2014 BMW X5 First Drive – Automotive.com

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The BMW X5 is the next-generation of BMW’s large luxury crossover.

Diesel offers excellent performance hurting fuel economy.

Not visual distinction from vehicle.

Snap Judgment

The 2014 BMW X5 will continue to be the one to in the luxury sport utility segment.

The 2014 BMW X5 is all new this significantly revised from the vehicle it replaces. It boasts a luxurious interior, revised more fuel efficient and a higher level of performance. And BMW Vancouver, British Columbia, to its new bread-and-butter seven-passenger luxury

It was a risky move, not because aren’t enough interesting to drive, or fancy hotels and to coddle journalists. there are of those. No, it’s because the is so breathtakingly spectacular, it’s to forget about the actual Let’s face it, anything has a time competing with outcroppings higher than any year-round glaciers clinging to and alpine lakes the color of turquoise.

It turns out the 2014 BMW X5 than held its own against the capturing and holding our attention the day, and demonstrating once that this big BMW will be the standard bearer for the foreseeable

We drove European-spec X5s, but the between the U.S. and European are limited to a few options; for example, of our Euro-spec vehicles had satellite However, the two engine configurations for us to drive will both be here. The first was the new 2014 BMW X5 which, if you don’t know BMW parlance, means it was an all-wheel X5 powered by a six-cylinder turbocharged engine.

With a base price of before destination, the diesel engine puts out 255 horsepower and a 413 lb.-ft. of torque, that thrust you feel when accelerating. BMW estimates the xDrive35d accelerate from 0-60 mph in than 7 seconds. The other available was the $68,200 2014 BMW X5 which gets a 445-hp twin-turbocharged V-8 engine.

Not available the two gasoline-powered six-cylinder versions; the sDrive35i and $55,100 xDrive35i are and all-wheel drive versions by a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque.

Note although the base prices reasonable for a BMW, all the vehicles we were heavily optioned, the prices skyward. The metallic adds $550; the excellent Oulfsen sound system had be great at up to $4,500. It’d be to pay very high six-digit for either vehicle, but hey, you expect from a top-tier brand?

Prices aside, 10 hours of driving ahead of doesn’t skimp on wheeltime–we forward to finding out just how this new sport activity was.


Like German manufacturers, BMW takes an approach to styling updates. So no surprise that the 2014 BMW X5 similar to the 2013 BMW X5 at first While there are significant suffice it to say that you may need pointed out to you if you’re not familiar the current vehicle. Side by things are more obvious.

The new BMW X5‘s wider grille and look more aggressive. The and taillights are restyled, and what like superficial flourishes are functional, according to BMW at least. For the vents behind the front supposedly combine with in the bumper to route air around the at speed, thus reducing in this area.

We can’t say the front wheels cut through the air any than the previous model, so just take BMW’s for it on this one. Still, the is sharp and looks good in a way. If you’re a fan of the current X5, going to love it.


One area where BMW made a improvement over the previous-generation X5 is the The dash is covered in French-stitched and the same soft material the door armrests and center Two designer interior trim are available, one in ivory white, and in mocha, a pleasant dark either adding $1,950 to the line.

If you intend to actually well-coddled kids in your big BMW wagon–and let’s make no that’s what this is–you’ll probably want to the stain-ready white leather and with the brown.

Rear space was good, with leg and head room for adults, toe-room under the front was tight, and if you want your to adjust, you’ll have to for the $500 comfort rear otherwise you’re stuck bolt-upright. The $1,700 optional row? Kids only, they’re easy enough to

As for cargo space, behind the row it’s plentiful, but put the third row up and it shrinks dramatically.

One thing stands out–literally and figuratively–is the display. Instead of being into the dash like on vehicles, the X5’s nav display upright on the dash top. the placement makes it easy to see the it looks only slightly elegant than an iPad to the dash.

Fortunately, the screen is big and and iDrive has evolved so far that now one of the easiest to use and most well navigation and infotainment systems on the We got a good laugh at the map’s function, which gets you as as 10 meters, and so far out that you can see the entire



The 2014 BMW X5 xDrive35d convince the remaining diesel that stinky and slow are that no longer apply. with the 445-hp V-8 at the ready, of the drivers we spoke to preferred the And why not?

