) FM radio station was all we had to go on.

Other steering-wheel controls in the BMW X5 are for audio and cruise control, and the itself has power tilt and adjustment, with memory matched to the outside mirrors and seat. Climate controls separately beneath the main with a row of switches below for park assist, hill-descent dynamic stability control, and a release. The rear hatch is a clamshell affair, which seems outdated and cumbersome, a heavy-duty sliding load ($380) compensated somewhat.

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