Whether from a or at speed, the engine provided a shove in the back whenever we the accelerator, it was quiet and smooth, was never an untoward noise–in it sounded pretty darn fuel economy on the mountain was exceptional for a 5,000-pound seven-passenger family hauler. With shifters on the steering wheel us to select any of the available eight this big diesel was surprisingly

In fact, the BMW X5, even when the Damper Control was in Comfort showed a degree of agility for a 5,000 pound vehicle. The was sharp and well weighted, and the weight was hardly an issue on back-to-back turns. Hit Sport, and the firmed up–never to an uncomfortable the transmission playfully dropped a couple of gears to put the engine in the of its power band.

The 2014 BMW X5 weighs less its predecessor, but the weight savings don’t account for its newfound Even in diesel trim, is one fun vehicle to drive.

Then we got an BMW X5 xDrive50i, the V-8 model to you and me. As expected, more power, and the V-8 pulls strongly. But from a strict feel, it wasn’t as much of a difference as you’d expect. we’re sure the V-8 will the diesel’s performance in virtually any the biggest difference we saw was in fuel and it wasn’t in the V-8’s favor. We the V-8 after the vehicles had been around the mountains all day.

At our driver’s change, we noticed were 50 km left to the hotel. and 50 km of range left in the gas tank. We put the X5 Eco Pro mode and nursed it back to the The fuel-saving mode and mostly route helped the estimated gradually outpace our distance, when it gave up guessing 10 km away from our destination, it exactly reassuring. The diesels, on the hand, returned with of fuel to spare.

It left us if the V-8’s performance advantage was the extra cost and fuel penalty, but we’re a practical bunch. The status seekers likely gravitate to the V-8 for the same they wear Rolexes of Casios.

Interestingly for a luxury crossover, BMW had an course set up for us, and goes so far as to even a digital inclinometer in iDrive’s functions, letting you know how far tilted your BMW X5 from The course wasn’t particularly but it did let us sample the X5’s downhill control, which simulates the creep function in an SUV. It and while the X5 never got stuck on the slick stuff, don’t you can follow your buddy in the Rover off the beaten path.

town, the 2014 X5 feels than it is, and parking lot maneuvers are by a new-for-2014 all-around view Similar to the system Nissan has using for some time, on the nose, hatch, and under the mirrors combine to give a eye view of the X5 at low speeds. It’s handy, considering the view out the is limited.

We quickly came to with BMW’s start-stop which was much less in its operation on these six-cylinder and V-8 than it was in the four-cylinder BMW 328i we last year. Not to mention, the big V-8 off when stopped surely stretch out our fuel economy.

We have to reserve judgment on the six-cylinder X5 models, since were available. However, the itself is a fixture in most BMW and we anticipate no complaints.


still scoff at the idea of a seven-passenger BMW like the 2014 X5. all, a 5 Series wagon do almost as much and be even fun to drive. Need seven

It wasn’t that long ago rear-facing jump seats standard issue on wagons.

But the is that BMW sells a ton of X5s all around the They’re big, comfortable, great, and make a statement, like any luxury car should. also one of BMW’s best-selling and profitable models.

The fact they’re big and fun to drive is icing on the

This third generation X5 ups the on the luxury side of the equation, but not at the of performance. More athletic ever, the X5 is also now more than ever. Is it expensive? and there are plenty who will out that the 2014 Acura MDX up little in performance or luxury, and thousands less.

But since has that mattered? The X5 is still the for the class, a position it has earned not it was first, but because it has combined sport, and utility better just about anybody. The BMW X5 is more of the same, and despite up and we see little that will that equation.


2014 BMW X5 xDrive35d: 3.0-liter inline-6 diesel, 8-speed transmission, all-wheel drive, $56,600 2014 BMW X5 xDrive50i: turbocharged V-8, 8-speed transmission, all-wheel drive, $68,200, 14 mpg city/22 mpg highway

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